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August 22, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has today confirmed a two-year extension to its agreement with Dani Sordo, which will see the Spaniard remain with the team until the end of 2018.
Sordo has played an integral part in establishing Hyundai Motorsport in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in recent years. Along with co-driver Marc Martí, Sordo has helped the team to demonstrate sustained performance improvements since its WRC debut in 2014.
The Spanish crew contributed to the team’s historic 1-2 in Rallye Deutschland two years ago, while adding a further podium in Rally Spain in 2015. The pair have been regularly among the quickest in the field this season and secured their first podium of the season yesterday, finishing Rallye Deutschland in second place, equalling their best result for the team.
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Dani as we look to build further on our inaugural years in the WRC. Since we joined the Championship back in 2014, Dani has been an essential member of our team. He is motivated and consistent, helping us to develop both on and off rallies. We have shared many happy memories together, including their excellent result at the weekend. We can now look forward to even more positive progress in the future.”
Sordo added: “Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend my contract for two more seasons. I have had the pleasure of seeing and helping this young team grow into real contenders in just a few years and I am really excited to see where we can develop into the future, especially with the new regulations. My aim is to fight for WRC wins and podiums on a regular basis, and I know that is a realistic goal with this team. We’ve had our most successful season to date in 2016 but I know that there is so much more to come this season and beyond.”
August 22, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has claimed a fantastic double podium result with Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville finishing in second and third respectively in Rallye Deutschland, the ninth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
In one of the most thrilling finales of the season so far, three driver crews battled it out for second position with Sordo, Neuville and Volkswagen Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen separated by four seconds at the start of Sunday’s final stages.
The fight came right down to the wire - the 14.84km Sauertal Power Stage - following the cancellation of the penultimate stage (SS17 Dhrontal 2). Although Neuville claimed Power Stage honours - and three extra Drivers’ Championship points - it was Sordo who took second place honours.
There was a minuscule 0.1-seconds splitting the Hyundai Shell World Rally team pair at the end of the rally. Hayden Paddon, representing the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, held onto fifth spot.
The result sees Hyundai Motorsport consolidate second in the WRC Manufacturers’ standings, breaking through the 200-point barrier (201 to Volkswagen Motorsport’s 256) with four rallies left to contest this season (Corsica, Spain, GB and Australia).
Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC, 2nd place overall) and co-driver Marc Martí bounced back in style this weekend, after being forced to skip Rally Finland. The Spanish crew started Sunday with a stunning stage win (SS15 Dhrontal 1) and fended off a hard-charging Neuville to take their first podium of 2016 in spectacular style.
Sordo said: “That was unbelievably close but I am delighted to take our first podium of the season. We have come so close many times this year with fourth places in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and Sardinia so it’s great that we’ve finally done it. After the disappointment of not being able to participate in Finland, we wanted to come here and show a good performance. It’s not been easy with the tricky conditions but we’ve kept our focus and this second position is the perfect reward. The car has performed faultlessly this weekend, and the team has to be commended on their work. It’s a big effort from everyone so to have two cars inside the top three is a wonderful result, especially in the home rally.”
Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC, 3rd place overall) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul pushed hard to claim their third podium result of the season, following third in Monte-Carlo and their victory in Sardinia. The Belgians won both Sauertal stages today (SS16 and SS18) to take their total of stage wins to five this weekend, and to pick up three extra points for a fine Power Stage victory.
Neuville commented: “It was a thrilling battle for second and we did absolutely all we could. I am still happy to take third place and to share a double podium. It’s a special team result after a complicated weekend in unpredictable conditions. We had a strong final morning, showing our potential with two stage wins, including the Power Stage. It wasn’t quite enough to get past Dani for second place but it could not have been any closer. The three PS points are a nice reward so thanks to the whole team for giving us a car that could be so competitive this weekend. Now, our attention turns to Corsica!”
Paddon (#20 New Generation i20 WRC, 5th place overall) moves up to third in the WRC Drivers’ Championship on 94 points after a solid run to fifth. The Kiwi and co-driver John Kennard escaped a tough Friday and made important improvements as the rally progressed, finishing today with three top-six stage times.
Paddon said: “It’s not been a straightforward rally for us but I am pleased to have ended it on a positive note. We’ve picked up a decent haul of points for fifth place, which lifts us to equal third in the Championship. We have used this weekend to learn more about our driving in this rally, which is without doubt the most challenging of the asphalt events. We made some small improvements today, which will help us for the next rally in Corsica. Most importantly, it has been a great weekend for the team with a double podium. It’s a great reward for everyone’s effort back at Alzenau.”
Today’s result marks the first double podium result of the season for Hyundai Motorsport - representing the team’s sixth and seventh podiums of 2016. It also heralds a return to the German podium for the first time since Neuville and Sordo finished 1-2 in the team’s debut season in 2014.
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “What a finish that was! We knew it was going to be a close one but I don’t think anyone predicted it would be that tense. 0.1 seconds after 17 stages and almost 300km of special stages is incredible. I’d like to say congratulations to Dani, Marc, Thierry and Nicolas on a fantastic clean and exciting fight. It’s wonderful to get two cars on the podium for the first time this season - and in our home rally makes it even more special. In fact, with Hayden finishing in fifth, it’s the first time we’ve had all three cars finish inside the top-five this season. It’s a nice result for everyone in the team and gives us confidence in the performance of the New Generation i20 WRC across a range of tarmac conditions. We now have several weeks until Corsica, during which time we will review all we’ve learned and prepare as best we can for the final four events of the season.”
Tour de Corse will be round ten of the recently shortened 13-event WRC season, and will take place from 29 September to 2 October.
Overall Final Classification
1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:00:26.7 2. D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +20.3 3. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +20.4 4. A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +27.2 5. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +3:34.8 6. M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:31.2 7. E. Lappi / J. Ferm (Škoda Fabia R5) +8:36.8 8. P. Tidemand / J. Andersson (Škoda Fabia R5) +8:52.5 9. J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Škoda Fabia R5) +9:44.2 10. A. Kremer / P. Winklhofer (Škoda Fabia R5) +10:10.6
2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings
S. Ogier 169 points / A. Mikkelsen 110 / H. Paddon 94 / T. Neuville 94 / J. M. Latvala 89 / D. Sordo 86 / M. Østberg 78 / O. Tanak 52 / K. Meeke 51 / C. Breen 25 / E. Camilli 23 / H. Solberg 14 / S. Lefebvre 12 / E. Lappi 12 / M. Prokop 12 / T. Suninen 8 / M. Ligato 6 / E. Evans 6 / P. Tidemand 6 / L. Bertelli 4 / K. Abbring 4 / J. Kopecky 3 / N. Fuchs 2 / A. Kremer 2 / V. Gorban 1 / K. Kruuda 1
2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings
Volkswagen Motorsport 256 points / Hyundai Motorsport 201 / M-Sport World Rally Team 122 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 121 / Hyundai Motorsport N 96 / DMACK World Rally Team 64 / Jipocar Czech National Team 18 / Yazeed Racing 4
All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.
Aug. 10, 2016 – Hyundai Motor today unveiled its first hints about the New Generation i30, which will celebrate its world premiere on September 7 before making its debut at Paris Motor Show next month.
Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “It’s a car for everybody - for the design of the New Generation Hyundai i30, we didn’t just look at one customer, we focused on a wide range of different people. The design is an evolution of Hyundai Motor’s design language with natural flowing lines, refined surfaces and a sculpted body to create a timeless appearance. With the New Generation i30, we are introducing our further developed grille: the Cascading grille.”
Designed, developed, and tested in Europe, the New Generation i30 is Hyundai Motor’s car in the heart of the Hyundai range representing the core of the brand.
While people’s behaviors and interests increasingly change towards technology driven solutions, individuality and flexibility, Hyundai Motor moves on, redefines its offer and takes the next step with its customers. The New Generation i30 offers highest value, an efficient and dynamic powertrain line-up, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity to meet European and global customers’ needs.
Find out more about the New Generation i30, including design insight from Peter Schreyer in the teaser video link below: https://youtu.be/WLHhrigZyxA
Aug. 2, 2016 – Hyundai Motor, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its global sales results for July 2016.
1. Commercial Vehicles (CV) include LCV, buses and trucks. 2. Hyundai Motor currently has overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. 3. Domestic Production relate to the vehicles produced in Korea for the overseas markets. 4. Domestic Sales is based on retail sales while Overseas Sales is based on shipments.
[Highlights] - Global sales in July 2016 totals 339,273 units – a decrease of 5.1% YoY. - Sedan models including Sonata, Elantra and Azera accelerate sales in Korea reaching a total of 18,568 units. - Genesis G80 which started sales in July posts strong sales totalling 3,200 units in Korea.
Breakdown of Overseas Shipment
* ‘Consignment (EU)’ includes the amount of vehicles produced by Karsan (Turkish commercial vehicles manufacturer) on consignment.
[Highlights] - Despite sales decrease in the U.S., SUVs and Elantra are expected to regain sales momentum in the U.S. market. - Sales in China market increases as models like Elantra and Verna appeal to the Chinese customers nationwide. - India shows solid performance as Creta, i10 and i20 sales maintain strong growth. - Russia regains growth momentum with increased sales of Solaris as market conditions recover.
July 26, 2015 - Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, today announced its business results for the first half of 2016. Sales volume and operating profit declined from the same period last year due to export decrease as well as weak currencies and economic recession in emerging markets.
For the first six months of 2016, sales revenue increased 7.5 percent to KRW 47.03 trillion (auto: 36.66 trillion / finance and others: 10.37 trillion) from a year earlier owing to sales increase of SUVs and GENESIS models. Operating profit fell 7.0 percent to KRW 3.10 trillion and net profit showed a 6.4 percent decrease to KRW 3.53 trillion.
Hyundai Motor Company’s cumulative global sales for the first six months totalled 2,393,241 units (Korea: 350,006 / overseas: 2,043,235), a year-on-year decrease of 0.9 percent. Slowing growth in emerging markets and impact from currency fluctuations have been the main culprit for the global sales drop.
In the second quarter alone, sales revenue posted KRW 24.68 trillion with global sales of 1,285,860 units and operating profit increased 0.6 percent to KRW 1.76 trillion, from a year earlier.
Hyundai Motor forecasts that an unfavorable business environment is likely to continue in the second half. In particular, the company anticipates further uncertainties in business conditions after the BREXIT referendum which took place last month.
Nevertheless, Hyundai Motor will continue its effort to focus on strengthening competitiveness and product quality in the global automotive market. To do so, Hyundai Motor is planning to boost sales with SUVs and strategic models.
In addition, Hyundai Motor will strengthen growth momentum with the luxury brand GENESIS models, G90 and G80, and further develop state-of-the-art technologies within new models such as the IONIQ which is offered in three eco-friendly powertrain (Hybrid, Electric, Plug-in Hybrid).
Hyundai Motor will continue its cooperation with suppliers and actively carry out more values to customers and stakeholders alike. Hyundai Motor also strives to build a more shareholder-friendly environment by increasing transparency and shareholder’s value.
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