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Industry-leading Improvement Catapults Hyundai Motor`s Nameplate Ranking in 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
No. 50023-02-20171 hit
  • Hyundai Motor moved up 13 positions from 2016 in the nameplate rankings, the company’s best ever
  • Hyundai Sonata was also recognized as the second place vehicle in the midsize car segment


22 February 2017 – Hyundai improved dramatically in the 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) with an industry-leading reduction in problems reported by owners, ranking sixth among all nameplates. Problems per 100 Hyundai vehicles declined by 25 points, or 16 percent, and Hyundai moved up 13 rank positions from 2016 in the nameplate rankings, marking the company’s best ranking ever.

“Hyundai’s dedication to product quality is a foundational part of our overall strategy. The Vehicle Dependability Study ranking demonstrates our continuous effort to be better,” said Barry Ratzlaff, vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “Quality is a priority for customers, and we’re constantly trying to improve the indicators measured by the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) rankings, thereby improving long-term dependability.”

The Hyundai Sonata was also recognized by J.D. Power as the second place vehicle in the Midsize Car segment. Also, Hyundai achieved these results while the industry average increased by four problems per 100 vehicles.

The VDS and IQS are two of J.D. Power key quality studies.

The VDS measures problems of three-year-old vehicles, primarily in categories such as engine/transmission, driving experience and Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation. A lower score means higher quality.

The IQS measures quality after 90 days of ownership. In addition, the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study measures customer perception on the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicles and the new Tech-Experience Index Study measures the overall customer experience with vehicle technology.

New Generation Hyundai i30 Wagon: elegance meets versatility
No. 49922-02-20172 hits
  • New wagon body style will be the next member in the i30 family, following launch of five-door
  • Timeless design of i30 is enhanced by versatile and elegant form of wagon
  • The New Generation i30 Wagon will celebrate its world premiere at Geneva International Motor Show 2017 during the Hyundai press conference


22 February 2017 – This year’s Geneva International Motor Show will be the stage for the unveiling of the New Generation Hyundai i30 Wagon. The new member of the i30 family maintains the timeless design of its five-door sibling, adding elegance and versatility in its body style.

In combination with the full-LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights, the New Generation i30 Wagon has a strong visual presence.

High versatility with one of the biggest boots in the segment

The i30 Wagon’s sleek design does not compromise boot space: with 602 litres of space (VDA 211) and 1,650 litres (VDA 214) with the seats folded, it has one of the biggest boots in the segment. Versatility is further enhanced by the additional storage space beneath the boot floor with several compartments.

The overall length of the wagon is 4,585 mm (5-door version: 4,340 mm) and the height is 1,465 mm (1,475 mm with roof rack). The overall width of 1,795 mm and wheelbase of 2,650 mm are the same as in the five-door version.

Best-in-class standard safety package

Hyundai Motor democratises technology by offering the latest active safety and connectivity features for the New Generation i30 Wagon. The i30 offers best-in-class standard active safety, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System always on board.

Using camera sensors, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted in the i30 operates in three stages. After initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it then controls the brake according to the collision danger stage and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The optional pedestrian recognition uses a front radar and avoids or mitigates the consequence of an impact with a pedestrian.

Driver Attention Alert (DAA) is a driver protection feature that helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents.

Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking up to 180 km/h. If the traffic comes to a halt, the system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear.

The Blind Spot Detector (BSD) with Lane Change Assist monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors.

The Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility by alerting the driver visually and acoustically.

The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver about unsafe movements at speeds over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. It warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

The Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) identifies road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is shown both in the navigation system display as well as in the TFT cluster.

A High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam lights as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, HBA automatically re-activates the high beams, maximising the driver’s range of vision.

Smart and connected

The i30 Wagon offers customers a spacious and elegant interior with a horizontal layout and free-floating screen for the infotainment system. The eight-inch touch screen of the new-generation navigation system offers state-of-the-art connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LIVE Services. A wireless charging system for smartphones with the Qi standard is available as well. As an alternative, customers can choose between different audio options, including the audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen with integrated dynamic rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity and My Music functionality.

Dynamic and efficient powertrains

The powertrain line-up of the i30 Wagon consists of downsized turbocharged engines that enhance efficiency and responsiveness (preliminary fuel consumption in l/100 km for the Hyundai i30 Wagon range: combined 5.8 – 3.6 l/100km, CO2 Emissions 135– 95 g/km*). Customers can choose from three petrol engines and one 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine featuring three power outputs. The Wagon is available with Hyundai’s all-new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the 1.4 T-GDi which delivers a maximum power of 140 PS. The new three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDi delivers maximum power of 120 PS.

Driving dynamics

The engineers of Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Germany enhanced the driving dynamics of the New Generation i30 in a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The highly rigid and light body with 53% Advanced High Strength Steel provides the basis for good ride and handling characteristics, and the fact that it is combined with 10% more direct steering and a newly developed chassis means the driver can enjoy dynamic driving together with high levels of comfort.

Made in Europe

Designed in Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, produced in Nošovice, Czech Republic, and tested on the Nürburgring, the third-generation i30 family is built on the infrastructure that Hyundai Motor has developed over the last 25 years in Europe. It aims to continue the success of the two previous generations of i30, which have sold more than 800,000 cars in Europe since 2008.

*Official combined cycle test – All values are tentative and not homologated yet, hence subject to changes.

All-new Hyundai Accent Makes World Premiere in Toronto
No. 49816-02-201722 hits
  • Global debut of fifth-generation Hyundai Accent held at Canadian International Auto Show, Toronto
  • All-new Accent demonstrates Hyundai Motor's engineering expertise with improved driving dynamics and efficient powertrain
  • Bold exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design cues are central to the All-new Accent's striking appeal


February 16, 2017 – The All-new Hyundai Accent has made its world premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Since its launch in 1994, the car has steadily gained popularity and built a firm foundation for the fifth-generation model.

All-new Accent builds on the strengths of its predecessors, incorporating Hyundai's modern engineering prowess and expertise in research and development. The All-new Accent boasts bold design, a sophisticated interior, a more efficient powertrain, noticeably reduced cabin noise, and significantly enhanced driving dynamics. Highlighting Hyundai Motor's leadership in automotive innovation, the company's newest subcompact car is equipped with the latest in safety technologies and convenience features.

The Accent four-door sedan will begin to arrive in markets globally from the third quarter this year, followed by the All-new Accent 5-door the next quarter.

Driver-focused engineering and enhanced safety
The All-new Accent is set to raise the segment benchmarks for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and maintaining Hyundai's competitive position for unbeatable value. Defined by its solidity, the All-new Accent uses 54.5% Advanced High-Strength Steel – up from 41.5% in the fourth generation – from the company's affiliate Hyundai Steel plant. In addition, the Accent's chassis has improved torsional rigidity by 32% by using 98.5 meters of structural adhesives to enhance rigidity.

This new, rigid chassis improves quality perception, noise isolation, and driving dynamics. The application of Advanced High-Strength Steel improves collision performance without adding unnecessary weight, which helps reduce fuel consumption and deliver better driving feel.

Improved ride comfort, handling, and stability are achieved through suspension developments. While the All-new Accent's steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, enhancements to handling and comfort also have been made by lifting up the rear roll center and raising the leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy.

Striking exterior design
The All-new Accent's design exhibits confidence and sophistication with sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines that deliver a new interpretation of Hyundai's signature design language.

The new car features Hyundai Motor's signature cascading grille, a visual design cue that is integral to the company's identity. The grille is flanked by wrap-around headlights and signature LED daytime running lights.

The All-new Accent has a sweeping roof profile, and a sharp character line running the length of the car where it meets slim and sporty rear combination lamps at the rear, set above a slim and modern rear bumper. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the premium feel of the car.

The car's form is also functional, achieving balance between design and engineering to combine stand-out styling with aerodynamic enhancements. The underside of the car is sculpted for aerodynamic benefit, and a new front lip spoiler, together with reduced ground clearance of 10mm, contribute to the Accent's efficient design.

Compared to the last generation, the Accent is 29mm wider and the overall length is increased by 15mm, yet its height remains unchanged, all of which combines to give the car a more grounded stance. The wheelbase is 10mm wider, pushing the wheels further to the corners and improving interior roominess.

Like the sedan, the Accent 5-door has also grown its key measurements, notably to its length, increasing a substantial 70mm. Width and wheelbase are also up by 29mm and 10mm respectively, while height is unchanged.

Modern interior design
The interior of the Accent continues the modern, confident, sophisticated promise displayed by the car's exterior. A driver-oriented layout with intuitive controls adds to the improved interior roominess, high-quality materials, and premium technology features raise the standard for subcompact vehicles. With premium, soft-touch materials at key touchpoints and high-tech convenience features, drivers and passengers are welcomed in to an inviting and comfortable environment.

A wide instrument panel features a reversing-camera system as standard with options of either a five- or seven-inch color TFT LCD instrument display. Beneath the color screen, the control panel is laid out in a logical, horizontal pattern boosting ergonomics and ease of use.

The seat frame is engineered to be lightweight but extremely strong to help keep occupants safe in collisions, while the seat firmness is adjustable to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances.

For added comfort and convenience, front-seat passengers may use heated seats, while the rear seat folds 60/40 in both the sedan and 5-door. The Accent also boasts total interior volume more commonly found in larger vehicles – the new car's total passenger volume is up 36 liters, while the Accent 5-door's passenger volume is increased by 38 liters. The trunk space also features greater space, increasing by a substantial 16 liters, partly due to the extended overall length.

Efficient powertrain
The All-new Accent receives a revised powertrain tuned for improved fuel efficiency and every day drivability. The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine produces 132hp and estimated 119lb. ft. of torque. Compared to the previous generation Accent, the engine's powerband has improved with a 4.6% increase in torque from 1,500rpm to make every day drivability easier. Specifically, the acceleration performance for 40-80km/h and 80-120km/h has been improved over the previous model by 0.2 and 1.3 seconds, respectively.

The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission, while fuel efficiency has also been improved by 7% overall. In the engine, components such as low-friction piston rings, a variable fuel pressure module, and upgraded software for the engine control module improve overall operation. Furthermore, with improvements to the return springs in the braking system, drive friction has been reduced. The automatic transmission has also been redesigned to reduce the unit's overall weight by 2kg and improve operational efficiency.

In addition, Accent vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions will include the company's Drive Mode Select feature to adjust both powertrain performance and steering calibration, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from two modes: Normal or Sport, by simply touching a button on the center console.

Comprehensive safety and convenience
In addition to the high-strength chassis, the Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill to improve collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side air bags have been upgraded, and reinforcements have been made to improve the car's performance in small overlap crashes.

A six-airbag system is standard along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, and ABS.

The Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers. As a segment first, the Accent offers Autonomous Emergency Braking, which utilizes a front forward-facing radar to detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking. Additionally the All-new Accent comes with a rear view camera with dynamic guidance.

Most trims in the Accent will feature technologies that go beyond the subcompact competition in terms of driver confidence and convenience. For example, the Accent also offers a proximity key with push button start, so drivers never need to take out a key from their pocket or purse in order to start the car.

Advanced connectivity and multimedia
An advanced infotainment system that includes a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview camera will be available in select markets. The 7-inch display will also include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, and voice-controlled search capabilities. The Accent also offers dual iPhone/USB and auxiliary input jacks.

2018 Accent Sedan Proportions

Specification2017 AccentChange2018 Accent
Overall Length (mm)4,370+154,385
Overall Width (mm)1,700+291,729
Overall Height (mm)1,450-1,450
Wheelbase (mm)2,570+102,580
Curb weight (kg)1,155+101,165

2018 Accent 5-door Proportions

Specification2017 AccentChange2018 Accent
Overall Length (mm)4,115+704,185
Overall Width (mm)1,700+291,729
Overall Height (mm)1,450-1,450
Wheelbase (mm)2,570+102,580
Curb weight (kg)1,159TBDTBD

2018 Accent Sedan Interior Volume

Specification (Liters)2018 Hyundai Accent Sedan
Passenger Volume2,555
Cargo Volume387

2018 Accent 5-door Interior Volume

Specification (Liters)2018 Hyundai Accent 5-door
Passenger Volume2,576
Cargo Volume616

Hyundai Sonata Named Best Car for the Money by U.S. News & World Report
No. 49710-02-201730 hits
  • Hyundai Sonata won the U.S. News & World Report accolade for “Best Midsize Car for the Money,”
  • The publication recognized the Sonata for its impressive quality and versatility, highlighting its spacious interior


February 10, 2017 – The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has been awarded the U.S. News & World Report accolade for “Best Midsize Car for the Money,” making this the second time in three years a Hyundai Motor vehicle has won the award. The Sonata’s nomination was shared by 18 other foreign and domestic midsize sedans in one of the industry’s most competitive fields.

The publication recognized the Sonata for its impressive quality and versatility, highlighting its spacious interior and noted that “usable technology litters the Sonata's lengthy list of standard and optional features." Other features highlighted included a larger trunk than most competitors and “one of the lowest starting prices in the class.”

“The recognition by U.S. News & World Report highlights out commitment to providing better for our customers,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “From technology to driver experience to overall performance, we are proud to have the Sonata represent the standard of value in this class.”

U.S. News creates its rankings by combining quality and value data into a composite score to provide an unbiased comparison of each vehicle to its competitors. The consensus rankings of each car are regularly updated and serve as an aggregate of the fair and diverse opinions of hundreds of professional auto critics. U.S. News awarded its Best Cars for the Money honors by combining its newly released 2017 car rankings with the total cost of ownership data provided by

Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Earn 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award
No. 49610-02-201782 hits
  • Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport received the award for the midsize crossover/SUV class, competing with 16 other models
  • Editors of Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluated more than 150 vehicles based on the latest automotive trends and vehicle attributes


February 10, 2017 – The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are recipients for the 2017 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award in their respective categories. Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport received the award for the midsize crossover/SUV class, competing with 16 other models. For 50 years, Consumer Guide Automotive has been one of the most respected, unbiased new- and used-car review companies in the U.S. The Best Buy Award trophy was presented by Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

The editors of Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluated more than 150 vehicles based on the latest automotive trends and vehicle attributes to select the very best model in every consumer segment. These attributes include price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability and resale value. The editors also test drove the vehicles through various driving conditions.

“Both Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport deliver a quiet, comfortable, refined cabin, and the all-around versatility that crossover buyers need,” said Tom Appel, publisher, Consumer Guide Automotive. “This happens at prices that are just a little lower than you might expect.”

The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport provide all-around versatility that crossover buyer’s demand. The vehicles continue to offer:

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seating for five to seven passengers.
  • 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by a(n):
    • - 2.4-liter, four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower
    • - Optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower.
  • 2017 Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter Lambda V6 engine with 290 horsepower.


The improvements range from enhanced exterior design to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies.

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