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August 7, 2013 – Hyundai Motorsport continued to make strong progress on its development programme by conducting the first gravel tests with a new 2014-specification of the i20 WRC in July.
All three of the team’s recently-signed development drivers, Juho Hänninen, Bryan Bouffier and Chris Atkinson, got behind the wheel of the i20 WRC as the team evaluated a range of new components in unique gravel conditions in preparation for the team’s debut season in 2014.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “We have had a very solid month of testing and learned a lot about the performance potential of the new Hyundai i20 WRC in a range of conditions. As with any inaugural testing, there have been some teething issues to overcome but this is precisely the purpose of testing and we have taken time to analyse and understand the problems. We have signed three very competent development drivers in Juho, Bryan and Chris, and the balance of the last month of testing has, for me, been positive.”
The team carried out two separate private tests during July in which to put the latest iteration i20 WRC through its paces with the prime objective of component testing in appropriate conditions for the FIA World Rally Championship.
“The two test sessions that we held last month took place in the grounds of Chateau Lastours and Mazamet in the south of France, two venues that afforded us diverse conditions,” continued Nandan. “It is important for us to gather data in rough, as well as fast and flowing conditions. The Hyundai Motorsport engineering and design teams at Alzenau are constantly working to perfect the i20 WRC so these latest tests gave us the opportunity to assess the main mechanical components of the car, like transmission or suspension. It is very much an evolution of the car we used in previous tarmac tests.”
The team has also been finessing its own operations at the tests, bonding as a team and establishing the test crew set-up for the rest of the year’s testing.
Nandan concluded: “We have had a lot of work to do in a short space of time but I can sense we are working well as a unified team. We have attained another important milestone by kicking off our gravel tests but we have more still to do in the remaining months before Monte-Carlo. We have hit every target so far and I am proud of the entire team effort. We look forward to our next phase of development with optimism.”
Offenbach, 7 August 2013
Hyundai Motor Europe has released the first picture of New Generation i10, the company’s completely-new European A-segment car. Appearing five years after its predecessor went on sale, New Generation i10 demonstrates significant progress for Hyundai in the segment, possessing abilities and features typically only found in higher segments. Generous levels of equipment, space and functionality, coupled with sophisticated design, refined ride qualities and a quiet cabin, set new levels of ‘true value’ for Hyundai.
Buyers of New Generation i10 will be offered the highest levels of comfort and safety equipment, with many features usually only found in segments above. Available equipment such as automatic climate control, heated leather steering wheel and cruise control with speed limiter provides bigger-car comfort, while safety features include standard-fitment stability control and front curtain airbags.
Longer (+80 mm), wider (+65 mm) and lower (-50 mm) than its predecessor, New Generation i10 provides best-in-class legroom and cargo capacity. Front and rear passengers benefit from combined legroom of 1.890 mm, while trunk capacity has been boosted by more than 10% to 252 litres with all seats in place.
New Generation i10 is based on an all-new platform featuring a 5 mm-longer wheelbase and relocated rear dampers that deliver more precise wheel control over all types of road surface. To take full advantage of its enhanced dimensions, New Generation i10 has also been carefully tuned to deliver refined driving dynamics and low noise levels, for an experience close to the standard of B-segment cars.
The European Hyundai design team, led by Chief Designer Thomas Bürkle, has created a dynamic shape using fluidic sculpture, Hyundai Motor Company’s design philosophy, to emphasise the new car’s athletic proportions and generous external dimensions. The refined exterior is mirrored by a stylish interior that features high-quality materials on key surfaces.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “New Generation i10 is another significant step forward for Hyundai Motor. Every aspect of the car has been designed and rigorously developed to meet the demands and needs of European consumers. New Generation i10 fully embodies Hyundai’s ‘true value’ proposition, bringing higher levels of features and functionality than many buyers would expect to find in a vehicle of this segment.”
As with 95% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, New Generation i10 has been designed and developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. New Generation i10 will become the first A-segment Hyundai to also be built in the region.
Set to enter production in September, New Generation i10 will be made at Hyundai’s factory in Ízmit, Turkey. The annual capacity of the plant, which already produces the B-segment New i20 model, is rising to 200.000 cars, following a multi-million Euro investment in infrastructure in the region. Once New Generation i10 goes on sale across Europe, 90% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe will be built in the region.
More information will be released ahead of New Generation i10’s debut at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.
August 7, 2013 – Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter today showcased the stylish family car - Grand i10 for Indian market.
The Grand i10 is a completely new car and is developed on a new platform with a strong character showcasing Hyundai “Modern Premium” brand direction. The Grand i10 has been positioned above the existing i10 and is targeted at the emerging compact high entry segment. Grand i10 symbolizes Hyundai Motor’s commitment to Indian customers by offering high standards of quality, durability and reliability.
Using stylish lines found in nature, Grand i10 embodies Hyundai Motor’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy and has been engineered to deliver more space, impeccable style and premium interiors focused on Indian customers’ requirements.
The advanced hatchback will offer the customers with cutting edge technology, refined ride qualities, a quiet cabin and premium features such as Rear AC vent found in larger cars.
Built on a completely new platform offering a longer wheelbase, Grand i10 will deliver refined driving dynamics with low noise levels. The car has been designed keeping in mind the aspirations of Indian families who look for enhanced space, style and high fuel efficiency.
Grand i10 will come with two engine variants - 1.1 litre U2 diesel and 1.2 litre Kappa petrol, offering a combination of optimum performance with best in class fuel efficiency. The diesel engine on Grand i10 is the Advanced 2nd Generation U2 diesel engine which offers a great combination of performance and fuel efficiency.
August 1, 2013 – Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its domestic and overseas sales results for July 2013.
July 2013 Results
Unit = one vehicle
1. Commercial Vehicles (CV) include buses & trucks.2. Hyundai Motor currently has seven overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. ※ Excludes CKD (Complete Knock Down) unit sales.
July 26, 2013 – Hyundai Motorsport has added a third name to its test driver line-up with confirmation today that Australian WRC driver Chris Atkinson will be part of the team’s testing programme for 2013.
Thirty-three-year-old Atkinson will be behind the wheel of the i20 WRC for the first time next week in a private test session. The skilled Australian will support Hyundai Motorsport’s main test drivers Juho Hänninen and Bryan Bouffier at selected tests during the remainder of the year.
An experienced member of the FIA World Rally Championship community, Atkinson has thorough knowledge of all the events and terrains featured in the series, as well as solid experience with the current specification of World Rally Cars. The Australian is also the reigning FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Champion.
Atkinson recently flew from Australia to Hyundai Motorsport's headquarters in Alzenau to have a first glimpse at the i20 WRC, familiarize himself with the team and have a seat fitting ahead of his maiden test.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “It is great to be able to integrate Chris into Hyundai Motorsport testing line-up for this season and I am convinced he will bring a lot of valuable WRC experience. Chris will support the work of our main test drivers Juho and Bryan. With the combined expertise of all three test drivers, we will be able to benefit from thorough and comprehensive input at every test session.”
Chris Atkinson commented: “It is such an exciting project. After visiting the Hyundai Motorsport factory three weeks ago, I am simply impressed by the team’s commitment and achievements so far. I have a lot of experience of many different WRC cars and events, and I will utilise this knowledge to support the development of the 2014 i20 WRC car.”
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