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Million-mile Farrah: One Hyundai Elantra, one lady, one record

  • Million Mile emblem for super-distance Hyundai
  • 320 000km a year delivering auto parts
  • Hyundai surprised owner with a new Elantra
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LONG-DISTANCE LADY:  Californian Farrah Haines is not only a woman of many parts but also a dedicated long-distance driver.  She’s averaged 200 000 miles ( about million mile hyundai

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California – In just five years a delivery driver from Olathe, Kansas, drove her 2013 Elantra a million miles with the original powertrain.

Farrah Haines – she describes herself as ”a proud Hyundai owner” – has driven about 200 000 miles a year (that’s about 320 000km)  delivering auto parts and products.

The American annual average? About 14 000 miles (22 500km)!

Hyundai explained that, as most digital odometers stop long before reaching a million, Hyundai joined her as she hit her epic milestone and presented her with the first ‘1 Million Mile” emblem (see below) and added it to her odometer.

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THE MILLION-MILE EMBLEM. Image: Hyundai/NewspressUSA

The emblem is a genuine Hyundai part and is now available for the odometers of all million-mile drivers.


Dean Evans, Hyundai Motor America’s CMO, told The Corner in a media release: “This is not only a milestone for Farrah but also for Hyundai and the quality of our vehicles.

“Reaching a million miles with the original powertrain in just five years is an extremely rare and incredible achievement so we created the Million Mile emblem because we believe in making things better for our loyal customers.

”We look forward to other Hyundai drivers joining Farrah in the club.”

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SPECIAL PLATE FRAME: Farrah with a special number-plate surround recognising her long-distance feat. Image: Hyundai/NewspressUSA

To recognise her achievement Hyundai and its agency of record, Innoclean Ocean Worldwide Americas, created a digital video that tells Farrah’s story.


The video is available on Hyundai’s YouTube channel and can be viewed here. It”s being promoted across Hyundai’s social channels and website to honour Farrah and, Hyundai says, ”as a great example of Hyundai quality”.

Taking things one step further, Hyundai wanted to thank Farrah for being such a dedicated owner. So, the automaker surprised her with a brand-new 2019 Hyundai Elantra – ”her own special delivery”.


Was the event a surprise for Farrah? Oh, yeah…! She stopped at a local auto shop to drop off what she thought was an auto part and was instead greeted by friends, family – and her very own 2019 Elantra (watch the video of the event!)..

To silence the unbelievers Hyundai ran multiple tests to validate her odometer reading. Product engineers inspected her engine-casting numbers, service records, wiring harness, and engine mounts.

Hyundai service and system engineers also reviewed Farrah’s mileage records for her two jobs, as well as a VIN report.

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Farrah said: “My Hyundai has been a great car. I love to drive and have made a successful career out of it so it was no surprise that I was able to get to a million miles.

”The key is to prioritise regular maintenance and to have a quality vehicle. Over the years I’ve been beyond pleased by my car’s performance, a quality I believe is inherent in the Hyundai brand.

”While it feels a bit like starting over (with her new car), this gives me the opportunity to hit a million-five!”

To save you doing the math… a million miles is the equivalent of 1 600 000km.

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