Friday, September 04, 2015

2017 Hyundai Equus Spied With An Ultra-Luxurious Interior

Work continues on the 2017 Hyundai Equus as our spies have caught the model undergoing hot weather testing in the United States.

While we've already seen the car on several different occasions, the latest batch of spy photos gives us a pretty good glimpse at the interior. As you can see, Hyundai is really stepping up their game as the cabin is downright luxurious as it boasts perforated leather seats with contrasts piping. The sedan also has elegant wood trim, metallic accents and higher quality switchgear. Other notable highlights include a Lexicon audio system, heated / ventilated rear seats and Audi A8-inspired wood and metallic trim on the rear seatbacks.

The front passenger compartment is heavily camouflaged but features a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel and an infotainment system with a wide display.  We can also see a redesigned center console and a steering-wheel mounted shifter.

Hyundai has been tight-lipped about the model but it will likely be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops at least 420 bhp (313 kW) and 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to a newly optional all-wheel drive system.


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Hyundai Hope On Wheels Awards $10.5 Million In Research Funding During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 17th year of battling childhood cancer, Hyundai Motor America and its non-profit organization, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® today announced that it will award $10.5 million in research grants to hospitals across the U.S. during September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Hope On Wheels' Every Handprint Tells a Story September campaign theme honors the brave children and families throughout America fighting against this terrible disease. Since 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded over $100 million in lifetime funding to childhood cancer research.

"There's no higher calling than to make sure our children have the best future possible and it's both an honor and privilege to support such an important cause," said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "While we are making positive strides in many areas of pediatric cancer, there's still work to do. And it also doesn't change the fact that every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Reaching the milestone of $100 million in giving is something we are proud of at Hyundai but the fight continues and we are determined in our mission to one day find a cure. To all the kids, families and cancer researchers on the front lines of childhood cancer – know that you are not alone and we remain committed over the long-term to this important cause. "

2015 National Campaign: Every Handprint Tells a Story and PSA
Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2015 campaign Every Handprint Tells a Story is articulated through its refreshed web portal HopeOnWheels.org and new Childhood Cancer Awareness Month microsite HopeOnWheels.org/September. The theme conveys how every child's handprint is unique and represents their stories, dreams, desires and hopes, whether completing a round of chemotherapy, celebrating a beautiful new head of hair or playing their favorite sport.

Visitors to the portal and social media channels will find a series of videos profiling child cancer patients and their parents and families with stories of bravery and hope. The website will also include research project overviews from the 2015 grant winners and provide an interactive element, where visitors can lend their own hand in the fight by changing their social media avatar, sharing a child's story of courage and hope on social channels or donating to fund research. Each week a family's story will be selected and shared on the Hope On Wheels website and social channels. Hope On Wheels will also launch a new public service announcement (PSA) that asks the public to join Hope On Wheels and add their hand in the fight to #EndChildhoodCancer. Kids, fathers, mothers, doctors and supporters who all have a vested interest in telling the story of kids' battles with cancer bring the video to life. The PSA can be seen on the Hope On Wheels website and can be shared on social media. To join our effort, please visit the Hope On Wheels website and "click" 'Add My Handprint' to join the fight against childhood cancer. Hyundai mailed one million decals to existing Hyundai owners and dealerships. Customers may pick them up at local Hyundai dealerships across the country to show their support for September.

"Hope On Wheels together with Hyundai's 800-plus dealers across the country have been fighting this terrible disease for 17 years by funding life-saving research," said Hyundai Hope on Wheels Board Chairman and Managing Partner at Southpoint Hyundai Texas, Scott Stark. "Our Every Handprint Tells A Story campaign is focused on telling every chapter of this unfortunate story that is childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is an issue that affects children and their parents, siblings, caretakers, friends and loved ones. Cancer knows no income, community, gender or race. We invite the public to join us in this fight by adding their hand in the fight to end childhood cancer."

Hope On Wheels Visits Washington D.C.
Hope On Wheels annual September campaign also includes "DC Days," a series of childhood cancer awareness building initiatives in Washington, D.C. to honor the brave children, families and medical researchers on the front lines battling kids cancer. The organization will hold a joint press conference with members of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Representatives. Cancer survivors, including Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassadors -- 11-year-old Kenny Thomas from Carson, CA, and 12-year-old Ashley Burnette from Raleigh, NC, will address the audience and share their first hand experiences with cancer.  Many of the country's leading pediatric oncologists, policy makers, members of Congress, Hyundai executives, Hope On Wheels board members and childhood cancer survivors will also participate in a press conference at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Thought Leaders' Summit, Washington, DC
The second annual Hope On Wheels Thought Leaders' Summit brings together the country's top pediatric oncologists and this year's Scholar Grant recipients, providing an arena to explore and discuss the progress in childhood cancer research and exchange ideas and new thinking. Led by Dr. Leonard Sender, Executive Director at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's, and Dr. Lisa Diller, Chief Medical Officer of Dana-Farber Children's Hospital Cancer Care and the Clinical Director of Pediatric Oncology, everyone at the summit shares the same goal: find a cure to end childhood cancer.

2015 Hope On Wheels National Tour
Each year, some 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, making the disease the leading cause of death by disease for children in the U.S.  This year Hope On Wheels is traveling the nation in a Hyundai Tucson to the respective children's hospital grant winners. The organization's signature handprint ceremony is held at each event, where pediatric cancer survivors dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on the vehicle.

The highly-competitive Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant program is open to the over 200 Children's Oncology Group member institutions engaged in pediatric cancer research in the U.S. Grant winners are selected by a scientific review panel. See below for the complete list of Hyundai Scholar winners in 2015.

New $1 million Hyundai Quantum Grant Award Research Grant
Hyundai Hope On Wheels has introduced its largest research grant to date. The $1 million grant category -- Hyundai Quantum Award --will enable four children's hospitals to each receive $250,000 per year for four years. The $4 million investment will support life-saving transformational research on cancers with low survival rates. The Quantum grant is open to eligible Children's Oncology Group (COG) member institutions and the winners will be announced later this year.   

2015 Hyundai Run 4 Hope Series
The 5th Annual Hyundai Run 4 Hope run/walk series kicks off this year on September 27th with all proceeds benefiting childhood cancer research. Races this year will be held in Fountain Valley, CA (9/27), Chicago (9/27), Atlanta (10/24), Dallas (10/24) and Fort Lauderdale (11/15). 
Please visit www.HyundaiRun4Hope.org to register for one of the run/walk events.

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of Hope On Wheels 2015 grant winners, please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org/research. Follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at Facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels , Twitter.com/HopeOnWheels or Instagram.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels. Join the movement by posting a message of encouragement to children and families using the hashtag #EndChildhoodCancer and @HopeOnWheels. 

HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 17th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will award more than $100 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
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.



New High-Performance 'N' Division Shows How Ambitious Hyundai Is

BMW has its vaunted ‘M’ badge, and now the upwardly mobile Hyundai is taking the ‘N.’

Showing it is serious about establishing a performance pedigree, this tenacious Korean automaker is launching a new performance-oriented N division and bringing several vehicles to the Frankfurt Motor Show to celebrate.

Hyundai said that the N brand will build on the company’s motor sports heritage, particularly as a competitor in the World Rally Championship. Hyundai returned to the WRC in 2014 after a 10-year hiatus, with a racing version of its i20 hatchback sold overseas.

The company will preview a new version of the i20 WRC race car in Frankfurt as an emblem of its ambitions. This is the first prototype for the new rally car that’ll run in the WRC starting next year.

Hyundai also will showcase two concept cars at Frankfurt’s auto show in September.

The most radical one is called the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo. This hybrid sports car — meant to highlight the future potential of N — will be featured exclusively in the Sony Playstation Gran Turismo video game.

The Hyundai RM15 concept car, which first debuted at the Seoul Motor Show in April, is the other one headed to Frankfurt. It is essentially a tricked-out Hyundai Veloster with a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter engine mounted in the middle of the car instead of up front for better weigh distribution.

Though the RM15 is only a concept, its engine is undergoing development for applications in future high-performance Hyundai road vehicles. The RM15 also showcases other driver-focused technology that could come into production via the new N division, Hyundai said.

But the company did not disclose details about any future performance vehicles that will wear an N badge.

Like Mazda, Hyundai has been getting more upscale in recent years. It said the N brand is about building new momentum for “exciting driving dynamics” — a phrase commonly used by the high-performance M division at the luxury brand BMW.

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off with several press days starting September 15. Among the many vehicles slated to debut there are the 2017 Kia Sportage, and some reports suggest, possibly the new BMW M2 coupe.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hyundai Continues To Tease Us Before The Frankfurt Auto Show

Hyundai sure has come a long way, haven’t they? What started off as a simplistic (some say questionable), attempt at manufacturing and marketing commuter cars to the American public, has morphed into a full-blown success story, as the South Korean automaker continues to make waves everywhere it goes. Its metamorphosis has been so astounding that the Cheat Sheet even did a write-up on the history of Hyundai, highlighting its humble beginnings, dedication to the American market, and cutting-edge modern creations.

Hyundai’s rise is an example of what’s possible if you play your cards right and evolve gracefully, and for its next act, the company plans on wooing the world with a move toward extreme performance, with its N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept vehicle at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Expanding upon its sporty “N sub-brand,” Hyundai hopes to show both haters and supporters what it’s capable of (at least in the digital realm) when the checkered flag flies this September.

Hyundai doesn’t want to just build hype with this concept car either, so its engineers made it as functional as possible in order to show-off the widest array of new technologies possible. Originally designed as a specialty vehicle for Sony’s PlayStation video game, Gran Turismo, the digital version of the car is as close as anyone will ever come to getting behind the wheel of it. Luckily, it’ll be uploaded before the end of the year, so gamers won’t have to deal with inconveniences like production, deliveries, or paying for fuel. While Hyundai spokeswoman Angela Hwang remains tight-lipped about most details, she says it’s important to note that this vehicle is purely a concept of what the automaker is capable of, and shouldn’t be misconstrued as a model for a future production car. So put that wad of cash down Floyd “Money” Mayweather, this one is out of reach even for you.

In a recent report by Autoblog, Hyundai’s trip to Frankfurt will center not only on this unobtainable concept car, but on the New Generation i20 WRC car that it plans on racing next season. Originally plugged in April of this year, the i20 WRC car is one hot hatch mean machine, and being able to finally get specs on it is a dream come true for a lot of petrolheads and rally enthusiasts.

According to Hyundai, its engineers have been working diligently on improving the car’s ride, handling, design, and performance all at once in an effort to spruce-up a company image that is known more for reliability, affordability, and tech than aggression and prowess. The automaker wants to show what it calls a “dedication and investment to create striking and pioneering high performance cars,” and judging by the two vehicles seen here, we find it difficult to argue with this statement. As the N performance line continues to get a complete overhaul, Hyundai says its metamorphosis plays a key roll in the future of the company, as it “signifies the pace of change within the brand, matching the company’s ambition to challenge perceptions by making real and emotional connections with customers.”

When the Korean automaker rebooted its motorsports activities via entering the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2014, responses were equal parts confusion, surprise, excitement, and curiosity, as millions of car guys eyed the new contender with interest. But it’s held its own, and back on the asphalt, Hyundai isn’t screwing around either, enlisting engineers from Lotus to help its team tweak the redesigned Genesis until it was deemed worthy by both American and European standards. Even more interesting was its opening of a European-based tech center so it could consistently test cars on Germany’s infamous Nürburgring, because if you want to compete with cars like the new Volkswagen GTI S, you’re going to have to get some serious track time in on the Nordschleife. To cap it all off, Hyundai enlisted Albert Biermann, the former chief engineer of BMW’s legendary M Division, to get the N-line into shape fast.

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering what the hell the “N” stands for in Hyundai’s N-line of performance cars, it represents Namyang, which is the automaker’s technical center outside of Seoul, where the company is based. This is the AMG, M, Type-R, TRD, Mopar, and SVT side of Hyundai, and if all goes well the two cars you see here will spawn a new line of high-performance Korean production cars, which is rumored to be landing toward the latter end of 2017.


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hyundai Records Increase In Sales

Hyundai had a slight uptick in sales for the month of July with 24 vehicles which helped increase market share by 0.2% year on year amid a dip in motor industry.

Speaking at the launch of the new 2 litre engine Hyundai Tucson 2016 model on Friday in Harare, the CFAO Motors Zimbabwe group marketing manager Lindsay Ehrich said the sales for Hyundai were slightly higher despite a 12% dip in the motor industry as a whole.

“We have ordered 13 of the new models, six in total in the range, three petrol and three diesel vehicles. They range from 4 by 2 GL manual petrol model right up to the 4 by 4 GLS automatic diesel model. We have sold four units to date and have a lot of interests in the model,” Ehrich said.

“We have a lot of orders that we are anticipating with these 13 models being brought into the country being the first shipment.”

CFAO Motors are the licensed dealers in the country for Hyundai motor vehicles and have seen an increase in its sales of the brand to 157 vehicles to date from 153 over the same timeframe last year.

As a result of the slight boost, CFAO launched the 2016 Hyundai Tucson 2 litre engine selling four out of the 13 vehicles since the shipment landed on August 18.

The vehicles range from $35 000 for the entry level petrol up to $53 000 for the higher spec diesel.

Sales for Hyundai are averaging 25 vehicles a month and Ehrich said CFAO was anticipating heightened interest for the SUV Range of vehicle which they say was resonating well with the public.

She said CFAO expect to order between eight and 10 vehicles next month.

“We are going to be targeting your ladies, mothers, and companies. I think the product (new Tucson) can be anyone’s vehicle if you look at it,” Ehrich said.

Leading companies in the motor industry have been complaining about the lack of appropriate finance for customers to purchase vehicles citing high interest rates, prevailing liquidity shortages, and open lines of credit.

Ehrich said customers were seeking open lines of credit and other finance options but it was not easy to come by and thus having a negative effect on the company’s sales.

“Things are tough in Zimbabwe at the moment and I think a big factor for all of us in this new vehicle industry is lack of open lines of credit, high interests rates which all play a part with us, not many people can afford to pay cash for a $50 000 plus car,” Ehrich said.

Ehrich was hopeful that new Hyundai Tucson would do well as the old model was its number one product.

“We do not expect that to change with this model (Hyundai Tucson new model), we have managed to secure very competitive pricing and we now have a diesel model which is much more economical,” Ehrich said.


Tesla P85D Love, Hydrogen Stations, Electric Hyundai, New Smart ForTwo: The Week In Reverse (Video)



Which green car broke the Consumer Reports new-car rating system?

And, what automaker did we hear may be planning an all-electric car before the end of next year?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, August 28, 2015.

Friday, we explored why owners of the BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car do what's called "coding"--modifying the software to give them functions available in other markets but not in the U.S.

Those include getting more gasoline into the tank, conserving battery range, and even activating the AM radio that BMW North America suppressed.

On Thursday, we covered yet another rave for the Tesla Model S from Consumer Reports.

In this case, the magazine said, the Model S P85D performance version scored so high that it "broke the ratings," which had to be adjusted so the car wouldn't score 103 on a scale of 1 to 100.

Wednesday, we looked at the economics and the throughput of fueling sites for gasoline and diesel, and for hydrogen, and compared them to DC quick-charging stations for electric cars.

Our conclusion was that fast-charging sites may be cheaper to build than many analysts have assumed--and that they already provide better throughput than the newest hydrogen stations will.

On Tuesday, we had another Tesla P85D story: Two Norwegian drivers set a new distance record, driving more than 450 miles on a single full charge of the battery.

The EPA rates that car's range at 253 miles combined, but we do have to note that the pair drove at an average of just 24 miles per hour.

We kicked off the week on Monday with a source telling us that Hyundai plans to launch an all-electric version of its so-called Prius fighter before the end of next year. It's an aerodynamic five-door hatchback that will come as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery-electric car.

That would give Hyundai a single car with a range of models that could compete with both the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius (seen in our spy shots last week) and the Chevrolet Bolt EV and next generation Nissan Leaf.

Sounds like 2017 is going to be an exciting year for new green cars, doesn't it?

Finally, we wrote up two days of driving the all-new 2016 Smart ForTwo minicar. The little two-seater's 8.8-foot length stays the same, and so do its gas-mileage ratings, but it's a much better car than its predecessor.

Its turning circle is ridiculously small, at just 22.8 feet, which means you can do doughnuts in any two-lane road, and grab parking spaces out from under the noses of larger and less agile vehicles.

It's got more power, better acceleration, more airbags, and at last a competitive interior.

But it's still not a gas-mileage champ, though its size leads most people to assume it gets 50, 60, even 70 miles per gallon. It's actually rated at 36 mpg combined.

An all-electric version coming late next year should offer much better efficiency.

Until next week, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.