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Hyundai Motorsport Claims Fifth Podium for 2016 Season at WRC Rally Poland
No. 47504-07-2016722 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport finished third and fourth in WRC Rally Poland, a total of five podiums including two winnings in 2016 WRC season
  • Hayden Paddon took his third podium of 2016 finishing in third position overall while Thierry Neuville finishing in fourth place


July 4, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport has added a fifth podium to its 2016 tally after a competitive showing for the team in WRC Rally Poland (June 30~July 3).

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Hayden Paddon claimed his third top-three result of the season so far, finishing third overall at the end of a dramatic final stage. Just 3.1-seconds separated second, third and fourth positions at the conclusion of 21 competitive stages, with Thierry Neuville taking fourth spot, 0.8-seconds behind Paddon.

At the season’s halfway point, with seven WRC rounds still to contest, the Hyundai Motorsport team holds second in the manufacturers’ standings with 135 points after adding 27 points. Paddon moves up to third in the drivers’ classification with Sordo and Neuville inside the top-six.

For Paddon and co-driver John Kennard, the result marks a third podium of the 2016 season following second place in Sweden and victory in Argentina. The crew navigated the tricky conditions on last Sunday morning, fending off a close challenge from Neuville for the third place.

Paddon said: “That was too close for comfort really! The rain conditions made the stages very slippery and I had no confidence at all. Our objective today was to secure third position rather than push for second, so we wanted to be relaxed. I think we probably eased off too much. Third is a great result, irrespective of how close it was - just 0.8 seconds! I am happy with the way the weekend has gone. We’ve had a good rally here in Poland and it’s allowed us to bounce back after two tough results. It’s fantastic to be on the podium again and I hope we can do the same in Finland. Congratulations to everyone in the team on a job well done.”

Paddon’s third place gives Hyundai Motorsport its second ever Rally Poland podium, following a top-three for Neuville back in 2014. The New Generation i20 WRC showed its pace with great performance and technology credentials. The car has now taken two victories, one second and two third places in seven rallies this season.

Hyundai Elantra Wins 2016 International Design Award
No. 47402-07-2016945 hits
  • Elantra received the 2016 International Design Excellence (IDEA®) Bronze
  • This top honor shows that Hyundai is committed to creating bold and extraordinary Designs


July 2, 2016 - The 2017 Hyundai Elantra received the 2016 International Design Excellence (IDEA®) Bronze in the Automotive & Transportation 2016 Category for its outstanding and unique design.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is among more than 1,700 designs projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016. Jury Chair Cameron Campbell, IDSA, led a team of global design experts from June 3 to 6 at the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI to judge more than 600 finalists. The result—26 Gold; 47 Silver; and 63 Bronze IDEA winners that span a wide range of 21 categories such as social impact; medical and scientific innovations; transportation; home and garden; office; personal accessories; children’s products; sporting goods; and much more. “I value the critical discussions with my peers from diverse disciplines in defining the best of design,” said Campbell.

“This top honor for the 2017 Elantra shows that Hyundai Motor is committed to creating bold and extraordinary designs,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “This award for the 2017 Elantra makes us proud and is a great recognition for our design leadership.”

IDEA® is a premier international design competition, recognizing and promoting design excellence across a wide array of industries and disciplines conducted annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDEA judging is based on the following criteria of Design Excellence: Design Innovation, Benefit to the User, Benefit to the Client, Benefit to Society and Appropriate Aesthetics.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, offered as a traditional compact sedan, an efficient turbocharged Eco model and a performance-minded upcoming Sport edition, sports a bold aerodynamic design with a comprehensive suite of safety features, modern interior styling with class-above features and user-friendly technologies.

Hyundai Motorsport targets podium at fast and furious Rally Poland
No. 47324-06-2016746 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport is ready to challenge for another podium result in round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
  • The team has entered three New Generation i20 WRC cars to be driven by Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo
  • With a podium and fourth place finish recorded in previous years, Hyundai Motorsport is confident it can be competitive on some of the fastest roads in the Championship.


June 24, 2016 - Following its recent win at Rally Italia Sardegna, Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to continue its competitive run in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rally Poland, the midpoint of the 14-event WRC season.

The team scored its second victory with the New Generation i20 WRC earlier this month when Thierry Neuville took an emphatic win in Sardinia. It marked Hyundai Motorsport's third WRC victory since it entered the Championship in 2014, and continued the team's most competitive season so far.

With Sardinia celebrations over, the team has reset its focus on one of the fastest events on the 2016 calendar. Poland is a venue where Hyundai Motorsport has previous success, having secured a podium result in 2014, and a fourth and sixth finish twelve months ago. This year's rally will include changes to around 33 per cent of the all-gravel route, offering a new challenge for teams and drivers alike.

Hyundai Motorsport's three-car entry for the 73rd Rally Poland sees Neuville (#3) and Hayden Paddon (#4) representing the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, while Dani Sordo (#20) will be the sole entry for Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team in this event.

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: "Our win in Sardinia was a huge reward for everyone in the team, and we hope to continue this positive momentum in Poland. The New Generation i20 WRC has proven to be a versatile car, competing strongly on different surfaces and in varied conditions. We carried out a pre-event test in Poland last week with Thierry, Dani and Hayden driving over a total of four days. It was a useful opportunity for us to begin establishing the best set-up on the cars ahead of recce and shakedown. It's a demanding, ultra quick gravel rally, one of the fastest of the season. With so many new sections to this year's event, we will need to be on top of our game. We took a podium in Poland two years ago, and were close again last season, so the top-three is our target and strong points finished for all three cars."

It was Neuville (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul who took the team's Polish podium in 2014. The Belgian pair will aim to pick up in Poland where they left off in Sardinia, competing at the front of the WRC field.

Neuville said: "I am really looking forward to Poland! It was such a pleasure to win in Italy with the team and really celebrate such an amazing result. We have had some tough times recently, but the victory was a boost in confidence for everyone. In 2014 in Poland we finished on the podium and last year we also had a reasonable run as well. We struggled a bit with the tyre choices but we learnt from it. I think this year, with the New Generation i20 WRC, we're going to be pretty fast!"

Paddon (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) is hoping to bounce back from two disappointing retirements since his victory in Argentina in April. Along with co-driver John Kennard, Paddon is looking forward to a run of fast rallies where he has a proven track record.

Paddon said: "We're now going into a series of rallies that I really enjoy. Last year we came fourth and recorded some quick stage times in the 2015 car. We know this year's New Generation i20 WRC car works very well in fast sections and Poland of course is a very fast rally with a lot of straights. I am really looking forward to it and to putting our previous two rallies behind us. I think we can challenge right up the front, we've had a good test and the feeling is really good. We just need to make sure we have a good recce. We are going to push for a good result and give it everything."

Sordo (#20 New Genertion i20 WRC) and co-driver Marc Martí have been one of the most consistent driver crews in the WRC this year. The Spanish duo's four consecutive fourth place results have propelled Sordo to second place in the Drivers' Championship and he is ready to build on it.

Sordo commented: "Rally Poland for me is very, very exciting. It has some really fast sections and a lot of enthusiastic rally fans that come to watch, so it is really nice. There is a good sensation in the car because the roads are fast with crests and some narrow places, it is a great event! To be honest, last year we didn't have a very good run in Poland - I'm not sure why because it's a rally I like with lots of fast places. But I have the confidence this year and I will try to get a better result."

Rally Poland is made up of 21 special stages run over a competitive distance of 306.1km. Just four stages will be the same as in 2015, the Super Special Stage in Mikołajki Arena, Gołdap, Świętajno and Wieliczki, while two (Chmielewo and Stare Juchy) were contested in previous years.

The action starts on Thursday evening in Mikołajki, part of the Masurian Lake District a few hours north of Warsaw, before nine stages on Friday north east of the city. Crews travel further north towards the border of Kaliningrad for three repeated stages and end the day for the third time with the Mikołajki Arena. Sunday is a short 59.6km day featuring the Sady Power Stage.

Hyundai Motorsport Crews' Info

New Generation i20 WRC #3
Chassis number: 002
  Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul
DOB 16 June 1988 5 February 1982
First WRC event 2009, Rally Catalunya 2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC starts 65 60
WRC podiums 14 14
WRC wins 2 2
Rally Poland starts 2 3
Rally Poland previous results 2014: 3rd, 2015: 6th 2004: 5th (ERC), 2014: 3rd, 2015: 6th
New Generation i20 WRC #4
Chassis number: 001
  Hayden Paddon John Kennard
DOB 20 April 1987 11 February 1959
First WRC event 2007, Rally New Zealand 1985, Rally Finland
WRC starts 53 61
WRC podiums 3 4
WRC wins 1 1
Rally Poland starts 2 3
Rally Poland previous results 2014: 8th, 2015: 4th  1994: 15th (ERC), 2014: 8th, 2015: 4th 
New Generation i20 WRC #20
Chassis number: 007
  Dani Sordo Marc Martí
DOB 2 May 1983 1 October 1966
First WRC event 2003, Rally Catalunya 1992, Rally Catalunya
WRC starts 134 169
WRC podiums 38 44
WRC wins 1 3
Rally Poland starts 2 2
Rally Poland previous results 2009: 2nd, 2015: 10th 2009: 2nd, 2015: 10th

Tucson Only Small SUV to Receive Good Ratings For Both Driver and Passenger Small Overlap Crash Tests by IIHS
No. 47224-06-2016789 hits
  • Tucson CUV offers outstanding crash protection in a small SUV platform in one of the most demanding IIHS crash tests


June 24 2016 - Hyundai Motor’s Tucson is the only vehicle in the small SUV category to receive good ratings for both driver and passenger in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap crash test ratings.

“At Hyundai, we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers, regardless of vehicle size or price,” said Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “Tucson’s good rating for both driver and passenger in the demanding IIHS small overlap crash test reflects our commitment to passenger safety at every level. We’re certainly proud of our Tucson’s industry-leading performance in the small SUV category.”

Hyundai Motor Models Earn High Marks In J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
No. 47123-06-2016743 hits
  • Company achieves third-place industry ranking; second among non-premium brands
  • Accent and Azera rank highest in their segments
  • Tucson, Elantra, Veloster and Genesis rank in the top three in their segments


June 23, 2016 – Hyundai Motor ranked third among all brands in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) and second among non-premium automakers in the study released today. Additionally, J.D. Power awarded both the Accent in the small car segment and Azera in the large car segment with the highest initial quality honors.

“Hyundai Motor remains steadfastly committed to delivering owners of its products exceptional, quality vehicles,” said Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “We take the improvement of quality on our existing models seriously, and also launch new vehicles with the highest quality right out of the gate. It is important to keep our customers happy with their vehicles. It starts with quality and continues with education on how to use their vehicle’s many features. Results like these demonstrate how well we connect with our customers on every level.”

IQS, now in its 30th year, serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership. According to the study, Accent and Azera owners reported fewer problems with their vehicles than any other small or large car, respectively.

“Both small and large cars are popular vehicles on the road today and extremely important to us. In fact, most automakers compete in these vehicle classes. As a result consumers pick from many different choices,” said Mircea Gradu, Executive Director of Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Both the Accent and Azera ranked highest in their crowded segments for high quality, which provides owners peace of mind for this important financial purchase.”

In total, six Hyundai models ranked in the top three in their segments. In addition to the awards for Accent and Azera, the Tucson (second), Veloster (third), Elantra (third) and Genesis (third) rank near the top in their segments. The Hyundai Motor overall score was 92 problems per 100 vehicles, 13 fewer problems than the industry average and 3 fewer problems than last year.

The 2016 IQS is based on responses from more than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study uses a 233-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement.

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