Hyundai Motor Takes Three 2020 Red Dot Awards  for Design Concepts, Including its First ‘Best of the Best’

Hyundai Motor Takes Three 2020 Red Dot Awards for Design Concepts, Including its First ‘Best of the Best’

Hyundai Motor Company today reaffirmed its global deign leadership by winning three prestigious 2020 Red Dot Awards in the Design Concept group, including ‘Best of the Best’, in the Mobility & Transportation category.

‘Best of the Best’ went to Hyundai’s progressive concept EV, ‘Prophecy’, and Red Dot named both Hyundai’s ‘45’ concept EV and its ‘Neptune’ fuel-cell electric commercial truck concept ‘Winners’ in the Design Concept group. ‘Prophecy’ and ‘45’ are part of Hyundai’s dedicated EV line-up brand, IONIQ.

‘Prophecy’ is Hyundai’s visionary concept EV that encapsulates pure aerodynamic design, expressing Hyundai’s latest design identity, Sensuous Sportiness. Leveraging an extended wheelbase and short overhang, Hyundai’s designers achieved the ultimate automotive form, thanks to a new EV architecture defined by pristine surfaces and pure volume in combination with aesthetic harmony and functionality. Moreover, ‘Prophecy’ is the first concept car designed by a Korean automotive brand to win the ‘Best of the Best’ design concept award.

The ‘45’ concept, which Hyundai unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019, is a futuristic homage to the brand’s 45-year-old icon, the Pony Coupe Concept. The design foreshadows a new era of Hyundai’s automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technologies and smart design. ‘45’ is defined by its monocoque body style, aerodynamic and light-weight design inspired by aircrafts from the 1920s. The car’s 45-degree angles at the front and rear form a diamond-shaped silhouette.

‘Neptune’ fuel cell electric commercial truck concept’s design was inspired by the Art Deco streamliner railway trains that were the standard of industrial design from 1936 to 1959. The distinctive cascading design of its front end provides maximum air flow for increased cooling capabilities. ‘Neptune’ reflects Hyundai’s commitment to the eco-friendly mobility and a hydrogen society. 

“With Prophecy and 45, Hyundai’s EV design vision has been recognized globally by winning the Red Dot Awards. We would like to forge a strong emotional connection between humans and automobiles, giving more value to our customers’ everyday lives,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design. “Neptune is like an ambassador concept vehicle that embodies Hyundai Motor’s top status and prowess in next-generation fuel-cell EV technology. It represents Hyundai Motor’s vision and customer value as the leader of global hydrogen mobility industry.” 

The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s most prestigious design awards along with iF Design Award and International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Red Dot announces winners for Product Design, Brand & Communication and Design Concept every year.


Among 4,170 concept designs submitted to the Red Dot Award: Design Concept this year, only 41 entries won ‘Best of the Best’, and 188 won ‘Winners’ at the awards. Twenty international professionals judged the submissions based on innovation, feasibility and functionality. By winning the Red Dot design awards, Hyundai’s innovative and revolutionary EV designs have been recognized globally.

Hyundai Thinks It Can Be The Biggest Provider Of EVs In Europe Through Its Ioniq Brand

Hyundai Thinks It Can Be The Biggest Provider Of EVs In Europe Through Its Ioniq Brand

Hyundai is looking to establish itself as a major player in Europe as far as electric mobility is concerned, and its new Ioniq EV brand should do the trick.

The Korean carmaker will kick things off in the region with three new fully-electric models, all of which will reportedly go on sale within the next four years. First in line will be the Ioniq 5, a mid-size crossover based on the Concept 45.

The Ioniq 5 will debut in Europe in the middle of next year, followed in 2022 by the Ioniq 6 sedan and the Ioniq 7 large SUV in 2024. All three models will sit on the carmaker’s new electric Global Modular Platform (e-GMP).

“In a relatively short span of time, we have the potential to become the biggest provider of EVs in Europe, especially with the new lineup of dedicated EV models under the new Ioniq brand,” said Hyundai Europe President and CEO, Michael Cole in an interview with Autonews Europe.

Cole based his prediction on an estimate that Hyundai will sell roughly 60,000 zero-emissions vehicles this year, at which point it would rank as one of the biggest players in Europe’s EV sector.

Hyundai decided to turn Ioniq into a stand-alone brand “in response to fast-growing market demand,” as well as to accelerate the carmaker’s push of leading the global EV market, which is a pretty massive goal.

Together with its sister brands Kia and Genesis, Hyundai aims to sell a combined 1 million battery-electric vehicles by 2025, which they believe will give them 10% of the global EV market.

Source: Carscoops

Another One – the Hyundai Sonata Gets the N-Line Treatment

Another One – the Hyundai Sonata Gets the N-Line Treatment

Carmakers have long offered a series of performance and aesthetic packages to appeal to a wider variety of audiences. Ford had the Shelby GT cars, Chevrolet gave cars like the Camero and El Camino the “Super Sport” treatment. The newest Hyundai joining in the performance package fun will be the Hyundai Sonata N-Line. 

The Hyundai Sonata and Nürburgring have rarely been used in the same sentence except for maybe some lively bar-room banter. The Sonata is a polite and reasonable commuter sedan that has no business flying around the Nürburgring, but Hyundai means to change that.

What is the N-Line?

The N-Line represents the top of the heap for Hyundai. The Elantra GT has already gotten the N-Line treatment, which was well received by the motoring world. Although they haven’t disclosed a ton of specifics on what it will mean specifically to the Sonata, Hyundai has given us some specs.

MotorTrend reports the power behind this South Korean racer is a turbocharged 2.5-liter “Smartstream” gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine. The Sonata N-Line will make 290 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. While those may not feel like huge numbers, it is around a 60 percent jump in both power and torque from the standard Sonata, as reported by MotorTrend. I mean – that’s nothing to shake a stick at. Obviously, with that kind of power boost, the car will have to undergo some serious updates. MotorTrend reports that the Hyundai Sonata N-Line will receive structural reinforcement and retuning of springs, dampers, and brakes. 


Further improvements with the N-Line

Hyundai isn’t stopping with just what’s underneath the Sonata; it’s giving it a bit of dress-up too. You might notice the front end with some new pizazz like a sportier grille and three large air intakes. MotorTrend goes on to say the back end will have a new rear bumper, dual exhaust, and new rear fascia. The interior got a few bells and whistles, too. The Hyundai Sonata N-Line will also have heavily bolstered seats, red stitching in the steering wheel, and 19-inch wheels. All in all, it sounds like Hyundai gave the old Sonata the works. 

Will it be affordable?

Hyundai still hasn’t released the price for the Sonata N-Line yet but based on similar models both inside and out of the Hyundai line, MotorTrend speculates that the Sonata N-Line should fall somewhere in the $35,000-$40,000 range. If the Sonata N gets a dual-clutch gearbox like the Veloster N, it should be a great value. 

Source: MotorBiscuit

Hyundai Lets Slip That Santa Cruz Pickup Is Based On 2022 Tucson

Hyundai Lets Slip That Santa Cruz Pickup Is Based On 2022 Tucson

A company rep slid that tidbit into an online roundtable discussion on the new SUV.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup will reportedly be based on the just-revealed 2022 Tucson small SUV. In a roundtable discussion with global members of the automotive media immediately following the debut of the Tucson, Hyundai Motor Group Head of Global Product Management Lorenz Glaab said the forthcoming Santa Cruz would share its platform with the small SUV.

We reached out to Hyundai for clarification and were told the company could not confirm that information at this time. As such, we’re not sure exactly how much of the platform would be common between the two – nor if it extends to the 2022 Tucson’s base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four and optional turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid four-cylinder. Regardless, if true, the statement leads us to believe the Santa Cruz will be smaller than previously expected.

We first reported rumors that the two could be similar in July, but as recently as May we conjectured that it might be based on the Palisade or Santa Fe, targeting the Chevrolet Colorado and Honda Ridgeline. Lending credence to that suspicion is that the Santa Cruz will be produced at the same Alabama plant as the Santa Fe. However, Glaab's comments lead us to believe that it's possible the Tucson will be built there as well, moving to a US facility from a plant in Ulsan, South Korea.

Taking cues from the sharp-edged Tucson also leads us to believe that the Santa Cruz will be aimed more at the Ford Maverick than the Ford Ranger. Like the Maverick, the Santa Cruz will likely appeal to active families and young couples whose weekend plans involve city-adjacent mountain biking trails and developed campsites, not low-speed crawls through the local off-road park. And if it follows the Tucson’s suit, it should offer lots of impressive technology inside, including car-to-home communication, a digital instrument cluster, and a large 10.3-inch center touchscreen.

Try finding those features on any other small pickup.

Source: Motor1

7 Generations Of Hyundai Elantra Show 20 Years Of Design Improvement

7 Generations Of Hyundai Elantra Show 20 Years Of Design Improvement

From a not-so-pretty duckling to a beautiful swan.

The Hyundai Elantra, otherwise known as the Avante in its home country in South Korea, has been around for quite some time. In fact, it has been 20 years since Hyundai brought the compact sedan to the world. With that span of time, Hyundai showcased its improvement in design execution on its cars – from a rather stale styling to an imposing design language called parametric dynamics.

Let's look back at the design evolution of the Hyundai Elantra across two decades, with this infographic courtesy of Budget Direct Car Insurance.

First Generation (1990-1995)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The first Hyundai Elantra was launched in October 1990 with an internal J1 code designation. Powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6-liter straight-four, the Elantra was meant to compete with the compact sedans back then like Ford Sierra and Opel Vectra.

Second Generation (1995-2000)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai transitioned to using its own engine for the second-generation Elantra (J2) in March 1995 – the Alpha II G4FK DOHC. By September, the first Hyundai Beta-series power plant was manufactured and sold for the European market, which was later offered to North America.

The second-generation Elantra deviated from the boxy styling of its predecessor, adapting to the design trend in the '90s. 

Third Generation (2000-2006)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

Codenamed XD, the third-generation Elantra was introduced at the beginning of the new millennium and was the first Elantra to be assembled in various Hyundai plants across the world. In North America, the Elantra was only offered with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. 

Fourth Generation (2006-2010)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The completely revamped Elantra was introduced in 2006 at the New York Auto Show, codenamed HD. Hyundai introduced the "coke bottle" styling with this version of the Elantra, giving it more curves than its predecessors.

The Elantra HD was also the first to get a mild-hybrid version in South Korea.

Fifth Generation (2010-2015)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The fifth-generation Elantra, codenamed MD in South Korea and UD in the U.S., was substantially bigger than the previous versions of the compact sedan. It debuted in North America at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Elantra UD sedan was crowned as the North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, beating the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat. 

Sixth Generation (2015-2020)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

Dropping the Fluidic Sculpture design language, the sixth-generation Elantra (AD) was more conservative-looking than its imminent predecessor. Hyundai also started using a massive grille for this version in line with the rest of the Hyundai crossovers that began taking prominence in the U.S. market.

Seventh Generation (2020-Present)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The current-generation Hyundai Elantra was revealed on March 17, 2020 with a codename CN7. Bearing a new parametric dynamics design language, the seventh-generation Elantra looks sharper than ever and naturally more high-tech, adopting some tech features from the bigger Sonata.

The Elantra CN7 will be sold in the U.S. as a 2021 model. A hotter Elantra N is underway, making it more appealing for those who want more performance from the compact sedan.

Hyundai Has 'Many Different Possible Options' For A Larger Pickup

Hyundai Has 'Many Different Possible Options' For A Larger Pickup

The Santa Cruz could get a bigger brother, eventually.

The upcoming Santa Cruz is widely regarded as being the first pickup from Hyundai, but that’s actually not true. Primarily sold at home in South Korea, the Porter (aka H-100 in some regions) has been around since the late 1970s and takes the shape of a cab-over truck with rear-wheel drive related to the Kia Bongo.

In other words, Hyundai has significant expertise when it comes to developing workhorses, although the Santa Cruz will be more of a lifestyle vehicle rather than a fully fledged utilitarian model. For something with added practicality, a bigger pickup could happen in the following years as the company has “many different possible options for the future.” The reveal was made by Hyundai head of global design SangYup Lee in an interview with Australian magazine Which Car.

2016 Hyundai Creta STC concept
Hyundai Creta STC Concept

He’s actually not the first high-ranked official within Hyundai to talk about the possibility of a larger truck positioned above the upcoming Santa Cruz. At the beginning of the year, Hyundai global head of research and development Albert Biermann hinted a one-ton truck could get the company’s newly developed straight-six diesel found in the Genesis GV80. The luxury SUV is available in some markets with a 3.0-liter rated at 278 horsepower (207 kilowatts) and 434 pound-feet (588 Newton-meters) of torque.“This engine, we can have so many applications. As you know, we make also commercial vehicles so this engine will be out there for quite some time.”

Your guess is as good as ours regarding the styling direction a bigger truck would take, but Hyundai’s design team has been on a roll lately in terms of originality. The Tucson-based Santa Cruz is going to look quite interesting judging by the recent spy shots, and we also have to remember the Creta STC unveiled in 2016.

Pictured here, the Creta Sport Truck Concept was also on the small side and was conceived with the South American market in mind. Much like the Santa Cruz will be based on a crossover, the STC started off as a Creta before being elongated and widened to accommodate the bed. It also explored the idea of a lifestyle-oriented unibody truck with a dash of sportiness in the same vein as the Santa Cruz.

A bigger pickup would likely drop the car-like monocoque and go for a rugged ladder-frame setup, although SangYup Lee told Which Car he’d like a combination of the two – "I visualize the ute as having the front part as a monocoque versus a frame part at the back."

Isuzu begins exporting all-new D-MAX around the world

Isuzu begins exporting all-new D-MAX around the world

Starting September 1, 2020, Isuzu Motors Limited began exporting the all-new D-MAX across the world. The distribution kicked off in Australia and will be proceeding sequentially to Europe and other global markets.

This is the D-MAX's first full model change in 8 years. Isuzu's D-MAX has remained the top-ranking pick-up model in Thailand, and has received many accolades including the 2019 Most Popular Pick-up Truck, Best Fuel Saving Pick-up Truck, Best Life Style Pick-up Truck, etc.

One of the key challenges in Isuzu's mid-term business plan is "strengthen LCV (light commercial vehicle) business." To do that, the brand will take the commencement of export business post COVID-19 as an opportunity to provide products that fulfill the diverse needs of its customers around the world, and advance its brand presence and sales growth.

In the Philippines, Isuzu offers the D-MAX in 10 different variants. The base model D-MAX starts at Php 987,000, and it comes with a 148 hp engine and a manual transmission. It also comes equipped with power steering, power windows, a 12V outlet, and a wide array of safety features such as anti-lock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution.

The top of the line D-MAX is the Boondock 4x4, and it starts at Php 1.8 million. It comes with a 176 hp engine and an automatic transmission, along with a leather steering wheel, automatic climate controls, a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, traction control, power adjustable side mirrors, and safety features such as side impact beams, airbags, and vehicle stability control system.

Source: Yahoo

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