Friday, April 28, 2017

ROLLING WITH THE ROOKIES PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI GIVES FANS AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT THE ROAD TO THE NFL

Hyundai Releases Four Mini-Documentaries Highlighting the Individual Draft Stories of Mitchell Trubisky, O.J. Howard, Mike Williams and Haason Reddick

Each Player Collaborated with Marcus Rivero, aka SolesBySir, to Design a Custom Wrap for a Hyundai Santa Fe
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 25, 2017 The life-long journey to the NFL is on the verge of being completed for the prospects who will be selected this week at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. This year, Hyundai’s multi-faceted Draft program, Rolling with the Rookies, is going beyond 40-yard dash times and bench press repetitions to profile four rookies in an original content series that highlights the people, places and experiences that shaped their journeys.

Hyundai partnered with four future NFL rookies who are all projected to be taken in the first round in various mock drafts – Mitchell Trubisky, O.J. Howard, Mike Williams and Haason Reddick. During the lead-up to the draft, Hyundai filmed the prospects in their hometowns and talked with the people that helped make their dreams a reality, capturing their unique stories, from pee-wee football to high school through college. As part of the film, each player worked with famed cleat designer Marcus Rivero, aka SolesBySir, to design a custom vehicle wrap for a Hyundai Santa Fe, visually bringing their story to life.

“The NFL Draft is where it all begins for the league’s future stars, and we wanted to give fans a better and more immersive experience by telling the incredible stories of these four top prospects,” said Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “These players exemplify the power of hard work and perseverance through adversity in making their NFL dreams a reality, and it was compelling to see their stories represented in each Santa Fe wrap.”

On the ground in Philadelphia, the NFL will welcome the newest members to its family from April 27-29, and Hyundai will have a Rolling with the Rookies activation inside the NFL Draft Experience. This will include the four custom designed Santa Fes, as well as interactive exhibits highlighting footage and memorabilia from each player’s life. In addition, Hyundai is also the presenting sponsor of Selection Square, which is home to the 32 team Draft tables and the location of Rounds 4-7.

Hyundai Rookie Prospects
  • Mitchell Trubisky – From the University of North Carolina, Mitchell is the top QB prospect available and comes from an incredibly supportive family that has seen him go from Mr. Ohio Football in 2012 to a projected 1st Round Pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. https://youtu.be/X5gkGlVx79A
  • O.J. Howard –The top tight end in the draft and one of the best tight ends in Crimson Tide history, O.J. Howard started games in all four of his seasons at Alabama, along with winning a national championship in 2015 and being named the Offensive MVP of the game. https://youtu.be/6xbo_GgEMgU
  • Mike Williams – Persevered to overcome a broken bone in his neck to win a national championship with Clemson this past season and was named first-team All-ACC as a top receiver, catching 94 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 TDs, while putting up several highlight-reel plays. https://youtu.be/xhiVXiHY-dQ
  • Haason Reddick – A former running back and safety walk-on at Temple, Haason grew up outside of Philadelphia and worked himself into one of the top linebackers in the draft. https://youtu.be/SJnJd_sNz3g
The mini-documentaries and all of the content for Rolling with the Rookies presented by Hyundai can be found at Hyundaiusa.com/NFL, on Hyundai’s YouTube channel and at HyundaiNews.com.

Hyundai is entering its third season as an official NFL sponsor and the league’s official car and SUV. It also has relationships with six teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers. Hyundai’s 2017 NFL Draft content and activation is managed by Advantage.


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

HYUNDAI TUCSON FUEL CELL DRIVERS ACCUMULATE MORE THAN TWO MILLION ZERO-EMISSION MILES BY EARTH DAY 2017

Hyundai Fuel Cell clean H2O emissions effectively replaced approximately 760 Tons of CO2 emissions compared with gasoline CUVs of similar size and capability

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 21, 2017
 – In celebration of Earth Day 2017, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell drivers have again surpassed an important threshold, accumulating more than two million miles on the roads and highways of both Southern and Northern California. These fuel cell CUVs have emitted only clean water vapor, and by so doing, have replaced approximately 760 tons of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted by vehicles of similar size and capability. Hyundai has delivered more than 140 Tucson Fuel Cell crossovers since its introduction as the first mass-produced fuel cell in the U.S. market in 2014.
“Breaking the two million mile consumer mileage barrier gives us greater vision into the unlimited zero-emissions potential for Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicles,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With our growing consumer fleet of hydrogen-powered Tucson fuel cells accumulating miles and thus reducing corresponding emissions, we’re excited to help fulfill the unlimited potential for a zero-emissions hydrogen vehicle future.”

Hyundai service engineers, with permission from vehicle owners, receive periodic mileage updates from Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles in Southern California, allowing them to calculate cumulative mileage totals as needed to assess fuel cell stack maintenance status.

TUCSON FUEL CELL ADVANTAGESThe Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV has a number of advantages over some other alternative fuels. The energy-rich hydrogen fuel provides an estimated driving range of 265 miles between fill-ups, similar to many gasoline vehicles. Further, both fuel cell driving range and vehicle performance are minimally affected by either extreme hot or cold ambient temperatures, giving owners an extra measure of peace of mind as they go about their day. Even more important for consumers transitioning from gasoline vehicles, the Tucson Fuel Cell can be refilled with hydrogen in less than five minutes, about the same time as a typical gasoline vehicle. Finally, fuel cell vehicles, due to their compact, relatively lightweight fuel cell stack design, are completely production scalable from very small to very large vehicles, such as urban-focused mini-compact cars all the way to full-size buses and trucks.


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

HYUNDAI’S “IONIQ UNLIMITED+” SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM ALIGNS WITH EARTH DAY

New Subscription Program Creates a Carefree and Affordable Means of Clean,
Emissions-free Transportation 
One Monthly Payment Includes the Ioniq Electric, Unlimited Mileage,
Electric Charging and Maintenance 
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 20, 2017 – Just prior to Earth Day 2017, Hyundai Motor America launched its new “Ioniq Unlimited+” electric vehicle subscription program for California residents. This innovative program offers a carefree way to drive Hyundai’s newest zero-emission, eco-focused vehicle; the 2017 Ioniq Electric.

Electric shoppers in California are now able to select one fixed payment for a 36-month term. No other manufacturer offers this kind of subscription option for their electric vehicle offerings. Hyundai carefully designed the entire process to be the most transparent, stress-free and enjoyable vehicle subscription experience on the market today.

The monthly payment includes:
  • $0 initiation fee after rebate
  • Hassle-free transaction
  • Initial tax, title, license and fees (except California sales tax)
  • Unlimited mileage (no mileage penalties)
  • Electric charging reimbursement
  • Scheduled maintenance
  • Vehicle wear items
SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM PARAMETERSIoniq Unlimited+ provides zero initiation costs after rebate, where the customers’ initial $2,500 down payment is offset by the California electric vehicle rebate. This initiation fee includes all taxes (except California sales tax) and dealer charges, as well as the first monthly payment. The remaining monthly subscription payment is based simply on the Ioniq Electric model chosen.
Ioniq Unlimited+ Subscription
Ioniq Electric Trims
Monthly Payment
ELECTRIC
$275 + tax
LIMITED
$305 + tax
LIMITED w/ Ultimate Package
$365 + tax

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED EV MOBILITY PROGRAM
“We’re excited to offer Ioniq Unlimited+ as an innovative, worry-free means of clean, zero-emission mobility with our new Ioniq electric vehicle in California,” said Dean Evans, vice president, marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “This new program adds to the satisfaction of driving a no-compromise, clean vehicle with unlimited mileage and zero hidden costs. It’s time to make clean vehicle mobility easy for everyone.”

Ioniq Unlimited+, besides offering a hassle-free single-payment method, offers an entirely new concept of electric vehicle subscription that eco-focused shoppers will appreciate. It includes a unique online buying experience, where customers can select the exact vehicle from their preferred dealer’s inventory and preview the all-inclusive monthly payment online. Once they complete a credit application and are approved, they go directly to the dealership to complete the purchase. At the dealer, the shopper just signs a few forms and drives away in an Ioniq Electric. The tax, title, license, and dealer fees are included. Equally important to many EV customers, the Ioniq Electric will be HOV-sticker eligible, allowing Ioniq drivers to use carpool lanes on their daily travels.

WORRY-FREE VEHICLE SUBSCRIPTION EXPERIENCEIoniq Unlimited+ owners can enjoy their full driving experience worry-free, because there are no mileage penalties during the 36-month subscription period. The program also includes reimbursement for electricity used by the owner, based on the number of miles driven, up to the first 50,000 miles. This electricity credit will be applied directly to the owners’ subsequent monthly payment, for immediate monetary benefit to the customer. Even more, all service, maintenance and wear items on the Ioniq Electric are also included during the first 50,000 miles, further enhancing the worry-free experience. The Ioniq Unlimited+ program creates an entirely new means of mobility that addresses the major, well-known stress points associated with traditional automotive leases.
The Ioniq Electric initially will be available to Los Angeles/Orange/Riverside county residents only, expanding to Northern California and San Diego later this year. The Ioniq Unlimited+ subscription program is only available to California residents.

IONIQ ELECTRIC PURCHASING OPTIONSFor those customers who are interested in a more traditional buying experience, a direct purchasing option is available for the Ioniq Electric. The purchasing options include Hyundai’s industry-leading Lifetime Battery Warranty and America’s Best Warranty for the entire Ioniq powertrain, to the original purchaser.
IONIQ Electric Model
MSRP*
ELECTRIC
$29,500
LIMITED
$32,500
LIMITED w/ Ultimate Package
$36,000
*Freight charge of $835 not included

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

KELLEY BLUE BOOK RECOGNIZES FOUR HYUNDAI MODELS AS TOP ECO-FRIENDLY CARS FOR EARTH DAY 2017

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 19, 2017 Ahead of Earth Day 2017, Hyundai’s 2017 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) models and 2017 Ioniq Hybrid and Electric models have been recognized by Kelley Blue Book as some of the top eco-friendly vehicles on the market. Both the Sonata and Ioniq were included in the Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars under $40,000, while the Sonata PHEV and Ioniq Electric were recognized as top five at the same price point in their respective categories.
Kelley Blue Book recognized the Sonata and Ioniq Hybrid models for driver experience and performance, highlighting the Sonata’s interior as “one of the segment’s best designed and most practical,” while it commended the Ioniq for its class-leading efficiency, as well as handling and braking. The Sonata PHEV’s leading warranty was recognized in its ranking and the company also highlighted the affordability for the all-electric Ioniq.

“Our commitment to the future of eco-friendly driving doesn’t mean we’re just building a lot of environmentally-friendly cars, but that we make the entire experience of these cars better,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “From interior comfort to affordability to performance, we look beyond just fuel economy to create an enjoyable ownership experience and smooth the transition into a more ecological way of driving.”

“With these rankings our experts inform consumers and the industry of the best environmental and economic values among eco-friendly vehicles,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Hyundai’s strong showing on these rankings indicates the company’s dedication to developing advanced environmentally friendly cars and letting a wider array of consumers access them.”


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

HYUNDAI ANNOUNCES BLUE LINK AGENT FOR THE GOOGLE ASSISTANT

Hyundai Owners Can Now Control Their Cars with the Google Assistant on Google Home
Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant Debuts with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

NEW YORK, April 13, 2017 – Hyundai’s Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant, demonstrated at Pepcom’s Digital Experience prior to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) is now available for use by Hyundai owners. The announcement was made during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show today.

The Blue Link Agent for the Google Assistant allows control of various functions of a Hyundai vehicle with simple voice commands. These commands can include “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 82 degrees, “Ok Google, Tell Blue Link to send the address of the Empire State Building to my Sonata”, and “Ok Google, ask Blue Link to unlock my car”.

To make these voice-activated features available to even more Hyundai owners, Blue Link Connected Care, Remote and Guidance packages are now free for three years on all 2018 Hyundai models and the 2017 IONIQ lineup. This announcement was also made at the New York International Auto Show today.

“We continue to lead the industry with these better customer-focused integrations,” said Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “With the advent of Google Assistant’s capabilities, we want to provide Hyundai owners with the comfort of remote starting their car on a hot summer afternoon or the security of remotely locking their Sonata Hybrid while it’s parked in the garage at the end of a long day.”

Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant that can provide real-time answers, activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and now, cars.

Google Home and the 2017 IONIQ Electric
Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into Hyundai cars with technologies including Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link services can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror and center stack, the web or via the Blue Link owners’ smartphone app. In addition to the action on the Google Assistant, some of these features can also be controlled via the latest Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatch offerings.

How It WorksTo send commands to the Hyundai Vehicles via the Google Assistant on Google Home, engineers developed a way to link a customer’s Blue Link Account with the Google Assistant voice activated services. Once a customer has successfully linked his or her account, Remote Service commands will only be sent to Hyundai vehicles after the Google Assistant prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Examples of Exchanges between Google Home and Hyundai Blue Link
Example User Statement to Google Assistant
Example Google Assistant’s Response to User
“Ok Google, tell Blue Link to send the address of the nearest Starbucks to my Santa Fe.”
“The address I found for the nearest Starbucks is 350 Fifth Ave, New York, New York. Would you like to send it to your blue Santa Fe?”
Yes.
“A request to send point of interest has been sent.”

“Ok Google, what is the weather like today?”
“Today’s forecast for Ann Arbor is 38 degrees with rain and snow.”
“Ok Google, ask Blue Link to Start my Tucson and set the temperature to 75 degrees.”
“To remote start and set climate control of your black Tucson to 75 degrees, please say your Blue Link PIN. Or, say cancel.”
“9115.”
“A request to remote start and set climate control has been sent.”

“Ok Google, tell Blue Link to start charging my IONIQ”
“To remote start charging your gray IONIQ, please say your Blue Link PIN. Or, say cancel.”
“1978.”
“A request to remote charge has been sent.”

Blue Link action on Google Home demonstration features include:
  • Sending a destination to the car’s navigation system
  • Remote horn/lights
  • Start and stop charging of Hyundai electric and plug-in vehicles
  • Remote Start with Climate Control
  • Remote Lock
  • Remote Unlock


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

HYUNDAI MAKES REMOTE SERVICES STANDARD ON IONIQ AND BLUE LINK-EQUIPPED 2018 MODELS

Blue Link Connected Care, Remote and Guidance Packages Free for Three Years

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 13, 2017 – Remote door lock, Remote Start with Climate Control and the Monthly Vehicle Health Report are among the Blue Link services Hyundai Motor America will make standard via smartphone, smartwatch and Amazon Alexa for three years.

Hyundai Motor America announced the updated standard services packages for Blue Link-equipped 2018 Hyundai vehicles and 2017 IONIQ models. The rollout of the standard services will begin with the launch of the 2018 Elantra GT, Santa Fe Sport and redesigned 2018 Sonata models. The redesigned 2018 Sonata debuted at the New York International Auto Show today. In addition, Hyundai has also enhanced the Blue Link Remote Start with Climate Control feature to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors for 2018 Elantra GT and Sonata.
“Remote start has always been our most popular remote service,” said Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai owners request more than one million remote starts a month during the winter and perform more than a million remote locks annually. Our customers love to be connected, so improving their value and overall experience at no additional cost maintains our commitment to do better.”

Hyundai is going above and beyond the competition by making key Blue Link safety and security features like Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery standard to subscribers. These important features include immediate access to the Blue Link Emergency Response Center in the event of an accident, faster connection to emergency services and 24/7, 365 days/year access to emergency assistance via the dedicated SOS button. Blue Link can also assist the police in locating and recovering an owner’s stolen car.
In addition to making the current features standard, Hyundai will tackle the inconvenience of outdated map software by offering free downloads to maintain up-to-date navigation programming on the system’s SD card via the MyHyundai website. The complimentary updates also will be available for three years as part of the Guidance Package.
The complete set of standard features included are:
  • Connected Care Package
    • Automatic Collision Notification
    • SOS Emergency Assistance
    • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
    • Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
    • Service Link
    • Maintenance Reminder
    • Driving Information
    • On-Demand Diagnostics
    • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    • Blue Link Mobile App now with Charge Management for electric and PHEV models
  • Remote Package – Most features can be activated via Amazon Alexa skill, smartphone app or smartwatch
    • Remote Door Lock / Unlock
    • Remote Horn and Lights
    • Remote Start with Climate Control (Requires push button start)
    • Car Finder
    • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
    • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    • Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
    • Alarm Notification
    • Curfew Alert
    • Geo-Fence
    • Speed Alert
    • Valet Alert
  • Guidance Package - Requires Onboard Navigation
    • Multimedia and Navigation Updates (Provides complimentary map updates)
    • Destination Search Powered by Google
    • Destination Send-to-Car by Google

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2018 SONATA: DEFINING THE BENCHMARK FOR MID-SIZED SEDANS

New Features, Technology and Hardware 

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Now Standard Equipment

NEW YORK, April 12, 2017 –The redesigned 2018 Sonata enters the market with a new look from the front, side and rear thanks to a “cascading grill,” a more assertive profile and an entirely new rear; showcasing a clean and handsome approach with reimagined, slim taillights.



“It’s all about making an impact,” said Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai North American Design Center. “We wanted to deliver an exciting expressive car to our customers and show the world how passionate Hyundai is about design and craftsmanship. The objective was to make an impact, this design provides the visual excitement and unique identity our customers associate with Sonata.”

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio with American aesthetic tastes in mind, the new Sonata is bold, daring and beautiful. The 2018 Sonata made its North American debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

ELEVATED ELEGANCE
Supplementing the bodywork, the 2018 Sonata now lights the way with LED daytime running lights. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path and add to Sonata’s already radiant posture. The same standout style continues in the rear with sharp taillight design and enlarged Hyundai badge, which now cleverly houses the trunk release button. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs cap off its new look.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s catching new looks. The trend carries down to gauge dial design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch.

“The moment the pen left the drafting paper I knew we had something special in this re-imagined Sonata,” says Chapman, “Dynamic lines, strong graphics, and our new signature cascading grille come together in an athletic way.”



BEAUTY BENEATH THE SKIN
The new Sonata has a refined chassis with improved ride and handling. To achieve this feat, talented engineers increased the torsion bar stiffness within the steering system by 12 percent, which improves steering response and feel in all conditions. They then enhanced that improvement further with new steering calibration, focusing on responsiveness and on-center steering feel. Previous ratings for ride, handling and NVH showed customers were quite satisfied, so engineers just reset an already high bar.

In addition to these steering changes, the Sonata received an updated rear suspension. The trailing arms are 21 percent thicker, making them stiffer and better able to manage heavy suspension loads. New bushings work with the new suspension arms to allow for more ride compliance and yet quicken response time to control all other wheel motions. The result is a communicative, nimble and comfortable sedan.

For the top-of-the-line powertrain, there’s even more. The 245 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine now includes an eight-speed automatic transmission, which adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. The eight-speed allows for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. The 2.0-liter turbo models roll on 18-inch wheels, now with Michelin tires.



COMPELLING COMFORT AND SAFETY
The 2018 Sonata features a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration. Speaking of smartphones, driver and passenger alike can keep them charged without a plug using the available Qi standard wireless charging pad. Sonata now adds a second row USB charge port, a nod to today’s connected rear-seat passengers. Available navigation systems now come with a bird’s eye view feature as well as traffic flow and incident data, without ever having to pay a subscription for the service.

The Sonata offers more safety features in 2018. In addition to seven standard airbags (dual front, side, and curtain, as well as driver’s knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, and TPMS) comes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Sonata is the only Midsize car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment. Despite drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up. BSD with RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there’s also a new Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available.

BETTER BLUE LINK
As our cars become a mobile extension of the connected world, Blue Link continues to add more features to integrate your life. Blue Link now talks to Amazon Echo™, allowing you to control your car inside your home, or wherever the Amazon device is located.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ioniq Infographic

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 11, 2017 — The road to efficient, eco-conscious performance starts with the Hyundai Ioniq. The world's first dedicated vehicle with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices, the Ioniq Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 58 MPG (combined), making it the most efficient vehicle in the U.S. market without a plug. Even the interior is constructed with the environment in mind, crafted from renewable materials such as bio-fabrics and recycled plastics.

In the following infographic, Hyundai outlines how the Ioniq models help reduce both fuel and electricity use, while still getting you where you need to go — wherever that may be.



HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hyundai looks to Millenials with its Ioniq

Hyundai is looking to a new generation of car buyers as it rolls out a trio of powertrains under the same eco-friendly banner.

That vehicle, the Ioniq, was on display Friday during a press event at the company’s Hyundai America Technical Center headquarters in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township.The Ioniq comes in three flavors of electric – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric – and the company is touting the car’s green credentials, which it expects to appeal to changing generational tastes.

“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market,” according to Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning for Hyundai Motor America.

By 2020, sales to Millenials will account for 40 percent of new vehicle sales, which is key because, according to the company, Millenials indicate a “higher preference for — and are more likely to consider — purchase of an alternative powertrain vehicle.”

That openness reflects a “societal sea change” that the company expects to “transform the automotive marketplace.” That transformation is expected to include more urban living and a preference for vehicles with technology that can keep people connected.

Those predictions come at a time when consumer tastes have shifted more toward trucks and SUVs, but the company is looking toward a future when the Millenial generation dominates the marketplace.
O’Brien indicated other factors will influence the marketplace in the short term.

Whether or not the Trump administration relaxes fuel economy standards will not be an issue for automakers until after 2021. That — and requirements in California and several other states for so-called zero-emission vehicles — mean electric vehicles will continue to have a place.

But customers have to want to buy the cars, O’Brien said, noting that the company tried to make the compact Ioniq drive like a standard vehicle, one that is touted as the first on the market to offer three powertrains on one dedicated platform.

Here are a few details on the three versions:

The Hybrid model, at 58 miles per gallon combined, has the highest mileage rating of "any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the U.S. market.”

The Ioniq plug-in hybrid promises an all-electric range of more than 27 miles. And the Ioniq Electric’s lithium-ion polymer battery touts a driving range of 124 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid and the plug-in Hybrid use a dual-clutch transmission to engage the driver for a “spirited and fun-to-drive character,” according to the company. The vehicles also offer sport and eco modes.

Appealing to the green car segment, the Ioniq "uses eco-focused interior design materials," including bio-fabrics and recycled plastics with sugar cane and volcanic rock derivatives.

The Hybrid is available now, the Electric will roll out first in California this month and the Plug-in Hybrid is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing on the hybrid starts at $22,200 and the Electric at $29,500 before the $7,500 federal tax credit. Pricing is not yet available on the Plug-in Hybrid.

Friday, April 07, 2017

LIVE BROADCAST OF NEW 2018 HYUNDAI SONATA AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Press conference will debut the 2018 Sonata and showcase new features
  • Broadcast of press conference begins Wednesday, April 12 at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at Jacob Javits Convention Center inside the Hyundai Booth (#202)
  • The live stream will be available via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhxR72RtLVA
  • After the event ends links will provide replays of the press conference.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 7, 2017
– Hyundai Motor America will be live-streaming its press conference at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, allowing a wider audience to find out all the news about the 2018 Sonata. Media, fans and enthusiasts around the world whom cannot attend the show can be part of the experience thanks to the live-stream broadcast.

The highlight of the show will be the design of the new Sonata and Hyundai’s new ‘Cascading Grille’ that will be used across models.

To view the Hyundai press conference live on Wednesday, April 12, visit:

The Hyundai live player can be embedded in other websites, to access the embed code visit:

After the event ends links will replay of the press conference.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA REPORTS MARCH SALES

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 3, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America today reported sales of 69,265 for the month of March, down eight percent versus a record-setting March 2016.

Hyundai Division posts sales of 67,510 units|“Tucson, Santa Fe and Elantra were the bright spots for the month, while softness in the mid-size sedan segment continued,” said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. “Ioniq models are now arriving at dealerships across the country, broadening our consumer base and appeal to a wide range of buyers.”

Genesis Division posts sales of 1,755 units“The Genesis brand gains momentum as G80 and G90s continue to arrive at dealerships,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. “Sales were up for both models over February.”

SALES BY BRAND
 
MAR/2017
MAR/2016
CY/2017
CY/2016
HYUNDAI
67,510
75,310
163,637
173,330
GENESIS
1,755
0
5,155
0
TOTAL
69,265
75,310
168,792
173,330

MODELS
CARLINE
MAR/2017
MAR/2016
CY/2017
CY/2016
ACCENT
4,349
7,879
14,763
17,826
SONATA
15,357
28,778
37,869
61,457
ELANTRA
25,063
17,505
54,202
39,363
SANTA FE
11,446
6,546
28,102
17,217
AZERA
380
508
952
1,355
TUCSON
8,985
7,830
21,155
20,384
VELOSTER
1,386
2,342
5,548
6,466
IONIQ
327
0
332
0
GENESIS
210
3,762
698
8,645
EQUUS
7
160
16
617
G80
1,347
0
3,952
0
G90
408
0
1,203
0


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Hyundai teases Kona, an all-new subcompact crossover

It'll be Hyundai's first foray into the world of micro-utes.

Hyundai sure does love a good travel-inspired name, and the newest addition to its stable is no different.



Hyundai issued a teaser to announce Kona, a new B-segment (subcompact) crossover that is slated to launch later this year. Its name might sound out of left field, but all its SUVs are named after travel destinations -- Santa Fe, Tucson and Veracruz are all named in that tradition, as is Kona, which takes its name from the district on Hawaii's Big Island.

The picture only shows a headlight, so we don't have much to work with. Its super-thin profile follows in Hyundai's tradition of gradually slimming its front headlights, but this new setup takes that to a different level. It doesn't look like anything else Hyundai offers at the moment. The automaker calls it "progressive" and says the design "reflects the lifestyle of modern customers," whatever that means.

And that's all we know for now. Hyundai promised that more information will be release "in the near future," and with a release date set for the summer, it's likely that we won't have to wait too long for Hyundai to dish out some deets.

Hyundai isn't necessarily late to the subcompact-crossover game, but it'll have a fair bit of competition. There are some slightly older members of this group, like the Honda HR-V, but this year will see some new competitors, including the Toyota C-HR and Ford Ecosport.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/hyundai-teases-kona-an-all-new-subcompact-crossover/

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hyundai Doubles Down on Fuel Cell Technology With New SUV

The proposed market-leading SUV will have a 500-mile range.

Despite being the first automaker to mass-produce fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai has trailed behind its Japanese rivals—Honda and Toyota—in fuel cell vehicle sales for several years. In a move to take back some market share, Hyundai has announced it will unveil a long-range fuel cell SUV sometime next year, Bloomberg reports.

Kim Sae-hoon, head of fuel cell research at both Hyundai and Kia—an affiliate of Hyundai—said that the new SUV will debut alongside a new fuel cell bus during the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang next year. This week, though, Hyundai will have a long-range fuel cell SUV on display at the Seoul Motor Show. This SUV will feature a range of roughly 500 miles, according to the report.

One of the reasons why Hyundai has trailed in the wake of Toyota with respect to fuel cell vehicles sales is due to an undeveloped fuel cell infrastructure in South Korea and the high cost of its fuel cell cars overseas, Bloomberg reports. Speaking at Hyundai's fuel cell research and development center in Mabuk, Kim said, "We want to lead the changes in terms of technology. When there is industrial restructuring and emergence of new technologies, it gives a new opportunity to us."

Compared to Toyota, which sold 2,050 Mirais—the brand's fuel cell vehicle—Hyundai only sold 242 of its ix35 fuel cell vehicles. And at least in South Korea, the infrastructure just isn't quite there yet to support the proliferation of fuel cell-powered cars, compared to Japan. For comparison, South Korea may have 10 hydrogen charging stations, but they're all for research and not for commercial use. Japan, on the other hand, already has 79 charging stations with 12 more in the works.

Despite being behind its Japanese rivals for fuel cell adoption, South Korea is setting itself up for change. In August, the country created a government-industry group to set up 100 charging stations in the country, get 10,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road, and export 14,000 fuel cell vehicles abroad by 2020. Another committee has also been set up to aid in the widespread adoption of fuel cell vehicles across the country.

Source: http://www.thedrive.com/news/8808/hyundai-doubles-down-on-fuel-cell-technology-with-new-suv

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hyundai's New N-Brand Performance Car Ready To Burn Rubber

Sometimes, given its fast climb over the past decade, it’s hard to remember that Hyundai Motor celebrates only its 50th anniversary this year. That’s one reason the brand can seem “late” to certain traditional milestones already achieved by other carmakers that have a 100-year history.

Hyundai will hit one of those milestones later this year with the introduction of the first vehicle in its N-brand performance line. Many automakers have performance lines. They are the fast-moving, tight-cornering versions of existing models, with souped-up engines, stiffer suspensions and other improvements targeted at buyers for whom driving is a joyful experience, not merely a method of getting around.

Typically, these performance brands also have a higher sticker price, which adds to the profitability of the overall lineup. In a larger sense, a performance brand adds prestige to an automaker and often goes hand-in-hand with, or is the outgrowth of, an automaker’s racing operation, which is another station of the cross of a mature automaker.

Mercedes-Benz has the AMG performance brand. BMW has the M badge. Audi has the S and RS lines. Nissan has Nismo. Now, Hyundai has the N brand. The N stands for “Namyang,” site of Hyundai’s biggest R&D center, about 45 minutes south of its Seoul, South Korea, headquarters.

Hyundai has promised that its first N-brand vehicle – a high-performance version of its i30 hatchback, one of its most popular cars in Europe – will hit the streets soon. It’s fitting that it’s the i30 and it’s Europe. Europe is home to the world’s most demanding, and probably most accomplished, driving enthusiasts.

If you’re a rich European auto enthusiast, you hit the autobahn in your $120,000 Benz AMG. If you’re like the rest of us, you chase the AMG in your hot hatch. A hot hatch is exactly what it sounds like – a hatchback that’s been tuned to go really fast. The king of European hot hatches forever has been the Volkswagen Golf R, though the Ford Focus RS gives it a good run.

If Hyundai is going to establish itself with a hot hatch as the cornerstone of its N performance brand, it has to go right at the Golf, and the i30 is in the same segment. The i30 has good genes – it was the first Hyundai to be a European car of the year finalist. Now, with a 2.0-liter, 275hp turbocharged engine and a dual-clutch racing transmission, the i30N looks to run with the Golfs and Focuses on the autobahn. To head its N-brand line, Hyundai hired Albert Biermann, the former head of BMW’s M division.

Hyundai’s launch of the N-brand is the third leg of its attempt to establish its performance bona fides. The effort began when Hyundai re-entered racing in 2013, when it announced its return to the World Rally Championship circuit. Hyundai had dabbled in rally car racing earlier in its life, but had outsourced the effort, had little success and gave up in 2003. Ten years later -- and 10 years more technically proficient -- Hyundai came back with an in-house motorsport team, built its own headquarters in Germany and hired the best personnel it could from other teams. This time, Hyundai has won races, and currently sits in second place in the WRC standings, trailing only – naturally – Volkswagen.

Hyundai’s second important step in proving its performance ambitions was the 2013 opening of a shimmering, polished-steel auto garage at Germany’s legendary Nurburgring, a 13-mile race track that twists and turns and climbs and falls through the forest. Driver Jackie Stewart dubbed the track “the green hell.” Hyundai’s i30N was put through its paces in last year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race.

Hyundai raised its garage on prime real estate at the track – overlooking the start-finish line – in a clear announcement of intent to the rest of the auto brands. Testing your cars at the ‘ring, as it’s called, is a high-performance stamp of approval for gearheads the world-around.

Now, finally, Hyundai completes the third leg of its performance strategy by putting performance cars on the street. Hyundai promises additional N-brand versions of its cars, including some in its new stand-alone luxury line, Genesis.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/frankahrens/2017/03/29/hyundais-new-n-brand-performance-car-ready-to-burn-rubber/#64e8ccc1d145

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mid-Sized Hyundai Ioniq Tops Greenest Car List

For the first time in the last ten years, a mid-sized vehicle has achieved the top spot in the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's "Greenest Cars" list. The mid-sized Hyundai Ioniq topped the list with a highest ever green score of 64, followed closely by the BMW i3 in a list dominated by electric vehicles.

In the last 10 years, the top spot has been claimed only by compact or subcompact vehicles, so Ioniq's first place is quite a feat. The Ioniq is expected to hit the market initially with a 110-mile range, but Hyundai has already mentioned the possibility of a 200-plus-mile version in the future. A hybrid version of the Ioniq will also be available and scores comparably to other vehicles on the Greenest List.

"Anyone buying a new car now has plenty of options for making an environmentally smart decision," said Eric Junga, Transportation Research Analyst at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which runs the greenercars.org website. "Whether you are looking to purchase the greenest car available, or the greenest vehicle for your needs such as a minivan, or simply stay away from the bottom of the list, greenercars.org can help you."  

In ranking the vehicles, each car on the list was given a whole number Green Score based on an environmental damage index (EDX), which estimates pollution from vehicle manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel, and vehicle tailpipe emissions.

The greenercars.org website also has a list of vehicles that are considered "greener" as well as those considered "meaner" for the environment, the latter including vehicles that the organization considers as being the worst for the environment. As you might guess, that list is dominated by gas-only vehicles that aren't very good at the pump.

For its part, the first place Ioniq is also the first vehicle to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated platform. In addition to the Ioniq EV taking home first, there will also be Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid models available.

"Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, enjoyable to drive, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles."

The driving experience inside Ioniq is enhanced through state-of-the art connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Blue Link, as well as wireless charging for smartphones. Even more, the seven-inch TFT instrument cluster displays all key driver information with outstanding resolution. Ioniq also offers the very latest in advanced safety technologies.

Other vehicles on the list also performed very well when it came to being environmentally friendly. Toyota's Prius lineup's lithium-ion Prius Eco variant nabbed the third spot, while the new plug-in Prius Prime and Prius C claimed spots eight and nine. The Fiat 500E and the Nissan Leaf took home the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV may have taken home the sixth spot, but could have the greatest market impact of any vehicle on the Greenest list. The Bolt is the first EV with a range of more than 200 miles to make the Greenest List, and at $29,995 after federal tax credits, it opens the EV market to more buyers.

Two hybrid vehicles; the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Kia Niro Hybrid, claim 11th and 12th position, rounding out the list.

For the second consecutive year, the Greenest List is completely populated by plug-in and hybrid vehicles and contains no vehicle with solely an internal combustion engine. The Mitsubishi Mirage scores the highest of any purely gasoline-powered vehicle, narrowly missing a spot on this year's list with a Green Score just below the Niro's.

"For the second year in a row, plug-in electric vehicles---all-electrics and plug-in hybrids--dominate the Greenest List, proving that these vehicles are really coming into their own," said Junga. "Even the all-electrics are associated with significant emissions, however, arising from vehicle production and the electricity used for charging. It's notable that conventional hybrids continue to be environmentally competitive with the plug-ins, taking four of the Greenest slots."

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/automotive/plaindealer/index.ssf/2017/03/mid-sized_hyundai_ioniq_tops_greenest_car_list.html

Friday, March 24, 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR RECOGNISED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP


High Wycombe, 17 March 2017 – Hyundai Motor has been named Green Manufacturer of the Year and producer of the Best Plug in Car (0g/km), highlighting the brand and its model range as the stand-out environmentally-friendly option for fleet operators. The prestigious awards from leading business automotive title Fleet News recognises Hyundai Motor’s commitment to eco-friendly practices that enhance the lives of its customers while providing cost-effective motoring options to fleet operators.

A panel of expert judges consisting of fleet managers, leasing companies, pricing guides and Fleet News praised Hyundai Motor’s environmental considerations in everything the manufacturer does. These efforts range from investing heavily in low-emission technologies and running greener plants with zero-emission paint shops, through to using recycled materials for the IONIQ’s interior. Hyundai Motor also impressed the expert panel with its end-of-life vehicle environmental considerations, such as recycling exterior plastic for use in less visible parts of new cars like wheel guards and underbody coverings.

Alongside the environmental award, the acknowledgment of the IONIQ Electric as the Best Plug-in Car (0g/km) highlights Hyundai Motor’s environmentally-conscious credentials and the investment placed in developing fuel-efficient, eco-friendly cars. Launched in 2016, the IONIQ Electric offers best-in-class service, maintenance and repair costs, with the lowest prices at both the 3yr/30,000-mile and 5yr/50,000-mile points. Boasting the lowest BIK rates means company car drivers can access the capable car from £405 per year – just £33.75 per month (at the current 7% rate). This, combined with a range of 174 miles and recharging times of just 33 minutes when charged to 80% battery, ensures that the IONIQ is set apart from the rest.

Martin Wilson, Sales Director, Hyundai Motor UK, said, “We understand how important it is for fleet operators to manage costs and reduce their environmental impact, which is why we are constantly developing new techniques and technologies. Hyundai Motor is one of the world’s most forward-looking vehicle manufacturers and we are committed to develop technologies that realise the goal of clean mobility while making the lives of our customers better.”

Hyundai Motor plans to bolster its range of environmentally-friendly vehicles to offer fleets and consumers a raft of new fuel-efficient, technologically-advanced vehicles within the next few years. The company was the first in the world to mass-produce a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with commercial availability, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and achieved another world-first introducing the IONIQ – the first car to be available with three electrified powertrains.

About Hyundai Motor

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centres worldwide and in 2016 sold 4.86 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

More information about Hyundai Motor and its products can be found at: http://worldwide.hyundai.com.

About Hyundai Motor UK

Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 21st to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold a record 92,510 vehicles. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers a full range of vehicles from the award-winning New Generation i10 city car through to the capable Santa Fe SUV and iLoad LCV. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HYUNDAI SONATA AWARDED BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE AND BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE IN CLASS BY AUTOMOTIVE SCIENCE GROUP



FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 22, 2017 – The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been recognized for class-leading performance and value by Automotive Science Group (ASG), earning their “Best All-Around Performance” honor, while the Sonata earned their “Best Economic Performance” honor in the full-size sedan category, besting 106 other models. Sonata is joined by four other models that were recognized for “Best 5 All-Around Performance” in their respective classes, including the Accent, Tucson, Santa Fe Sport and Sonata PHEV.

The organization recognized the Sonata as a market segment leader that continues to set industry standards. The accolades are the result of ASG’s annual all-around performance assessment, the Automotive Performance Index (API), which is a combined analysis of environmental, social and economic performance, including cost of ownership when considering purchase and operating costs across the first 6.5 years (or 87,594 miles) of vehicle ownership.

“In a highly competitive class, the Sonata is a stand out that provides fuel efficient technologies at a best in class value” said Colby Self, founding partner and managing director, Automotive Science Group. “Additionally, five Hyundai vehicles earned ASG’s Best 5 All-Around Performance honors, further reinforcing Hyundai’s position as a market leader.”

“The recognition by ASG is a testament to Hyundai’s commitment to all aspects of performance and providing the best possible experience for our customers,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Our high marks across these measures demonstrates our drive to do better, not just in one aspect but across the board.”

ASG creates the API based on principles of ecological economics, where social, environmental and economic considerations are all equally important in determining overall value. This transdisciplinary field examines the relationship between ecological and economic systems, realizing that sustained economic activity is fully reliant on a resilient ecological system to provide natural, social and human capital. Ensuring that economic activity does not undermine the resource capacity of our natural environment requires careful considerations to ensure costs are not externalized (otherwise not accounted for) to the environment, to the labor force and to their communities.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Hyundai’s Elantra Sport—it’s hot stuff



“I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain…”

James Taylor lyrics?

Of course.

However, today’s test car, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport, has experienced those conditions, too. Plans for our test driving didn’t include a trial by fire, but that’s what happened when we woke up to our Elantra covered with ashes.

A major brush fire in Collier County, Fla., not far from the (in)famous Alligator Alley, covered large areas of Naples with an acrid smoke pushing across town toward the Gulf of Mexico. Neighborhoods near us were evacuated. Some homes were destroyed.

Adding to the Elantra’s distress was a dousing from the condo association’s sprinkler system, which covered the Elantra with untreated well water—a rain of sorts that turned the ash into a paste-like mess.

However, like a lot of us, the Elantra cleaned up nicely. This Sport version is one of four Elantra variants and, as the name suggests, is the sportiest.

Our test vehicle had a base price (MSRP plus destination) of $23,585. A $2,400 Premium package and $125 Sport-branded carpeted mats brought the bottom line to $26,110.

Here’s what you get for that price:


  •     A Sport model-specific 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. That sends the power to the front drive wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
  •     Sport-specific styling cues, including a black hexagonal grille with turbo badge, pronounced side sill extensions, horizontal LED running lights, HID headlights, 18-inch wheels and performance all-season tires, and chrome dual exhaust outlet.
  •     The Premium package adds an 8-inch Navigation screen, premium audio system, Hyundai’s Blue Link connected-car and connected-care systems, power sunroof, blind spot detection and cross-traffic alert, automatic climate control, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors.


Absent on this model is the option for an expanded driver assist system. That’s available by moving sideways to the Limited model, which offers less performance but both a Tech and Ultimate package. Bundle the two and you’ll have smart cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a seat-and-mirror memory feature.

We found the Elantra to be large enough to push aside any hesitance about driving a compact.

On the road, the extra engine had plenty of growl (sound-tuned by the Hyundai engineers) and all the power necessary to propel this compact in any situation.

The interior, especially for front-seat passengers, was roomy and, while not upscale, very nice.

Opting for the Sport adds heated leather seats with more aggressive bolsters, red contrast stitching on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, console and seats, and a black headliner. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the package along with a Sport-exclusive gauge package and alloy pedals.

Seats get lot of reader response. The Sport has optional, well-bolstered seats with three manual adjustments. We found them comfortable, but we’ve learned one size doesn’t fit all no matter how many adjustments you can make.

The dashboard has a lot of hard surfaces, but they have a nice style (read: not chintzy) and the center stack and gauge packages are both easy to read and easy to use.

The front doors are good-sized, making for easy entry and egress, and you’ll find the standard-issue cupholders and door pockets. A cubby at the base of the center stack can hide a phone or other valuables.

While traveling this winter, we found it’s a good thing to leave the interior of vehicles empty (or valuables hidden).

Thieves were around in several areas we visited; however, they seemed to be more interested in grabbing cash and personal goods from the vehicles than in of making off with the entire car.

Our neighbor Don realized one day that all the change he’d tossed in his cupholders had been taken. Investigating further, he found a high-tech LED flashlight the culprit had dropped under his seat.

“All-in-all, it seems to be a fair trade,” he says. “I can use the flashlight, but it’s a reminder to lock the doors when you’re parked outside. Back home, I leave my car in the garage, and it’s almost always unlocked.”

In this case, his unlocked Honda Accord was parked next to the locked Elantra.

Of course, locking items in the trunk is the best option, and there’s ample space back there in the Elantra.

Rear seat passengers don’t have it quite as easy as those up front in the Elantra, but there’s decent leg and headroom for a pair of six-footers.

The Sport has a different rear suspension—a multilink setup with a 15 millimeter stabilizer bar and gas-filled shocks—as compared to the standard torsion-beam axle, coil springs, and shocks on other trim levels.

It combines to give the Sport competent handling, though the suspension, in combination with the lower-profile tires, makes for a stiffer ride, welcomed by some buyers, not by others.

For a test week, the Sport was a lot of fun. For the long haul, we’d recommend the Limited—preferably with the extra driver-assist features—or, to save some cash, the base SE with the Value Edition optional package.

Hyundai can use the Sport as an attention-getter (we loved driving it), but the other versions are must-shop entries in the competitive compact market with the likes of the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla.

After all, this car has been tested by fire and rain now.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

THE BASICS

Price, base/as tested (with destination): $23,585/$26,110. Fuel economy, EPA estimated: 26 city/33 highway/29 overall. Fuel economy, Globe observed: 31.3. Drivetrain: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, 7-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive. Body: 5-passenger compact sedan.

THE SPECIFICS

Horsepower: 201. Torque: 195 lb.-ft. Overall length: 179.9 in. Wheelbase: 106.3 in. Height: 56.5 in. Width: 70.9 in. Curb weight: 3,131 lbs.

THE GOOD

Performance, interior space and design, overall value.

THE BAD

Steering a bit stiff, transmission not as refined in low gears.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Elantra is a major player in the compact segment.

ALSO CONSIDER

Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla.

Source: https://www.boston.com/cars/cars/2017/03/19/review-hyundai-elantra-sport

Friday, March 17, 2017

HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA CELEBRATES 5 MILLIONTH ENGINE MILESTONE



Montgomery, Ala., – On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) celebrated the 5 millionth engine to be manufactured at the Alabama assembly plant. Engine shop Team Members and HMMA leadership gathered for a luncheon to celebrate this significant achievement.

The 5 millionth engine milestone comes less than 12 years after the plant assembled its first Lambda six-cylinder engine in May 2005. The engine shops achieved this milestone faster than any other engine assembly operation in the southeast because they have been supplying two automotive assembly plants since 2010.

“We would not have been able to celebrate this milestone if it weren’t the tremendous support of all our engine production and maintenance team members,” said Chris Susock, vice president – production at HMMA.  “They have a history of collaborating together to get the job done with an absolute priority on safety, efficiency and the best quality for their customers.”

HMMA’s two engine shops currently manufacture the Nu 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and the Theta 2.0- and 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engines. These engines are supplied to both HMMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.

Together, HMMA’s two engine shops have a capacity of more than 700,000 engines per year. The two shops employ more than 700 Team Members. The engine shops operate on two 10-hour shifts each day, with production running five or six days per week.

Pete Branham, senior manager – engine production at HMMA, added, “Our team members pour their heart into every single engine to ensure that it meets the highest quality standards.  Their track record for excellence has set the stage for the long-term success of HMMA and the Hyundai brand in the North American market.”

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq: The Most Efficient Hybrid You Can Buy


If you're familiar with Hyundai you already know the automaker's modus operandi: offer a similar (or superior) product at a lower price than the competition. The company has always been a price leader, though when it entered the U.S. market 30 years ago it quickly gained a "you get what you pay for" reputation. Throughout the 1990s I was as skeptical as anyone regarding Hyundai's quality. Then I drove a 2000 Elantra for a year as part of a long-term test. The car cost under $9,000, or about 20 percent less than competitive Japanese models, yet it performed flawlessly for 12 months and 20,000 miles. That's when I knew Hyundai had transformed itself from a price leader to a value leader.

Almost two decades later Hyundai's template remains the same: build a fully-competitive model and price it substantially less than the competition. The big difference between 2000 and today is Hyundai's ability to extend that philosophy to an advanced hybrid and electric car like the all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. Yes, I said hybrid and electric car because the Hyundai Ioniq comes in both forms, with the Ioniq Hybrid further available as either a traditional hybrid or a plug-in version.

The standard Ioniq Hybrid has a 1.56 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery and 32 kilowatt (43 horsepower) motor tied to a 1.6-liter, 104 horsepower engine. Total output is 139 horsepower and its EPA estimated mixed fuel economy in the base "Blue" trim is 58 mpg, making it the most fuel-effient hybrid on the market. At 58 mpg the Ioniq Hybrid is 2 mpg better than the Toyota Prius Eco and 6 mpg better than the standard Prius. The Ioniq Hybrid's starting price is $23,035 while the Prius starts at $25,570 and the Prius Eco starts at $26,030. Superior performance, substantially lower price point. Sound familiar?

Stepping up to the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid nets you the same 1.6-liter, 104 horsepower engine, but now it's tied to a 45 kW (60 horsepower) motor and an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged from the grid. The plug-in model can travel up to 27 miles in pure electric mode. Pricing and mpg figures haven't been released for the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid yet, but it will reach showrooms in September.

The Ioniq Electric is a pure EV using an 88 kW (118 horsepower) motor powered by a 28 kWh battery. With a 124-mile range the Ioniq Electric has about half the range of the Chevrolet Bolt (238 miles), but Hyundai reps were quick to point out the Ioniq Electric's starting price of $30,335, or about $7,000 below the Bolt. Roll in another $10,000 in federal and state EV credits and you can get into an Ioniq Electric for right around $20,000. As Hyundai's reps put it, "You can get a fully-loaded Ioniq EV for less than the starting price of Chevrolet's Bolt."

Looking beyond the Ioniq's basic price and fuel efficiency specs is important because consumers are no longer impressed by high mpg figures alone. Alternative fuel vehicles remains a tiny sliver (roughly 3%) of the total U.S. car market. They're far from mainstream, and automakers looking to leverage hybrid and electric vehicles to meet ever-rising government mpg standards can't do it with cars that only appeal to 3% of the market. This is all compounded by the price of fuel that, when measured against inflation and cost-of-living figures, is about as cheap as it's ever been. Thus the following statement is more true than ever: Car companies can't just make an earth-friendly car. They have make a great car that also happens to be earth friendly.

So, is the new Hyundai Ioniq a great car?

It can certainly make some great claims, beyond being the most fuel-efficient hybrid available in the U.S. First, it's Hyundai's first dedicated "green" vehicle, meaning it was meant to be an alternative fuel vehicle from day one of the engineering process. This is also why the Ioniq can offer three unique powertrains, why its center of gravity is so low, why it's cabin volume is so high (it's got more interior space than the Prius or any EV on the market) and why its coefficient of drag is the best in the industry (0.24).

The Ioniq's internal combustion engine has the industry's highest thermal efficiency at 40%, and the Ioniq Electric has a 136 MPGe rating, the highest of any EV. It's also the first EV with a lifetime warranty on the battery. From a features standpoint the car boasts an impressive array of mechanical and electronic devices. It uses a dual-clutch, 6-speed transmission instead of the soul-sapping CVTs found in so many hybrids. It's got a standard 7-inch touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and standard HD radio with SiriusXM satellite radio reception. A wide array of luxury and advanced safety features, from smart cruise control to LED headlights to a sunroof and a premium audio system, can be added to the Ioniq while keeping its price between $25,000 and $35,000.

Does all this add up to a car that can break through the non-greenies and appeal to mainstream consumers? That's a tough call to make in a market where gas is cheap and 63 percent of new vehicle sales go to trucks and SUVs. But the Ioniq's large interior space gives it SUV-like flexibility, and the dual-clutch transmission combines with a sporty suspension tune and impressive low-end torque (courtesy of those electric motors) to make it far more engaging than your standard hybrid or electric.

All of that doesn't guarantee Hyundai's Ioniq will resonate with average consumers, but it's got the best chance (along with Chevrolet's Bolt) of any alternative vehicle currently on the market.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kbrauer/2017/03/13/2017-hyundai-ioniq-most-efficient-hybrid-you-can-buy/#7e22cdaa7c03