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December 14, 2016 - Hyundai IONIQ has won 2016 GOOD DESIGN® Awards, in recognition of successful application of its design philosophy. The company received the design award for the IONIQ, two consecutive years in 2015 and this year, which is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform – the IONIQ Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric.
The IONIQ will attract an entirely new group of eco-oriented buyers in the U.S. market as the world’s first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified eco-friendly powertrain choices. IONIQ meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their demand on aerodynamic design as well as vehicle performance.
The annual awards program has been developed by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in recognition of the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs from around the world.
The oldest and the most prestigious architecture and design awards program organized worldwide, the GOOD DESIGN® award brought together an international jury of design professionals, architects, experts and cultural leaders to select their favorite designs and graphics.
Among the thousands of world-leading industrial and graphic design firms and manufacturers being evaluated, Hyundai Motor stood out for its product, highlighting the competitiveness of the brand’s design strategy and output. On January 27, 2017, the official awards ceremony is held in New York during the Museum’s GOOD DESIGN® night. Winning products and graphics for 2016 can be viewed at the Museum’s website at www.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu.
December 8, 2016 – Hyundai Motor is accelerating development of its advanced ccOS (connected car Operating System), the core platform technology for its future connected cars. The highly sophisticated software will optimize the high-speed transmission and reception of data within the vehicle to support increasingly complex features that will lead the connected car market.
Installed at the heart of the vehicle, ccOS will control and operate the key aspects of connected car infrastructure; In-Vehicle Framework, Infotainment Framework and Connectivity Framework, to ensure connected cars can adapt to new innovations in safety, comfort, convenience and security.
Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor established Infotainment Software Development Team in its Namyang Research and Development Center dedicated solely to develop its ccOS technologies. This enabled the company to drive forward its ‘Car to Life’ vision, to deliver a hub of infinite knowledge that makes the car integral to the daily life of the user.
Hyundai Motor’s strategy to develop its own platform optimized for connected car operation is centered on advancing how vehicles communicate with their internal and external environments. Hyundai Motor will also work on other connected car technologies and related services such as smartphone and smart home connected services, intelligent remote support, fully autonomous driving, smart traffic functionality and mobility hubs.
The first ccOS-installed vehicles are set to be available in 2020 under the concept ‘Hyper-connected Intelligent Car’, after conducting substantial simulation tests to ensure compatibility. As for the new ccOS-installed concept vehicle, Hyundai Motor is to explore a variety of applicable connected car services such as OTA (Over-The-Air) software update with which customers can wirelessly update their vehicle’s infotainment system, without the need to visit a service center in person.
Advancing its ‘Open Innovation’ plan, Hyundai Motor and Cisco are working to develop car network technology, another core platform requirement to enable the rapid development of connected cars. Hyundai Motor has also opened a new Big Data Center in China to reinforce its venture toward connected car development. This series of advances boost Hyundai Motor’s efforts to lead the connected car market in the fields of designated vehicle networks, cloud and big data technologies with the ultimate aim of enhancing its customers’ lives.
December 7, 2016 - The All-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra was awarded the Best New Small Car title and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport won the Best New Sports/Performance Car title by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
First introduced in 1991, the Elantra compact sedan – now in its sixth generation – has sold over 500,000 units in Canada and more than 10 million units worldwide. Meanwhile, the Sport version is new to the Hyundai line-up and stands as the most powerful Elantra model ever produced.
The previous generation Elantra won both the Canadian Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year titles in 2012, and this new recognition continues Hyundai’s recent winning ways in the Canadian competition. Since 2011, the Tucson, Accent, Veloster, Elantra GT, Santa Fe Sport, and Sonata have also received honours from AJAC. As category winners, Elantra and Elantra Sport are both now on the final list of contenders for the 2017 Canadian Car of the Year title announced February 16, 2017.
“We could not be more thrilled to receive these awards. It’s especially rewarding for the engineers and designers who worked tirelessly to bring to market the best vehicle Hyundai could possibly develop,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “The Elantra is our highest volume car and one of the best-selling cars consumers have decided to park in their driveways. Winning an AJAC award for both the Elantra and Elantra Sport demonstrates that our customers made an exceptional choice.”
In developing the 2017 Elantra, vehicle engineers of Hyundai Motor and metallurgists from the company’s affiliate Hyundai Steel came together to create the superstructure. With 53% Advanced High Strength Steel as the foundation, the Superstructure delivers a rigid frame that improves ride, handling, and safety through better cabin protection during a collision. In fact, the Elantra, when equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, earns a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – the institute’s highest award.
Elantra was judged by a panel of over 60 highly-experienced automotive journalists during a week-long event known as TestFest. Each model was put to the test in a variety of environments – including public roads, a performance course, and handling course – and comprehensively evaluated in 24 different areas to determine which vehicle is the best new offering in its category. Vehicles were driven back-to-back with the strongest new competitors in the industry, ensuring the results have relevance to Canadian consumers.
“Competitions like this one are fantastic opportunities to put Hyundai products to the test against the best names in the industry,” added Romano. “Consumers today are presented with so many good automotive options that it’s great to see Hyundai products perform so well in such a competitive environment.”
Dec. 2, 2016 – Hyundai Motor, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its global sales results for November 2016.
Sales Results (Units)
1. Hyundai Motor currently has overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. 2. Domestic Production relate to the vehicles produced in Korea for the overseas markets. 3. Domestic Sales(Sales in Korea) is based on retail sales while Overseas Sales(Global Sales excluding Korea) is based on shipments.
<Highlights of domestic market> - Sales of All-new Grandeur showed a remarkable performance in November, posting 4,606 units. - Elantra posted a total of 7,752 unit sales in November, a solid performance since October. - IONIQ Hybrid and Electric recorded its best-ever sales of 1,425 units since its launch in January. - Hyundai Motor aims to regain sales momentum with strategic sedan models including the All-new Grandeur, Sonata and Elantra.
Breakdown of Overseas Shipment (Units)
* ‘Consignment (EU)’ includes the amount of vehicles produced by Karsan (Turkish commercial vehicles manufacturer) on consignment.
<highlights> - SUVs including Tucson and Santa Fe led sales in the U.S., up 10 and 18 percent respectively compared to last year. - Sales of China recorded a steady increase with models including Elantra and Tucson as purchase tax remains low. - Czech posted increased YoY sales as Tucson appeals to European customers consistently. - Turkey maintained solid performance as sales of i10 and i20 in Europe increased since the third quarter of this year.
December 1, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport will compete in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a brand new challenger, the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. The car, which has been designed to meet WRC’s raft of new technical regulations, was unveiled during an exclusive media event today at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.
For Hyundai Motorsport, the three-door i20 Coupe WRC represents the team’s third new car since its debut in the Championship back in 2014 – following the Hyundai i20 WRC (2014-15) and the New Generation i20 WRC (2016). Entering its fourth WRC season, the team hopes to build on a positive period of growth in recent years as it embarks on a new era.
The new car regulations for 2017 have been introduced to enhance the overall spectacle of WRC even further than before, with the new car sporting an aggressive new look and evolved technologies. While changes have centered on improving aerodynamic and mechanical grip, there has been an increase in engine power from 300 to 380bhp as well as a reduction in the overall weight of the car.
With the new car, the team hopes to build on its most successful season to date, in which it secured two victories and an additional ten podium finishes. Hyundai Motorsport also second place overall in the Manufacturers Championship in the 2016 season.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It’s a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm. It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship next season – and we are confident the i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that.”
There will be an unchanged driver line-up for 2017, which will offer the team important stability with the introduction of a new car. Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will contest all rounds of the Championship.
As manufacturers will be able to field up to three cars in each round, Hyundai Motorsport’s three drivers will run under a unified banner in 2017: the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team.
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