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Hyundai Motor Demonstrates its Passion for High-Performance at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show
No. 49002-06-2016217 hits
  • Hyundai Motor builds anticipation of high-performance ‘N’ models with RM16 concept
  • RM16 hints at future Hyundai ‘N’ model characteristics

 

June 2, 2016 - Hyundai Motor today reinforced its high-performance aspirations with the world premiere of RM16, its latest ‘N’ model concept, at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show in South Korea. Hyundai Motor’s performance-focused exhibits, which included the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, hint at future N model characteristics.

Hyundai Motor’s high performance sub-brand ‘N’ was launched in September 2015, demonstrating the company’s commitment to manufacture responsive, intuitive performance vehicles that bring ‘Fun to Drive’ to a broad range of customers.

Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai R&D Center said, “Our RM16 and Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concepts are inspired by the passion for performance, that you will soon see evolve into our first N model.”

RM16

The Project RM (Racing Midship) began in 2012 with a mission to test high-performance technologies and refine them for use in future high-performance cars.

The main purpose of the Project RM is to develop core high performance technologies while focusing on performance, ultimately resulting in form following function. The RM model has developed with a ‘rolling lab’ concept since 2014, playing a key role in research and development of high performance future ‘N’ models from Hyundai Motor.

The RM16 (Racing Midship 2016) concept continues the development of high-performance technologies that started with the RM14, which was revealed at the 2014 Busan International Motor Show for the first time. Just as with the subsequent RM15, introduced at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show, RM16 represents the company’s further development of high-performance technologies in the form of a mid-engine, lightweight, high-performance two-seat concept.

Albert Biermann, Head of Hyundai Motor’s Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development said, “RM models will continue to play an important role as the ‘rolling lab’ in the development of our future high-performance ‘N’ cars.”

Like previous RM models, the design of the RM16 is determined by its focus on performance: form follows function with styling optimized for aerodynamics. The aggressive front with low-extended hood, slim headlamps and wide air intakes sets the tone of its low and wide image, created to accommodate high performance technologies.

The latest concept inherits characteristics from the earlier RM14 and RM15 models – in particular the RM14’s six-speed manual transmission and midship-mounted 2.0 theta T-GDI engine – tuned to develop 300PS. Additionally, the RM16 boasts the same sports-focused weight distribution (43% front, 57% rear), as its predecessors, benefitting from a center of gravity less than 500mm from the ground.

Weight-saving innovations, first seen on RM15, help boost the new concept’s handling and acceleration. A specially-designed aluminum space frame is covered by light, rigid carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels, which save considerable weight versus a traditionally-constructed steel-based car.

Over these three RM models, there has been an evolution in aerodynamics that in turn aids stability and thermal flow, maximizing the potential offered by improved powertrain performance. New technologies have been applied, including an electric supercharger to enhance engine power and responsiveness; electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD) that distributes optimal power to each wheel when turning; and an automatically controlled rear spoiler to optimize aerodynamics according to different driving conditions.

This instinctive and visceral experience is enhanced by the electronically-variable exhaust system, which provides a powerful tone to match the sense of acceleration, while the adjustable bolster sports seat contribute to the absorbing driving experience by adapting to the driving mode and speed of cornering.

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo

First introduced in Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015, Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo was created to inspire the passion of ‘N’. It is the ultimate concept car to show the global audience the brand’s unique perspective on future performance characteristics.

The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo’s powertrain is based on world’s first mass-produced Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell system, highlighting Hyundai Motor’s passion for performance and sustainability. The total system output is 650kW (884PS), with the dual fuel cell stacks providing 500kW (680PS), and the super capacitor system generating an additional 150kW (204PS) by using energy regeneration when braking. This unrivalled power is delivered through four high-powered, independent in-wheel motors that provide uncompromised traction and immediate response.

The compact, lightweight fuel cell stacks and rigid CFRP monocoque structure help to keep weight down to 972kg, giving it a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the most exotic supercars in the world. Combined with a low center of gravity, this power and performance sets the car up to perform on the most challenging of race tracks, encapsulating the thrilling premise of ‘N’ cars.

Inspired by aerodynamics and formed by speed, the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo looks like a jet fighter on wheels that blurs the line between air and asphalt. Hyundai Motor designed this car to appear more like a crafted machine for grounded aeronautics. So, the car actually looks like it is floating.

The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo will appear exclusively in ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ on Playstation®4 in November 2016, presenting N’s future potential and the company’s passion for performance to millions of people around the world through the global online community.

Hyundai Motor’s technology trajectory on show at Busan

Hyundai Motor’s impressive booth at the Busan International Motor Show, held at BEXCO (Busan Exhibition Center & Convention Hall) focuses on not only showcasing its high performance technologies and models, but also the direction of Hyundai Motor’s future technology strategies.

The IONIQ project is an on-going research and development project of Hyundai Motor to innovate mobility for changing our lifestyles in the future. The goal of IONIQ project is to create future mobility that coexist with our lifestyles and the society. IONIQ is the first model to bear these efforts.

IONIQ is the first car to offer customers the choice of three alternative-fuel powertrains in a single body-type. IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Electric will be displayed in the Busan International Motor Show. IONIQ Plug-in will be introduced later this year.

Key elements of the IONIQ is shown alongside the models in full. A cut-away exhibition of the IONIQ shows the vehicle split down the middle to reveal the inner workings of the vehicle in clear view. An IONIQ home charger is also on display to show how the plug-in IONIQ models can recharge at customers’ homes, while an EV 0-emission demonstrates the clean-air potential presented by the IONIQ EV, which has no tailpipe emissions (0g/km CO2).

Busan International Motor Show exhibits

Extending its focus on high performance, Hyundai Motor displays its i20 WRC joined by a WRC simulator exhibition. This WRC 4DX Virtual Experience gives visitors a lifelike taste of being behind the wheel of a Hyundai Motor rally car by using a virtual reality headset and 4D simulator. Motorsport fans can continue their rally experience by exploring displays of Hyundai motorsport technologies honed and refined by the brand’s long and successful involvement in motorsport.

Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai R&D Center said, “At the Busan Motor Show, Hyundai Motor demonstrates our commitment to building products with customers at heart. From the earliest stages of research and development to the final production of each of our models, we consider customer convenience and enjoyment as vital factors.”

Elantra, Veloster, i40, Sonata, Azera, Aslan, Tucson, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport will be displayed in Hyundai Motor booth.

Hyundai Motor’s press conference will take place in Exhibition Hall 1 at 11:12 (KST) on Thursday June 2, 2016.

Hundreds of Hyundai Cars Set to Support UEFA EURO 2016™
No. 48931-05-2016265 hits
  • Hyundai Motor will supply more than 350 vehicles including Genesis, Santa Fe, Tucson and i20 to help manage the 2016 UEFA European Championship
  • Vehicles provided by Hyundai Motor will assist in transporting match delegates, UEFA staff, referees, media, security officers and VIP guests between stadia at UEFA EURO 2016™
  • Hyundai Motor continues to raise excitement for the 2016 UEFA European Championship with digital campaigns, video clips and a new predictor game

 

May 31, 2016 - Hyundai Motor today handed over the keys of vehicles that will help transport key figures, officials and VIPs around France at UEFA EURO 2016™. The vehicles were presented at an official vehicle handover ceremony at the St. Denis, Paris, as part of Hyundai Motor’s agreement to provide official vehicles for the smooth running of the 2016 UEFA European Championship from June 10 to July 10, 2016.

As an official partner of the international football competition, due to be watched by millions of football fans around the world, Hyundai Motor will assist match delegates, UEFA staff, referees, media, security officers and VIP guests throughout the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Among the 361 Hyundai vehicles provided for the tournament this year, the official fleet includes flagship Hyundai models Genesis, Santa Fe, Tucson and i20. Hyundai Motor will also be in charge of branding 12 national team buses as they transport players between stadia.

The UEFA EURO 2016™ official vehicle handover ceremony at St. Denis, Paris – France’s national stadium and eventual venue for the 2016 UEFA European Championship Final on July 10 – was held under the presence of Hyundai Motor Europe President Hyung Cheong Kim; Hyundai Motor France President Kyoo Bok Lee; UEFA Events SA Marketing Director, Guy-Laurent Epstein; former EURO champion, Ruud Gullit from the Netherlands, as well as other important guests.

“Thanks to our partnership with Hyundai Motor going back to 2000, the UEFA European Championship has continued to grow as one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Like us, Hyundai Motor is striving to be the best in what they do, evident in the excellent and reliable fleet of vehicles provided by Hyundai Motor. By maintaining their support of the UEFA European Championship™, we hope to help Hyundai Motor drive sales and enhance brand value,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Marketing Director.

Hyundai Motor has been an official partner of the UEFA European Football Championship for 16 years. As an Official Partner of the UEFA European Football Championship, Hyundai Motor has played a key role in providing official vehicles for national football teams, players, officials and guests as well as staging various events and promotions in support of the competition. From years 2014 to 2016, Hyundai Motor has provided a total of 428 vehicles for the EUFA European Football Championship.

With this year’s slogan being ‘Real Fans First’, Hyundai Motor will get a step closer to its customers. Hyundai Motor has started its marketing campaign showing devotion to EURO 2016 and dedication to enhance the experience for real football fans since April 15. Hyundai Motor launched the innovative ‘Digital Fan Park’, an interactive online space created for football fans to intensify their enjoyment of EURO 2016.

During the first half of the campaign from April 15 to May 8, the Digital Fan Park has attracted a total of 37,000 participants in the Real Fans Licence and Real Fans Chauffeur campaign. As part of the Real Fans Licence campaign, Hyundai Motor gave out 480 tickets to the matches for fans who participated in the campaign. The second half of the Real Fans Match-up campaign will be held from June 1 to July 10 and a Hyundai i20 will be awarded to the lucky winner of a prize draw. For more information about Digital Fan Park, fans can visit the website at: euro2016.hyundai.com.

The online video clip ‘Euro 2016 is coming’ has already reached over 33 million views on YouTube. A new video clip titled ‘The Wait’ will be on air from June 1 to July 10.The video portrays a little girl and a life-long fan going to watch a football match on a Hyundai vehicle and the match starting just as they arrive as if the match had been prepared for the real fans to enjoy. The URL to the video clip ‘The Wait’ is as follows: https://youtu.be/GBuPeSTfBpI.

Moreover, the UEFA EURO 2016 Bracket Predictor game will open on June 1. Fans can submit their prediction of tournament results and win prizes. The prize for the first place will be a tablet, smart watch and Hyundai Premium set consisting of a replica official match ball, mascot toy, cap and backpack. The platform for the predictor game will run on http://europredictor.uefa.com/.

Hyundai Motor Builds on Nürburgring 24h Race for Further Development of a Future High-Performance Engine
No. 48831-05-2016200 hits
  • Hyundai Motor conducts successful acid test for the i30 2.0 Turbo at the Nürburgring
  • Motor racing experience will be integrated in the mass production of future high-performance vehicles
  • Development car i30 2.0 Turbo as well as two production-car-based models i30 1.6 Turbo and Veloster make it to the chequered flag

 

May 30, 2016 –Hyundai Motor’s development car i30 2.0 Turbo met all expectations at its first motor-racing appearance in the Nürburgring 24h Race at the legendary Nordschleife. The race at one of the most demanding racetracks in the world served as an intense test for the new, performance-orientated engine that will be applied to the first N model.

“The endurance race at the Nürburgring is the toughest race in the world. It’s the perfect environment for testing the resilience of our new turbo-charged two-litre engine with direct fuel injection under extreme strain,” said Albert Biermann, Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development.

The newly designed turbo-charge engine, which is the heart of the development vehicle, coped with the strains of the 24h Race. This is an important finding for Hyundai Motor and the development of future high-performance engines.

“We are on a very good way regarding the design of our first N vehicle. In the process of designing high-performance engines, the highest possible horsepower output is not the top priority. Instead, the engineers focus on maximum driving pleasure and driving fun without compromising the every-day-usability,” added Albert Biermann.

Many components of Hyundai i30 2.0 Turbo were changed to run at the Nordschleife. Components such as the engine, the adapted suspension and shock absorbers were enhanced as well as improvement in other areas such as wheels, steering, fender extensions and safety components were made for motor racing.

In addition to the important findings that will be incorporated in the design of future Hyundai engines, the race also proved to be a major success from the motor racing point of view. The i30 2.0 Turbo outpaced quite a number of the other 159 cars that contested the endurance classic. The development vehicle took the chequered flag after 24 hours in 90th position in the overall rankings. Altogether, the drivers Bruno Beulen (BE), Michael Bohrer (DE), Alexander Köppen (DE) and Rory Pentinnen (FI) completed 91 laps at the gruelling racetrack, representing a distance of 2,309.39 kilometres at racing speed and recording the fastest lap time of 9:55.636 minutes, which even broke the 10-minute barrier.

The development vehicle that contested the Nürburgring 24h Race was designed and built by Hyundai Motor dealer and racing-car constructor Peter Schumann. The racing cars successfully run by Hyundai Motor Deutschland also were developed, designed and built by the Schumann motorsport department.

Over 185,000 people gathered to watch the Nürburgring 24h Race. About 12,000 people were at the ‘Hyundai N Fan Arena’ to cheer for the Hyundai cars. The three Hyundai cars that contested the 24 Race all completed the race with the Veloster 1.6 Turbo ranking first in its class.

Hyundai Motorsport secures best ever Portugal result after demanding weekend
No. 48723-05-2016271 hits
  • Dani Sordo has secured his third successive fourth place finish after a trouble-free final day at Rally de Portugal
  • For Hyundai Motorsport, fourth place is the team’s best finish to date in the Portuguese event, having finished in sixth place with Sordo last year
  • Thierry Neuville re-joined under Rally 2 on Sunday morning and brought his New Generation i20 WRC to the end of the rally, with some spectacular jumps on the classic Fafe stage.

 

May 23, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has concluded Rally de Portugal, the fifth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a fourth place finish, the team’s best to date at the event.

Following a weekend of highs and lows for the team, it was a trouble-free Sunday with both Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville completing the final four stages comfortably.

Rally de Portugal has been an important learning experience for the team, following its most competitive start to a WRC season. Retirements for Kevin Abbring and Rally Argentina winner Hayden Paddon were a prelude to more disappointment on Saturday with Neuville stopping midway through SS11 having run out of fuel.

On a more positive note, Sordo has enjoyed a strong rally, pushing his #4 New Generation i20 WRC car to finish just outside of the podium positions. Neuville re-joined under Rally 2 regulations on Sunday morning to allow the team the opportunity to learn more about the performance of its car on the Portuguese terrain.

Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) was on podium pace during the opening day of the rally but was unable to keep up with the Volkswagen Motorsport cars through Saturday’s slippery stages. He kept a level head and drove sensibly on Sunday to secure fourth position and important points for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.

Sordo said: “It was a steady end to our rally on today’s final stages. Our aim was to bring the car home safely and to secure our fourth position. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do anything about the gap to the podium so we took no risks. I enjoyed the stages this morning; it’s always incredible to compete in a World Rally car in front of such enthusiastic spectators. The New Generation i20 WRC has been great to drive on these fantastic stages this weekend. We know we are missing a bit of performance compared to our rivals in the more slippery conditions, but we’re working on that. Overall, though, fourth place is not too bad. We’ve taken some important points for the team, so we must now refocus our efforts on the next rally.”

Neuville (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) adopted a steady approach on Sunday’s four stages but wowed the crowds on the classic Fafe stage. Despite missing out on a top-five finish after the refuelling issues on Saturday, the Belgian will look forward to fighting back at Rally Italia Sardegna where he finished on the podium twelve months ago.

Neuville commented: “We had nothing really to fight for today, so it was a case of just bringing the car to the finish. We focused on keeping our driving clean and tidy but also trying to have a bit of fun on these final stages. The Fafe jump was as enjoyable as ever, although we had a bit of a harsh landing on the first pass! It’s been a challenging weekend for all of us in the team, but we’ll be going through everything in detail to make sure that we will do better for the future. We showed reasonable performance with the New Generation i20 WRC but there are things we can still improve, and we’ll work hard as a team to achieve that. The next rally is in Sardinia where we have special memories from last year, when we finished on the podium - and that’s going to be our target again this year.”

Despite a tough weekend, Hyundai Motorsport leaves Portugal with its best ever result in the rally, fourth position.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We can’t really be pleased with our weekend, but it’s a small consolation that we’ve taken our best ever Rally Portugal result. We couldn’t have done more than that but it’s frustrating we had so many issues along the way. There are some areas to improve in terms of car performance with the New Generation i20 WRC on these stages. We also have to look at some areas of our operation to make improvements already for the next event. It was a trouble-free, safe end to our rally today with the famous Fafe jump providing a lot of excitement for the fans. It’s a pleasure to be part of this event. This weekend is a reminder that WRC remains fast, competitive and exciting - and we have to keep on top of our game at all times.”

The FIA World Rally Championship moves to Sardinia for the sixth round of the Championship, which takes place 10-12 June.

Overall Final Classification
1. K. Meeke / P. Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC) 3:59:01.0
2. A. Mikkelsen / A. Jaeger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +29.7
3. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +34.5
4. D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +1:37.1
5. E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +4:01.6
6. J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +4:06.9
7. M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:53.6
8. M. Prokop / J. Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +10:24.1
9. P. Tidemand / J. Andersson (Škoda Fabia R5) +11:45.2
10. N. Fuchs / F. Mussano (Škoda Fabia R5) +13:14.0
...
29. T.Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) + +36:15.3

2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings

S. Ogier 114 points / A. Mikkelsen 67 / M. Østberg 58 / H. Paddon 57 / D. Sordo 56 / J. M. Latvala 37 K. Meeke 26 / O. Tanak 24 / T. Neuville 23/ E. Camilli S. Lefebvre 10 / H. Solberg 8 / M. Prokop 6 / E. Evans 6 / M. Ligato 6 / C. Breen 4 / L. Bertelli 4 / / T. Suninen 3 / E. Lappi 2 / A. Kremer 1 / / V. Gorban 1 / P. Tidemand 2 / N. Fuchs 2 / A. Kremer 1 / V. Gorban 1

2016 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings

Volkswagen Motorsport 145 points / Hyundai Motorsport 96 / M-Sport World Rally Team 82 / Volkswagen Motorsport II 70 / Hyundai Motorsport N 51 / / DMACK World Rally Team 30 / Jipocar Czech National Team 12 / Yazeed Racing 4

All results remain subject to official FIA confirmation.

Hyundai Motor Santa Fe Sport Earns 2016 Top Safety Pick+
No. 48619-05-2016320 hits
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport proves highest level of safety in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test

 

May 17, 2016 - The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport when equipped with optional front crash prevention, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ award today for achieving a high level of safety standards. The Santa Fe Sport received good ratings in the institute’s moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. Santa Fe Sport’s optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection also earned a superior rating.

TOP SAFETY PICK+ is the institute’s highest award. To achieve a Top Safety Pick+ designation, a vehicle must have a good rating in the five occupant protection tests and an advanced or superior rating for an available front crash prevention system.

“The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “The Santa Fe Sport avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets the NHTSA criteria,” added Zuby.

“We are thrilled that Santa Fe Sport has achieved the gold standard for CUV safety from IIHS and NHTSA,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “These awards underline our commitment to developing advanced technologies that assist in avoiding crashes all together. A class-leading body structure protects occupants if a collision does occur,” added O’Brien.

Santa Fe Sport Safety Features
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes: Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System; seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

AEB uses both the forward-facing radar and camera, through sensor fusion, to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warns the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

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