Public debut for three models at home motor show: Hyundai Motor at the 2017 IAA

Hyundai Motor is presenting three public debuts of new vehicles at the 67th International Frankfurt Motor Show: Hyundai’s first high-performance car i30 N, the elegant five-door coupé i30 Fastback and the bold, sub-compact SUV, the All-New KONA. These new models are the latest milestones on Hyundai Motor’s journey to become the number one Asian automotive brand in Europe by 2021. The public debut at Frankfurt Motor Show will be a homecoming for the three models: after all, the brand has its European and German headquarters, design, technical and testing centres and its motorsport operations rooted in the region.

Visitors of the IAA can also take a look into future powertrain technologies. Hyundai Motor presents Smart Stream, their new efficient and fuel saving powertrain line-up. Additionally, visitors can see the full IONIQ line-up with the Hybrid, Electric and Plug-in Hybrid version at the home motor show. The IONIQ is the world’s first car with three electric powertrains and is Hyundai Motor’s contribution to a cleaner future and low-to-zero emission driving.

The Hyundai Motor press conference will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 12:55 CEST at the Hyundai stand in Hall 8, Stand C 29.

“With the new Hyundai i30 N, i30 Fastback and the All-new KONA we are proud to present a wide-ranging showcase of new models and innovative technology based on our customers’ needs at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, our home motor show,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By expanding our strong product line-up, combined with our digital and intelligent services, we will emotionalise the brand and attract new customer groups.

The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car under the N line-up inspired by motorsport. Built on the New Generation i30, this car has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum fun to drive in everyday life on the road as well as on the track. The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine available with two power outputs: the Standard Package engine delivers 250 PS, whereas the Performance Package engine's maximum power is boosted to 275 PS. Both outputs deliver a maximum torque of 353 Nm (378 Nm with Overboost function) and reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The 250 PS version reaches 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, the 275 PS version in 6.1 seconds. Hyundai’s new high-performance car is all about precision, control, safety and durability when it comes to sharp performance and driving excitement. The key high-performance features are segment-leading for Hyundai Motor’s first N model and can be chosen individually by the driver depending on his or her driving mood.

With the i30 Fastback, Hyundai Motor is entering the compact market with a premium, classy, five-door coupé. The i30 Fastback is characterised by its strong stance and sporty, elongated lines. By offering the latest Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features, the i30 Fastback democratises technology, as do the other members of the i30 range. The powertrain line-up of the i30 Fastback consists of two downsized turbocharged petrol engines carried over from the New Generation Hyundai i30. With the i30 Fastback, Hyundai Motor makes premium design features accessible for everyone.

The All-New KONA is a true SUV with a bold and progressive design, premium features, accessible connectivity and latest safety technologies. Hyundai’s KONA offers a sleek, sharp design with full-LED twin headlamps, two-tone roof and a choice of ten distinctive exterior colours. This new SUV combines optional on-demand four-wheel drive, 7DCT and Hyundai’s latest powertrains. It expresses the lifestyle of modern urban customers.

The i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport’s first project intended specifically for track racing, already attracted plenty of attention during its public debut at the recent ADAC TCR Germany championship. At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show the i30 N TCR will be presented for the first time to a wider audience. Built to the TCR regulations that were introduced in 2015, the i30 N TCR is designed to be sold to customers to compete in the growing number of national and international series where TCR-specification machinery is eligible. The i30 N TCR complements Hyundai’s forthcoming high-performance N range and will further show the high-performance engineering capabilities of the brand.

In line with the TCR regulations the i30 N TCR is powered by a two-litre turbocharged engine, connected to a six-speed gearbox operated by steering wheel mounted paddles. The 100-litre fuel tank in the car is equipped with an endurance refuelling kit, allowing customers to compete in both sprint and long distance events. 

Hyundai Motor reveals ‘Smart Stream’, its new-generation powertrain line-up, at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with a showcase of the Smart Stream 1.6-litre T-GDi engine and Smart Stream wet 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The new 1.6-litre T-GDi engine incorporates an array of new technologies including ‘Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD)’, which continuously adjusts the valve duration, and hence optimizes the valve timing of opening and closing independently to maximize performance and fuel economy as well as to reduce emissions. With quicker and smoother gear changes than its predecessor, the Smart Stream wet 8-speed DCT also contributes to lowered fuel consumption. Hyundai Motor plans to continuously introduce more ‘Smart Stream’ badged powertrains in the years to come.

At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai Motor further announces its plans to launch its first pure-electric car sharing programme in metropolitan Amsterdam in early October. Consisting of 100 IONIQ Electric vehicles, the car sharing fleet democratises e-mobility. More detailed information about the first car sharing programme of Hyundai Motor will be available on October 5, 2017 during the inauguration ceremony in Amsterdam.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

In the recent years, you may have observed something about your family or your peers; road trips have become their go-to way of spending a holiday weekend. With many picturesque spots and relaxing destinations around the country, it’s no surprise that many choose to spend their vacations this way. Pair this with newly built expressways and the fact that there are various capable SUVs in the market, road-tripping has now become more accessible than ever before. This then begs the question: What SUV can endure the holiday weekend and take you back to work when vacation’s over?

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Picture yourself going on one of these trips with your family or friends. Say you’ve got a party of five with a bunch of gear for a beach that’s easily 400kms away from the city. Think about what criteria you’ll need in a car to survive the trip. You’ll definitely need something robust, safe, easy to maneuver, and something with enough creature comforts to keep you and your passengers entertained throughout the long journey. In a nutshell, you will need an SUV that can guarantee your peace of mind on the road – something like the Isuzu mu-X. That said, we list down seven key features of Isuzu’s stalwart crossover that are vital to your next road trip.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Robust and durable

With heritage hailing from a line of durable truck-based predecessors, the mu-X establishes its roots as a no-frills, get-down-to-business kind of vehicle. Since the mu-X was a truck Isuzu made to shuttle people, there’s no questioning its durability when it comes to facing adverse road conditions during your trip. There’s no longer the need to think twice about crossing any road or gutted terrain because the mu-X can take anything you throw at it. Rigid and as tough as it gets, the mu-X provides perfect reliability for long journeys; Allowing you to plan other parts of the trip instead of being bothered with roadside repairs.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Safe

Of course, safety is technology paramount, no standard in any vehicle today. The mu-X has its fair share of safety tech in place. Alongside the ever-reliable 3-point seat belts for all occupants, the mu-X also comes with Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (ABS-EBD) and Brake Assist as well as its own Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control system that will aid you during harsh weather conditions or emergency situations. Its sturdy chassis also lends itself well to occupant protection in the unlikely case of a crash. As evidence of such, the Isuzu mu-X received a five-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in 2013.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Ease of maneuvering

With all the twists, turns, and double-backs you may have to perform during your trip, it’s important that your vehicle can easily follow your every step. The mu-X comes with power-assisted Rack and Pinion steering to allow for optimum response in steering input. Its turning radius also allows for easy tackling of U-turns or three-point turns when you need to turn the car around. Visibility is amplified thanks to its tall windows all around, this way you can clearly see further down the road – making your drive even safer. Parking sensors also provide aid when backing up to avoid any fender benders.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Comfort

Made of hard plastic all around, the mu-X has an interior that’s as simple as it gets. Its theatre-style seating means there’s space for all occupants. Pair that with its versatile configuration of seating, the mu-X can seat you, your family, and your gear in relative comfort. Speaking of comfort, any vehicle in our region cannot do without proper air conditioning – and the mu-X’s sturdy power plant can ensure your A/C works around the clock to keep you cool. Also, thanks to an elaborate 5-link rear coil spring suspension with stabilizer bar setup, the mu-X does away with the bumpy ride associated with cars in this class and provides further comfort for its rear occupants.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy\Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Family friendliness

Entertainment inside the mu-X comes via an 8-inch touch screen that can play host to music from your smartphone with ease of connectivity – you won’t want to stay quiet during that long trip after all! Beverages can be easily held for all your passengers as there’s a cup holder to match each seat. It’s theatre-styled seats lend themselves well to proper ergonomics as well – meaning your passengers won’t get nauseated during the long drive. They might even get a good nap in too. While being comfortably seated, a 10-inch roof-mounted monitor can provide entertainment for the occupants without distracting the driver. Navigation also comes as standard so you can easily find your way around the provinces. That’s another problem off the road trip checklist then.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Efficiency during long drives

All this convenience offered by the mu-X is good, but then you might wonder just how much all that will set you back with regards to fuel economy. The good news is fuel for the mu-X will be cheap and easy to find wherever you are in the country; all variants run diesel engines after all. Aside from diesel being relatively cheap, the mu-X consumes fairly efficiently for long distance driving. During the Department of Energy (DoE) Fuel Economy run in 2016, the mu-X LS-A 3.0L 4x2 5-AT got an average consumption of 25.53 kilometers per liter (km/L). With an efficient motor and a 65 liter fuel tank, the mu-X ensures you won’t be making frequent stops for fuel during your trip – and it won’t break your bank when you do. If you want to do your homework ahead of the trip, Isuzu Philippines has a fuel calculator (hyperlink) on their page which will allow you to allocate your estimated spending for fuel ahead of time.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

Spacious and Versatile

Given its many seating and cargo configurations, the mu-X can carry items of all shapes and sizes for your next trip. Aside from folding third row seats for sports gear, big luggage, and snacks, you can also secure more items on top of the mu-X by way of its roof rails. Bicycles can also be attached via trailer hitch at the back should you opt to go cycling.

Seven reasons why the Isuzu mu-X is your best road trip buddy

All that said, the Isuzu mu-X presents itself as a straightforward choice to face the challenges of cross-country driving. Dependable, no-frills, comfortable, and efficient. What more can you ask for in a car for your next trip?

Hyundai to use HD maps to field self-driving cars at 2018 Winter Olympics

Hyundai is working with the South Korean government to use the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as a demonstration event for the automakers self-driving tech. The conditions will be challenging, however, since the roads will be winding and with significant grades, and the hope at least is that there will be plenty of snow – a notorious enemy of sensors used in self-driving tech. Hyundai will use HD maps to overcome these challenges, according to Korea’s etnews.

The maps used for the self-driving deployment will have resolution with less than 10 cm margin of error, which is the “world’s best” according to the company when it comes to these kinds of HD maps. It’ll help supplement the on-vehicle sensors, and the mapping itself is being done by Hyundai’s MNsoft subsicdiatiry, which is using LiDAR and radar to build a high-resolution point cloud of the area, which is supplemented by images captured by 4 cameras at a rate of 200 pictures per second.

Hyundai demonstrated its HD mapping tech this year at CES, using Ioniq hybrid cars that were meant to show how the automaker could bring autonomous tech to market with a vehicle that has fewer specialized sensors and could therefore be made affordably for everyday consumers.

The Olympics are shaping up to be a key demonstration event for forthcoming autonomous vehicle tech: Hyundai plans to show of its SAE Level 4 capabilities next year in Pyeongchang, and Toyota is also set to show off its own autonomous cars during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Hyundai Designer Talks Differentiation, Downside of Globalization

GOYANG, South Korea – In an effort to boost brand recognition and, presumably, sales, next generations of Hyundai’s current models will show more design differentiation.

“Generally, across the whole model lineup, each car will have its own character, its own personality,” Luc Donckerwolke, Hyundai’s senior vice president of design and head of the Hyundai Design Center, tells media here at the Kona CUV unveil.

“There will be a Hyundai DNA, but there won’t be any clones. You will not see the same design elements applied systematically to all models.”

Using the new Kona as an example, Donckerwolke says the subcompact CUV’s cladding or “armor” in Hyundai parlance, will be specific to it and not appear on any of the brand’s other models.

And while it’s being applied brand-wide, including on the Kona and Hyundai’s refreshed Sonata sedan, the brand’s new signature cascading grille will change model-to-model.

“The grille is…never to be the same. Otherwise you’ll just end up scaling something. Proportion will change,” he later tells WardsAuto, adding: “I still have some years to create, and I don’t want to get bored.”

Elements of the Kona’s look that will carry through the brand’s other CUVs include its “composite-lamp face,” he says. The Kona has high, slit-style LED headlights and, a couple inches below, a combination daytime running light and turn indicator.

A brand with a smaller lineup may be able to get away with lookalike models, but Donckerwolke says Hyundai’s is too vast for similar exteriors.

“We have such a huge palette of cars, we have to assure each model has its own specific character and doesn’t cannibalize another one, so we do that via design, basically.”

He cites the Sonata midsize sedan and Avante/Elantra compact cars as models that appear similar now, notably in their rounded rear ends, but will deviate visually in the future.

While he spent years designing vehicles at some of the industry’s poshest marques, including Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini, Donckerwolke says he prefers the freedom of a mass-market brand.

“When you’re a designer for a premium or luxury brand, it is a bit annoying, because you have to create a new model but you have to take all the (existing design cues). You cannot evolve that much. When you’re designing a car for a volume brand that definitely wants to innovate, you can start with a white sheet of paper.

“Obviously you have to define the DNA of the brand,” he continues. “But you’re not starting with 70% of the design done and then you (are trying to) differentiate with the 30% left. It is always a frustrating exercise. And we’re not even taking this approach with (Hyundai’s premium) Genesis (brand).”

In an interview with select media, Donckerwolke speaks on a number of topics, including why Hyundai’s aggressive design language of 5-10 years ago had to soften.

“It never happens that you carry on with an aggressive policy,” he says. “You have to consolidate; otherwise you are losing your customers once again. So Hyundai has been in a phase of consolidation. Obviously we want to move to the next step now.”

He also notes how designing luxury cars, notably those six figures in price, is a good exercise for any designer due to their handcrafted assembly process.

“There is no big investment in tooling, so everything has to be done by hand. So, for instance, when you do a bumper…if you have different areas, they will be taped and masked and painted the different colors. As soon as you have a mass-production car, that will never happen. You will do the bumper in six parts or seven parts instead of one to avoid the masking, which is much more expensive than clipping parts coming from different tools.

“This is where you can learn a lot,” he continues. “If you have to learn how to design a car which is hand-built, it’s a different way of approaching design than when you design a car which is basically the result of robotic assembly.”

He calls these types of situations “cultural shocks” that every designer should go through. “This is why I believe you can only be a good designer if you constantly change the setting in which you work. Otherwise you repeat things. You don’t evolve, you don’t learn.”

But Donckerwolke later bemoans a different type of culture shock, which he says is too few and far between these days.

Globalization, not impositions from consumer or government demands for technology, safety or aerodynamic shapes, is the worst part of being an automotive designer today, he tells WardsAuto.

“We breathe the same air, we eat the same food, we read the same books and magazines, we listen to the same music. It makes things less interesting, and you have to learn less basically when you design a car.

“I think for me, when you travel and don’t have the instant cultural shock, then you travel for nothing. (When) a clinic test done in China and in (the) U.S.A. and in Europe provide the same results, everything starts to be generic.”

Donckerwolke does foresee unique electric-vehicle designs emerging in China, where the government is pushing EV development and sales. But he believes that is just a short-term phenomenon.

“That thing will probably end up creating, for a certain amount of time, a regionalization of the products. But it will not last long. Even with all the populist trends we see everywhere they will never last very long. So this is only just some impulses that have been done locally, but soon the whole market opens up again.”

He calls global cars, those meant to appease people in every new-vehicle market, “average” designs, and says the best global cars are those that weren’t researched to death, such as the Porsche 911, Ferrari F40 or F50 and Lamborghini Murcielago.

“Like an iPhone, they impose a concept. And they became pure therefore, because a Porsche 911 was a German car designed by German engineers for German engineers and nothing else. Nowadays, this is not possible anymore. You have to address all the markets and automatically you are reducing the risk. But by my opinion, you are increasing the risks by making sure nobody is turned off by some elements of the car. So this is something you have to fight against each time you design a car. You have to make sure you don’t lose the essence of your car.”

Donckerwolke is looking forward to the coming wave of autonomous and electric vehicles, calling them the biggest change in the auto industry in “one-and-a-half centuries” and noting those automakers who don’t succeed could become cautionary tales alongside the likes of Kodak and Nokia, two famous but fading brands.

Designing electric cars means getting rid of what he calls the “ballast,” or 120 years of the internal-combustion engine, whose parameters “are making everything much more complicated.

“There is not a better moment for a designer, because you can learn a lot and you can apply a lot of knowledge to – you can basically change the ballast. Get rid of the ballast and create again. There is nothing simpler than an electric car.”

Hyundai reveals next-gen hydrogen vehicle

The hydrogen (H2)-powered SUV was presented at a special event held in Seoul. It previews Hyundai Motor’s second commercially produced H2 model and uses the company’s fourth generation of H2fuel cell technology.

Fuel cell system efficiency

By enhancing fuel cell performance, reducing H2 consumption, and optimising key components, the vehicle’s efficiency is greatly improved compared to its predecessor, the ix35 Fuel Cell. The new SUV boasts an efficiency level of 60%, or a 9% increase from the ix35’s 55.3%. With enhanced system efficiency, the new model targets a driving range of 800km on a single charge.

Hydrogen storage

The next generation H2 vehicle makes significant improvements in tank storage density. The tank package now features three equally-sized tanks, as opposed to two of different sizes. World-class tank gravimetric capacity (hydrogen storage mass per tank weight) was achieved through innovations to the plastic liner configuration and efficient layering pattern, which resulted in a reduction of thickness.

New eco-vehicle development roadmap

The new model will spearhead Hyundai Motor’s plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s renewed goal of introducing 31 eco-friendly models (Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors combined) to global markets by 2020. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor and its affiliate toward realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles.

Hyundai Motor will reveal the new H2 SUV early next year in Korea, followed by the North American and European markets. The company will also consider expanding availability of its new fuel cell model to markets with high growth potential for eco-friendly vehicles such as China.

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