VW teases a new ID electric concept

VW teases a new ID electric concept

VW has released a teaser image of a new ID electric concept to be unveiled in the US next month.

Unlike most electric concept vehicles from automakers, VW’s family of ID concepts are important because they serve as the basis for a series of production electric vehicles built on its new electric MEB platform to hit the market in the next few years.

So far, VW has only unveiled the production of ID.3, an all-electric hatchback based on the original ID concept, and the German automaker is planning the first deliveries next year.

However, they are focusing on the European market, where stricter emission rules are taking effect next year, and the ID.3 is not expected to be launched in the US.

The US market will have to wait for yet-to-be-unveiled production versions of the ID CROZZ electric crossover and ID BUZZ electric microbus set to come in 2021 and 2022.

Now it looks like VW is planning another electric vehicle for the US market and the concept is set to be unveiled next month.

The automaker is planning a new exhibit titled “Building an Electric Future” at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and they announced that it will launch with the global debut of a new ID concept.

They released the following image:

Based on the render, it looks like it’s going to be a sedan. VW has already unveiled a sedan ID concept: the ID VIZZION.

Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design, commented on the event and the new concept:

“’Building an Electric Future’ gives a behind the scenes look at making the new age of electric and autonomous mobility happen. It shows varying perspectives from the point of view of the designer, the manufacturer, and the consumer. There’s no better opportunity to start this amazing exhibit than with the world premiere of our newest member of the ID. family.”

The unveiling is going to happen on November 19. Electrek is going to be there and we will report back all the details.

After the unveiling, the VW electric exhibit is going to be available to the public.

Electrek’s Take

Hopefully, the fact that they are unveiling the concept in the US means that it will be the basis for an EV that they plan to launch in the US.

VW’s strong EV push has been focused on China and Europe where they need to sell a lot of EVs in order to comply with regulations.

It’s not the case in the US and that’s why we are seeing a lot of new EVs only launching in Europe and China.

I think regulations will still be the important driver in the next 2 or 3 years, but there will be a major shift in consumer demand and that factor will be way more important than any regulation after that.

Automakers need to be ready.

Source: Electrek

Hyundai Isn't Done With The Jaw-Dropping Sedans

Hyundai Isn't Done With The Jaw-Dropping Sedans

It wasn’t too long ago that Hyundai stunned almost everyone with the dramatic redesign of the 2019 Hyundai Sonata. It looks like that trend is going to continue, as teasers of the 2020 Hyundai Azera promise yet another fascinating sedan.

As previewed by Hyundai’s global Twitter account, the upcoming redesigned Hyundai Azera—which is sold as the Hyundai Grandeur in many global markets—is finally up to the standard a flagship executive sedan should be at.

The car features a new grille that’s integrated with the headlight units, with light appearing to beam through the grille polygons surrounding the headlight units.

In the back is more fancy lighting, with a single curved rear taillight. Paired with the front, the new design makes for some instantly recognizable signatures for the car.

Don’t get too attached, though. Hyundai stopped selling the Azera executive sedan in the U.S. back in 2017 after introducing its new luxury brand, Genesis, with a lineup of its own moderately styled sedans.

The Azera never really sold well here (They once sold -1 Azeras in a month. Negative one.), but also, it never really looked this good, either. Hell, even the current Hyundai lineup doesn’t look this interesting.

While it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting this new, hot Azera back in the U.S., it’s nice to know that Hyundai may be on a roll with its design department, and that should hopefully trickle over to stuff we can buy.

Genesis. The Veloster N. The new Sonata. iMax N drift bus. What a wild turnaround Hyundai’s had in the last few years.

Source: Jalopnik

Hyundai Turns Veloster into Crazy Off-Roader with Grappler Concept

Hyundai Turns Veloster into Crazy Off-Roader with Grappler Concept

Some cars are never meant to go off-road. Who in their right mind would take, for example, a Hyundai Veloster dune running? The answer is, anyone with a Veloster like this Grappler concept, which will appear at the 2019 SEMA aftermarket show held in Las Vegas in November.

The Grappler has been customized for the dirt roads, dunes, and mud pits where you'd normally expect to find the likes of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The first thing that Hyundai engineers did was increase the ground clearance and approach and departure angles of the car. They then attached custom brush guards in the front and back, along with aggressive oversized all-terrain tires mounted on "rally inspired" wheels from Method Racing. In order to accommodate the wheel and tire setup, the Grappler also features wider fenders and a modified front and rear fascia.

The Grappler should turn some heads even in the midst of the gaudy SEMA show, as it's been wrapped in a custom vinyl wrap with a Hyundai theme. If the wrap doesn’t grab your attention, the Borla catback exhaust will. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a Seibon carbon-fiber hood.

The interior features a integrated roll cage that allows for a spare wheel and tire mount. It surrounds the occupants, who are strapped into custom Recaro seats in a vintage houndstooth-check pattern. The interior is holds off-road goodies including traction mats, a utility shovel, Goal Zero mobile power station and crush lights, roadside-assistance kit, first-aid kit, and a Napier outdoor dome tent. Hyundai's own accessories—sport shifter, sport pedals, all-weather floor mats, and ambient lighting system—are in there, too.

In the same way a Veloster N belongs on a racetrack, the Veloster Grappler belongs on a dirt road. It sure packs the equipment to do so. And, Hyundai? Putting a Veloster Grappler into production would be a good idea—that way, we could have one Veloster for the road and another one for the trail.
 
Source: Car & Driver
Hyundai wants the 2021 Tucson to be a game-changer

Hyundai wants the 2021 Tucson to be a game-changer

Hyundai is pulling out all the stops to make the next-generation Tucson a game-changer. The company pledged to deliver a smart, stylish, and well-built model that will stand out from its rivals on paper, in the metal, and from behind the driver's seat.

"It's very interesting visually, it's going to appeal to a very broad audience, I think. Probably the biggest shift for the car is going to be style and design," predicted Andrew Tuatahi, the South Korean company's product planning manager, in an interview with Australian website Which Car.

He explained his team benchmarked the bigger, more expensive Santa Fe when they selected the materials that will be used to build the Tucson, so it should feel nicer than the current model. It will also benefit from the latest round of in-car technology, including entertainment-oriented features, and it will receive new safety equipment like an airbag mounted between the front passengers. 

Tuatahi didn't reveal what the Tucson will look like, but spy shots show a more evocative design that follows the path blazed by recent additions to the Hyundai range, like the Palisade and the aforementioned Santa Fe. The grille is wider, shorter, and it underlines the headlights. It seemingly borrows styling cues from its bigger siblings without copying them. Hyundai wants to avoid the Russian doll approach to styling at all costs to give each nameplate its own design identity.

While technical specifications remain under wraps, Hyundai will almost certainly make an electrified powertrain available on the Tucson. It likely won't be fully electric; a hybrid is a safer bet. Non-electrified options will return, and we might even see a sportier model spiked by Hyundai's go-fast N division. Rivals like Ford and Volkswagen have shown there's an appetite for hotter crossovers.

The next Hyundai Tucson is scheduled to make its debut in 2020, meaning it won't arrive on our shores until the 2021 model year. Additional information about the model will emerge in the coming months. When it lands, it will compete in the same hot compact crossover segment as the perennially popular Toyota RAV4.

Source: Autoblog

Hyundai develops AI-infused adaptive cruise control and it's production-bound

Hyundai develops AI-infused adaptive cruise control and it's production-bound

Adaptive cruise control is perhaps, by and large, one of the best functions bundled into increasingly standard active safety system suites in new cars. The technology does a splendid job of keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles at freeway speeds, but it appears the next advancement is upon us.

Hyundai said on Monday its new Machine-Learning Smart Cruise Control (aka SSC ML) is capable of analyzing a driver's patterns and learning them effectively to create a custom experience. While some drivers may not care for how close or how far an adaptive cruise control system places their car from the car in front, SSC ML is designed to learn your preference.

Hyundai's machine-learning algorithm learns how a driver would follow the car on the freeway. Analyzing this information, the system learns how the driver drives, and when the adaptive cruise control is active, it mimics that behavior. Wild stuff, to say the least.

Hyundai said it was impossible to give drivers the ability to totally fine-tune how close or how far a vehicle should follow with adaptive cruise control. So it tossed the problem to the computers. Sensors and radar feed data to a computer, which then extracts the data needed to learn the driver's behavior. Artificial intelligence then works its craft to determine three key things: following distance, acceleration and overall responsiveness.

There's really no need to worry if SSC ML will be able to distinguish your driving habits; Hyundai said the algorithm can understand 10,000 patterns. Remember, this system is literally designed to learn three distinct elements. But, if you think you can teach the machine to learn unsafe patterns, that's a no-go.

This technology will make its debut in a Hyundai Motor Group vehicle in the future, according to the automaker. We could see it in a Genesis, Hyundai or Kia, but more than likely, the Genesis luxury brand will be the debut marque.

 
2020 VW Golf Officially Previewed Inside And Out

2020 VW Golf Officially Previewed Inside And Out

We’ve seen our fair share of spy shots of the new Volkswagen Golf over the last few months, but these official renderings are our best look so far at the eighth generation of the hugely popular compact hatchback. In typical Golf fashion, the exterior design can be best described as evolutionary, but the headlights have been overhauled and appear to feature a thin light strip that runs across the front fascia.

“More dynamic than ever before” is what VW says about the Golf Mk 8’s exterior styling, while the cabin will represent a dramatic change compared to the outgoing model. We can clearly see it has pretty much nothing in common with the car it’s about to replace, with considerably fewer physical buttons. That’s because many of the controls have been integrated into the touchscreen, which merges with the digital instrument cluster and what appears to be another touch panel to the left of the driver’s display.

2020 VW Golf teaser

As previously reported, the new Volkswagen Golf will receive its world debut on October 24 and will go on sale in Europe before the end of the year. The five-door hatchback will be out first, with the confirmed wagon to arrive shortly thereafter. One body style that’s likely not coming back will be the three-door version due to poor demand, which will also likely be the case with the mechanically related Audi A3 and SEAT Leon due in 2020. In addition, the minivan-esque Golf Sportsvan is also dead.

Source: motor1

Hyundai 45 Concept Draws Inspiration From Past, Looks Into Future

Hyundai 45 Concept Draws Inspiration From Past, Looks Into Future

When Hyundai teased its new electric concept back in August, we had the feeling it’s going to be a pretty special study. It turns out, our assumptions were correct as the brand’s new 45 concept is a rather interesting and good-looking prototype. Not only that but it also serves a very important role for the company, previewing the future design direction of its production EVs. But we’ll get to that later.

The somewhat weird name of the concept actually has a pretty simple explanation – the study takes a look at Hyundai’s past, where exactly 45 years ago it presented the Pony Coupe Concept. The connection between the two is probably most visible at the front where the 45 concept reinterprets its predecessor’s distinctive lattice radiator grille with what Hyundai describes as “kinetic cube lamp” design.

 

The name 45 also stands for one more thing – the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming “a diamond-shaped silhouette that further foreshadows the design direction of future EV models.” The South Korean manufacturer also says “the iconic character” of the study is defined by its “monocoque-style body, aerodynamic and light-weight design inspired by aircrafts from the 1920s.”

As mentioned above, with the new concept, Hyundai is previewing the design of its future production electric models and is also highlighting future technological developments that “may influence” forthcoming production vehicles.

These include the so-called Camera Monitoring System – basically, a system that replaces the side mirrors with small cameras and tries to overcome visibility challenges caused by dirt gathering on the mirror by using an embedded turntable module, which rotates the lens past a brush.

Hyundai 45 Concept

While the exterior is minimalistic and retro-styled, the cabin is an entirely different world. The interior embodies Hyundai’s Style Set Free strategy, which allows for personalization, and is said to be inspired by the world of furniture design. Being an autonomous concept means the front seats can rotate to face other passengers. The infotainment system features a projection-beam interface, which replaces the central touchscreen display with a number of smaller displays integrated into the dashboard.

Source: Motor1



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