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November 22, 2016 – Hyundai Motor today launched the All-new Azera (badged as Grandeur in the Korean market), its new range-topping premium sedan, in Korea.
Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company and Head of R&D Center, said: “The All-new Azera is born with Hyundai Motor’s ceaseless endeavor to innovate toward utter perfection, while inheriting 30 years of brand heritage from its predecessors.”
The All-new Azera, the sixth-generation of the range-topping model exhibits all the latest comfort, convenience and safety technologies and rewards premium buyers with distinctive, sporty styling. Inside and out, the car’s luxurious status is clear to see, enhanced by Hyundai Motor’s latest evolution of its characteristic styling. Under the hood, the all-new model boasts a choice of four powertrains that deliver effortless performance, in keeping with the car’s sporty yet luxurious image.
Safety through advanced technology The All-new Azera is the most technologically advanced car in Hyundai Motor’s product line-up, incorporating advanced convenience and safety features that befit its premium status. It offers drivers and passengers a refined comfortable experience thanks to cutting-edge convenience equipment and ergonomically crafted interior features. Hyundai Motor has incorporated advanced technologies into its stylish, futuristic interior, including wireless charging for mobile devices, power trunk, and premium Nappa leather seats. A seven-inch display houses the Around View Monitor and fronts an audio system loaded with Android Auto and Apple Car Play – included as standard in global markets. Additionally, a memory seat and a panoramic sunroof further enhance the Azera’s comfort and convenience.
The luxury sedan is equipped with a host of new safety features, boosting the All-new Azera’s technological edge. The new model launched in Korea boasts Hyundai Smart Sense, a comprehensive Advanced Driver Assistance System tuned for driver safety, which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Detection, Driver Attention Alert, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Around View Monitor.
Distinguished by sophisticated design The All-new Azera merges infinitely-flowing lines with well-balanced curves to achieve a distinctive exterior appearance. Inspired by sensuous, simple and modern shapes, designers explored the car’s luxurious image while focusing on the Azera’s futuristic yet original looks. Combining sporty styling with luxurious and elegant exterior design the Azera stands out in its segment. Making efforts to accentuate its individuality, designers gave the Azera the largest cascading grille in the range, a newly developed visual signature that is integral to Hyundai Motor’s identity. In addition, its unique LED headlamps combine with the heritage-inspired rear lamps to emphasize the sedan’s luxurious and imposing character.
The All-new Azera promises optimum interior comfort with ample cabin space and carefully-considered ergonomics that enhance the perception of space. Through innovative packaging and a long, 2,845mm wheelbase, the Azera matches class rivals on space.
Encapsulating Hyundai Motor’s aim to convey sensuous, dramatic expression, a choice of nine exterior colors and three interior color treatments are available. The combination of various exterior and interior colors accentuates the All-new Azera’s smooth and undulating interior surfaces for an inviting driver and passenger environment.
Effortlessly powerful Befitting the premium sedan’s focus on comfort and convenience, aligned with driving performance, Korean customers can choose from four powertrains for the All-new Azera. Customers can choose either 3.0 GDi or 2.4 GDi petrol engines, or a 2.2 diesel engine. A 3.0 LPi engine will also be available for fleet/rental models. The 3.0 GDi petrol engine and 2.2 diesel engine will be fitted with a newly-developed eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 GDi petrol and 3.0 LPi engines work in conjunction with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission.
The All-new Azera started pre-order sales in Korea in November. It will be available in selected regions in the world in 2017.
November 17, 2016 – Hyundai Motor is celebrating 40 years of exports to international markets, following a period of significant overseas growth that has seen it become one of the fastest growing brands in the world. From South Korea's first mass-produced model to the latest generation of eco-friendly cars, more than 23 million Hyundai Motor vehicles have been exported worldwide since 1976.
The company’s pioneering Pony four-door sedan was initially exported to South America, with 1,042 vehicles delivered to 13 countries. Four decades later, Hyundai Motor now exports more than 1.15 million vehicles a year from its Korean manufacturing plants alone, shipping to 184 countries – around 3,150 vehicles daily, three times the first year’s total exports.
At an event to celebrate the milestone in Guayaquil, Ecuador – Hyundai Motor’s first export destination – Zayong Koo, Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Communications at Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Since exports began 40 years ago, Hyundai Motor’s pioneering ethos has seen it become one of the biggest and fastest-growing brands in the world. With such steady growth, we anticipate an evolution from being a transportation company, to a mobility service provider.”
To recognize the historic occasion, Hyundai Motor presented a range of 26 heritage and current production vehicles at the event in Ecuador. To reflect Hyundai’s export history the line-up of cars included two original Pony models, current Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs, as well as the pioneering IONIQ hybrid and electric cars. Following the event, attendees took part in an IONIQ test drive event to experience both hybrid and fully-electric versions of the vehicle in the beautiful Galapagos Islands.
Building on its international export success, Hyundai Motor is now the sixth-largest automotive brand in the world and the 35th biggest brand overall globally, according to the latest rankings by Interbrand. Despite yet another challenging year for the automotive industry, the company’s global brand value grew 11% since 2015, reaching $12.6bn in 2016, securing the Korean company’s place among the biggest brands on the planet.
The Hyundai Motor brand is set to achieve even greater heights with the launch of IONIQ - the world’s first vehicle platform to offer three electrified powertrains, making low- to zero-emission mobility accessible to everyone. In 2017, high-performance Hyundai N cars will come to market and the future-mobility focused ‘Project IONIQ’ will continue to push the automotive industry’s boundaries, moving Hyundai Motor into new automotive spaces.
Los Angeles, Nov. 16, 2016 – Hyundai Motor announced the introduction of the Autonomous IONIQ concept during its press conference at Automobility LA (Los Angeles Auto Show). With a sleek design resembling the rest of the IONIQ lineup, the vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road and not a high school science project.
Hyundai Motor Company Presents Self Driving Vehicle with Hidden LiDAR
The goal of the autonomous IONIQ concept was to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible. This was accomplished by using the production car’s Smart Cruise Control’s forward-facing radar and Lane Keeping Assist cameras, which are integrated with LiDAR technology. Hyundai is also developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system, with the goal of using a lot less computing power. This will result in a low-cost platform, which can be installed in future Hyundai models the average consumer can afford.
The car’s hidden LiDAR system also allows the Autonomous IONIQ to detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. In addition, the Autonomous IONIQ features: • Forward Facing Radar which detects the relative location and speed of objects in the vehicle’s forward path to aid in route planning • A three camera array which detects pedestrian proximity, lane markings and traffic signals • A GPS antenna to determine the precise location of each vehicle • High definition mapping data from Hyundai MnSoft which delivers location accuracy, road grade/curvature, lane width and indication data • A Blind Spot Detection radar to ensure even simple lane changes are executed safely
These features build upon the capabilities of the product IONIQ, which offers Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist. The vehicle also incorporates all autonomous controls into existing systems to ensure that drivers can have a seamless transition between active and self-driving modes.
Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor earned a license to test its autonomous cars in urban environments. Hyundai Motor is currently testing three autonomous IONIQs and two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles at Hyundai Motor Research and Development Center in Namyang, South Korea.
To showcase its autonomous vehicles in action, Hyundai Motor will debut two autonomous IONIQs at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017 where the cars will be found driving up and down the neon-and sunlit boulevards of Las Vegas. The testing in Las Vegas will build upon the Hyundai’s current efforts to bring the most adept and safest self-driving car to market.
In addition to offering media rides, these IONIQs will be prepared to tackle: • High levels of pedestrian traffic • Stop lights, stop signs and school zones • Road construction and roadblocks • Speed bumps • Dogs without a leash • Children at play • Shopping centers • Intersections without traffic signals
November 10, 2016 – Hyundai Motor together with its partner Air Liquide today opened a public hydrogen refuelling station at its European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany. Thanks to the technology developed by Air Liquide, drivers of fuel cell electric vehicles like the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell can refuel their cars to the maximum capacity in only three to five minutes. The opening of the new hydrogen refuelling station continues the cooperation between leading industry partners under the umbrella of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP). The station, build by Air Liquide, marks a further step towards a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure.
The new hydrogen fuel station is installed by Air Liquide and joins CEP network, a joint initiative of government and industry founded in 2002 and lead-managed by the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The construction and maintenance of the station is funded by the Ministry with 1million Euro.
“With the opening today, we are the first car manufacturer to provide a hydrogen refuelling station open for the public on its premises in Germany,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The new station installed and operated by our partner Air Liquide underscores our commitment to democratising zero-emission driving with fuel cell cars, making this future technology accessible to as many people as possible. Hyundai Motor was the first car company in the world to offer a mass-produced fuel cell electric vehicle for the general public with the ix35 Fuel Cell.”
Ready to refuel 30 vehicles a day Due to its latest technology standards the Air Liquide hydrogen station is able to reduce refueling time to a minimum providing maximum use of the vehicle’s tank capacity. The new station’s daily capability of 200 kilograms of hydrogen is sufficient to fuel over 30 vehicles a day.
Reducing greenhouse gases by 80% The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) was founded in 2002 to establish hydrogen as an eco-friendly fuel and help the European Union to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 80% by 2050. Twenty companies active in the production of fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen, infrastructure and public transport joined forces to advance hydrogen mobility and infrastructure, among them Air Liquide and Hyundai Motor.
“We are delighted to actively further counteract emissions and are pleased to offer Air Liquide a site for the new hydrogen refuelling station,” says Mr. Schmid. “This project together with the newest product line up demonstrates Hyundai Motor’s commitment to innovation. With the IONIQ family and the ix35 Fuel Cell, Hyundai is the only manufacturer worldwide to offer four different electrified powertrains.”
November 10, 2016 – Hyundai Motor will hand over 60 ix35 Fuel Cell cars to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien). Today a memorandum of understanding was signed at the opening of a public hydrogen fuel station operated by Air Liquide at Hyundai Motor’s European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany. The world’s largest fuel cell taxi fleet “hype” (Hydrogen Powered Electric) currently serves the Greater Paris Area with five ix35 Fuel Cell cars that Hyundai Motor delivered in December 2015. The fleet is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within five years.
“With the memorandum of today, STEP and Hyundai Motor have committed to bring 60 additional ix35 Fuel Cell taxis to the streets of Paris,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Not only will the fuel cell taxis provide a clean transportation solution for the city, they are also a practical, comfortable and reliable choice for drivers and passengers.”
Saving more than 800 tons of emissions The 60 new ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will not add to the 17,000 taxis already in circulation in and around Paris. They are replacing petrol and diesel-powered cars. Compared to a diesel-powered taxi with CO2 emissions of 135 gram per kilometre and an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will save more than 800 tonnes of CO2 per year in exhaust emissions. That is the equivalent of one person taking the plane and flying more than 200 times from Frankfurt to New York and back. In contrast to this, the only emissions from the tailpipe of the ix35 Fuel Cell during driving are water vapour.
Even when it is produced from natural gas, hydrogen is a far cleaner energy than any fossil fuel: for equal distance traveled, hydrogen cars reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared with internal combustion vehicles and do not produce any fine particles.
Up to 594 kilometres on a tank of hydrogen The ix35 Fuel Cell is the world's first mass-produced and commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Currently there are more than 300 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars on European roads in 12 countries. That is more than all the FCEVs of other manufacturers combined. Its powerful asynchronous electric motor generates 100 kW (136 PS), and with a maximum torque of 300 Nm it delivers a fun-to-drive experience. Thanks to its efficiency, the ix35 Fuel Cell’s range is up to 594 kilometres on a full tank.
Hydrogen Mobility Europe The ix35 Fuel Cell deployed are partially funded by the Hydrogen Mobility Europe Project. Hydrogen Mobility Europe is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.
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