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Hyundai Motorsport registers second double podium of 2016 in Rally de España
No. 50017-10-201643 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport has scored one of its best-combined team results with two New Generation i20 WRCs on the podium in Spain and three inside the top-four.
  • Dani Sordo took second place, his second podium of the season, with Thierry Neuville claiming third for his fifth top-three finish of 2016
  • Hayden Paddon took fourth place, while Kevin Abbring scored his best WRC result to date in seventh - ensuring all four entered cars finished in the top-seven.


October 16, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has today claimed its second double podium result and its tenth individual podium of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), scoring well-earned second and third positions in Rally de España.

Home hero Dani Sordo started Sunday with a 5.8s deficit to rally leader Sébastien Ogier but he was forced to settle for second place overall after the final four stages. Second place for the Spanish crew equals their best result of the season, set in Rallye Deutschland back in August, and improves on their third place finish in Spain last year.

Thierry Neuville finished in third place, which was not only his fifth top-three result of 2016, but also his third consecutive podium this year which moves him up to second in the drivers’ championship - equal on points with Andreas Mikkelsen. Hayden Paddon took fourth place with Kevin Abbring, driving a 2015-spec i20 WRC, taking his best ever WRC finish in seventh.

Sunday’s final four asphalt stages - a repeat loop of the 19.30km Pratdip and 12.10km Duesaigües stages - started early in dark conditions. All crews were looking to make improvements after a strong showing on the opening two days.

Sordo and co-driver Marc Martí (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) gave their maximum in a bid to chase Ogier for the rally win. Unfortunately, the Spaniards couldn’t mount a stronger challenge but were still content to finish on the podium in front of their home fans. They also picked up an extra championship point for taking third in the rally-concluding Power Stage.

Sordo said: “It’s been an incredible weekend and I cannot thank the fans enough for all the support. I can honestly say we did our best today but we just couldn’t do anything to stop Sébastien. I have to extend my congratulations to him. We wanted so much to take the win for the team and the fans but he was too strong. Still, to finish in second place after such a competitive event is something to be proud of. It’s our second podium of the season and we worked really hard for it. I have been generally very happy with the feeling we’ve had in the car, both on gravel and asphalt. The team has done a fantastic job to prepare a competitive car, and it’s very encouraging that the overall result has been so positive for everyone at Hyundai Motorsport.”

Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul adopted a cautious approach to the final stages in order to pick up important points for the Championship. The momentum from the Belgian's third consecutive podium sees him move up to second on the drivers’ classification, equal on points with Andreas Mikkelsen.

Neuville said: “It’s been a good weekend. I don’t think we could have got anything more out of the car in this rally. I took things carefully this morning. We did a good job to get into the podium positions so we didn’t want to waste that effort. We were focused on the 15 championship points, so accepted that we’d have to compromise our stage times to do that. We had to take it cautiously in some sections, but I was mostly able to drive my usual rhythm. As a team, we’ve had a competitive weekend with three cars in the top-four, so we can use this momentum for the final events of the season in GB and Australia. There are a few more competitive performances to come from us this year, I’m sure!”

Paddon (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver John Kennard have made steady progress during the entire rally weekend. The Kiwi crew picked up a couple of top-two stage times on Sunday morning to cement their fourth place overall, which is their best ever WRC result on tarmac.

Paddon said: “It’s been a good final day for us and a positive event for the entire team. We have continued with our learning curve and kept the pressure on. Even if we weren’t able to finish on the podium, I’m happy with what we’ve achieved over the three days. Ever since we changed some things on the car yesterday lunchtime, it’s been an improvement. I’ve enjoyed the stages today. I liked the first stage (Pratdip) but I was surprised by our pace in the second one (Duesaigües) because I’ve always struggled on that one. There’s nothing more frustrating for me than standing still so I’m pleased we’ve started to move in the right direction. Now let’s bring on the gravel!”

For Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) and co-driver Seb Marshall, Rally de España has delivered a WRC career-best seventh position. Making improvements to their car on each day, the crew has more than achieved their pre-event objectives of a points-scoring position.

Abbring said: “It’s brilliant to register our best ever WRC result here in Spain. It’s been a very valuable learning weekend for us, and I’d say it is “mission accomplished” as far as the result is concerned. We probably hoped to benefit more from our road position on Friday, but with the wet conditions it didn’t play into our hands. We didn’t expect to be winning stages but we’ve made important steps on this mixed surface rally, and I’m delighted with seventh place. I’d like to say thanks to the team for the opportunity and for their support to us in this event.”

Hyundai Motorsport now has a total of ten podiums to its name this season after a competitive outing in Spain. The team has amassed three stage wins, two 1-2s and a total of nine second-places this weekend with all four crews enjoying standout moments.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We wanted to fight for the win today but it just wasn’t to be on this occasion, however we have to be happy with this double podium. Dani has had a fantastic weekend in front of his home crowd and thoroughly deserves this result. To have two crews on the podium, with Thierry taking his fifth podium of the season and now being in close contention for second place in the drivers’ championship, is a satisfying achievement. It’s even more pleasing when we see Hayden taking his best ever tarmac result in fourth and Kevin taking his WRC career best. There are many positive lessons we can take away from this rally to make improvements for the future. Now, our focus shifts back to gravel for Wales Rally GB and Australia - we want to finish the season on a high.”

The FIA World Rally Championship now moves onto Wales Rally GB, the penultimate round of the season, which takes place from 27-30 October.

Overall Final Classification
1. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 3:13:03.6
2. D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +15.6
3. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +1:15.0
4. H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +1:27.8
5. M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3:24.4
6. O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:24.9
7. K. Abbring / S. Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +7:31.3
8. J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Škoda Fabia R5) +9:05.1
9. P. Tidemand / J. Andersson (Škoda Fabia R5) +9:20.4
10. C. Breen / S. Martin (Citroën DS3 WRC) +9:57.1

2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings

S. Ogier 222 points / A. Mikkelsen 127 / T. Neuville 127 / H. Paddon 114 / D. Sordo 111 / J. M. Latvala 104 / M. Østberg 90 / O. Tanak 61 / K. Meeke 54 / C. Breen 36 / E. Camilli 27 / H. Solberg 14 / S. Lefebvre 12 / E. Lappi 12 / M. Prokop 12 / K. Abbring 10 / T. Suninen 8 / P. Tidemand 8 / J. Kopecky 7 / M. Ligato 6 / E. Evans 6 / L. Bertelli 4 / N. Fuchs 2 / A. Kremer 2 / V. Gorban 1 / K. Kruuda 1

2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings

Volkswagen Motorsport 322 points / Hyundai Motorsport 260 / M-Sport World Rally Team 144 Volkswagen Motorsport II 136 / Hyundai Motorsport N 124 / DMACK World Rally Team 74 / Jipocar Czech National Team 18 / Yazeed Racing 4

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

Hyundai Motor Holds the Third Service Advisor Championship in Korea to Reinforce Service Importance
No. 49913-10-2016103 hits
  • Hyundai Motor’s Service Advisor Championship held to improve service expertise
  • 140 experts from 60 countries joined the event to ascend customer satisfaction


Oct. 13, 2016 – Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, held its Third Service Advisor Championship at Hyundai Motor’s Technical Training Center in Korea from October 11 to 14, 2016. Global service experts, selected through preliminary contests from Hyundai Motor's worldwide network, gathered to test their customer service skills.

This year, 140 service experts from 60 countries, among 18,000 service advisors worldwide, came to Korea to participate in the championship. The competition consists of role playing different situations of providing service, a written test on maintenance technologies, customer response and Hyundai Motor service as well as customer response skills based on Workshop Automation. Service advisors were evaluated overall and the top winners were given a gold, silver and bronze prize, respectively, as well as prizes for the highest ranking persons in each test.

"It is an honor to compete in the championship with the most skilled global service experts. I am proud to be working for a truly global brand Hyundai Motor and will continue to deliver highest customer satisfaction by putting customers first," said Philippe Guffroy, a service advisor who came from France to participate in the championship.

Since the contest was first held in 2012, the biannual competition strives to improve customer satisfaction and customer response skills by providing a platform for service advisors. By holding the service advisor championship, Hyundai Motor plans to reinforce global customer capacity by fostering experts that deliver highest quality customer service beyond expectations.

Going forward, Hyundai Motor will continue to enhance global service competitiveness by providing smart maintenance through digital customer services utilizing Workshop Automation and tablet PCs.

Tucson and Genesis Top Respective Segments in J.D. Power Experience Study
No. 49811-10-2016115 hits
  • J.D. Power names Tucson and Genesis highest in overall customer experience with vehicle technology in the small vehicle and midsize premium segments
  • Tucson ranks the highest in six evaluation categories and Genesis outperforms 20 other vehicles to rank highest in its competitive segment


Oct. 11, 2016 – The J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Tech Experience Index StudySM, named the Tucson and Genesis highest in overall customer experience with vehicle technology in the small vehicle and midsize premium segments. The inaugural study measures owner experience, usage and interaction with driver-centric vehicle technology. Each model outperformed the competition in their respective segments, with Tucson ranking the highest in six evaluation categories – collision protection, comfort and convenience, driving assistance, entertainment and connectivity, and navigation. The Genesis outperformed 20 other vehicles to rank highest in its competitive segment.

“Advanced safety and convenience technologies are top of mind for many drivers, and we are thrilled that our models are exceeding expectations in these crowded segments,” said Mircea Gradu, Director of Engineering & Quality, Hyundai Motor America. “From being among the first to implement and standardize leading safety technologies such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning to entertainment features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Hyundai Motor is committed to providing better technological solutions for a better owner and driver experience.”

Tucson comes equipped with advanced safety features, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Backup Warning Sensors and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). The Tucson offers a standard five-inch color LCD display with rearview camera and touchscreen function for intuitive operation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also available along with Apple Siri® “Eyes Free” integration. On the navigation-equipped Tucson, popular apps such as Pandora® Internet Radio are already integrated with the multimedia system.

Genesis employs a suite of active driver safety technologies dubbed Sensory Surround Safety™. Genesis offers Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Smart Cruise Control with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) to provide extra margin of safety, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), and more. In addition, Genesis features an Emergency Steering Support Driving Mode which automatically changes the setting of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the direction suitable for emergency steering, to help avoid frontal crash situations. Genesis also offers an array of driver convenience technologies and entertainment/media solutions such as, Lexicon® Discrete Logic 7 Surround audio system which includes SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio, and iPod/USB auxiliary media input jacks. An optional premium DIS navigation system for Genesis offers a 9.2-inch High Definition display, with 720p high definition (a segment first), a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for multimedia, and premium Lexicon audio system.

For more information about the 2016 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study, visit

Mircea Gradu, Director of Engineering & Quality, Hyundai Motor America, accepts 2016 U.S. Tech Experience Index trophies for the Tucson and Genesis from Mike Battaglia, Vice President of Automotive Retail Global Automotive Practice, J.D. Power.

* J.D. Power

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Hyundai Motor Reports September 2016 Global Sales
No. 49705-10-2016192 hits
  • Hyundai Motor's global sales total 387,302 units in September, down 2.0% YoY


Oct. 6, 2016 – Hyundai Motor, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its global sales results for September 2016.


- Sonata recorded 6,106 unit sales in September followed by Elantra and Grandeur posting 5,135 and 3,268 unit sales, respectively, in Korea.
- Santa Fe posted sales of 7,451 units in September, becoming the best-selling model of the month in Korea.
- Despite the sluggish economy in Korea, Hyundai Motor aims to regain sales momentum by increasing national sales promotion of volume models.

- Santa Fe posted strong monthly sales in the U.S. as SUV demand increased in the U.S. market.
- European economy maintained favorable conditions leading to a steady increase in car sales in Europe.
- Sales increased YoY in China as Elantra and Tucson appealed to customers after purchase tax decrease.
- Indian market showed solid performance as sales of Creta maintained strong growth momentum.
- Brazil posted increased YoY sales as the economy started to recover on the back of increased raw material exports.

Hyundai Motorsport Finalizes 2017 WRC Driver Line-up
No. 49605-10-2016173 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport has announced a two-year extension to its contract with lead driver Thierry Neuville
  • Thierry Neuville has been part of Hyundai Motorsport's line-up since the team's WRC debut in 2014, taking two wins and a total of nine podiums
  • Finalized driver line-up including Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will offer Hyundai Motorsport team to prepare for a competitive 2017 WRC season


Oct. 5, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has finalized its driver line-up for the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the announcement that Thierry Neuville has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the team.

Thierry Neuville will compete with Hyundai Motorsport in the 2017 and 2018 WRC seasons alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul as part of a three-crew team. Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo are also contracted for two further years, which will offer the team important consistency as WRC moves into a new era with revised regulations.

Having first been announced as a Hyundai Motorsport driver back in November 2013, Neuville has been an integral part of the team's growth on the competitive world rally stage. There were already a number of milestones in its inaugural WRC season in 2014. He claimed the team's maiden podium in Mexico and followed that up with a debut victory in Germany.

In his three seasons with the team to date, Thierry Neuville has claimed two victories, the most recent of which was scored with the New Generation i20 WRC in Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this year, proving the technology credentials of the new rally car to the rally environment. He has amassed a total of nine podiums, including his third-place at Tour de Corse last weekend.

Thierry Neuville said: "I am delighted to extend my contract with Hyundai Motorsport for two more years. Although I had alternative options available, it seemed the most logical decision to keep up the great momentum we have within this team. 2017 will be a new era for the WRC with the revised regulations. We have shared very special moments together since the team's debut in WRC. Our first win together in Germany was one of my career highlights. With a new car next year, and even more ambitious targets, I am excited by what this next chapter will bring."

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: "Thierry has been a great asset to our team so we are pleased to announce this two-year extension. There has been a lot of talk about Thierry's future with Hyundai Motorsport, which is obviously part of the motorsport game, but the fact we continue together shows the strength of our relationship. We have had some great memories, as well as some difficult moments, but overall we've been on a positive growth curve together. Now we have finalized our driver line-up with Thierry, Hayden and Dani, we can aim for a competitive finish to our 2016 season, as well as focusing on development of our 2017 challenger."

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