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Hyundai’s Active Air Skirt Improves EV Range And High-Speed Handling

Aerodynamics has always played a huge role in car design, but it’s especially important for electric vehicles, where every bit of extra range that can be eked out makes a difference. Hyundai Motor Group has released the first details on its new Active Air Skirt tech that’s in development, which will improve the range and high-speed stability of the company’s upcoming EVs.

Demonstrated in prototype form on a Genesis GV60, the Active Air Skirt (AAS) consists of two flaps under the nose of the car, positioned just ahead of the front wheels to direct air flow around the tires. These deploy at 50 mph and retract again at 43 mph; Hyundai says the staggered speeds are “to prevent frequent operation in specific speed ranges.” They’ll work at up to 124 mph, and the lower section of the skirts are made of rubber so they won’t be damaged by obstacles.

With the AAS installed, the Genesis GV60's coefficient of drag was reduced by 0.008, downforce was improved by 2.8 percent and the total range was increased by about four miles. Hyundai says the skirts only need to be placed in front of the tires and not across the entire front end because of the E-GMP platform’s flat floor. In addition to the better aero, the skirts “also function to enhance downforce of the vehicle, thereby improving vehicle traction and high-speed stability.”

AAS will be found on HMG production cars, and the company says it will be even more effective for larger EVs:

Hyundai Motor and Kia have applied for related patents in South Korea and the United States, and plan to consider mass production after durability and performance tests.

“This technology is expected to have a greater effect on models such as SUVs where it is difficult to improve aerodynamic performance,” said Sun Hyung Cho, Vice President and Head of Mobility Body Development Group at Hyundai Motor Group. “We will continue to strive to improve the driving performance and stability of electric vehicles through improvements in aerodynamics.”

Samsung Partners With Hyundai Motor Group To Present a Future Lifestyle Connecting the Smart Home With Connected Cars

Samsung Electronics today announced a collaboration with Hyundai Motor Group to expand its SmartThings platform to support connected cars, including electric vehicles (EVs). The announcement came after the companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 3 to develop solutions for future lifestyles that fully integrate the smart home and connected cars.

The two companies will work together for the next-generation smart home to connect Samsung’s SmartThings with Hyundai and Kia’s connected cars, including EVs, to develop the “Home-to-Car” and “Car-to-Home” services as well as an integrated home energy management service.

The Home-to-Car and Car-to-Home services connect the smart home with in-vehicle infotainment systems, allowing for remote control in both directions. Through the SmartThings platform, users will be able to perform a variety of actions pertaining to their cars while at home — starting them, controlling smart air conditioning, opening and closing windows and checking their charging status. And from cars, the control of home appliances such as TVs, air conditioners and EV chargers will also be possible.

“This collaboration will enable communication from Home-to-Car and integrated home energy management services that are optimized for future lifestyles,” said Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics. “By connecting the SmartThings platform with vehicles, we’ll be able to significantly enhance the customer experience in both the home and the car.”

Users will be able to adjust their environments with SmartThings by simultaneously operating multiple devices — including vehicles — through routines such as “good morning routine” and “arriving home routine.” For example, when a Galaxy smartphone’s morning alarm goes off, the curtains will automatically open, and the lights and television will turn on. When users are ready to go out for work, the user’s car will adjust itself to an ideal temperature. Also, the smartphone and TV screens will display information such as the EV’s remaining battery and driving range.

“This is an opportunity to make the connected car’s Car-to-Home and Home-to-Car services more convenient in various fields,” said Haeyoung Kwon, Vice President of Hyundai and Kia’s Infotainment Development Center. “We plan to accelerate our technology development to continuously make global Hyundai and Kia customers’ journeys meaningful.”

The integrated home energy management service will allow users to monitor how much energy is consumed by the connected devices in their homes. Energy information of their EVs and chargers will also be available, enabling users to adjust the optimal time for charging their vehicles. EVs connected to the integrated home energy management service offer the possibility of automatically setting the optimal time for charging by factoring in different pricing by time of day, the power demand response (DR) program, photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage system (ESS) data, and time-specific carbon emissions.

▲ Examples of Home-to-Car and Car-to Home services to be developed

To further strengthen Car-to-Home services, Samsung is working closely with HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN’s “Ready Upgrade” is a digital cockpit package product that allows hardware and software upgrades. With Ready Upgrade, users will be able to install SmartThings functions to utilize various Car-to-Home services.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kona Win 2024 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 7, 2023 – – The Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kona have been honored with a pair of prestigious 2024 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards. The IONIQ 5 won the Electric Vehicle category for a second year in a row and the Kona claimed the Subcompact SUV Award category. Recognized as benchmark models in their respective segments, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kona stood out to Kelley Blue Book editors for their remarkable strides in technology, efficiency, safety, and design. Now in their tenth year, KBB.com’s Best Buy Awards continue to evolve to reflect today’s dynamic automotive landscape. The organization’s comprehensive process includes an analysis of vehicle-related data, including vehicle transaction prices, KBB.com’s 5-Year Cost-to-Own data, consumer reviews, ratings, and retail sales information.


The 2024 Hyundai Kona Limited is photographed near Yucca Valley, Calif. on Mar. 15, 2023

“The 2024 Hyundai Kona and IONIQ 5 showcase our commitment to quality, advanced technology, and safety,” said Ricky Lao, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “The Kona sets a new standard in its class by smartly blending style, versatility and boasting an impressive array of tech and safety features. The IONIQ 5 is a futuristic-yet-approachable SUV that redefines excellence in electric vehicles, seamlessly merging advanced technology, practicality, and ultra-fast charging capability. These awards highlight Hyundai’s commitment to surpassing expectations and changing how we drive for the better.”

“The redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is substantially roomier than its predecessor and features some of the newest and best tech in the segment. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 took the world by storm when it debuted a couple years ago, and there’s still nothing that offers a more compelling combination of size, price, style, range, charging and tech,” said Jason Allan, principal editor of reviews and ratings for Kelley Blue Book.

Praise for the Kona from Kelley Blue Book
The 2024 Hyundai Kona stands out as a futuristic subcompact SUV, not just for its striking design but also for its standard tech and safety features. With an impressive starting price of $24,100[i] (plus $1,335 destination) the Kona offers a surprising array of amenities, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless connectivity, and advanced safety systems. The interior boasts intuitive controls, ample storage, increased rear-seat legroom, and class-leading cargo space. Engine options balance efficiency and performance, with an electric version set to join. Kelley Blue Book applauds the Kona for setting new standards in quality and features for an appealing SUV, backed by Hyundai's top-notch warranty[ii].

Praise for the IONIQ 5 from Kelley Blue Book
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 maintains its top position among electric vehicles for the second year in a row, clinching Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy Award. Its design seamlessly blends SUV and hatchback elements, earning prestigious accolades like the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. Beyond its sleek exterior, boasting an impressive range of up to 303[iii] miles and a spacious, tech-loaded interior, along with an attractive starting price, this model excels in both practicality and innovation, showcasing Hyundai's remarkable progress in the electric vehicle landscape.


The 2024 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is photographed in Franklin, Tenn., on July 5, 2023

For more information and full coverage of the 2024 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, including full editorial comments about each model, pricing details, photos and more, visit https://www.kbb.com/awards/best-buy-awards-2024/

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Widebody Hyundai Ioniq 5 Reminds Us That Car Modding and EVs Can Coexist

If we end up pivoting to electric vehicles en masse while keeping our personal transportation infrastructure and culture intact, car modding will have more to do with cosmetic choices than performance tuning. This wild body kit on a Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers a glimpse of what that future might look like.

What you're seeing here, boldly sprayed in salmon pink, is the Coga Body Kit that's been making the rounds since it was revealed at the Indonesian Modification Expo last week. This is basically the country's SEMA show, serving as the reveal stage for new concepts in automotive customization.

I haven't been able to find a price or shipping date yet, but I reached out to the Coga email address and will update if I get more info there. Meanwhile, translating some Instagram captions has informed me that this kit is planned for mass production (aftermarket production, not as a Hyundai factory product, just to be clear) and that it's fitted without damaging or cutting the car.

Oftentimes, installing a body kit this radical requires some sawing, so if all the pieces can be mounted cleanly, that'd be pretty nice. The kit itself is cut into separate components to match with the Ioniq's factory body lines, and retain essential functions like opening the doors and hood.

There's a neat (half-hour!) video about how the kit is made on YouTube. It's in Indonesian, but you can glean the gist by using closed captioning (CC button) and toggling Google's auto-translate function (gear icon) in your player. If you don't have time or energy to watch a video, here's an extremely expedited version of the journey, from a PR image of a stock Ioniq 5, to an in-progress shot, to the way the car looked at the IME show.

An outfit called Platinum Auto Workshop created the show car using paint from Belkote, a coating company that also hails from Indonesia. It's always extra cool when a shop actually sprays a car in such a wild color. Nowadays, stuff like this is often done with just a vinyl wrap. In the early 2000s, body kits and show cars were very popular in American tuning culture. Bumpers were easy to swap, and a lot of people took advantage of that, exchanging plastic for fiberglass and urethane pieces that made Civics and Integras look almost like super cars.

The trend faded into the 2010s as people started gravitating toward similar looks, and the folks who were still into style over substance started doing stance builds instead of major body mods.

I'm still not convinced we're going to see a complete EV takeover before society collapses into a Mad Max-ian hellscape. But if we do, I hope car customization culture survives, even if it's more about paint and body panel treatment than fine-tuning the propulsion process.

Source: TheDrive

Hyundai Flying Vehicle Company Opens Research Facility

A Hyundai flying car development company is opening a research and development facility in Fremont, California, to focus on developing battery technology for eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles.

This is the third facility opened this year by Supernal, which is part of the Hyundai Motor Group Advanced Mobility Company, following the opening of an engineering headquarters in Irving, California, and a policy and commercial hub in Washington, D.C. 

Supernal is taking an open ecosystem approach to developing lightweight, powerful batteries for electric aerial vehicles (EAV).

“Batteries are the linchpin of advanced air mobility and critical to powering the next generation of flight, which we see as everyday electric air travel,” said Jaiwon Shin, president of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal. “Fremont, with its vibrant tech ecosystem, offers a robust talent pool that will enable Supernal to continue advancing the power and energy capabilities of safe aviation-grade batteries.”

Supernal is working to create an advanced eVTOL vehicle aimed at working within transit systems. The EAV reportedly could take someone from Heathrow Airport to London in 14 minutes, compared to more than an hour by car.

Supernal is working with various partners, including Honeywell, Microsoft and BAE Systems on various elements of its electric aerial vehicles.

The new Supernal California facility is one of a number of eVTOL research and development complexes opening around the world.

Source: iotworldtoday

 
Hyundai N74

Hyundai Files for 'N74' Trademark, Hinting at Possible Sports Car

  • Hyundai has filed a trademark for the "N74" nameplate within the European Union's intellectual property office.
  • The trademark is the best clue yet that Hyundai is serious about a production version of the N Vision 74 concept car from last year.
  • While the automaker itself still hasn't confirmed a production version, the prototype is a 670-hp rear-drive sports car powered by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.

Sometimes dreams do come true and automakers choose to green light the fancy concept cars they show off. Last year, Hyundai's N Vision 74 made made quite the splash when the manufacturer debuted the car in South Korea. It wasn't long before many fans (Car and Driver staff included) were asking what it would take for Hyundai to produce it. While Hyundai still hasn't confirmed a production version of the car, the online forum 7th Mustang spotted that the automaker did file a trademark application for "Hyundai N74" with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The trademark request was filed on September 20, and the classification covers "automobiles, sports cars, vans, motor trucks, motor buses, and electric vehicles," meaning the filing is for more than just naming rights. According to the EUIPO, the application is still under examination.

We had the chance to drive the engineering prototype version last year, and it was enough of an experience to get us excited for a roadgoing version. That version was Hyundai's "rolling lab" test bed to allow the manufacturers N performance division to experiment with future powertrain development.

hyundai n vision 74 prototype
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We spoke to Albert Biermann about it at the time, and the former Hyundai-Kia R&D boss turned executive technical advisor told Car and Driver, "It is hard for me to see us doing it; at this moment we don't need such a car.Fortunately Biermann isn't calling all the shots over at Hyundai-Kia, and Till Wartenberg—Hyundai's vice president of N brand management and motorsport has other ideas. In an interview earlier this year, Wartenberg told The Autopian that he wants to see the Vision 74 in production. "My personal wish is to produce this vehicle," Wartenberg said. "It’s at first probably an investment, but if we could see this vehicle really out there and people buying it, I would be very happy."

Does Hyundai filing this trademark mean that some version of the N Vision 74 will enter production? Not necessarily, but between Wartenberg's statements and the recent trademark application, things are looking up for fans who want to see some version of this car on the road.

Hyundai design boss: “let’s make boxy cool again”

“When it was time to redesign the Santa Fe we faced a big challenge,” says Hyundai’s exterior design manager Nicola Danza as he shows us round the rather striking new shape. “Because of course it’s a car that has to be sold in America, Europe and Hyundai’s domestic market. We realised that we needed something completely new. A complete revolution.”

They certainly managed that. The reveal of the Santa Fe in July caught us completely off guard, especially after the swoopy streamliner look of the Ioniq 6.

“In this segment we realised that all the cars tended to look the same,” says Danza. “They’re all slanted and trying somehow to be a sporty SUV that they’re not. They’re big, they’re huge. How many blisters can you put on the body side to pretend that you’re sporty?

“In this case we said let’s try to make an anti-design car. Strange words for a designer but at the same time it was about making it really pure. We wanted it to be more practical, and more practical means boxier, so let’s make boxy cool again.”

We’re on board with that. The more practical a seven-seat SUV can be the better, right?

“We forced the designers to really think whether they needed each line and each blister,” continues Danza. “It was kind of like a Giugiaro way of designing cars from the 1970s.

“As a provocation to our management, we showed them the first model of this car with square wheels. It’s a box, so let’s make everything boxy. Actually, it’s been one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on."

There’s been a lot of shouts to say that this new Santa Fe looks like a Discovery 4, but Danza actually reckons there’s another SUV icon that bears a greater resemblance.

Hyundai Santa Fe Top Gear

“We took influences from product design, because product design tends to be very logical, very intelligent and very practical. There’s nothing that you don’t need.

“I heard many times people saying it looks like a Land Rover, but to me it reminds me more of the first Jeep Grand Wagoneer. That sort of raised station wagon.” Funny, Danza must have been reading TopGear.com recently as Jeep designer Daniele Calonaci told us about keeping its cars as boxy as possible.

“You can personalise it too,” continues Danza on the Santa Fe. “In Korea there will be a Calligraphy version which is lowered with big wheels, whereas in America I’m 99 per cent sure that they’re all going to lift them, put bigger wheels on and go off-road.”

There we go then, that’s how this new Santa Fe came to be. And this isn’t a concept car – it’ll actually make production looking exactly like this.

“As designers it’s a dream working at Hyundai at the moment,” says Danza. “You can experiment, you can try different things, you can challenge. You need to keep us motivated; we are creative people. If you don’t feed creativity it tends to die or make it more boring and normal.”

Source: Top Gear

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