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Tucson Only Small SUV to Receive Good Ratings For Both Driver and Passenger Small Overlap Crash Tests by IIHS
No. 50024-06-20161 hit
  • Tucson CUV offers outstanding crash protection in a small SUV platform in one of the most demanding IIHS crash tests

 

June 24 2016 - Hyundai Motor’s Tucson is the only vehicle in the small SUV category to receive good ratings for both driver and passenger in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap crash test ratings.

“At Hyundai, we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers, regardless of vehicle size or price,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “Tucson’s good rating for both driver and passenger in the demanding IIHS small overlap crash test reflects our commitment to passenger safety at every level. We’re certainly proud of our Tucson’s industry-leading performance in the small SUV category.”

Hyundai Motor Models Earn High Marks In J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
No. 49923-06-201631 hits
  • Company achieves third-place industry ranking; second among non-premium brands
  • Accent and Azera rank highest in their segments
  • Tucson, Elantra, Veloster and Genesis rank in the top three in their segments

 

June 23, 2016 – Hyundai Motor ranked third among all brands in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) and second among non-premium automakers in the study released today. Additionally, J.D. Power awarded both the Accent in the small car segment and Azera in the large car segment with the highest initial quality honors.

“Hyundai Motor remains steadfastly committed to delivering owners of its products exceptional, quality vehicles,” said Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “We take the improvement of quality on our existing models seriously, and also launch new vehicles with the highest quality right out of the gate. It is important to keep our customers happy with their vehicles. It starts with quality and continues with education on how to use their vehicle’s many features. Results like these demonstrate how well we connect with our customers on every level.”

IQS, now in its 30th year, serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership. According to the study, Accent and Azera owners reported fewer problems with their vehicles than any other small or large car, respectively.

“Both small and large cars are popular vehicles on the road today and extremely important to us. In fact, most automakers compete in these vehicle classes. As a result consumers pick from many different choices,” said Mircea Gradu, Executive Director of Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Both the Accent and Azera ranked highest in their crowded segments for high quality, which provides owners peace of mind for this important financial purchase.”

In total, six Hyundai models ranked in the top three in their segments. In addition to the awards for Accent and Azera, the Tucson (second), Veloster (third), Elantra (third) and Genesis (third) rank near the top in their segments. The Hyundai Motor overall score was 92 problems per 100 vehicles, 13 fewer problems than the industry average and 3 fewer problems than last year.

The 2016 IQS is based on responses from more than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study uses a 233-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement.

The New Generation i20 R5 Debuts at Ypres Rally
No. 49822-06-201623 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport to attend an event that does not involve the team’s WRC program for the first time
  • A very high level of interest is expected, with the new car on the stages and in the Service Park in the center of Ypres.

 

June 21, 2016 - The New Generation i20 R5 customer motorsport car will appear in public for the first time next weekend from June 23 to 25, running as a course car at the Ypres Rally, the fifth round of this year’s European Rally Championship (ERC). While the Customer Racing department at Hyundai Motorsport prepares for the crucial weekend, Team Principal Michel Nandan speaks about what he expects at the rally, and where the Belgian event fits into the development program for the car.

The 2016 Ypres Rally will be the first public showing of the New Generation i20 R5. How significant is this event?
“That this will be the car’s maiden run in public, in front of rally fans and our future customers on the stages is significant in itself, but it is also a special event in the history of Hyundai Motorsport. Our attendance at this event, is separate from our WRC program, which has been our sole focus for much of the last four years. For the Ypres Rally weekend we focus on the New Generation i20 R5, the first Hyundai Motorsport car built for customers. This is a very important project for the company, not only because it will represent us to customers, but it will also carry the Hyundai brand to a wider audience of motorsport fans. With this new car we will be able to give an even greater profile to the high-performance engineering capabilities of the manufacturer by competing in new championships, new countries and in front of new fans.”

Why was the Ypres Rally chosen for the first public appearance of the car?
“There are several reasons, because the Ypres Rally serves several purposes for the New Generation i20 R5 project. The ERC is a key championship for the R5 category, and the Ypres Rally is one of the biggest weekends of the season. It’s a famous event that always attracts a big entry list, with a lot of international interest, so it’s great place to show the car for the first time. We’ve had a huge amount of interest in the project, but potential customers want to see how the car performs on proper competition stages. The Ypres Rally will be the first time we have run on the same roads as our future competitors, so people will be able to start comparing us against the current ERC field. They will be able to see the results of the work that has already gone into the project, but at the same time the Ypres Rally is just another part of the development of the car.”

How does running at the Ypres Rally fit in with the continuing development of the New Generation i20 R5?
“With our first outing in public the New Generation i20 R5 project is entering the final stages of development. The weekend at Ypres is a pivotal weekend for the Customer Racing department, but we are also taking advantage of an opportunity to continue our testing. The stages in Ypres are unique; very fast, very narrow but still demanding on brakes. Due to the demands of the R5 class it is important that our car is competitive on a wide range of roads and surfaces. This has been one of the key aims of the test program. The mileage completed at Ypres will add to our knowledge about the car. Following Ypres there are further tests planned, as we want to make the most of the time we have up to our planned homologation date.”

The schedule of the project has been quite tight, has that been a concern during development?
“When we drew up the schedule for the Customer Racing department we knew that it was a tough task. To go from foundation, through testing to the first public appearance in just nine months is very demanding, even more when developing a car for such a competitive category as R5. Sometimes the tight schedule we have set ourselves have meant being flexible in our planning. This has allowed us to make the best use of the time; whether that be adding to the test mileage the car has completed, or developing and preparing the car back at Hyundai Motorsport headquarters in Alzenau.”

Are you satisfied with the amount of testing the New Generation i20 R5 has completed during its development?
“So far we have completed more than 3,000km with the New Generation i20 R5, running on both gravel and tarmac. As a team we are where we planned to be at this stage of the project. In the early tests we were focused on the reliability of the car, before moving on to concentrate on the handling. For that our test driver Kevin Abbring was able to use his experience of the other R5 cars to help develop a car that is suitable for the full range of drivers that compete in the various championships where the category has been adopted. Testing, though, is only part of the development work that has been needed. I know the designers, engineers and mechanics have all worked incredibly hard to keep the project on schedule. A successful weekend in Ypres will be a welcome reward for the whole team.”

What are the next stages for the New Generation i20 R5 project after the Ypres Rally?
“We have some more tests planned before homologation. For the test team the main objective for the remaining development will be to extract the maximum performance from the whole package. The team is also looking further ahead to what we need to do in order make the New Generation i20 R5 project a success in the long-term. In order to do this we have begun recruiting engineering staff who will continue the development work and offer teams support, while our sales department prepares to manage the needs of our customers, once they begin to compete with their new car.”

Hyundai Motor Company Named a Top Green Company by Newsweek
No. 49715-06-2016117 hits
  • Company Recognized for Emphasis on Environmental Awareness and Eco-Friendliness

 

June 14, 2016 - Hyundai Motor Company was honored in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, created in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor. Since 2009, the Newsweek Green Rankings have been one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings, which assess the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance.

“This recognition from Newsweek is a testament to our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint globally,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai will continue to place importance on its eco-friendly Blue Drive® lineup in all segments. Part of this initiative is the arrival of the Hyundai Ioniq late this year, marking Hyundai’s very first car offered in three electric versions to debut in the U.S.

The 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings measure the environmental performance of large public companies using eight clearly defined key performance indicators. The methodology is clear and rules-based, and the process meets the test of being replicable by a third party. A company’s overall score is a weighted average of their eight KPI scores.

"In the current global business and political climate, no company can continue to ignore its environmental footprint and there's good news: Newsweek's 2016 Green Rankings show the world's biggest companies are improving when it comes to energy productivity and in limiting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Elijah Wolfson, senior editor, Newsweek. “Our hope is the rankings will propel leaders to start looking at their environmental impact, not just in terms of carbon use, but comprehensively, and make the changes necessary to sustain both business growth and environmental viability."

Hyundai Blue Drive is a range of ecological products and technologies designed to improve fuel efficiency. Blue Drive is Hyundai’s strategy to develop low-carbon, fuel-efficient vehicles that minimize vehicle fuel consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, thereby meeting the social need for both mobility and environmental preservation.

For more information about the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, visit here.

Hyundai Tucson and Azera Earn AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
No. 49614-06-2016118 hits
  • Consumers Identified Vehicles as the Most Satisfying in Their Classes

 

June 13, 2016 – Hyundai Motor’s Tucson and Azera earned the top spots in the compact crossover SUV and large car categories, respectively, in AutoPacific’s 20th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs).

“With many options in the compact crossover SUV and large car categories, we are proud the Tucson and Azera got the vote from consumers themselves for meeting their wants and needs,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles took the top spot in owner satisfaction for offering better value, technology, safety and design.”

The VSAs are based on survey responses from more than 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model-year cars and light trucks. The annual survey measures owner satisfaction on 50 separate attributes. These awards identify the most satisfying vehicles on the market and are an industry benchmark which measures how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle.

“New car buyers have come to expect quality. These awards show how Hyundai is also focused on their customer’s needs and desires,” said Daniel Hall, vice president, AutoPacific.

The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson offers an edgy exterior design, a pair of fuel efficient drivetrains, and a stylish interior that is roomier than its predecessor. A host of advanced safety features are available, including a Lane Departure Warning system, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors, and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). The 2016 Tucson also earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS’s) 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation.

The 2016 Azera represents an advanced approach to the traditional premium sedan segment by delivering a powerful yet efficient powertrain, modern design, and luxury features combined with Hyundai’s consistently strong value proposition. Azera continues to offer customers the highest levels of luxury, performance, and efficiency, all brought together in an innovative design.

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