The Santa Cruz is going to beryllium cruising the beaches of Santa Cruz this summer.
Hyundai has donated 4 of its Santa Cruz compact pickups to the Santa Cruz Fire Department for usage successful its Marine Safety Division.
The vehicles are worthy a combined $164,000, which Hyundai said is the largest donation it has made to a municipality.
The donation is being made successful conjunction with Beach Safety Week.
From near to right, Santa Cruz Fire Chief Rob Oatey, Councilmember Sonja Brunner, Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley, Hyundai's Trevor Lai and Santa Cruz Public Works Director Nathan Nguyen took portion successful a ribbon cutting ceremonial to observe the donation. (Hyundai)
"Santa Cruz comes with almighty and businesslike engines and superb maneuverability to guarantee it is simply a pleasance to thrust successful municipality oregon off-road environments," Trevor Lai, Hyundai merchandise readying elder manager, said. "We are honored to assistance support beachgoers harmless successful the City of Santa Cruz by supporting the City of Santa Cruz Marine Safety Division."
Hyundai added off-road tires and racks to the Santa Cruz pickups it donated to Santa Cruz. (Hyundai)
The pickups person been updated with all-terrain tires to amended their show connected sand, on with a extortion and furniture rack system.
The Santa Cruz shares its level with the Tucscon SUV. (Hyundai)
Retail Santa Cruz prices scope from astir $26,000 to $40,000. It is disposable with either a 191 hp four-cylinder motor oregon a 281 hp turbocharged four-cylinder, and some are offered with the prime of front-wheel-drive oregon all-wheel-drive. Hyundai sold much than 12,000 of the vehicles done April, which is up 12% from past year.
"These vehicles are going to beryllium game-changing successful presumption of bolstering our existent fleet of vehicles that are disposable not lone for patrol, but for the exigency effect for the h2o rescues we person each twelvemonth round," Santa Cruz Fire Chief Rob Oatey said.
The Santa Cruz is built connected a unibody level and has a trunk nether the furniture floor. (Hyundai)
"Especially the mode they are designed successful presumption of being lightweight and much compact. It provides amended visibility. Our dense beaches tin beryllium highly hazardous to navigate successful vehicles, and the amended visibility each astir is going to heighten safety."
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 1 of the astir iconic amusement parks successful the U.S. and has been featured successful respective films including "The Lost Boys" and "US." (Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Santa Cruz has 14 authorities parks and beaches dispersed implicit 29 miles of coastline, according to the city, and welcomes implicit 1 cardinal visitors annually.
Gary Gastelu is Fox News Digital's automotive editor.