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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell a Finalist for 2015 Green SUV of the Year
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  • World’s First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle Recognized for its Breakthrough Technology and Consumer Availability


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 10, 2014 – Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell, the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle available for consumer lease, was named a finalist for Green Car Journal’s 2015 Green SUV of the Year™. The Green SUV of the Year™ winner will be announced at a press conference during the Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2015.

“SUVs and crossover vehicles are an important part of the automotive landscape, serving the needs of a wide-ranging demographic, including families, recreational and sports enthusiasts, and really anyone needing the functionality and versatility this kind of vehicle offers,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and “It’s imperative that these vehicles also offer greater efficiency and improved environmental impact, something the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell clearly accomplishes.”

As a Green SUV of the Year™ finalist, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is also distinguished with Green Car Journal’s 2015 Green Car Product of Excellence honor.

Green Car Journal’s vetting process considers a wide range of SUVs and crossovers to determine their environmental advantages and breakthroughs, and then narrows the field to five finalists. The overarching goal is to identify nominees that move personal transportation in a more environmentally positive direction without sacrificing the joy of driving or the functionality expected of an SUV or crossover. Fuel efficiency, lightweighting, advanced drivetrain technologies, use of alternative or clean fuels, and more are considered during the process. Finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.

“Being a finalist for Green SUV of the Year™ is reinforcement on the role fuel cell technology plays in emission-free transportation today and into the future,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The Tucson Fuel Cell is a seamless transition from gasoline-powered vehicles with comparable range and refueling times. Our customers in Southern California are taking advantage of these benefits and are having an extremely positive experience. We are excited by the growing hydrogen fueling infrastructure and getting more consumers behind the wheel.”

Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell CUV can be leased for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. Consumers in Southern California can put a hydrogen fuel cell CUV in their driveways with availability at three select Hyundai dealers: Win Hyundai in Carson, Tustin Hyundai, and Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim.

Hyundai’s fuel cell technology effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen. This is done through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack. It alleviates the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles and maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson. Drivers are able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range, recharge-time or utility compromises.

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team prepares for season finale at Wales Rally GB
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  • Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will bring its debut season in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) to an end at Wales Rally GB next week, the final round of the year
  • Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined by Finn Juho Hänninen who returns behind the wheel of the #8 car after his last outing with the team at Rally Finland
  • A five-day test was held in the Welsh forest last week to prepare the Hyundai i20 WRC cars with the best set-up possible to tackle this challenging event


Alzenau, Germany

November 7, 2014 – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is set to embark on the last challenge of its maiden season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Wales Rally GB – the 13th and final round of the series - next weekend.

The Deeside-based event marks the return of the WRC to full gravel after a mixed-surface round at RallyRACC – Rally de España last month. For the last event of the season, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will once again field three Hyundai i20 WRC cars with Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul as lead crew in car #7. Finns Juho Hänninen and Tomi Tuominen will join the team for the final round of the WRC behind the wheel of the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC, while Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard will be representing the Hyundai Motorsport N team with the #20 car.

With a new base in Deeside in North Wales since 2013, Wales Rally GB is one of the oldest and most legendary rounds of the WRC, having been run for the first time back in 1932. It has been part of the Championship’s calendar since its inaugural season back in 1973. The Welsh roads are characterised by their fast, muddy, slippery nature and form some of the most technical and challenging stages of the entire calendar.

The Alzenau-based team was in Wales last week to prepare for the rally with a five-day test with all three drivers to ensure the trio of Hyundai i20 WRC cars have the best set-up possible to tackle the rally next week.

With the end of the season rapidly approaching, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will be looking for another positive result, to continue the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC car and the team for the future.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Wales Rally GB is a difficult event with a lot of parameters that can be hard to predict. It can be very muddy and very foggy and when the conditions are tricky it can suit better our Hyundai i20 WRC. We have seen that when it’s down to pure performance and speed we have, perhaps understandably, lacked a little bit in our first season but when the conditions are more demanding we can close the gap and play a little bit more at the front – we will then aim for a top five finish. With Thierry, Juho and Hayden entered for Rally GB we have three drivers with a good level on gravel. We have seen in the past that Juho goes well when the conditions are not so easy. Thierry had a very strong result in GB last year and Hayden is showing more and more speed as he continues his progress. Wales Rally GB is an event he knows well so we would like to think he’s capable of doing something special.”

This will be Neuville’s third appearance at Wales Rally GB, a rally which holds special memories for the young Belgian as he clinched second place in the WRC there last year.

Neuville said: “It feels special to go back to Wales Rally GB for Nicolas and I, as we were crowned vice-Champions there last year. For this year, we will make our best to finish the event without any problems but also trying to keep a good rhythm and set some good times with our Hyundai i20 WRC. Wales Rally GB is certainly not an easy one; the grip is changing constantly and it’s very important to have a good recce and pace notes. Sometimes it’s wet and there’s a lot of grip, which can make it muddy hence very slippery straight away. We could also have some ice patches at this time of the year so all in all it’s a big challenge.”

Finn Hänninen returns to Wales Rally GB after a few years away but he’s well aware of what to expect from the Welsh forests and after a good test to prepare for the event, he’s ready for another outing with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team.

Hänninen commented: “It feels good to be back in the Hyundai i20 WRC after a couple of months. We had a really good test for Wales Rally GB and I think we’re well prepared to tackle the stages next weekend. My last time in GB was back in 2008 and I had almost forgotten the variety of surface conditions you can find there due to the constant change of grip. The stages are fast and flowing and you can keep a good rhythm but it’s important to have a smooth and clean line to keep the speed on – I really like these stages. Of course I haven’t competed in most of them – as the rally now is much northerly - but we will try to have a good recce and prepare as much as we can.”

Wales Rally GB brings some good memories to young Paddon as well being the first event he contested outside New Zealand back in 2007. After winning his first WRC stage at Rallye de España last month, the Kiwi is well-determined to continue his progress in the WRC.”

Paddon said: “Wales Rally GB has some similarities to New Zealand. Generally the stages are similar to some of the forestry roads we have back home, flowing and not rough. Because it’s primarily a winter sport in New Zealand it’s often a bit cold and wet like what we tend to find in Wales. We had a good test in Wales last week to get the Hyundai i20 WRC dialled into the slippery conditions we are anticipating. I do like Wales Rally GB because the grip levels are quite consistent although it’s always hard to judge until you get on the stage and compare times.”

A compact three-day route divided up into 23 challenging stages, totalling just over 305 kilometres, makes Wales Rally GB a perfect ending for the 2014 WRC season. The main features of the rally include a ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay on Thursday 13th November, a remote service in Newtown on Friday 14th November as the drivers tackle some familiar stages in mid-Wales. Two spectacular stages will be run after sunset on Saturday 15th November as well as one of the three Super Special Stages included in the itinerary (Chirk Castle and Kinmel Park).

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team Crews’ Info

Hyundai i20 WRC #7
Chassis number: 005
  Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul
DOB 16 June 1988 5 February 1982
First WRC event 2009, Rally Catalunya 2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC starts 45 40
WRC podiums 10 10
WRC wins 1 1
Wales Rally GB starts 2 2
Wales Rally GB previous results 2012: 7th, 2013: 3rd 2012: 7th, 2013: 3rd


Hyundai i20 WRC #8
Chassis number: 004
  Juho Hänninen Tomi Tuominen
DOB 25 July 1981 8 November 1971
First WRC event 2006, Rally Sweden 1999, Rally Finland
WRC starts 41 29
WRC podiums - -
WRC wins - -
Wales Rally GB starts 3 2
Wales Rally GB previous results 2006: 19th (1st A6 class), 2007: 14th (2nd PWRC), 2008: Ret. 2007: 27th (15th A8 class), 2008: 7th


Hyundai i20 WRC #20
Chassis number: 007
  Hayden Paddon John Kennard
DOB 20 April 1987 11 February 1959
First WRC event 2007, Rally New Zealand 1985, Rally Finland
WRC starts 33 41
WRC podiums - -
WRC wins - -
Wales Rally GB starts 4 6
Wales Rally GB previous results 2007: Ret, 2010: 19th (3rd PWRC), 2011: 13th (2nd Class 2), 2012: 26th (7th SWRC) 1985: OTL, 1998: 24th (5th N4 class), 2007: Ret, 2010: 19th (3rd PWRC), 2011: 13th (2nd Class 2), 2012: 26th (7th SWRC)
An All-New Way To Buy a New Car - Hyundai Motor And Rockar Today Launch a Groundbreaking New Digital Retail Experience
No. 19306-11-20144350 hits
  • World’s first digital retail experience covering every aspect of buying a new car launches today, with unique digital store open for business at Bluewater – Europe’s leading retail and leisure destination – to support the online experience
  • Research, choose, and buy a new Hyundai at home or in-store, with no obligation to talk to anyone
  • Part-exchange, finance options and servicing that is available seven days a week, all part of the innovative offering
  • Possible to buy a new car in full online in just five minutes


High Wycombe, 6 November, 2014 – Hyundai Motor and digital retailer, Rockar today unveiled the world’s first digital automotive retail experience – Rockar Hyundai.

Rockar Hyundai is an innovative approach to new car buying which meets the needs of modern shoppers who are comfortable with purchasing online.

It provides a truly customer-focused experience that allows visitors to research, test-drive, part-exchange their old car and purchase a new Hyundai – with cash or various finance packages – all at the click of a mouse or touch of a button.
Accessed via, they can buy a car 24/7 in as little as just five minutes from their home or office using a computer, tablet PC or smartphone.

The online portal is supported by a physical store at Bluewater in Kent, Europe’s leading retail, leisure and entertainment destination. It attracts 27 million visitors a year, and serves one of the largest and most affluent catchment areas in the UK.

Staffed by highly trained and knowledgeable ‘Rockar Angels’ rather than traditional salespeople, it’s designed to provide a buying experience that puts the customer in complete control.

Two years in development, Rockar Hyundai’s pioneering digital retail platform has been designed to be easy-to-use, flexible, convenient and completely transparent. The ‘no-haggle’ pricing means everyone pays the same. Throughout the process, customers need never speak to anyone if they don’t want to.

Furthermore, Rockar Hyundai is enhancing the ownership experience with vehicle servicing. It offers customers the chance to bring their car back to the Bluewater store – perhaps as they shop, visit the cinema or have lunch with friends – for regular routine maintenance.

Simon Dixon, founder of who has been involved in automotive retail for 20 years commented: “The Rockar Hyundai partnership has the customer truly at its heart. It is all about putting the customer in control. We want to make buying a new car a pleasure whether you’re at home on your sofa or at our modern digital store in Bluewater.”

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, commented: “Hyundai believes in putting the customer first and making sure that they have a great experience when buying and owing a car. Rockar Hyundai is exciting and innovative. It utilises the latest technologies to make life easier for car buyers.

Traditional car dealerships will always have a vital role to play in the car buying and ownership experience. However, this online and in-store option gives customers another choice to fit around their busy lives.” concluded Whitehorn.

Robert Goodman, Bluewater’s General Manager, added: “The key drivers of Bluewater’s success are evolution, innovation and experience. This exciting new digital store from Rockar Hyundai exemplifies these themes to create something quite unique. The selection of Bluewater for such a groundbreaking idea highlights its position at the forefront of the industry.”

To celebrate the launch, Rockar Hyundai is offering the first 100 customers who purchase a car online or in-store 3 years of free servicing.

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Hyundai Motorsport announces Dani Sordo as WRC driver for 2015 and 2016
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  • Spanish driver Dani Sordo has signed a two-year agreement with Hyundai Motorsport that will see him contest the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the team in 2015 and 2016.
  • Sordo has made a significant contribution to the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team’s successful debut WRC season in 2014, with some strong performances.
  • The Spaniard will drive alongside Thierry Neuville in the 2015 championship giving the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team an impressive driver line-up.


Alzenau, Germany

November 4, 2014 – Hyundai Motorsport GmbH has today announced that Spanish driver Dani Sordo has signed a two-year agreement to remain as one of the team’s drivers in 2015 and 2016 alongside Thierry Neuville.

The 2014 season has been a learning year for the nascent Hyundai Motorsport team and Sordo has played a key role in the squad’s continued development. He took a memorable podium in Germany, helping the team to secure an impressive 1-2 in just its ninth WRC event.

Confirmation of his appointment alongside Neuville for 2015 will give the team a strong pair of drivers, who will push each other to help the team progress yet further next season – and beyond.

Details of exactly which events Sordo will contest next year will be confirmed in due course, although it is expected that the Spaniard will take part in at least ten rounds of the Championship.

Dani Sordo said: “I am delighted to be continuing my partnership with Hyundai Motorsport following a very successful debut season working together. We have shown great promise with the Hyundai i20 WRC this year and we will never forget the 1-2 result at Rallye Deutschland, which was a truly special moment. It is a great team of dedicated, passionate individuals and I look forward to continuing our learning curve in the competitive world of rally.”

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “Dani has demonstrated impressive consistency this season on different types of terrain. He has shown himself to be quick in different circumstances, in the face of challenges and, most importantly, to be a valued team player. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with him into 2015 and 2016. Next season, he will take part in at least ten WRC events, alongside Thierry, before a full season in 2016. Our driver line-up for next season is very strong and we have seen the results of the partnership between Dani and Thierry already this year in Germany, where we celebrated our fantastic 1-2. Let’s hope this is the start of similar celebrations in the future.”

Hyundai Motor supports Tate Modern’s new Nam June Paik display
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  • Tate Modern opens a new display of works by Nam June Paik, a worldwide renowned artist widely considered to be the founder of video art.
  • Hyundai Motor supports Tate Modern’s acquisition of nine key works of the artist.


Nov. 3, 2014 – Hyundai Motor Company, the fastest-growing automaker by brand value, continues to build on its partnership with Tate Modern through its support of a new display of works by Nam June Paik, the renowned South Korean artist widely considered to be the founder of video art. Seven of the nine key works of the artist acquired with the support from Hyundai Motor are presented at this display along with three rarely-seen works on paper from the artist’s family. These works span more than 40 years and together they offer visitors a unique overview of Paik’s career.

Nam June Paik was a pioneering figure in multimedia art, who worked with radios, televisions, robotics and computers to explore humanity’s ever-changing relationship with technology. This free display includes Can Car 1963, an early sculpture created from a tin can, an electric motor and a pair of wheels, and Bakelite Robot 2002, a late work made by stacking vintage radios into the shape of a humanoid robot. Also on show are some of Paik’s seminal video installations, which address contemporary issues of authority, perception, the media and surveillance. For example, Nixon 1965-2002 uses electromagnetic coils to warp and distort found footage of former US President Richard Nixon, while Three Eggs 1975-1982 is a CCTV triptych, in which an egg is watched by a video camera and transmitted live to a nearby monitor.

In January 2014, Hyundai Motor signed an 11-year partnership with Tate Modern, one of the most influential modern art museums in the world. It was the longest initial commitment in Tate’s corporate partnership history. Hyundai Motor, with the title of “The Hyundai Commission”, will give global artists a platform to showcase their site-specific installations in the Turbine Hall from 2015 until 2025.

Hyundai Motor Company is also a strong supporter within the Korean art scene. MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, a major part of the 10-year partnership with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), is an unprecedented promotional platform for Korean artists to realize their imagination through exhibition, publication, film, and international seminar.

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