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Modified Hyundai Santa Fe bravely takes on Antarctica expedition

A specifically altered Hyundai Santa Fe had recently set a new record for being the first ever passenger car to bravely drive across the freezing Antarctica and back again, travelling from Union Camp to McMurdo and heading back to Union Camp. Also the Santa Fe is the first wheeled passenger vehicle to make it across the Ross Ice Shelf, which officially makes the South Korean vehicle the coolest car out there.

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, recently released a short reel showing the Antarctic quest of its Santa Fe equipped with a 2.2 L diesel engine. The quest happened in December last year and the team traveled over 3,600 miles (around 5,800 km) of icy territories in grueling conditions.

They were in for a long haul as the expedition team averaged a speed of only 17 miles per hour. They had to take it slow and steady, considering the dire need to check for weak points in the ice every now and then, not mentioning other obstacles they faced in the cold continent. They concluded the quest in 30 days.

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Genesis Motors unveils latest concept -- the GV80 SUV

Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle branch of the South Korean automaker Hyundai, is hoping to venture into a new market- the electric run vehicle territory. For years, Genesis only offered sedans but now the game is about to change. Here to pave the way is the futuristic Genesis GV80 SUV.

The South Korean automaker has long hinted the pubic that it is keenly interested in entering the electric vehicle market, with big companies like Ford and Tesla in the same race for producing e-vehicles. Up until now, rumours have been flowing off the shelf that Genesis is gearing up to recreate a pure e-vehicle or a hybrid one. At the recently held 2017 New York Auto Show, all eyes were on the GV80 Fuel cell concept with a metallic finish that offers a subtle glimpse in what the future holds for the car consumers.

This fuel cell powered exclusive SUV is based on the Genesis' Athletic Elegance design and the GV80 will serve as a predecessor to a whole new future lineage of e-vehicles that Genesis is yearning for. The Genesis Athletic design was previously introduced in the G90 forerunner in the year 2015. Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis Chief, remarked that the GV80 Concept is considered by the company as the most significant breakthrough that paves the way for further expansion of their vehicle line-up.

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Recently facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata comes fresh off the oven

South Korean automaker, Hyundai, is rolling out a rejuvenated D-segment sedan. Hyundai previously produced the Sonata with an extroverted, dramatic imaged but softened the look of the current generation vehicle that was revealed to the public eye 3 years ago. Recently Hyundai reverted back to its extroverted and dramatic outline of the midsized sedan.

The pre-ramped up 2018 Hyundai Sonata was launched last March of this year in its homestead in South Korea. Currently the aesthetically modified Sonata midsized sedan will make its debut this week in North America, specifically participating at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Akin to its Korean counterpart, the newly tweaked 2018 Sonata sports a newly revised front end that highlights the new "cascading" grille and boosted front fasciae fitted with vertical LED running lights.

Hyundai exclaimed that the brand new front end of the vehicle is equipped with vertical side air intakes to provide the car a more planted feel, and its hood revised to make it lower at the front, in which it gives the 4 door sedan a sleeker look. The new "cascading" grille got its influence from the molten steel that is flowing outside of the caldron. However the overall body of the 2018 Sonata did not have a hint of change as it’s still maintaining a sleek, low roofline of the pre-ramped up unit. Another option that the consumer can choose is the Full LED headlamps. The rear part of the sedan is sporting a sharper looking LED taillights, with a lettering that reads "Sonata". Impressively the rear is less cluttered looking than that of its former self.

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New and improved 2018 Hyundai Sonata to grace the 2017 New York Auto Show

Next week, a variety of new and refreshed models will grace the 2017 New York Auto Show. Once again, various automakers will come together to show off their latest products and features. And officials have confirmed that one of those vehicles is none other than Hyundai’s newly refreshed 2018 Sonata midsize sedan.

Not much has been revealed of what is inside the car and what it can do (or achieve), but reports say that the American model has a close resemblance with the newly updated Korean version which made its official debut in South Korea just a few days ago.

If we would base the new look of the American model with the Korean version, then it would also have a redesigned front grille, new LED running lights, redesigned taillights, and a new trunk badge which also functions as its opening handle – a few of the exterior revisions that we will be expecting.

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Devoted Hyundai followers, say hello to the new Hyundai subcompact crossover from the South Korean automaker that will soon grace the roads. The first official teaser is now out in public and if you think that it closely resembles a new Jeep Cherokee, you’re not alone. This new sub-compact will come by the name of "Kona" -- sounds catchy, right?

In keeping with Hyundai's true blue tradition, the 2018 Kona is named after a known American location. We bet that "Kona" is somewhat familiar to many folks. The Kona 2018 will be considered as Hyundai's smallest crossover in the Old Continent to date. Well, Hyundai decided to give the new B-SUV the label "Kona" after the Hawaii's symbolic Big Island go-to destination, largely reflective of the island's active image and one-of-a-kind lifestyle.

Kona is also known as the Ironman World Championship homestead, an event held every October where the world's greatest course triathletes attempt to outdo each other in what is considered as the world's hardest one-day event- including a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and a mind boggling 42.2 km run. The all new B-SUV will be the 4th member of the brand's SUV line-up in Europe comprising of the Tucson, Santa Fe and Grand Santa Fe. This subcompact crossover acquires its blueprint from the Intrado concept which was previewed back in the year 2014.

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Genesis Motors, the luxury vehicle division of South Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company, takes a step further from their usual designs as they unveiled the G90 Special Edition - a vehicle that represents a marriage of luxury and technology. Hyundai also announced new developments at the latest Seoul Motor Show this week.

Dressed in a two-tone paint finish, the G90 Special Edition showcased three different versions. The first one came in a metallic brown and matte grey combo, the other one was a matte grey and silver, and last but not the least, a metallic blue and solid white finish - all of these colour combinations were “inspired by a finely-tailored gentleman’s pin-stripe suit” according to the company.

We strongly feel like the South Korean automaker is shying away from conservative designs and instead is leaning towards something different this time. The Special Edition vehicle features an upgraded interior with Nubuck leather trim, accent stitching, upgraded carpeting, and more. While each of them has a hand-painted coach line running all around the sides of the vehicle’s exterior. At first glance, you would think it is a Bentley. You’ll just be surprised that it is a Genesis when you have a closer look. Perhaps it’s because the former design director of Bentley, Luc Donckerwolke, has been leading the design brand since early last year.

Read the entire article Genesis G90 Special Edition is likely inspired by a Bentley

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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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.

Read the entire article 2017 Hyundai Sonata Facelift gets South Korean debut

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.

Read the entire article Sketches of Hyundai Sonata with its new facelift have surfaced online

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.

Read the entire article Hyundai unveils roomy i30 Wagon ahead of 2017 Geneva Motor Show

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.

Read the entire article Hyundai unveils new generation of Accent subcompact at 2017 Canadian Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article Hyundai unveils smart house and Ioniq Scooter concepts

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.

Read the entire article Chiron designer Alexander Selipanov leaves Bugatti for Genesis

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.

Read the entire article Genesis presents G80 3.3T Sport trim at 2016 LA Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article Hyundai reveals 2017 Grandeur in South Korea, previews 2018 Azera
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