2018 Hyundai Elantra promoted to IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently added a new test that should make it harder for a vehicle to earn the NGO's highest safety accolade, but nobody told that to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

The IIHS announced that the 2018 Elantra has earned the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is given to a vehicle that performs admirably in a battery of safety tests and performance evaluations. Previously, it had earned the second-best award, Top Safety Pick, but it passed the IIHS' latest crash test, earning itself a promotion.

That new test is the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. A mirror of the driver-side test instituted a few years ago, the IIHS started testing this crash on the passenger side to ensure automakers would protect front passengers as well as drivers. While the Elantra received a rating of Good for the driver side test, it only scored Acceptable on the passenger side, which is still a passing grade. The Elantra received a Good rating for four other crash tests, as well -- moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and seats/head restraints.

It should be noted that only Elantras built after December 2017 have earned the Acceptable rating for passenger-side small offset collisions. Hyundaiadded reinforcements to the door pillar and sill to reinforce the passenger side, likely specifically to score well on this test. Automakers have made similar moves in the past to ensure the highest ratings possible, even if it means making adjustments in the middle of a car's product cycle.

But it's not just about crashes. The IIHS also evaluates driver-assist systems, and the Elantra received a Superior rating when equipped with its optional automatic emergency braking system, part of the car's Ultimate Package. That same trim also gives the car a set of HID projector headlights that received a Good rating for illumination and lack of glare. Its standard headlights are rated Poor for inadequate visibility.

The 2018 Elantra is one of five small cars (and the only Hyundai) with the IIHS' highest safety rating -- the other winners are the 2018 Kia Forte, 2018 Kia Soul, 2018 Subaru Impreza and 2018 Subaru WRX. The Elantra's five-door cousin, the Elantra GT, remains stuck in the Top Safety Pick bucket.

 

IONIQ Electric ranked first in 2017 ADAC EcoTest

The IONIQ Electric is the winner of the 2017 ADAC EcoTest.

In the course of the year Germany’s largest Automobile Association continuously tested 105 vehicles of all powertrains for their eco-friendliness. The IONIQ Electric was one of only five cars to achieve the maximum five-star rating. Emissions of CO2 and other pollutants were included in the evaluation. The IONIQ achieved the highest rating of 105 points: the full score of 50 points for low-emission driving and 55 out of 60 for its overall CO2 performance.

IONIQ Electric offers class-leading efficiency

The ADAC experts used the German energy mix of 579 g/kWh as a basis for their testing. This approach enables the ADAC EcoTest to compare alternative powertrains with conventional combustion engines. The IONIQ Electric scored an average 14.7 kWh per 100 kilometres, resulting in CO2consumption values of 85 g per kilometre – an outstanding outcome in the electric car segment. Confirmation of the results has been carried out through measurements on the road – the “real driving emissions”.

The strong result of the IONIQ Electric in the ADAC EcoTest underlines Hyundai Motor's competence in developing advanced technology and showcases the innovative spirit of our brand. The IONIQ line-up is a great foundation of our ambitious eco-car strategy that we are pushing forward this year with the All-New NEXO and KONA Electric.

Andreas-Christoph HofmannVice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric is part of the successful IONIQ line-up of three different models. Hyundai Motor is the first car manufacturer to offer an electric, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain in one single body type. Since entering the market in late 2016 Hyundai Motor has sold more than 28,000 units in Europe. With a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and several European awards for its overall performance, the IONIQ is one of the most decorated, best-value eco-cars in the market.

Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered Nexo can drive further and charge faster than a Tesla

Hyundai has been part of the handful of automakers pushing fuel cell electric vehicles for years now. The Hyundai Nexo is its latest effort to go up against competition from the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, as well as upcoming models from the likes of Mercedes-Benz. This time, Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle is armed with a bigger range and new driver assistance tech.

Unveiled Monday at CES, the Nexo picks up the space left by the Tucson FCEV, Hyundai’s first attempt at a mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle that was available for customers in some parts of North America, Europe and Asia to lease. While the Nexo has similar proportions to the current Tucson compact SUV, it sits on its own platform that Hyundai says allows for the powertrain and fuel tanks to be better packaged, as well as a reduction in weight. This enables more passenger space, better aerodynamics and improved acceleration and efficiency.

Compared to the Tucson FCEV, Hyundai says the Nexo has a 20 percent better 0-60 mph time and has a top speed that’s 25 percent higher than the old car. While that 0-60 time is down to 9.5 seconds and well off that of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell’s, it’s at least in the ballpark of something like a Toyota Prius. And, of course, that level of performance allows for a range of 370 miles before you need to stop at a hydrogen filling station (nearly all of which are in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas right now) for five minutes to fuel up and keep going.

 
 
 

Hyundai is also using the Nexo to launch some of their new driver assistance technologies. The Remote Smart Parking Assistant allows drivers to park or retrieve their vehicle by pressing a button in the vehicle or through an app, with the Nexo moving autonomously for a limited distance. Companies such as BMW and Tesla have marketed similar technology.

The Nexo also introduces a lane following system and Highway Driving Assistant to a Hyundai model, allowing the vehicle to stay centered in its lane at up to 90 mph without the need to follow another vehicle. Hyundai says the driving assistant also uses sensors and map data to automatically adjust speed if necessary. But for actively changing lanes or parking, a wide-angle camera for the blind spot monitor covers areas not seen by traditional mirrors.

 

Hyundai says the Nexo will be available in select markets early this year. The company previously marketed the Tucson FCEV in California, and the related ix35 Fuel Cell in 11 European countries, Australia and South Korea. Expect similar availability for the Nexo, although automakers marketing fuel cell vehicles are pushing for more filling stations in more markets. It may prove a more attractive proposition to rivaling Honda and Toyota fuel cell sedans because its SUV shape offers more practicality and a style many new car shoppers are looking for.

The Nexo is also one of 18 “eco-friendly models” Hyundai will launch globally by 2025, already kicked off by the Ioniq line of plug-ins and hybrids. Like many automakers, Hyundai is exploring many options as internal combustion engines face an uncertain future.

Safest Cars For 2018 Announced - Hyundai Lead The Pack

 

 

A new list of vehicles recognized for offering the highest levels of crash protection was released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry. Sixty-two 2018 model year cars earned top ratings in the most recent annual evaluations aimed to help consumers more easily identify the safest vehicles.

Fifteen vehicles qualified for the Top Safety Pick + award, the institute’s highest designation that recognizes models that offer an advanced level of safety; 47 models earned the basic Top Safety Pick award.

Hyundai Motor Co. — which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands — leads manufacturers with six cars in the top category. Subaru has four. Toyota Motor Corp. has the most vehicles — 10 — in the second category level. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru's 2018 lineup earned one of the awards.

Both award categories require an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, as well as good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. In addition, to qualify for Top Safety Pick +, cars must be rated good for headlights and good or acceptable in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test. Headlights also factor into the second-tier award: a good or acceptable rating is required.

Across manufacturers, the vast majority of award winners qualify only when optionally equipped because front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights aren't part of their base trims.

The institute said it developed the passenger-side small overlap front crash test “after it became clear that some manufacturers weren't paying sufficient attention to the passenger side as they made improvements to achieve better performance in the driver-side” test.

"Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are," Adrian Lund, the institute’s president, said in a statement. "Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we're confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side."

The institute's headlight evaluations are also relatively new; the tests measure how well low beams and high beams illuminate the road ahead and the amount of glare they produce for drivers of oncoming vehicles.

"Headlights have long been treated as design elements instead of the critical safety equipment that they are," Lund said, noting that there have been improvements in recent years. This year, all 62 award winning vehicles for the 2018 model year are available with headlights that are good or acceptable.

Lund said occupant protection have been greatly improved over the past decades. “All automakers now recognize the important role of safety in consumer choice, and they are increasingly receptive to working with our engineers to understand the next steps in keeping people from harm in motor vehicle crashes and to make real changes in their vehicle designs.”

Hyundai pledges $21bn for car technology

Hyundai Motor plans to invest about Won23tn ($21.56bn) over the next five years in electric cars, autonomous vehicles and related technology as the South Korean automaker pushes to catch up in this critical emerging technology. 

The plan comes amid a downturn in business for the country’s second-largest conglomerate. Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors, which together rank as the world’s fifth-largest auto group, missed their 2017 sales target for a third straight year and forecast only a modest sales increase for this year, amid faltering China demand. 

Hyundai, a latecomer to self-driving technology, also announced a plan to hire 45,000 people for the next five years. The pledge came during as Kim Dong-yeon, the finance minister, visited Hyundai’s research centre for environment-friendly cars to encourage vehicle development.  Earlier this month, it announced a strategic partnership with Aurora, a Silicon Valley company with strong self-driving technology, to develop autonomous cars. It has already joined forces with Cisco Systems and Baidu to develop internet-connected cars. 

“Global trends are changing so fast. We will actively invest in new technologies and hire more talents to establish a virtuous circle,” Chung Eui-sun, Hyundai’s vice-chairman, said in a statement released by the finance ministry. 

Analysts said Hyundai trails rivals badly in investment in autonomous driving, and risks being left behind. “At the moment, its competitiveness in this new area is almost zero and it will face an existential threat in the self-driving era,” said Lee Hang-koo, researcher at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade. Last week, Mr Chung visited the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Hyundai debuted its Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that it believes will be well suited to autonomous car technology thanks to its stable power supply. Under the partnership with Aurora, Hyundai aims to bring self-driving vehicles to market by 2021. 

Hyundai hopes to rev up sales by launching more eco-friendly electric vehicles and connected cars. Hyundai and Kia plan to launch about 38 green cars in the next seven years. Last year, Hyundai’s sales fell sharply in China and the US, its biggest markets, amid a diplomatic row about a US missile shield and lower consumer appetite for its sedans. The company will announce its fourth-quarter results on January 25. 

After being hit hard by China’s consumer backlash over the missile defence system installation in South Korea, Hyundai is trying hard to diversify its export markets, eyeing Southeast Asia. This month, it announced a plan to invest in Grab, a regional ride-hailing operator, to strengthen its foothold in the market. Under the partnership with the Singapore-based company, Hyundai will explore joint use of its Ioniq electric cars to develop ride-hailing services. The company is also considering building a car factory in Southeast Asia, probably in Indonesia or Vietnam, to increase sales in those countries.

Source: Financial Times

Hyundai plans 38 EVs as it aims to catch up with rivals

Hyundai and its affiliate Kia have revealed ambitious plans to bring as many as 38 green cars to market in the next eight years, with seven models slated for launch in the next five. Most of them will be electric vehicles, senior vice president Lee Ki-sang told reporters last week, adding to the company's current green line-up of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, several plug-in hybrids and the hydrogen-based fuel-cell ix35.

For a company that has dragged its feet on the green vehicle landscape, 38 is a lot. However, it says it's taken its time (more than a decade) researching and developing green technology that fits within its brand. And credit where it's due, the manufacturer has bought to market relatively inexpensive cars that make the technology and its benefits accessible to the mainstream. And there's take-up: the company sold 186,000 green vehicles in the first nine months of the year.

However, the company is still trailing behind its competitors. VW, for example, plans to build electric versions of all of its models by 2030. GM says it's developing battery-only versions of 20 of its cars, due to hit the market by 2020. Renault, BMW and Daimler are all already following suit. Speaking to Bloomberg, Kim Phil-soo, a professor of automotive engineering at Daelim University near Seoul, said, "Hyundai should have become a first mover of EVs, but it is still staying as a fast follower," and added that the company is "late by about three years". If it realizes its ambitious plans, though, the company could emerge as an unlikely leader in the field.

Source: Engadget

Hyundai Concepts Cover The Bases At SEMA

SEMA has become the go to show for automakers looking to spice up their public image. Hyundai latched onto the Las Vegas aftermarket exhibition three years ago and this year was back with a raft of new show cars.

The Elantra Sport is the basis for a concept developed with Blood Type Racing.

Hyundai

The company added methanol injection, intake, exhaust and intercooler technologies, tuned suspension and full aero kit. Despite the hard-core performance modifications, the supplier says the car does not sacrifice daily drivability. Sam Lee, product manager, Blood Type Racing notes: “Building upon the well-developed Elantra Sport platform, powertrain and design fundamentals, we’ve given enthusiasts a new vision of where this affordable sport compact wants to go.”

A company called Vaccar has transformed the Tucson Sport into a new crossover concept. The vehicle upgrades the powertrain, design, infotainment and suspension and adds a full aero kit.

Going for a more extreme off-road approach, the Rockstar Energy Moab concept builds on Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport. It is designed to tackle trails in Moab, Utah, considered one of the world’s most challenging off-road regions.

“The Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Concept was specifically designed to withstand the extraordinary demands of Moab off-road terrain,” said Nic Ashby, Rockstar Marketing. “Leveraging the outstanding Santa Fe Sport platform and powertrain, we definitely pushed its capabilities to new limits to conquer the pinnacle of challenges at Moab.”

Not all Hyundai’s SEMA concepts were performance oriented. The ‘HyperEconiq Ioniq’ was designed by Bisimoto Engineering to take Hyundai’s fuel efficient Ioniq and dramatically increase its mileage. With a focus of aerodynamic improvements and other mechanical changes, the concept ups the Ioniq’s standard 59 mpg capability to more than 80 mpg.

 
Source: Forbes


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