Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Monday, December 05, 2016
Hyundai's been on a big performance bender this year. After debuting some incredible concepts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the automaker just lifted the veil on its all-new rally car.
This new rally racer, based on the i20 hatchback (otherwise known as the Elantra GT in the US), will be Hyundai's third car in the FIA World Rally Championship series. Hyundai joined this league in 2014, hoping to expand its horizons in the world of motorsport. In 2017, Hyundai's three cars will run under the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner.
While there is an i20 beneath this ridiculous exterior, it's hard to find. That's because rally cars are a menagerie of aerodynamic bolt-ons and, well, more aerodynamic bolt-ons. The diffusers are huge, the front canards look like they could slice a block of limestone and the wing is large enough to look pretty silly.
Under the hood is a 380-horsepower engine, which is 80 more horsepower than in 2016. Changing FIA regulations dropped the curb weight between 2016 and 2017, as well, so this thing is going to be delightfully quick as it careens over crests and drifts through small European hamlets.
The car may be all new, but the drivers aren't. All three drivers for 2017 are the same as last year -- Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will contest each round of the WRC in the team's three cars. If the rally championship were won on looks alone, Hyundai would be off to a very early start. And without Volkswagen participating in 2017, it may actually have a chance to win some races.
Friday, December 02, 2016
, /PRNewswire/ -- Led by CUVs and Hyundai's smallest cars, Accent and Veloster, Hyundai had its best November ever, with overall sales of 62,507, up four percent over one year ago.
Hyundai Division posts sales of 61,201 units"With gas prices remaining relatively low throughout the year and a rather robust economy, our and Santa Fe CUVs, with sales up 10 and 18 percent, respectively, continue to be the shining stars in the Hyundai line-up," said , vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.
Genesis Division posts sales of 1,306 units"As dealers' inventory continues to improve, with more G80 and G90 models arriving weekly, sales for the brand were up nine percent over October," said , general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
You won’t recognize Hyundai’s crossover lineup after the automaker’s potentially lucrative product revamp. Giving crossover-hungry buyers more of what they want, Hyundai plans to add two new models and re-position three existing models to better battle rivals in red-hot segments. Expect a name change for one well-known model and growth spurts for others.
Speaking to Automotive News at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski spelled out the automaker’s plan to cover all of its crossover bases by 2020.
“It’s not just adding new vehicles, it’s doing a better job of positioning a family of CUVs,” said Zuchowski. The first new addition to the family — a subcompact crossover — arrives in early 2018. That model joins a fast growing segment populated by the likes of the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax and upcoming Ford EcoSport.
An A-segment crossover arrives some time after that, though there isn’t much detail to go on. Hyundai doesn’t sell an A-segment vehicle in North America, though it does overseas. We’ll wait to see if the automaker taps the i10 city car as a platform.
Big changes are in store for the brand’s existing crossovers. The compact Tucson will grow slightly while retaining its styling direction, but the Santa Fe Sport and its bigger brother will both emerge from the operation with new identities.
The Santa Fe Sport is due to grow in size and take on a more rugged look — a move clearly targeting Jeep — while the Santa Fe grows into an eight-passenger model and ditches its name.
Zuchowski said that too much confusion exists around those two models. He didn’t say if the Santa Fe Sport would drop the “Sport” or what moniker we can expect from its range-topping stablemate.
“As we’ve said, product is the lifeblood of any brand,” Zuchowski said. “If that’s true and I believe it’s true, we feel pretty good about what we’ve got in the pipeline.”