Monday, September 22, 2014

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Acknowledged At Climate Resolve's Annual Gala

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Climate Resolve, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the challenges of climate change, recognized Hyundai and its Tucson Fuel Cell electric vehicle at their annual L.A.'s Great Future gala. The Tucson Fuel Cell was acknowledged for being the first mass-produced fuel cell in the U.S. market, bringing a zero-emission and sustainable energy transportation solution to California residents.

"Zero-emission vehicles play a major role in meeting America's sustainable energy goals," said Jonathan Parfrey, founder and executive director, Climate Resolve. "By making the Tucson Fuel Cell available to everyday consumers, Hyundai is taking the first steps in finding a long-term solution to energy independence, clean air, and the availability of zero-emission vehicles."      

Climate Resolve is L.A.'s leading climate change organization. They inspire Los Angeles to meet the challenge of climate change by downscaling the global issue and placing it at the heart of people's lives. Climate Resolve makes climate change personal and relevant by championing the latest science and winning solutions at the neighborhood level, bringing real and lasting changes to the city of Los Angeles.

"By offering the very first mass-produced fuel cell in the U.S., Hyundai is playing a proud and integral role in L.A.'s great future," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Hyundai has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in hydrogen fuel cell testing and development over the past 15 years. With the launch of our Tucson Fuel Cell, a true zero-emission, no-compromise, sustainable energy vehicle is now available to U.S. consumers."

The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell became available to the U.S. market in June. For the first time, retail consumers can put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways, with availability at three select southern California Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim. The vehicle maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range or recharge-time compromises to their lifestyle.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hyundai Collaborates With Congressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Causus

Members of Congress, Department of Energy Tout Importance of Fuel Cell Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16, 2014 – Today, Hyundai collaborated with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and the Department of Energy to highlight the introduction of the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. retail market. In a briefing organized by the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, Hyundai executives, Members of Congress, and an official from the Department of Energy discussed the innovative and clean technology that powers hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the need for additional hydrogen infrastructure in the United States.

Hyundai is thrilled to partner with leaders in Congress and the Department of Energy to promote the continued development and commercialization of these clean energy technologies,” said Kathleen Hennessey, vice president, government affairs for Hyundai Motor Company. “We look forward to continuing to work together with groups like H2USA, the public-private partnership launched by the Energy Department, to find ways to advance hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options – like fuel cell vehicles – for our consumers here in the United States.”

In June 2014, Hyundai became the first automaker to offer for lease in the United States a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle. Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell lessees can now drive Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost.

“We are very proud to offer our customers a no-compromise solution with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell’s zero-emission technology, quick refueling, spacious interior, and great lease program,” said Gil Castillo, Hyundai’s senior manager for alternative vehicle strategy.

House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus Co-Chair Representative John Larson, a longtime advocate for fuel cell technology, has spearheaded federal efforts to accelerate the deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology through infrastructure and investment tax credits. Larson commented, “Fuel cells and hydrogen energy are a key to utilizing cleaner, domestic energy sources. As the nation’s hub for fuel cell manufacturing, Connecticut is poised to take advantage of the exciting developments taking place in this industry such as the introduction of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle. From ending our dependence on foreign oil, reducing harmful emissions, and spurring American manufacturing, fuel cells will play a critical role in solving some of our most pressing problems. I applaud automakers such as Hyundai for investing in this incredible technology.”

Fellow Caucus Co-Chair Representative Charles Dent added, “I applaud Hyundai for their commitment to the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell cars in real numbers so that the public can realize that the potential of this technology is real. I am very proud of Air Products, based in my district, for working with Hyundai to promote the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations where any gas station customer will feel right at home.”


The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is being offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region for a 36-month term at $499 per month, with $2,999 down. This includes the addition of a remarkable benefit – unlimited free hydrogen refueling. Consumers can learn more about the Tucson Fuel Cell leasing opportunity by visiting the Tucson Fuel Cell microsite at

“When we spoke with customers about fuel cell vehicles, many wondered about the cost of hydrogen,” explained Zuchowski. “To ease those concerns as the hydrogen refueling network builds out, we decided that covering this cost for these early adopters was appropriate, and consistent with how we like to treat our customers.”

In addition, Tucson Fuel Cell owners enjoy similar services enjoyed by Hyundai Equus owners, such as At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. As Equus owners have enjoyed since its introduction in 2010, should a Tucson Fuel Cell require any service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loan vehicle, then return the car after service to their home or business, at no charge.

Customers interested in the Tucson Fuel Cell can indicate their interest (the first step in the ordering process) by visiting Availability of the Tucson Fuel Cell will expand to other regions consistent with the accelerating deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.


Hyundai introduced its Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range or recharge-time compromises to their lifestyle.

The Tucson Fuel Cell represents the next generation of electric vehicles – those that create their own electricity, on-board, from hydrogen. According to the University of California, Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program’s 2013 study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides comparable total well-to-wheel emissions to a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises. Consider:

    Driving range of 265 miles
    Capable of full refueling in under 10 minutes, similar to gasoline
    Minimal reduction in daily utility compared with its gasoline counterpart
    Instantaneous electric motor torque
    Minimal cold-weather effects compared with battery electric vehicles
    Superb daily reliability and long-term durability
        No moving parts within the power-generating fuel cell stack
        More than two million durability test miles on Hyundai’s fuel cell fleet since 2000
    Extensive crash, fire and leak testing successfully completed
    Quieter EV operation
    Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, emits only water vapor

The Tucson Fuel Cell began mass production for the U.S. market in April 2014 at the Ulsan, Korea assembly plant that also manufactures the Tucson gasoline-powered CUV. Manufacturing the Tucson Fuel Cell at the same plant allows Hyundai to leverage both the high quality and cost-efficiency of its popular gasoline-powered Tucson platform.


The benefits of hydrogen are well known - required supplies for the U.S. market can be produced domestically and its supply is virtually unlimited. It can be produced by varied means - including renewable sources such as biogas. Hydrogen can even be sourced directly from water, using electrolysis to split hydrogen molecules with electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

Further supporting hydrogen infrastructure development, California approved a plan in October 2013 to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state over the next several years. This recent California initiative dovetails with increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA. In addition, the California Energy Commission recently announced proposed awarding of $44.5 million for the development of 28 new hydrogen stations (plus one mobile refueler), bringing the total number of hydrogen fueling stations (open, in-development, and proposed) to over 50 stations.


Hyundai’s fuel cell effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack.

The fuel cell electrochemical process is as follows:

    Hydrogen enters the anode, air (oxygen) enters the cathode
    Catalyst splits the hydrogen electrons and protons
    Electrolyte conducts the positively-charged ions while blocking the electrons
    Electrons are used to create an external circuit, generating electricity
    Catalyst combines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen to create water and heat energy
    A single fuel cell produces approximately one volt; fuel cells are “stacked” to meet voltage requirements


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hyundai Dealers Top 1M Tires Sold

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2014) — Hyundai dealers throughout the U.S. have sold more than 1 million tires in the past three-and-a-half years, since Hyundai Motor America relaunched its Hyundai Authorized Tire Center Program.

Dealers participating in the tire program — which is administered by Dealer Tire L.L.C. of Cleveland — provide tires designed for Hyundai vehicles; installation of available tires while the customer waits; complimentary 24-month road-hazard coverage; and factory-trained technicians.

“This is an important milestone for the partnership,” said Mike Knipe, senior group manager, customer satisfaction and service business development, Hyundai Motor America. “This rapid and sustained success provides a good indication that there will be many more significant achievements in the future.”

Mr. Knipe went on to say Hyundai dealers have increased their tire sales thus far in 2014 by more than 20 percent over 2013, whereas the industry has grown by only about 5 percent.

Hyundai said expanding the dealers’ tire sales also is helping to boost parts-and-service sales nationwide. The car maker figures 1 million tires sold translates to 330,000 vehicles serviced, based on an average of three tires sold per vehicle.

The company said each Hyundai vehicle undergoes “extensive evaluations to determine which tires are best suited for each vehicle.” The goal of Hyundai and Dealer Tire, Hyundai said, is to provide tires that meet or the performance and safety standards set by the car maker for each vehicle.

Among the brands handled by the Hyundai network are Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Nexen and Pirelli, according to a survey of dealer websites.

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America is the U.S. sales and service subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the U.S. by a network of more than 820 dealerships nationwide.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hyundai’s Future Cars Line-Up Until 2018

Hyundai has been building out its vehicle line-up with new nameplates from eye-catching redesigns of existing products since 2010 to new premium & refined designs. Now that it fields an entry in most major vehicle segments, with the exception of a pickup, but currently Hyundai is turning its attention to upscale, like with the All-New Genesis or Sonata, its models rather than adding nameplates.

The second-generation Genesis launched on Nov. 2013, Hyundai’s flagship luxury sedan comes with South Korean’s brand most advanced technologies, reborn through relentless performance tests and thorough quality management. Hyundai increased its production few months ago due to its success into the South Korean local market and the great reception into the US-market as well.

The updated Sonata LF mid-sized sedan got new sheet metal, new interior and ride and handling improvements for its 2015-model re-engineering (you can take a look to our review here). The All-New Sonata was also well received in South Korea (with an all time pre-order sales record and monthy sales record too) and US-market.

The Tucson mid-sized SUV and Elantra compact cars new generations will be the next models to come during next year and will get an updated exterior & interior such as Hyundai’s latest design way, with the hexagonal front grille and more premium design following Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, plus other technology, safety and NVH improvements.

The rumormill said that Hyundai is planning to add a rear-wheel-drive sports-sedan. But any of that is confirmed yet, the car is still under development (codename RK).

Here are highlights of Hyundai’s product plan for the 2015-2018 model years:
Accent: Hyundai’s subcompact will get a re-engineering model during 2016.

Azera: The full-sized sedan was redesigned in 2012. The next major change, either a redesign or a re-engineering, probably won’t happen before 2017. During this year the Grandeur (so it’s called in South Korea) received a light facelift plus a diesel and Hybrid variants. A freshening may arrive to the US-market as a 2015 Model Year.

Elantra: The compact car, Hyundai’s current top-seller, with a new sheet metal will arrive during late 2015. With a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design, the Elantra will be turned into a more premium design, with high quality interior, new infotainment systems and latest Hyundai technologies for safety. Probably powertrain will be updated too.

i30: The european i30 hatchback will receive a mid-life facelift during 2014 and will come with first time Hyundai “N” performance variant with a 1.6 Turbo GDi engine delivering 200 hp.

i40: The european i40 saloon and crossover wagon will receive too a refreshed model during 2014 including Hyundai’s hexagonal front grille and rear combination LED rear lamps. Engines will be revised as well.

Equus: The $60,000-plus luxury car gets a substantial freshening for the 2016 model year, re-engineered and with new sheet metal, including a redesigned instrument panel and center stack, along with a new front fascia and grille design and other updates.

Genesis: A R-spec Genesis Sedan is expected to have a place on Hyundai’s portfolio. Any details confirmed yet, but we spotted some Genesis test mule with some camouflage during hot weather tests (click here to view).

Genesis Coupe: Roughly a year after the Genesis sedan’s debut, a re-engineered Genesis Coupe will arrive with new design following the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design way in the second half of 2015.

Like the sedan, the re-engineered coupe’s platform will be reworked substantially for an improved, and turned into more luxurious ride than the current coupe’s stiffer, more sport-tuned setup.

Looking at the latest modification on the 2014 Genesis Coupe (Hyundai removed the 2.0 Turbo), the new Genesis Coupe is expected to come with a V6-family engines plus a V8 for the most powerful variant, like the Genesis sedan. The car was spotted testing as a test mule with the old body, click here to view more.

Sonata: The seventh generation of Hyundai’s mid-sized sedan was launched few months ago with a completely new premium design following Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and a high quality Genesis-inspired new interior. The Sonata will receive light retouches in 2017.

Sonata Hybrid: The hybrid version of the re-engineered Sonata will arrive in the first half of 2015. Later in 2016, Hyundai will launch a Plug-In Hybrid variant of the Sonata.

Veloster: According to the latest reports, Hyundai is preparing a light facelift to be available this year until 2016, when the model could receive a new generation or be killed.

Santa Fe: Hyundai’s family crossover lineup was redesigned for the 2013 model year and no major updates are planned for at least four years. A refreshed Santa Fe could arrive in late 2015, and a new generation will debut in 2018.

Small CUV (B-segment): After Hyundai released the ix25 for chinese and indian markets only, a Small B-segment CUV could arrive later than Hyundai executives want, they will need to wait until the far 2018.

Tucson: A re-engineered Tucson is scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015. The current platform will be carried over, as will the current Tucson’s powertrain lineup, but the crossover will get new sheet metal and a new interior. (Follow the latest ix35/Tucson spy photos here)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Review

It was all about communing with nature, and turning one’s back on the burdens and baggage of everyday life. Reducing life’s complexities to the basics of food, shelter – and a little time to think.

I’m no aspiring Henry David Thoreau, but his reflections on simple living had inspired my golden rule for the outdoors: if it didn’t fit in my backpack, it didn’t come.

Marriage and kids, however, have mandated some flexibility. Freeze-dried meals, tiny tents and paper-thin foam pads have all given way to an equipment list that might have supplied the Lewis and Clark expedition.

So thank you Hyundai, for the Santa Fe XL. And I say this with tongue firmly in cheek, as this year’s trip to Grand Bend seemed to lack for nothing in terms of camping gear to meet every need – real and imaginary. Should we need to cook a seven-course meal, perform minor surgery or be forced to live in the woods for the next six months, I believe we had it covered.

All of this fit with ease inside the commodious cargo hold of the 2014 Santa Fe XL. Unlike its smaller sibling, the five-passenger Sport, this family hauler gets three rows of seating thanks to an added 215 mm in length and 100 mm in wheelbase. These numbers may not sound like much, but translate into nearly half a cubic metre more interior volume and 240 litres of added cargo space.

You may recall the Santa Fe once did have a backbench – in the 2006 model – and that you required the size and agility of a spider monkey to get in and out. Hyundai wisely punted it the next year.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe third row

In the 2014 XL, a full-sized adult can ride comfortably in the third row, with enough head and legroom for most. But having only two kids, we didn’t need it and folded flat the 50:50 split bench to go from 383 to 1,159 litres of cargo space. This could nearly double again by dropping the second row.

My tester was the top-trim Limited with Saddle Leather (MSRP $43,399), which gets captain’s chairs in the second row instead of a 40:20:40 bench. These recline, and are heated as well.

The Limited equipment list is anything but, and would rival many premium sport utilities.

Leather seating that is heated and cooled up front, with 12-way power adjust and memory for the driver, navigation with eight-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 10-speaker Infinity audio system, HID auto-levelling headlights, panoramic sunroof and 19-inch alloys are among the many features.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe cargo folded down

But even the base front driver at $31,099 comes well equipped. You get the usual power windows and locks, along with manual air conditioning, seven-passenger seating (upholstered in a soil and static-resistant fabric), seat heaters up front, tilt/telescopic steering with audio and cruise controls, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, 18-inch alloys and more.

The driver’s seat even gets eight-way manual adjust, with two-way power for the lumbar support.

If you want AWD, move up one level to Premium trim (MSRP $35,099). This includes a pile of added comforts like dual-zone climate, third-row HVAC controls, heated rear seats, 12-way power adjust for the driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, rear side-window sunshades and power liftgate.

Needless to say, the Santa Fe XL made the perfect conveyance for our three-hour-plus drive, keeping us comfortable and cool within its well insulated and nicely appointed cabin.

The perforated and double-stitched brown leather is proof positive that Hyundai has upped its game here. This was complemented by matching soft touch in the doors and sparing use of faux woodgrain in the dash.

Big buttons on the centre console are easy to read and operate, as is the large touchscreen for media and navigation. There are plenty of powerpoints, including an available 115-volt outlet in the third row.

All Santa Fe XL models get Hyundai’s Lambda II 3.3-litre GDI V6. Buyers in this segment expect six-cylinder power, and although the Sport’s 2.0-litre turbo four kicks out impressive numbers, the 3.3 at 290 hp delivers 26 more.

There’s a little less torque at 252 lb/ft, but it comes in at an early 1,500 rpm for a long, flat torque curve and plenty of thrust when you step on the throttle.

Fuel economy for AWD models is rated at 11.8/8.0/10.1 L/100km, (city/hwy/comb), but my actual result was 12.3. Not out of line for a vehicle that tips the scales at 1,968 kg. Towing capacity is 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs), which is ideal for towing the weekend toys.

In the XL, all-wheel-drive also gets you Active Cornering Control. This steps up its cornering ability by applying braking to the inside rear wheel when accelerating through a turn.

Indeed, this larger Santa Fe easily measures up to its competition – vehicles like Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer – in terms of powertrains, content and technology, but also in the style department.

The company’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language renders nicely in the XL, putting it somewhere near the top of a segment that continues to raise the fashion bar.

I’d say it even tops its sibling. The longer body with its uninterrupted character line, straighter beltline and smaller C-pillar, has a more pleasing side view, and I like the XL’s dual exhausts better than the Sport’s single pipe with twin tips.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for stylish and content-rich family transport, the Santa Fe XL should be on the shopping list.
It may lack the offroad chops of Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango and even the Honda Pilot, but few families spend much time off the asphalt.

Instead they’re ferrying kids to and from hockey practice, hauling groceries and tackling the odd cottage road, which is exactly where the XL shines.