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Hyundai Motorsport Ready to Bounce Back in Rally Italia Sardegna
No. 47003-06-2016411 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport heads to Sardinia for round six of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) seeking better fortune than in Rally de Portugal last month
  • The team will enter four cars for the second consecutive rally with Test and Development driver Kevin Abbring joining Hayden Paddon, Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville
  • Sardinia will offer Hyundai Motorsport happy memories from last year's event in which the team secured its best finish of the season with a double podium result.

 

June 3, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport will be looking to return to form at next weekend's Rally Italia Sardegna, the sixth round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), following a tough event in Portugal a few weeks ago.

The team will once again field four cars with an unchanged driver line-up from the last round. Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, driving the #3 and #4 New Generation i20 WRCs, while Kevin Abbring joins Thierry Neuville in the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team. Neuville will once again compete in the #20 New Generation i20 WRC with Abbring driving a 2015-specification Hyundai i20 WRC.

It's been a busy time for Hyundai Motorsport. Paddon's crash in Portugal, and the subsequent fire that ensued, resulted in his car being destroyed, so the team has had to build a brand new car from scratch. Paddon's crew returned from Portugal earlier than the rest of the team to begin work and impressively turned around the job in just seven working days.

At the same time, the team also carried out its pre-event test in Sardinia with all four driver crews spending one full day each preparing for the event. Work centred on fine-tuning gravel suspension and car settings in anticipation for the Sardinian stages.

Returning to the coastal resort town of Alghero, where Hyundai Motorsport celebrated a double podium in 2015, Italy's summer WRC round is a rough, rock-strewn gravel challenge that often favours a lower road position.
Ambient temperatures can top 30 degrees Celsius and cause strain on engines, tyres, components and crews as the cockpits reach 50-plus over a stage.

There will be new challenges to tackle in this year's event. Two new stages called Sassari-Argentiera and Tula feature on the itinerary, and a new Super Special Stage test close to Alghero replaces the previous rally-opener held in the south at Cagliari. Some of the remaining stages are deemed Sardinia classics, dating back to the island's inclusion on the WRC calendar in 2004 as the new Italian venue.

The New Generation i20 WRC has proven to be competitive during the first five WRC events of this season, with podiums in Monte Carlo and Sweden and a spectacular win in Argentina. Despite taking a solid fourth in Portugal, the team will be aiming for a smoother rally in Sardinia - and be looking for a return to the podium.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: "Despite a tough event in Portugal, we are ready for the next challenge. With just two weeks between the final day of Portugal and leaving for Sardinia, it has been hard work to build a New Generation i20 WRC but one which everyone has come together to achieve. I would like to thank everyone in the team for the hard work involved in getting us prepared for Sardinia. There has been time to debrief on the issues we encountered in Portugal, so we are now ready to move forward as a team. We have some great memories from last year's double podium in Sardinia. We look forward to restoring the positive momentum created by our best-ever season start as we aim for a trouble-free event for all four driver crews - and hopefully a return to the podium!"

Rally Argentina winner Paddon and co-driver John Kennard (#3 New Generation i20 WRC) endured a tough time in Portugal, after their car caught fire following an off on the opening day. The Kiwi crew will put that drama quickly behind them as they return to the scene of their debut WRC podium.

Paddon commented: "We have some very fond memories from Sardinia. It was the venue of my first rally with Hyundai Motorsport back in 2014, and then twelve months later where we scored our debut WRC podium. You never forget your first podium and we'd love to go back and get another one this year. It is a bit of a different rally this year. Day one is quite new so it means the challenge will be different, but road position can still be key. We had a hard weekend in Portugal but the accident does not dent the confidence at all - in fact we are only more determined than ever to come back fighting in Sardinia. I'd like to thank everyone in the team for getting our car ready for us. Let's hope we can repay those efforts with a positive result."

Sordo (#4 New Generation i20 WRC) and compatriot co-driver Marc Martí are the most experienced of the Hyundai Motorsport crews on the Sardinian isle. After three consecutive fourth-place finishes, the Spanish crew are keen to secure their first podium of 2016.

Sordo commented: "Sardinia is always a nice event. It is really narrow in places with many stones on the sides. Road position will be an influencing factor because the first cars will be required to clean the surface. The stages will be very slippery and tricky for those cars, but that's part of the rally. We had a good one-day test last week in preparation for this event. It's likely to be very hot inside the cars, so it'll be physically demanding for us drivers. We are getting more confident with the New Generation i20 WRC with each rally, and we've taken three fourth-placed finishes in a row. I am hoping for a trouble-free rally in Sardinia, allowing us to show our ability to fight towards the front."

Neuville (#20 New Generation i20 WRC) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul were on course for a top-five finish in Portugal before their car ran out fuel. The team has fully investigated what happened and measures have been put in place to ensure the issue does not arise again. The Belgian crew will be looking for a good results in Sardinia – where they finished on the podium in third last year.

Neuville commented: "Sardinia is a very special place for me. It was the scene of my first rally some years ago with a four-wheel-drive car and after that I have scored many points there. I have finished twice on the podium, taking second in 2013 and third place with Hyundai Motorsport last year. Hopefully this year we can secure another strong result there. After our fuelling issue in Portugal, we have fully worked through what went wrong and are ready to move forward. As a team, we're in good spirits despite the difficulties from the last rally. We're ready to put that behind us and fight for a representative result in Sardinia."

Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Seb Marshall will continue to gain experience in the highly competitive WRC environment during the second of their three rallies with Hyundai Motorsport this season outside of their R5 test and development programme.

Abbring commented: "I'm pleased that my next rally with the team comes so soon after Portugal. We hope to build on some of the rhythm from the last rally and put to use the lessons learnt from our mistakes there. From the combination of fast and technical parts we were able to put everything together on some of the stages, which sets us up for this next event. This helps during recce as well for when we are writing the pace notes as you still have the feeling of the car. I've competed in Sardinia twice before, but it's really rough and even rougher compared to Portugal. We have to keep an eye on the stones and focus on simply getting through each stage, but otherwise we can push a little. The target for this rally in terms of performance and in terms of speed is to step up compared to Portugal. We're here to build our confidence, advance our learning curve, so it's important to take each stage as it comes, get through safely and add to our knowledge bank."

Rally Italia Sardegna is often a rally of attrition, as ruts and rocks form car-damaging hazards especially during the repeat run of each stage. Ittiri Arena Show Super Special near the service park location in Alghero will open competition on Thursday evening before eight tests on Friday in the Logudoro and Anglona regions, including the all-new Tula stage.

Monte Actuo plays host to day two in the eastern part of the north with six stages totalling a massive 177 competitive kilometres. The final day takes place just north of Alghero with the picturesque Cala Flumini coastal road and the new Sassari-Argentiera stage, which forms the event's 6.96km Power Stage.

Hyundai Motorsport Crews' Info

New Generation i20 WRC #3
Chassis number: 006
   
  Hayden Paddon John Kennard
DOB 20 April 1987 11 February 1959
First WRC event 2007, Rally New Zealand 1985, Rally Finland
WRC starts 52 60
WRC podiums 3 4
WRC wins 1 1
Rally Italia Sardegna starts 2 2
Rally Italia Sardegna previous results 2014: 12th (10th WRC), 2015: 2nd 2014: 12th (10th WRC), 2015: 2nd
New Generation i20 WRC #4
Chassis number: 001
   
  Dani Sordo Marc Martí
DOB 2 May 1983 1 October 1966
First WRC event 2003, Rally Catalunya 1992, Rally Catalunya
WRC starts 133 168
WRC podiums 38 44
WRC wins 1 3
Rally Italia Sardegna starts 8 7
Rally Italia Sardegna previous results 2005: 17th (1st JWRC), 2006: 3rd, 2007: 3rd, 2008: 5th, 2009: 22nd (10th WRC), 2011: 6th, 2013: 4th, 2015: 20th (9th WRC) 2004: 3rd, 2005: 17th (1st JWRC), 2006: 3rd, 2007: 3rd, 2008: 5th, 2009: 22nd (10th WRC)
New Generation i20 WRC #20
Chassis number: 003
   
  Thierry Neuville Nicolas Gilsoul
DOB 16 June 1988 5 February 1982
First WRC event 2009, Rally Catalunya 2007, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC starts 64 59
WRC podiums 13 13
WRC wins 1 1
Rally Italia Sardegna starts 5 4
Rally Italia Sardegna previous results 2010 (IRC): 4th, 2012: 18th (10th WRC), 2013: 2nd, 2014: 16th (11th WRC), 2015: 3rd 2012: 18th (10th WRC), 2013: 2nd, 2014: 16th (11th WRC), 2015: 3rd
Hyundai i20 WRC #10
Chassis number: 014 (2015)
   
  Kevin Abbring Sebastian Marshall
DOB 20 January 1989 29 May 1988
First WRC event 2007, Rallye Deutschland 2008, Rallye Deutschland
WRC starts 30 28
WRC podiums - -
WRC wins - -
Rally Italia Sardegna starts 2 1
Rally Italia Sardegna previous results 2008: Ret., 2009: Ret. 2010 (IRC): 12th (2nd A6 class)

Hyundai Motor Reports May 2016 Global Sales
No. 46903-06-2016586 hits
  • Hyundai Motor achieves global sales of 429,080 units in May
  • Global sales show increase of 10.4% YoY
  • Solid overseas sales and increased sales of bestselling models result in strong global sales

 

June 2, 2016 – Hyundai Motor, South Korea's largest automaker, reports global sales results for May 2016.

Sales Results

(Units)

[Highlights]
- Global sales in May 2016 totals 429,080 units – an increase of 10.4% YoY.
- Sales figures in Korea records increase of 10.6% and overseas markets also show increase of 10.4% YoY
- Sonata sales in Korea this month remained robust reaching a total of 8,574 units in domestic sales, led in part by 575 units of Sonata Hybrid sales.
- Genesis and G90 (EQ900 in Korea) maintained strong sales momentum posting total sales of 5,789 units in Korea.

Breakdown of Overseas Shipment

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[Highlights]
- Strong sales of SUV models and the All-new Elantra leads Hyundai Motor’s momentum gain in the U.S. market.
- China Plant yearly sales figure increased due to economic recovery nationwide and continued tax benefits.
- i10, i20 and Creta sales show strong growth, despite MoM total sales decrease in India.s
- Czech Plant shows positive shipment figures as Tucson and i30 posts high sales in the European market.

Hyundai Motor Hosts 2016 Global Customer Satisfaction Seminar
No. 46803-06-2016523 hits
  • Hyundai Motor reaffirms focus on customer service differentiation with 60 service network delegates from 42 countries
  • Identifying customer needs in advance is key to delivering smart service programs

 

June 3, 2016 – Hyundai Motor has reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing customer satisfaction by holding its ‘2016 Global Customer Satisfaction Seminar’ earlier this week at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul, Korea, with 60 service representatives from 42 countries in attendance.

The training event was defined by the four main keywords of ‘Green’, ‘Connected’, ‘Interactive’, and ‘Unique’, reflecting the most important trends in the global automotive industry. The seminar set the future direction for service network representatives from around the world, with the focus on swiftly identifying customer needs to provide unique, differentiated services that prioritize customer satisfaction.

During the seminar, delegates participated in various programs dealing with innovative customer satisfaction strategies for all areas of the business, including the eco-friendly car market, future automotive market trends and connected car service strategies. To provide service benchmarking, attendees also shared customer experience best practices from each country and discussed strategies to differentiate services for the Genesis brand.

Speaking about the seminar, Kang-Rae Lee, Vice President at Hyundai Motor Company, said, “Satisfying our customers through service is vitally important in the fast-changing environment of the global automotive markets. We are committed to providing differentiated services through various programs that will sustain our growth and attain the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We will continue to deliver both qualitative and quantitative initiatives through digital services, enhanced facilities at customer touch points, Digital Before Service and home-to-home services that provide support beyond our customers’ expectations.”

The planned Digital Before Service program will deliver car maintenance services without time and space restrictions by using a digital vehicle diagnosis device. To strengthen global customer service even further Hyundai Motor is developing its digital service program to include an ‘Owner’s Manual’ that utilizes augmented reality technologies. The ‘Workshop Automation System’ allows a customer to monitor the service process using a smart device, a first in the automobile industry.

Alongside these ground-breaking initiatives, Hyundai Motor will continue to empower staff to offer high-quality service through its global service education centers, cyber maintenance education system, remote service personnel education, and competitions to recognize outstanding maintenance personnel.

Hyundai Motor Demonstrates its Passion for High-Performance at the 2016 Busan International Motor Show
No. 46702-06-2016538 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. 46631-05-2016717 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/.

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