Watch One Guy Pull 16 Hyundai Konas

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The combined weight was well over 40,000 pounds.

For younger buyers or small families on a budget, the Hyundai Kona is one of the top contenders in its segment. It's frugal, looks unique alongside its rivals, and is sold with a class-leading warranty. Earlier this year, the Kona lineup was bolstered by the arrival of the high-performance Kona N, a rare breed of hot crossover that blends practicality with a fun-to-drive attitude. But Hyundai's latest Kona feat doesn't involve any high-speed conquests. Instead, two world records were broken by 16 extremely slow-moving Kona crossovers for charity; these Konas were only moving slowly because they were being pulled by a single human, namely, strongman Troy Conley.

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Conley's effort was in support of the Car Pull for Kids initiative. The goal was to raise funds for Little Wings, Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia. As if the first world record of dragging the 16 Konas across a distance of over 16 feet wasn't impressive enough, Conley then pulled five of the crossovers using nothing but his teeth, an achievement that left him with a bloodied mouth and one "very loose" tooth. Conley surpassed his fundraising goal of $60,000, but he first had to endure falling flat on his face in the first attempt to pull the 16 crossovers. Conley's desire to raise funds for sick children stems from his own personal experience. When he was just four years old, he nearly died after rupturing his kidney.

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"What I do is far easier than what they go through," said Conley when referring to the children he was raising funds for. "I just go home and rest, they have to keep fighting every day, through the exhaustion, the effects of chemo on the body, the trips to hospital and back."

To put Conley's world record into perspective, the lightest Kona sold in the US weighs about 2,900 pounds. That means he pulled around 46,400 lbs for the first record, and about 14,500 lbs for the second - with his teeth! Any Ford F-150 pickup owner would be proud of those towing numbers. Conley's immense achievement aside, it's good to see Hyundai getting behind such an important cause, and the lovable Kona was the perfect vehicle to mark the special occasion.

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