2020 Hyundai Sonata Uses A New Third-Generation Platform

2020 Hyundai Sonata Uses A New Third-Generation Platform

Shortly after the 2020 Hyundai Sonata was revealed ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 New York Auto Show on April 19, the South Korean automaker has confirmed that the new four-door coupe is underpinned by its third-generation vehicle platform.

This new platform debuts beneath the bodywork of the Sonata and will be used by future models in the Hyundai range. Hyundai says that its third-generation vehicle platform incorporates a multi-load path structure, ‘Hot Stamping’ and super-high tensile steel plate to ensure it is far superior than the outgoing platform.

Safety first

In terms of safety, the new architecture has improved energy absorption and helps to minimize collision impact into the passenger cabin. In addition, the platform is designed in such a way that the wheels move outward during a small overlap collision to improve passenger safety. This technology also helps to prevent the vehicle from spinning and being involved in potential secondary collisions.

Hyundai’s use of Hot Stamping also prevents deformation of the passenger cell.

Alongside the improvements in safety provided by the new platform, the underpinnings of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata improve performance.

One way the new platform does this is through a system designed to control the flow of air to the engine bay while improving heat dissipation. This system also enhances stability in the lower portion of the vehicle and minimizes air resistance.

Hyundai’s third-generation platform is also lighter than its predecessor and has a lower center of gravity. This allows for improved handling. Additionally, the new platform helps the 2020 Sonata achieve improved noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance.

Hyundai Wants Future EV Models to Park, Hook up to Chargers on Their Own

Hyundai Wants Future EV Models to Park, Hook up to Chargers on Their Own

Hyundai are the latest automakers to demonstrate how future autonomous cars could eliminate one of the most annoying aspects of driving: finding a parking space. The two Korean automakers released a videoshowing how a self-driving car could park itself with a human driver onboard.

In the video, the driver gets out of a car (which looks a lot like the Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept) and directs it to seek out an empty parking space using a smartphone. If the car is electric, and equipped for wireless charging, recharging could be handled automatically while parked, according to Hyundai.

All of this requires a communications system that not only connects the car to the driver's smartphone but to the parking facility itself. That allows the car to get continual updates on which parking spaces and charging stations are available. This is an example of the vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) tech other companies are using for everything from paying tolls to safeguarding intersections. Other companies have also demonstrated fully-automated parking, and Tesla's Summon feature allows cars to maneuver themselves in and out of parking spaces without the driver onboard. Systems like these aim to address congestion and could gain public acceptance more easily than fully-autonomous driving.

Autonomous parking could be more efficient because of two factors. Because no one is onboard when parking, cars can be parked very close together. A communication system like the one proposed by Hyundai and Kia would also tell cars where open spaces are located, allowing them to drive directly to those spaces, rather than circling around the lot or garage. Drivers may also be willing to relinquish control when it comes to parking, which is an activity that it's hard to find any joy in.

However, it's unclear when automated valet parking will become available on production cars. Hyundai plan to launch self-driving cars in what they call "smart cities" in 2021, with a wider-scale rollout by 2030. But the availability of automated parking will depend on the automakers' ability to integrate their tech with infrastructure.

Source: The Drive

Hyundai is building a dedicated platform for a future EV fleet

Hyundai is building a dedicated platform for a future EV fleet

Hyundai announced today its intention to build a dedicated electric vehicle platform that will be used for a new electric car set to be released in 2020, according to CNET. The platform, part of a planned $40 billion investmentinto innovation, will move the car manufacturer away from using chassis that are shared with gasoline-powered vehicles like the ones used with Hyundai's current EVs, including the Kona Electric and Ioniq.

Creating an all-electric platform from the ground up will play a major role in enabling Hyundai to achieve its broader goal: introducing 44 EVs in the next six years. South Korean car maker intends to be one of the "world's top three EV manufacturers" by the time 2025 rolls around. The company hasn't released any specifics about its future fleet of electric vehicles, though it has previously stated that it is aiming to produce EVs with 250 miles of range by 2020 -- a goal it accomplished already with the Kona Electric.

Electric vehicles will be a major focus of Hyundai's recent massive investment in research and development, but the company will also explore autonomy. Part of the five-year plan for the carmaker includes developing a fleet of autonomous taxis that will be deployed in South Korea. The company is setting 2021 as the target for that initiative.

Source: Engadget

Electric Vehicle trend will only get bigger from here

Electric Vehicle trend will only get bigger from here

Global warming and health hazards from higher NO2 emissions have definitely become some of the greatest challenges of our time and  governments all over the world are becoming united in moving away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner energy sources. 

The global industry is recognizing these trends and we are already seeing big shifts towards battery-charged products – not only when it comes to personal devices such as mobile phones and laptops - but also in electric vehicles and grid batteries used to store electric power for houses and buildings.   


The Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) used in vehicles are one of the main contributors to the CO2 emissions. According to the data from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), transportation accounted for 14% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Almost all of that (95%) is coming from petroleum-based fuels, largely gasoline and diesel. Diesel engines are generally believed to be more polluting than regular petrol cars, particularly because of higher emissions of NO2 (Nitrogen-Oxide). A 2017 study 'estimates that roughly 10,000 premature deaths annually can be attributed to NOx emissions from diesel cars, vans and light commercial vehicles'. Emission cheating scandals like ‘Dieselgate’, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, further contributed to discrediting the diesel powered vehicles. 

It is therefore not surprising that many European countries are starting to pass legislations that will significantly reduce the number of (or even fully ban) diesel vehicles in the upcoming future. They are also heavily promoting the move towards hybrid or all-electric vehicles. Several major European cities such as Paris, Athens or Madrid have declared to ban diesel powered vehicles from their city centers by 2025. Maybe the most significant event related to diesel engines, was the ruling by the Germany's Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig stating that cities may be permitted to put driving bans in place for diesel vehicles. This is seen by many observers as the ‘nail in the coffin’ for diesel powered cars especially in Western Europe. In Germany, where some 70 cities exceeded EU limits for NO2 emissions last year, this ruling has paved the way for cities such as Stuttgart, Dusseldorf or Hamburg to enhance their efforts in banning diesel cars from their roads.

China is maybe the most aggressive of all countries when it comes to moving away from ICEs due to the heavy pollution problems in their densely populated cities. The plan is that 12% of all cars sold by 2020 should be electric. Other major countries are following the lead; France and UK plan to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The Indian government is aiming for 30% of its vehicle fleet to be all-electric vehicles by 2030. 


A new study by AlixPartners says that diesels’ share of the European market has already fallen from 52% to 45% between 2016 and 2017. They expect diesel-powered vehicles to fall to just 5% of the EU car market.

The car manufacturers are moving with the electric vehicle wave. At the Geneva Car Show in March 2018, Toyota announced that it will stop the sale of diesel cars in Europe and will not develop new diesel technology for passenger cars as the company shifts its focus on hybrid vehicles. Nissan also announced that it will phase out diesel versions of passenger cars in Europe and move more towards hybrid and electric vehicles. US-Italian auto giant, Fiat-Chrysler, announced in February that it will ditch diesel from all its passenger cars by 2022.   


The trend is clearly moving towards electric vehicles. It is even fair to say that we have passed the point of no return, despite the fact that EVs are still not yet mainstream due to insufficient charging infrastructure. 

Nevertheless, the numbers are clearly indicating a bright future for EVs. According to ev-volumes.com the sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) have quadrupled since 2014 to reach over 1.2 million at the end of 2017. However, the share of all PEV sales still represents only 1.34% of total global cars sold in 2017. If these trends continue, the share of PEV sales are projected to reach 2%, which would amount to over 1.9 million cars sold in 2018 – an annual 48% increase. This is still a very small number relative to total car sales, and the growth potential is therefore obvious. The International Energy Agency expects the number of electric vehicles on the road to increase from 2 million in 2016 to 70 million by 2025!


In order to facilitate this EV growth, the industry will need to procure a sufficient amount of EV batteries to power the electric cars of the future. Tesla is already building its majestic Gigafactory with planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh). Tesla has announced the construction three more Gigafactories with the possibility of more being planned in the years ahead. 

In 2015, China surpassed the US as a world’s biggest market for electric cars. It is no wonder that China, as a world manufacturing super-house, is already ahead of most global EV battery producers. Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), China’s largest automotive battery maker, is already producing a capacity of 17.5 GWh. As reported by Bloomberg, CATL recently announced a plan for a new IPO backed by Goldman Sachs aiming to raise $2 billion to build their own ‘Gigafactory’ with a planned capacity of 24 GWh. The combined capacity would thus exceed even that of Tesla’s Gigafactory! It is therefore a fair assessment that together with BYD (the world's largest maker of electric vehicles) and strong support (in form of various subsidies) from the Government, China is set to cement itself as a future leader in EV battery production. It is also worth noting that there are more than 50 electric vehicle brands in China alone.

The big established auto makers also don’t want to be left behind in the EV race. German car giant Volkswagen just recently doubled its initial order of EV batteries to EUR 40 billion (USD 48 Billion); the order alone is worth more than Tesla’s market value! VW also plans to produce 25 new electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids by 2020 which is in line with their annual sales target of 3 million electric vehicles in 2025. 


Although the production of EVs at this moment is still costly compared to standard ICE cars, the industry is expecting the costs of EV batteries to decline significantly in the near future.

In 2010, the cost of a lithium-ion packed battery was around 1,000 USD/KWh. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack could now be under $200/KWh. Battery prices will need to drop below 100 USD/KWh for electric vehicles to be competitive with ICE cars; which BNEF projects will happen by 2025. This will be achievable with high performance NMC 811 and NCA cathode batteries containing 80% nickel.  Considering the fact that EVs require only half the production floor and capital expenditures compared to equivalent ICE cars, it seems that it is a now more a question of when, rather than if, this goal will be reached.

The cost of EV batteries is dependent on the cost of the raw materials needed to produce them. These materials include lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, aluminum and copper. They are used in different amounts depending on the battery chemistries used.

Auto and battery manufacturers are already scrambling to secure these raw materials with battery metal suppliers to ensure uninterrupted production of lithium-ion batteries. For example, Toyota Group’s trading arm took a stake in Australian lithium miner Orocobre in January 2018 to secure supplies of battery ingredients needed for electric vehicle battery production. South Korean battery maker SK Innovation signed an off-take agreement with Australian Mines Ltd in February 2018 for nickel and cobalt from the latter’s flagship Sconi project. In March 2018, Chinese recycling giant GEM signed a three-year cobalt supply agreement with Swiss miner Glencore.




201-horsepower Hyundai Ioniq Electric track car is awesome

201-horsepower Hyundai Ioniq Electric track car is awesome

While we've seen plenty of high-performance electric cars, such as Rimac's supercars and Tesla's powerful sedans and crossovers, we haven't seen many modified electric cars. Or at least electric cars modified for more performance in the traditional sense of the word for more speed and handling prowess. Engineers at Hyundai are finally giving us a peak at the future of tuning and hot rodding with their upgraded 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric that's competing in the Optima Ultimate Street Car series this year.

It's visually much more striking than the average Ioniq thanks in part to a bold color scheme, but also bolt-on fender flares and Volk TE37SL wheels wrapped in fat 275-mm width tires. More important, there are major changes under the skin. The standard Ioniq Electric's 118-horsepower, 218 pound-foot motor has been swapped out for the new Kona Electric's motor, which makes 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Though that's less power than the Veloster N that's also been racing this year, it's more torque than the same hot hatch.

Power still goes to the front wheels, but now there's a limited-slip differential up front to prevent the inside wheel roasting its tire in corners. Interestingly, the only suspension change mentioned is firmer lowering springs, so presumably it still uses the torsion-beam rear suspension layout of the regular Ioniq Electric. Beefy six-piston Wilwood brakes up front and four-piston units in the rear help the car come to a stop much more quickly. The cooling systems for the electronics and battery pack have been upgraded, too. It all sounds like a blast to drive.

As to why Hyundai built this, the company is using it for research and development purposes. Perhaps this will aid in developing an electric N model. It's also looking to build on its 2017 season when Hyundai was the only brand with a car in the Ultimate Street Car series GTE electric vehicle class. The modifications will certainly be useful this season, since a competitor has been to a few events with a Tesla Model X P100D. The overall standings show that the hopped-up Hyundai is second in total points, which will likely narrow after the Hyundai heads to its third event at Autoclub Speedway this weekend.

The two cars have not been at the same events this year, but both appear to qualify for the final invitational event that takes place in Las Vegas following the SEMA show. Both cars should have a reasonable shot at winning the class overall and at the invitational, since each event in the series consists of five portions including timed sections on a road course, in an autocross, and a combination test of acceleration, braking and slalom. The other two segments are an on-road section and an evaluation of design and engineering, which takes into account modifications, as well as how well the car still works as a street car (i.e. such things as, does the air conditioning still work?).

Source: Autoblog

Hyundai Giving 2020 Sonata Four-Door Coupe Styling

Hyundai Giving 2020 Sonata Four-Door Coupe Styling

2019 will be very important for Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis. The three South Korean brands will launch no less than 13 new models in the next 10 to 12 months, and the new generation Sonata should be among the most significant launches. Hyundai has big plans for its new sedan which should become a real head-turner.

Spy photos have already revealed we will be dealing with a drastically new vehicle and the company’s head of its Korean design center, SangYup Lee, said in a recent interview the car has been designed to create buzz just like the 2011 Sonata did shortly after its reveal. Sedan sales are going down every year but Hyundai wants to excite customers and make them take another look at the Sonata. "The new Sonata is quite challenging for us obviously just because we all know that market is shrinking and taken over by SUVs," Lee told MotorTrend recently.

Source: MotorTrend

Vying For The Title Of 'Hottest Hatch': Meet The Hyundai Veloster N

Vying For The Title Of 'Hottest Hatch': Meet The Hyundai Veloster N

When a hot hatch is propelled by a 275hp turbocharged engine, employs 19-inch wheels, a launch control and torque steer, on purpose mind you, then you know the manufacturer has their own unique philosophy of fun. That’s exactly what I found when I tested the new Hyundai Veloster N in California recently.

This is the best handling car to come out of the halls of Hyundai, well, ever. Actually, it also just happens to be one of the best looking cars ever born in Korea. There’s a reason for that. To get straight to the heart of the matter, the class-leading handling and great looks all comes down to a perfect fusion of Korean technology, reliability and vision, and German design and performance tuning.

I could not pen this story without first mentioning the integral part that two legendary Germans played in the creation of Korea’s hottest ever hatch. Ex-Audi senior designer Peter Schreyer, who arrived at the Hyundai-Kia group a decade ago, is now head of design for both brands. He and his team are responsible for not only this hatch but more poignantly, they've successfully elevated the brand's designs and aesthetics to levels comparable with some of Europe's top makes. Meanwhile, taking Hyundai’s performance and handling to a whole new level was Albert Biermann, the former BMW M Division chief engineer who is now holding Hyundai’s R&D reigns, which the brand calls its “N” high-performance department. He particularly revelled with the settings on the Veloster N.

This hatch also just happens to be one of the best looking cars to ever come out of Korea.PHOTO BY YASUHIKO SATO

Incorporating a huge hungry-looking hexagonal grille, sharp upslanting headlights, big wheels, red brake calipers and a sporty rear roof wing, the hatch’s addictive sky blue and bright red accents around the front spoiler and side skirts put it very much in a league with the iconic VW Golf GTI. The funky 3-door layout (4-door is you include the hatchback) with a rear passenger door only built into the right-hand side of the car, give the Veloster N special presence on the road.

Inside, this hot hatch gets a suitably sporty cockpit made out of inexpensive materials with nice touches like the leather wrapped gear-shifter and steering wheel, competent 8-inch BlueLink infotainment and sat-nav system, audio features and Android and Apple connectivity features, as well as supportive seats for those extended-right-boot-into-corner moments.

The interior is subtle but well appointed.PHOTO BY YASUHIKO SATO

But the undisputed highlight of the Veloster N is what sits under that hood. While the base Veloster N gets 250hp from its 2.0-liter turbocharged power unit, the tweaked N-spec performance version we tested is rated at 275hp peak power and 260lb-ft of torque. Even without flicking on the launch control, the Veloster N rockets off the line, jumping from zero to 60mph in under 6 seconds.

Torque is particularly strong between 3000-6000 rpm and seems to enjoy hovering around the 3500 mark allowing the turbo to stay vocal with an addictive whistle. This car is plenty quick with a beefy exhaust under heavy acceleration and a curious but colorful cocktail of pops and crackles exuding from the exhaust when you lift off.

As a sports car traditionalist, I particularly liked Hyundai’s brave decision to opt for one gearbox only—a 6-speed manual. As the revs climb quickly while the 19-inch Pirelli P-Zeros fight for grip, the limited slip diff on this front-drive hatch works hard to control understeer and torque steer. But as Biermann will say, ‘some torque steer was purposefully left in the mix to give the driver a feel for the power,” and that this addition was a calculated feature of the car. Yes, the Veloster N does have some torque steer under heavy acceleration, but it’s easy to control, and as he says, it does add to the overall sportiness of this rare hatch.

Any hatch with such power would normally be fitted with high-performance, 4-pot Brembos. But in their wisdom, Hyundai decided to keep costs down and furnish the car’s needs in-house. The result is better than expected. Pedal rigidity is tight and braking performance is more than acceptable. In fact, the Veloster N’s stoppers are borrowed from the Optima, but given grippier pads, while special cooling ducts built into the N's functional aerodynamic sheetmetal, keep those rotors and pads from getting too warm and fading.

This hatch feels light on its feet but nimble and stable in the corners with perfectly weighted steering. It transfers its weight superbly mid-corner and sounds great doing it. For just under $30,000, you’d have to look hard and long for a hot hatch with better cost performance.

Source: Forbes

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