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Hyundai unveils hydrogen-powered FE Fuel Cell Concept

Back during the early of part of the year, Hyundai Motor Company became part of the Hydrogen Council which was officially launched during the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum. The goal of this group is to develop and commercialize cars that use fuel cells rather than fossil fuels.

For those who have long followed developments at Hyundai, this is not a surprise as the brand has been leading the pack in developing hydrogen vehicles for 20 years now. Back in 2013 for example, it released the ix35 Fuel Cell, also known in some markets as the Tucson Fuel Cell. It became the first ever hydrogen-powered car in the world to be mass produced. In fact, it is still on sale in 17 countries worldwide.

With this in mind, Hyundai unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its latest offering in the field of hydrogen powered vehicles. Dubbed as the FE Fuel Cell Concept, the “FE” refers to “Future Eco” which reveals the pioneering technologies that match the environment-friendliness of this model. One of its main features is the internal air humidifier. This part recycles the water that is emitted by this model in order to have a cabin environment that offers more comfort.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Facelift gets South Korean debut

Hyundai officially debuted the redesigned Sonata in South Korea. This has been a long time coming for auto enthusiasts after having been subjected to a short teaser campaign, spy photos, and a leaked image.

This redesign is said to be advantageous for the midsize sedan as it will now incorporate the brand’s newest design language that was first revealed with the i30 and the Elantra.

Hyundai said that for the South Korean version, all of the trim levels will be fitted with the center console having a 7-inch display as standard on the interior. However, customers will be given the option to have the 8-inch screen, if they so wish. Whether the customer decides to go for the standard trim or the premium one, the infotainment systems for both will be compatible not only with Apple CarPlay but also with Android Auto.

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Sketches of Hyundai Sonata with its new facelift have surfaced online

t seems as if something had flown out of the drawing board. Kind of. Before the Korean carmaker holds its official debut this year, sketches of the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata have leaked on the Internet. Based on the reports, the teasers first came from Hyundai’s official Facebook page but a recent post from Hyundai-Blog also has the same drawings of the new sedan.

Although it wasn’t the first time that the upcoming model was spied online, the sketches prove to be more revealing as far as the design cues and how the finished product would turn out later on.

If anything, the new updates give the new Sonata a sportier look and it appears to have more of a European flair this time as compared to the current model. At least judging from the overall impression. Thanks to Schreyer’s signature nose grille, the most noticeable changes go to the front end which also includes new headlights and distinctive daytime running lights in LED. Besides these changes, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to come with redesigned cabin with new trims to match as well the latest information and entertainment system.

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Hyundai unveils roomy i30 Wagon ahead of 2017 Geneva Motor Show

For people who love Hyundai’s i30 small family car but need more space and practicality, here is good news for you: the next generation of the Hyundai i30 Tourer (also called Hyundai i30 Wagon) will be soon arriving at dealerships as the 2017 model.

Before commencing sales, the South Korean carmaker is full on its intent to officially take the veil off the third generation of the Hyundai i30 Tourer at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show scheduled next month.

But already, Hyundai has divulged some details about the 2017 i30 Tourer that it thinks would help build up interest for the small family wagon. For instance, Hyundai has revealed how large the new i30 Tourer is. Its overall dimensions measure 4,585 mm in length, 1,795 mm in width and 1,465 mm in height. When the roof rack is specified, the overall height increases by 10 mm to 1,475 mm. Meanwhile, the five-door version of the third-gen Hyundai i30 Tourer is shorter than the four-door variant at 4,340 mm. Both versions of the new Hyundai i30 Tourer boast of a wheelbase that measures 2,650 mm.

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Barely a month before its official debut, Hyundai gave everyone a taste of what’s to come with the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon. Despite what little was shown, it did not disappoint as the general consensus is that the boot capacity of this latest offering is expected to be greater than the previous model.

This newest version is the third generation of this family hauler and looking at its side, it’s apparent that the roofline has been extended and the rear end redesigned. No wonder Hyundai can easily say that the capacity of the trunk is indeed larger. By how much larger? Compared to the Kia cee’d SW with a trunk capacity of 528 liters, the new 2017 i30 Wagon is expected to offer a total volume that is larger by 17 liters.

With regards to the unit that powers the 2017 i30 Wagon, it is expected to be the same as that of the one inside the five-door hatchback. Specifically, this is the 1.4-liter turbocharged gas-powered engine capable of 138 hp (103 kW) with maximum torque of 197 lb.-ft. (242 Nm). For those who think this is too much power, Hyundai is offering a 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated version that can deliver 100 hp. As if that is not enough, Hyundai is also giving customers the chance to have the three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-liter engine with output of 120 hp.

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Hyundai is introducing a new 2018 Accent that is not only wider and longer, but is now also sporting a new look that is more serious than the previous model. The South Korean carmaker unveiled the 2018 iteration of the Accent at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show, hoping that this iteration of the subcompact car will further boost the popularity in the United States in Canada.

The most glaring changes in the new 2018 Hyundai Accent are very much seen on its exterior. While the carmaker only unveiled the sedan version 2018 Hyundai Accent, the smaller sibling of the Hyundai Elantra will be available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. In terms of overall looks, the 2018 Hyundai Accent looks like a smaller version of its larger brother, the Elantra. From the front end to the rear end, the 2018 Accent sports an appearance that would make onlookers mistake it for an Elantra, until they realize that it is smaller than its Hyundai family sibling.

With the 2018 Accent donning a new and more serious look, gone now is the seemingly happy and smiling face of this subcompact car. The redesign implemented revisions on the subcompact’s grille and headlights as well as its wraparound lights on the rear, giving the new 2018 Accent a more earnest look in line with Hyundai’s other recently redesigned models (like the new Elantra GT). Headlining the subcompact’s new look is Hyundai’s signature hexagonal cascading grille as flanked by wrap-around headlights and LED daytime running lights.

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Hyundai is hoping to take a piece of the compact hatchback market currently dominated by the Volkswagen Golf and the Honda Civic by unveiling the new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, a hatchback version of the sedan model, at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Power for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra will be provided by any of the available two inline-four-cylinder engines. The base GT is powered by a direct injection 2.0-liter engine that delivers 162 hp of max output as paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission.

On the other hand, the Elantra GT Sport is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that generates 201 hp in max output and 195 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Power is sent to the wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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The concept of the vehicle nowadays takes primary consideration of the transition from one place to another, most commonly from home to work or any other destination. There is also another transition that takes place – from the living space to the driving space. Typically, you have to leave your living space and proceed to the garage where the vehicle is parked before you could take off and go where you want to.

Now, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, South Korean carmaker Hyundai is showing off a concept in which there is virtually no interval between the living space and the driving space. This concept is the Hyundai Mobility Vision smart house concept, in which the car becomes part of the house’s living space.

You may have seen this in TV or movies -- a seemingly ordinary chair turns out to be a high-tech seat that when activated, takes the user to a hidden laboratory inside the house (see Despicable Me), or to a crime-fighting car or robot.

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Now, you can control your car from the safety of your home. That is if you’re using Google Assistant-powered Google Home and your car is any of the Blue Link-enabled vehicles from South Korean carmaker Hyundai.

Hyundai will be unveiling at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show the seamless integration between its Blue Link Agent and the Google Assistant – allowing customers to connect with their Hyundai cars even though they are in the confines of their house doing some household chores. This integration is made possible through Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

Through this small device, users could voice-command Google Assistant to do a number of functions. For instance, a user may voice-command Google Assistant to activate and control smart home devices. Moreover, a user may also voice-command Google Assistant activate streaming music services. Now that it has been integrated with Blue Link Agent, Google Assistant could now be used to activate cars. Yes, users could voice-command Google Assistant – without going inside a Blue Link-enabled vehicle – to remote start their Hyundai units or even remote lock them. All a user should do is to start the command phrase with “Ok Google” and tell it to send a request to Blue Link.

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Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has a new top calibre designer on board. Former Bugatti designer Alexander “Sasha” Selipanov is moving to Global Genesis Advanced Studio as the new design chief. Well, it does look like Genesis, Hyundai’s high-end division, is hell bent on conquering the US market in the next few years.

From what we heard, Genesis is planning to come up with a new sports car and possibly a luxury EV. With already 6 models in line for 2020, Selipanov will be working alongside Genesis’ Design Head Luc Donckerwolke. The duo will be developing Genesis’ upcoming products starting next year at their new headquarters in Europe.

Selipanov, as we all know, is one of the car industry’s prolific designers. He penned the Chiron during his stint as Bugatti’s Head for Exterior Design from 2014 up to 2016. He’s also one of the members of Lamborghini Huracan’s design team back in 2010. According to the 33- year old designer, he’s truly excited about this new opportunity and that his move to Genesis will mark a new chapter in his career.

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Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one single car. This is a very novel strategy, indeed. While other carmakers create an electrified version of an existing model, the South Korean carmaker created a single platform that could accommodate any of three green powertrains.

This new car from Hyundai is the Ioniq, which will be launched into the auto market across the United States starting next month as an entry for the 2017 model year. The South Korean automaker will first start selling the EV version of the Ioniq in the US by the end of 2016, which would be followed by the hybrid variant in early 2017.

Lastly, the PHEV version will be rolled out to dealers in the US in the third quarter of 2017. In total, Hyundai is planning to launch 28 green vehicles in the US by the end of the decade: eight electric vehicles, 10 hybrids, eight plug-in hybrids, and two powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Read the entire article 2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV will offer an estimated 124 miles all-electric range

After we’ve seen the disguised prototypes several weeks ago, Hyundai at last took the wraps off its new i20 WRC at Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza racing circuit. Hyundai was the first to show off what they have prepared for the approaching World Rally Championship season.

Following WRC’s newly updated regulations, you wouldn’t be expecting the same engine power, handling and aerodynamics like you’ve seen them before. Because of this, nothing could be more exciting than to witness Hyundai’s new i20 Coupe compete in the race.

Michel Nandan, Hyundai Team Principal, considers the new regulations as the most significant change for a while. He thinks that the new technical requirements are a chance for them to apply whatever they had experienced and learned in the past seasons. Furthermore, all teams would be on the same footing since each one of them will practically start from scratch. Thus, it’s probably the most “entertaining” season that we can all look forward to this 2017.

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Genesis revealed that it will be presenting its latest addition to the G80 range, the G80 3.3T Sport trim, during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. To create this newest offering, the brand utilized the platform of the G80 and added in the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. This is not all as the brand also put in a number of sport performance upgrades aimed at enhancing both the agility and the driving dynamics. However to make sure that it does not look the same as the 3.3T Sport, Genesis placed various unique features and styling elements.

On the inside there are different sporty details present like the sports seats that can come in either gray leather or black leather and is paired with contrast stitching. Given that it has been largely reinforced, it appears as if it embraces the driver. The driver in particular can utilize the sport pedals and make use of the thick steering wheel that itself has a sport design. Rounding off the interior is the carbon fiber trim and the microfiber suede headliner in black. Compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is guaranteed and customers are offered the option to have wireless charging.

For the exterior, the G80 3.3T Sport reveals numerous improvements and as mentioned previously, it has certain style elements that allow it to be differentiated from the other trims and give it its very own personality. Specifically, these are the trademarked styling elements that are copper-colored. Other new features include the dark chrome grille which comes with a cross-hatch design. It also comes with sport rocker moldings. Meanwhile the design of the lower fascia on the front and the rear comes with a distinct design. This combination gives the G80 3.3T Sport that needed aggressive athletic look. Helping highlight the design of the exterior is the extra dark satin trim as well as the alloy 19-inch wheels.

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Barely a week after Hyundai released some drawings of its redesigned 2018 Hyundai Azera, the South Korean carmaker made public actual images of the mid-size sedan. The updated Azera (referred to as Hyundai Grandeur in South Korea) features a new appearance with a couple of styling revisions. In addition, the new Hyundai Azera is now loaded with new technological elements that make it more contemporary both in looks and features.

Upon closer inspection, it is fairly easy to tell that the new Azera takes inspiration from the brand’s new design language, called “Fluidic Sculpture.” This styling theme made its debut on the Hyundai Sonata model and is defined by two characteristic side creases in the sheet metal. One of these creases commences just behind the headlamps, then runs to on top the fender and through the back door. The other crease commences ahead of the rear door handle and then goes upward.

While Hyundai has said that the new Hyundai Azera “spearheads a new era” of design for the South Korean carmaker, there have been observations about several styling similarities with the new offerings of the Genesis premium brand. Nonetheless, Hyundai is hoping that this new design language – marked by heavily sculptured and dynamic appearance – would be the brand’s new selling point.

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Hyundai Motor America and Rockstar Performance Garage have entered into a partnership agreement to develop a nitrous-powered Santa Fe CUV that could provide an enhanced off-road performance while exuding the Rockstar design attitude. This partnership has resulted to the creation of the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept, which has a core that consists of a nitrous-powered Hyundai-based 3.3L Lambda V6 engine with an all-four-wheel configuration and a raised off-road setup.

Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle remarked that Rockstar conveys its endless brand energy in everything it does, including the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept. He described the concept as an all-show and all-go, a non-compromising vehicle with excellent capabilities and a confident demeanor. Aside from the Hyundai-based 3.3L V6 engine, the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept features an array of key modifications like a Nitrous-oxide injection system, Mishimoto cooling system and AEM cold air intake, as well as a R1 6-piston front, four-piston rear, big brake system.

The Rockstar Santa Fe Concept also features 2.0 KING coilovers on the front and 2.5 KING shocks with finned reservoir on the rear, as well as Nitro Gear gears and a custom suspension setup with new tie-rods and control arms. It rides on 17-inch off-road KMC XD 301 Turbine bead-lock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires. In addition, the concept is provided with Magnaflow custom exhaust, WARN winch and wheel clearance expansion setup, as well as Nology high-performance wires and Odyssey batteries. Its appearance is made sportier by Rock sliders and bumpers, Bulldog LED lighting and custom roof rack, headlamps and taillamps.

Read the entire article Nitrous-powered Rockstar Hyundai Santa Fe Concept announced for 2016 SEMA Show

Visitors at the ongoing 2016 Paris Motor Show are given the privilege to see Hyundai’s newly unveiled RN30 high-performance N racing concept. Inspired by motorsport and developed to deliver a high level of performance on the track, the RN30 was derived from the New Generation Hyundai i30.

Hyundai pursued the development of the RN30 racing machine along with its Performance Development & High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG) and Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC).

This is a follow-up to the Hyundai N concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September last year. According to Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development for Hyundai Motor, the RN30 is an embodiment of a strong, high-performance concept car offering a sporty and dynamic driving experience.

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Genesis has taken the wraps off its 'New York Concept' luxury sports sedan at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. This new concept provides a glimpse of future Genesis design direction with its 'Athletic Elegance' that made its debut in the Vision G concept and in production form with the Genesis G90 premium luxury sedan.

It is powered by a 2.0 GDi powertrain that could develop up to 245ps of output and 36.0 kgf-m of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This New York Concept comes with advanced technological features as well as a precise design language that highlights qualities of South Korean culture while at the same time increases both the perception and value of the Genesis brand.

Read the entire article 2016 New York Auto Show: Genesis New York Concept hints at G70 future styling

Hyundai Motor America has expressed its voluntary commitment to ensure that all new cars it releases by 2022 will come with the Automatic Emergency Braking as standard. This commitment coincides with the 2022 reporting year of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The company has long supported having standardized safety technologies in cars. Working with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the NHTSA, and the auto industry in general, the company hopes to have AEB as standard equipment on all future cars.

Hyundai Motor America Vice-President for Corporate and Product Planning Mike O’Brien talked about how important it is for customers to be given effective safety technologies.

Read the entire article Hyundai pledges for Automatic Emergency Braking to be standard equipment on all vehicles by 2022

Hyundai Motor is launching its all-new Hyundai IONIQ powerhouse lineup, which includes the IONIQ Electric, IONIQ Hybrid, and IONIQ Plug-In, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Hyundai IONIQ is the first lineup to introduce three electric-powered vehicles, ensuring zero-emission mobility.

Hyundai Motor's new strategy is to provide its clients with better, safer, and a more exciting driving experience delivered by the powerful combination of exquisite design and excellent technology.

The Hyundai IONIQ marks an important role in fulfilling Hyundai Motor's vision offering sustainable energy solutions with its vehicles, expanding the car maker's array of innovative products and boosting its sales in Europe.

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Hyundai revealed that it has plans to improve the Santa Fe lineup for the 2017 model year. This will involve a wide range of modifications, from having new LED lighting signatures to a fresh exterior design. It will also have new infotainment systems, safety technologies and even convenience features.

A Drive Mode selection will be included as well with three settings: Normal, Sport, and Eco. The company also expects that there will be an increase in the market demand by 2017. Thus its manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, will also be producing the Santa Fe Sport model, in addition to the Elantra and Sonata sedan models.

Standard features of the Santa Fe include the headlights that can be automatically turned on or off and the Rearview Camera. It will also have the LED headlight accents and the daytime running lights. The exterior power mirrors will be heated and will be in the same color as the body.

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