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It has been two years since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles started courting suitors for a potential buyout. Naturally, two Chinese automakers namely Guangzhou Automobile Group and Great Wall Motor Company have shown interest in this. However, there is another candidate for the potential takeover, and it is none other than Hyundai.
It was The Detroit Bureau who said that Hyundai has shown interest to buyout FCA. This rumour came out last August just after FCA had a meeting with the Chinese automakers. But even after the South Korean automaker expressed their interest, China’s Dongfeng Motor Corp. And Zhejiang Geely are still in the picture.
According to an analyst in charge of automobiles at Eugene Investment & Securities, Lee Jae-il, if a Hyundai-FCA merger actually pushes through in the near future, that will make the South Korean marque the largest automaker in the world, even leaping over Toyota, VW, and Nissan combined for a total of 11.5 million units sold last year. That is not all for Hyundai. This merger will also benefit the South Korean automaker due to an expanded portfolio and high consumer awareness of FCA brands in the United States and Europe. Furthermore, the acquisition will not just increase sales, but it will also help Hyundai fill in its hole in their lineup with SUVs and trucks.Read the entire article Hyundai and FCA may have a future together
Hyundai has unveiled to the global public its latest sedan that elegantly combines luxury and performance in one innovative package under its Genesis luxury brand – the new Genesis G70. It is the third model in Hyundai’s Genesis brand, following the Genesis G80 and the Genesis G90. But while its larger siblings were much focused on luxury, the new Genesis G70 aims to offer a perfect blend of luxury and high performance.
The new Genesis G70, however, won't be competing in a new market, as it is bound to fight its way in the mid-size sport sedan segment – considered as one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds among premium vehicles. It will be competing against the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, as well as the Alpha Romeo Giulia and the Cadillac ATS.
In this segment, one of the main selling points is the amount of sportiness that a competition could offer. Central to this is an engine that allows a luxury car to eke out a sporty performance.Read the entire article Hyundai reveals new Genesis G70 as its contender for mid-size luxury sport sedan segment
During the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2015, Hyundai introduced a concept pickup truck they named the Santa Cruz. This model took home the Concept Truck of the Year recognition later that year from the North American Concept Vehicle Awards. It had grabbed the attention of a lot of people who simply loved it. Though Hyundai was planning to bring it to the production line, they seemed hesitant launching it in the United States.
The Santa Cruz concept was targeted at a younger market with more active lifestyles. These comprise the so called “urban adventurers” who don’t need or want the compromises that come with large trucks.
Two years later, it seems that Hyundai has warmed up to the United States according to Reuters. Having said that, it looks like the company is going to launch a pickup in the US, this statement was confirmed by Michael J. O'Brien, the company's Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning in the US. Though the truck may not exactly be the production model of the Santa Cruz, it will be a very similar to the model. It is not definite when the company will launch the pickup truck as they have not said anything about it yet. However, we do know that updated versions of the Santa Fe SUV will come out within the next two years. The SUV will then be followed by a 2020 model year for the Tucson.Read the entire article Hyundai will soon add Tucson-based pickup truck to U.S. lineup
Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to ultimately create a cleaner environment through these eco-friendly vehicles.
While previewing its next generation fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai announced its eco-vehicle development roadmap that entails a multi-pronged approach. This means that Hyundai won't focus its efforts on just one type of eco-friendly vehicle, but will create a lineup that offers various powertrain options like fuel cell, hybrid drive and electric.
Hyundai is pursuing this 2020 plan in response to the growing demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles around the world. As part of this road map, Hyundai will continue pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will exert more efforts to strengthen its leadership in this area. The South Korean carmaker plans to achieve this by putting more focus on improving r&d works to further boost the performance and durability of FCEVs. Likewise, r&d will focus on making the fuel cell technology smaller and cheaper to allow it to be installed in smaller sedans.Read the entire article Hyundai will introduce the Genesis luxury EV in 2021
Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model will make its official release next year.
Unusually, the Korean firm already confirmed that this model is “near production ready” even though they have not given it a name yet. The hydrogen SUV is said to be nine percent more efficient and have as much as twenty percent more power than the ix35. But the improvements don’t end there as the Korean automaker plans to give it an official range of 500 miles (805 kilometers).
The SUV will be equipped with three tanks of the same size that store hydrogen before the fuel cell converts it to electricity to power the car.Read the entire article Hyundai releases images of long-range fuel cell SUV that will be launched in 2018
Hyundai has recently revealed the new i30 N hatchback, and now, here we are with the third generation 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback. It hasn’t been long since the Hyundai i30 first came out, and several variations are already being revealed including the Tourer and the ones mentioned above.
Today, we will be focusing on the i30 Fastback. Visually, it is shaped like a teardrop because of its sloping roofline that ends as an integrated spoiler. This and the fact that it sits 30 millimeters lower than the standard model makes it look sleeker. The front fascia now gets a more chiseled bumper making it look more aggressive. It now comes standard with a set of smart alloy wheels for a sportier look.
You can now get the i30 in any of the twelve colors Hyundai is offering. These colours will give the car its own character, which will match the owner’s personality - solid and metallic finishes are both available. As for the interior, Hyundai will be offering three colours to complement the exterior paint, and one of them would be a Merlot Red shade.Read the entire article 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback comes with a sleek silhouette
Amid the sales drop of some of its models in the US and the UK, Hyundai has become more impassioned to step up its game. The Korean automaker introduced a new performance hatchback, the 2018 Hyundai i30 N to compete against the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 GTi, and Ford Focus ST.
The standard i30 N hatchback has a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that can generate 247 horsepower. This model can do the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 6.4 seconds. But you can always get the optional Performance Pack if you wish to have more power. Adding this pack will let your i30 N produce up to 271 horsepower, which reduces the car’s 0-62 time down to 6.2 seconds with launch control engaged. Both flavours have a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), and a torque of 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-metres).
During the development process of the i30 N, the company spent over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) of testing at the Nurburgring. This enabled engineers to develop a track-focused car. The 2.0 liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission that features rev matching for smoother shifts, as well as an electronic differential. The hatchback was also given several drive modes including Eco, Normal, Sport, N mode and N Custom. The N mode alters the dampers, steering weight and throttle responsiveness, while the N Custom lets you adjust the i30 N the way you like it.Read the entire article Hyundai heats up hot hatch rivalry with the new i30 N
You can’t force people to acquire something that does not interest them. This is one mistake that South Korean automaker Hyundai won’t likely make again. It has been recently announced that the Genesis will be taken completely out of the United Kingdom market. This is because after several attempts of luring customers to purchase its vehicles, no one seems to be paying much attention. And that’s after the Genesis G80 sedan has been marketed as a worthy adversary to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The luxury brand hasn’t been selling a lot of cars in the UK, not even the original G80 sedan. In fact, in two years (since 2015), only about 50 units of the Genesis sedan were sold in England. That figure is a disappointment to the brand indeed.
First of all, people in the UK are generally more aware of the other two brands as they are based in Europe. Everyone probably knows of Hyundai, but not their sister company Genesis. This could be one factor that has been affecting their sales, as people have a tendency to go for what is familiar.Read the entire article The UK can now say goodbye to Genesis (Hyundai’s luxury brand)
Hyundai has officially announced what it will be offering for the 2018 model year. The lineup will include a refreshed Accent and Elantra GT, together with the brand new Kona compact crossover. The other models that were not mentioned will also be getting some upgrades for the next generation, except for one: the full-size Azera sedan. Well, in the United States at least. Nonetheless, the model will still be available in the Korean market, where it will be known as the Grandeur.
The main reason for the discontinuation is because the Azera has not been doing well in the U.S. for the past few years. The Azera first entered the western market in 2011, where it peaked in 2013 making just over 11,000 sales. Since then, it has just declined. Despite going through a makeover in 2015, it still did not raise its sales with just 5,539 units sold, and just under 5,000 units in 2016. That is a clear indication that the Azera is not seen as appealing in the market, especially if you consider that its rivals like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon are selling the same number of cars, in just a month - making the Azera way behind in terms of sales.
Other than that, the Korean automaker also has its upscale company Genesis in the market. Despite the fact that the Azera comes off as an upscale model with a touch of luxury and a number of options, it was never considered a proper sport sedan. And when being compared to a Genesis G80 sedan, both cars offer similar features and performance. In terms of price, the Azera Limited costs almost the same as the base Genesis G80. I’m guessing that there may be so much competition in the segment that the 2018 Azera will just drown. But who knows, its Grandeur twin might still make it in the Asian market.Read the entire article Hyundai Azera discontinued in the United States
Last month, the Hyundai Kona was spotted without any cover during a supposed promotional video shoot in Lisbon, Portugal. Since then, we have been highly anticipating its arrival. But our wait is now over, as Hyundai has finally presented its all-new Hyundai Kona, to the delight of avid followers of sub-compact SUVs.
Hyundai's latest addition to the line-up is quite a big deal. The Kona gives us a glimpse of the funky new styling direction for the Korean automaker's entire utility vehicle range. Notably, it will have the new B-segment platform. This is a good move since many consumers have become familiar with the unique designs of the likes of the Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Juke. Now it is expected that this styling pattern will be utilized for a long time.
Kona has been compared to the Cherokee, Juke and even the Toyota C-HR. But as far as we can see, the Kona has more appeal, aesthetically speaking. Up front, the Kona's split-light design definitely catches attention in a good way. The sub-compact SUV has a top row of running LED lights for its turn signals, and the bigger housings found beneath contain the LED headlights.Read the entire article Hyundai’s new styling direction is showcased in the new Kona crossover
Hyundai revealed that it is offering customers more options to drive the Ioniq EV. Back in November, the brand revealed that it was offering a subscription plan and now it has disclosed just how much this will cost.
The lowest appears to be a monthly fee of $275 plus tax for a total of 36 months. However, it does require you to put in a down payment amounting to $2,500. But if you happen to buy the Ioniq EV in California, the state offers a rebate totaling $2,500. This makes sense considering that Hyundai will only be making this subscription plan available in California. Take note though that it will not cover the entire state as for now it will only include three counties: Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles. The brand did say that later this year this subscription will be offered in San Diego and Northern California.
There will be three trims offered. The base model is the Electric trim. The other two are Limited, which costs $305 plus tax, and the Limited with the Ultimate Package, offered at $365 plus tax. Assuming that all trims will have the “zero-money” down initiation fee plus the fact that customers will be required to get a three-year subscription, this means that Electric trim can go as high as $9,900. For the Limited it will be $10,980, and the Ultimate Package will come at $13,140.Read the entire article Customers can lease Hyundai Ioniq EV for a low $275 per month
After its 2017 model year received a major facelift, we thought there isn’t much to expect for 2018MY. Luckily, the new Hyundai Santa Fe has been generously packed with all the essentials, thanks to the new value-focused trim plus enhanced new features.
At $27,800, the front wheel drive Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Value features new roof side rails, new front fog lights and daytime running lights (in LED). For superior comfort, the crossover has been equipped with heated front seats and power driver seat with lumbar support.
The latest and most convenient technologies have been added to the new model too. Among them are Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car System, dual automatic temperature control with Clear Air technology, a 7-inch infotainment audio display with Sirius XM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.Read the entire article 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will have popular features under new Value Package
Korea-based automaker Hyundai seems pretty excited to take their new concept out for a ride. Two prototypes that are set to make their debut this coming September at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show have already been taken to the Nurburgring. Both examples of the Hyundai i30 N entered the Nurburgring 24-Hour race – a move that’s seen to be quite a bold move for the automaker. To put it into perspective, these cars will be joining a competition in one of the toughest race tracks around. And what makes it more amazing is that it marks the first time they’ll be hitting the track.
The examples will be entered in the SP3T class - that is for cars with 1.6- to 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. Both cars will be equipped with the engine and transmission that the production model will be built with. That is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine that will be partnered with a six-speed manual gearbox. And these will be the exact same configuration people can soon buy from dealerships, with only minimal (and regulatory) fixes to prepare it for the 24-hour race. The company says that both models are “close to series production”.
Of course, for any car to enter the competition, certain things will need to be added to make sure the driver stays safe. In this case, that includes an FIA-homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and a single race seat. Racing brakes and tires also replace the original parts for the event. As for the exterior, the Hyundai i30 N gets a new front splitter and rear spoiler for extra aerodynamic downforce.Read the entire article Hyundai i30 N Prototypes enter the 2017 Nurburgring 24-Hour race
Previously, we have read reports about the upcoming small crossover produced by the South Korean automaker Hyundai. The first official teaser revealed LED accented sexy headlights, main lamp units located down low with the taillights fitted with LED to complete the matching look. Named after a famous American location, the Hyundai Kona was recently spotted donning an undisguised look. Is the official reveal close at hand?
Although a reveal is expected to happen sometime this summer, Hyundai's soon-to-be-released Kona has been seen without any cover during a promotional video shoot in Lisbon, Portugal. By the looks of it, the new crossover is looking swanky.
From the images, we can observe some familiar design patterns but nevertheless it is one of the more captivating design coming from the South Korean automaker.Read the entire article 2018 Hyundai Kona small crossover spotted at commercial shoot in Portugal
Hyundai Kona, the upcoming subcompact SUV, is scheduled to be launched this summer. With Kona's nearing debut still a few months away, Hyundai Motor Company is now revealing more tidbits of its new member. Previously we only saw a close-up of a headlight but now the latest teaser revealed a more detailed face of Kona that is surrounded by shadows.
It seems that all future releases of the South Korean car manufacturer will bear a bolder new design, as seen with the new Accent and the "progressive appearance" of the Kona. Moreover, both vehicles also exhibit the company's new Cascading Grille. The front fascia's design is highly similar to the Jeep Cherokee's twin-headlamp style, with the top LED strips daytime running lights fitted above the lower LED headlights.Read the entire article Hyundai hits us with more teasers of the Kona subcompact SUV
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.Read the entire article Modified Hyundai Santa Fe bravely takes on Antarctica expedition
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.Read the entire article Genesis Motors unveils latest concept -- the GV80 SUV
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.Read the entire article Recently facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata comes fresh off the oven
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.Read the entire article New and improved 2018 Hyundai Sonata to grace the 2017 New York Auto Show
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.Read the entire article Hyundai drops first teaser for 2018 Kona subcompact crossover
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