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Hyundai Motor’s Santa Fe Sport Earns 2016 Best 5 All-around Performance from Automotive Science Group
No. 47002-03-2016868 hits
  • CUV Honored for Environmental, Economic and Social Performance


March 2, 2016 - The 2016 Santa Fe Sport was honored as BEST 5 All-Around Performance from Automotive Science Group (ASG) for achieving the highest combined social, environmental and economic performance scores.

“ASG recognizes Hyundai’s continued leadership on corporate social responsibility, producing vehicles that consumers can be proud to own,” said Colby Self, managing director of ASG. “The top-rated 2016 Santa Fe Sport is one such example that leads in a hypercompetitive market segment by delivering noteworthy all-around performance that strikes an intelligent balance between environmental, social and economic performance considerations.”

The Santa Fe Sport is a BEST 5 selection in a group of 104 midsize SUVs. ASG rated 2016-model-year vehicles available in the North American market by performing data-driven automobile assessments based on thousands of algorithmic calculations and data points to determine the award winners. ASG uses its proprietary Automotive Performance Index™, which is a combination of conventional specifications, along with environmental, economic and social performance indicators.

“We are proud the Santa Fe Sport is recognized by the Automotive Science Group as a market segment leader by setting new standards,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America.“As the crossover segment continues to break record sales, Hyundai is well positioned to meet the expectations of these shoppers by delivering crossovers with exceptional quality, value and technology.”

The 2016 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The vehicle comes equipped with standard features, including remote keyless entry with alarm, body-color heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, steering wheel–mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

Hyundai Motor Introduces Project IONIQ at the Geneva Motor Show 2016
No. 46901-03-2016890 hits
  • Hyundai Motor pursues to create new lifestyles for the future through long-term research and development activities on innovative products and services
  • Project IONIQ aims to achieve ‘freedom in mobility’ by providing smart, effortless ways to move and live


March 1, 2016 – Hyundai Motor today announced Project IONIQ, a long-term research and development project that will redefine future mobility through innovation, enhancing the lives of Hyundai customers and wider society. The beginning of the project starts with the unveiling of the IONIQ model, which is the first car to offer the choice of three alternative-fuel powertrains.

“The future mobility lifestyles that we envisage is about staying connected to our daily lives all the time without being bound by the limitations of time and space,” said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor. “We are determined to make this a reality so that everyone can enjoy better, more fulfilling lives,” added Chung.

Through Project IONIQ, Hyundai Motor will bring ‘freedom in mobility’ with the four key directions - freedom to effortlessly access mobility whenever and wherever, freedom to connect everyday life while on the move, freedom from accidents and inconveniences and freedom from environmental pollution and energy exhaustion.

The three main research areas of Project IONIQ are about predicting changes in future mobility and studying possible scenarios, developing new types of mobility according to changes in society and people’s lifestyles and creating new service models and mobility experiences that extend the role and definition of ‘cars’.

As the first step of Project IONIQ, Hyundai Motor introduced the new alternative-fuel IONIQ model, the world’s first car to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains at the Motor Show. “We will continue to make technological strides in various areas to bring freedom and convenience in mobility for our customers with ever-improved mobility,” said Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai R&D Center.

Hyundai Motor plans to find ways with Project IONIQ to converge different technologies and suggest new mobility concepts and services that help meet the changing needs and expectations of society.

Dedicated to Disrupt – the All-New Hyundai IONIQ Line-Up: Hybrid – Plug-in – Electric
No. 46801-03-2016854 hits

Press information


March 2016


01     At a Glance – The All-New Hyundai IONIQ line-up

02     Design
Efficiency and technology

03     Powertrains
The power of choice for customers

04     Advanced engineering and technology
Setting the IONIQ line-up apart

05     Driving performance
Low-to-zero emission mobility without compromise

06     Comfort and convenience
Top-class and trend-setting

07     Safety
Innovative active and passive safety features

01 At a Glance – the All-New Hyundai IONIQ line-up

•   World's first vehicle platform with three electrified powertrains, making low- to zero-emission mobility accessible to everyone
•   Innovative IONIQ offers customers uncompromised driving experience and design
•   Latest connectivity and active safety features enhance IONIQ's efficient package

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai Motor is introducing the All-New Hyundai IONIQ line-up consisting of: IONIQ Hybrid, IONIQ Electric and IONIQ Plug-in. The world's first model offering three electrified powertrains, IONIQ will make low- to zero-emission mobility accessible to everyone. The new approach of Hyundai Motor delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience through innovative technology and offers customers the latest connectivity and safety technologies.

The All-New Hyundai IONIQ is an important milestone in Hyundai Motor's sustainability strategy, bringing to life the brand's new thinking through new innovative technologies and extending the company's product range to support further organic sales growth in Europe.

Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "IONIQ is an important step forward for our brand in Europe. We are bringing a unique new approach to e-mobility, with no compromise on great design, driving pleasure and new connectivity features. And we're making it accessible to more customers, further extending our product line-up."

The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the new Kappa 1.6 GDI, direct injection petrol, four-cylinder engine with a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40 percent, delivering 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with the direct responding, smooth shifting six-speed double clutch transmission – differentiating the IONIQ from its competitors with a more dynamic driving experience. The mated electric motor enables pure electric driving and delivers instant torque as the chassis with rear multi-link suspension greatly enhancing driving dynamics.

The IONIQ Hybrid's electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine, IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) rpm and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185 km/h with targeted CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km or lower (combined).

Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on over 50 kilometres of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The 45kW (61 PS) electric motor together with the 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine offer targeted CO2 emissions as low as 32 g/km.

The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated maximum range of over 250 km. The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with a maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h.

The customer experience inside the IONIQ line-up is enhanced through state-of-the art connectivity features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as TomTom live services and wireless charging of your smartphone. Furthermore, the driving experience becomes digital through the 7-inch TFT instrument cluster displaying all key driver information.

A holistic and innovative safety package including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control ensures high safety levels for drivers and passengers alike.

All versions feature the sleek aerodynamic silhouette with a class-leading Cd value of 0.24 that complements the soft lines and surfaces that trace the All-New IONIQ's outline. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and volumes.

Blue accents in the IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in emphasize specific elements on the exterior and in the interior for a seamless design. The IONIQ Electric features exclusive copper coloured accents to create the impression that electricity is flowing through the car's interior inspired by copper's property of being a conductor of electricity.

Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "With our pioneering ix35 Fuel Cell electric vehicle and several hybrid and plug-in hybrid models sold around the world, Hyundai Motor already has a proven capability in electrified powertrains. Now, with the launch of our first dedicated model, we are taking the lead as the only car manufacturer with hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in production."

02 Design: efficiency and technology

Hyundai Motor's IONIQ line-up calls upon two key influences – efficiency and technology – in its design, which combine to create a unique and future-looking appearance. Throughout the entire development phase engineers and designers worked hand-in-hand to ensure that form and function evolved simultaneously.

These aims are met consistently throughout each of the IONIQ models – the IONIQ Hybrid, the IONIQ Plug-in and the IONIQ Electric. The joined-up development process influences the attractive styling of all versions as form and function combine seamlessly. Distinguished exterior design sets IONIQ apart from its competitors as the styling builds the car's high-tech features into their design, emphasizing the efficiency of the whole range.

Exterior design
In crafting the exterior appearance of IONIQ, Hyundai Motor's designers concentrated on the car's future-orientated character, which is at the heart of its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize the aerodynamic body lines and volumes. A sporty, hatchback-like profile sets the IONIQ apart with the car's distinguished exterior design contributing to its attractive styling.

IONIQ's sleek exterior shape is inspired by aerodynamic efficiency complementing the soft lines and surfaces that trace the car's outline. Its exterior panels are designed to flex to boost aerodynamics further, which, when combined with various other smart efficiency solutions, produces class-leading Cd value of just 0.24.

In addition to the IONIQ's aerodynamics body shape, further design details distinguish the Hybrid, the Plug-in and the Electric versions from another creating their unique identity.

The IONIQ Hybrid
The front of the IONIQ Hybrid is characterised by the Bi-xenon headlights that are embraced by the C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai Motor's signature hexagonal grille and the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights further depict the purity of the car. Contrasting colours at the base of the bumper add an individual character while nine exterior colours are available and can be paired with a choice of two interior options. The colour choices for the exterior of IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in are Phantom Black, Polar White and Platinum Silver along with Aurora Silver. Also available are Iron Grey, Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange as well as Mist Meadow and Chalky Brown. The interior colour choices are Lava Stone or Afternoon Breeze. The IONIQ Hybrid features specially-designed two-tone 15- or 17-inch wheels.

The IONIQ Plug-in
Adopting most general exterior design details from the Hybrid, like the hexagonal grille and the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights, the IONIQ Plug-in will additionally feature low-beam LED headlamps. Depending on the exterior colour, an elegant blue or silver character line below the front and rear bumpers is a design feature both the IONIQ Hybrid and the IONIQ Plug-in have in common. For exterior colours Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange the accents will be carried out in silver. All other exterior colours feature the blue character line. These accents are also carried on fully through the interior of both models, for example with blue or white piping on the car seats. Naturally, the Plug-in, has an additional cap for the charging socket at the left front fender for charging the lithium-ion polymer battery that together with the 1.6 GDI engine sets the specially designed 16-inch wheels in motion.

The IONIQ Electric
What instantly sets the IONIQ Electric apart is its front: without the motor's need for cooling, the grille gives way to a clean and sleek surface in True Gray or Shine Gray – depending on the chosen exterior colour of the car. The line-up's all-electric version also features low-beam LED front headlamps and rear combinations lamps with a unique pattern imparting a distinct identity to the car when looked at from behind. The electric character of the car's design is underscored by the copper coloured character line below the rear bumper and below the front bumper, alluding to the property of copper as an excellent electric conductor. When Marina Blue, Phoenix Orange or Blazing Yellow is chosen as an exterior colour, these accents will be carried out in silver. Blazing Yellow is a colour option exclusively available for the IONIQ Electric, whereas Iron Gray, Mist Meadow and Chalky Brown can only be selected for the Hybrid and the Plug-in.

Interior design
Just as with the car's exterior design, the interior of the IONIQ captures the model's futuristic perspective. A 'Purified High-Tech' concept was established, which then evolved into the refined interior of the IONIQ.

A recurring smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme meets a warm feeling inside the IONIQ as efficient use of interior space complements a logical, structured approach applied to the layout of controls. Materials for the interior were chosen in an ecologically sensitive way and are used to create a simple and clean look throughout the car, giving the inside space a sleek, light and purified feel.

Exclusive blue colour code
The blue character line exclusively available for the IONIQ Hybrid and the IONIQ Plug-in is carried on in the interior featuring blue piping on the seats and further blue design elements on the fascia. These include a blue metallic line running below the digital instrument cluster and between the air conditioning control knobs, surrounding the centre console air vents, the audio navigation screen and outside air vents as well as the starter button. Another accent is on the lower part of the steering wheel. The interior is available in two colours a darker grey tone called Lava Stone and a light beige called Afternoon Breeze.

Copper symbolizes electricity
Inside the IONIQ Electric exclusively available copper coloured accents create the impression that electricity is flowing through the whole car's interior. Passengers of the Electric will also notice that there is more space between the front seats. This has been achieved thanks to the shift by wire system that doesn't have mechanical linkages between a shifter and the transmission and allows the driver to switch drive modes simply by pressing the right buttons behind the palm rest. The IONIQ Electric thus also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver's fingertips and the inductive charging tray for mobile phones is conveniently positioned right next to the shift by wire buttons.

03 Powertrains – the power of choice for customers

Developed to strive for the utmost energy efficiency without compromising driving performance, every IONIQ's powertrain option represents a unique and uncompromising statement towards a cleaner way of mobility. The power of choice has never been as inviting as in the hands of future drivers of an IONIQ.

Breaking through hybrid stereotypes with IONIQ Hybrid & Plug-in
The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature the new Kappa 1.6 GDI, direct injection petrol, four-cylinder engine with a class-leading thermal efficiency of 40 per cent delivering 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. The engine has been tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with the direct responding, smooth shifting six-speed double clutch transmission – differentiating the IONIQ from its competitors with a more dynamic driving experience. The mated electric motor enables pure electric driving and delivers instant torque as the chassis with rear multi-link suspension greatly enhances driving dynamics.

The IONIQ Hybrid's electric motor delivers 32 kW (43.5 PS) with maximum torque of 170 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats. In combination with the 1.6-GDI engine IONIQ Hybrid offers a system output of 103.6 kW (141 PS) rpm and up to 265 Nm of torque accelerating to a top speed of up to 185 km/h with targeted CO2 emissions as low as 79 g/km or lower (combined). The electric motor enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 120 km/h.

Drivers choosing the IONIQ Plug-in can safely rely on 50 kilometres of estimated pure electric driving range powered by the potent 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The 45kW (61 PS) electric motor together with the 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine offer targeted CO2 emissions as low as 32 g.

Six-speed dual-clutch transmission – responsiveness guaranteed
The IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-in both feature a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT), which boasts best-in-class transfer efficiency by the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil. They therefore achieve a unique mix of driving performance and fuel efficiency. Intelligently set gear ratios combined with a clever shift strategy transfer power smoothly from gear to gear.

Both, the Hybrid and the Plug-in, use the 6DCT to engage the driver and harness the electric and combustion technologies to best effect, for a sporty and fun drive. That is how they differentiate themselves from other hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, which are often criticized for 'rubber band-like' acceleration.

Enhancing the car's fuel efficiency and dynamic driving characteristics, the driver can select SPORT or ECO modes. The SPORT function holds lower gears longer and combines power from the engine and electric motor to reward the driver with maximized performance. In ECO mode, the 6DCT optimizes the gear selection for fuel economy, shifting up earlier to higher gears to achieve class-leading fuel economy.

The powertrain components were designed to be very compact and highly efficient. The combined extra weight of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology therefore only adds minimal weight to the IONIQ but, significantly increases its efficiency.

Compact electric motor powered by lithium-ion polymer battery
Electric power for the Hybrid and the Plug-in as well as for the Electric is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor whose parts were optimized by reducing the thickness of core components (electrical steel sheet) by up to 10% and adopting rectangular-section copper wire to decrease core and copper loss.

Hyundai Motor decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for all IONIQ models - instead of conventional nickel-metal-hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency along with outstanding maximum output.

Efficient packaging was also taken into consideration as the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the usability of the passenger cabin and cargo area is entirely uncompromised in the IONIQ Hybrid, offering cargo space of up to 750 litres. This also holds true for the IONIQ Plug-in and the IONIQ Electric which despite larger batteries both offer generous cargo capacity of up to 650 litres.

An all-electric all-star
The IONIQ Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated maximum range of over 250 km. The instantly available maximum torque of 295 Nm is delivered by the electric motor with a maximum output of 88 kW (120 PS) through the single-speed reducer transmission accelerating the car up to 165 km/h.

The shift by wire system unique to IONIQ Electric enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. Plus it eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing more space in the front of the car. The Single Speed Reducer transmission automatically and seamlessly accelerates the Electric and offers SPORT, NORMAL and ECO modes to enhance efficiency and driving characteristics.

Charging the IONIQ Electric's lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80% only takes about 24 minutes using a 100 kW fast charger [mention Amper]. An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their IONIQ at a regular household socket. The charging plug of the car is located in a position where gas fillers are normally located.

04 Advanced engineering and technology - Setting the IONIQ line-up apart

IONIQ's engineers did not only focus on making the powertrain of each model as efficient as possible, they also set out to create cars that excelled in design, comfort and convenience of infotainment. Applying the latest technologies and engineering techniques to these areas enhances IONIQ's appeal and elevates its status.

Advanced aerodynamics
IONIQ's sleek, coupe-like silhouette and its simple, carefully wrought contours assist the efficient management of airflow around the exterior. Applications like front wheel air curtains, a rear spoiler and diffuser, side sill moldings, floor undercover and a closed wheel design all contribute to the car's high aerodynamic efficiency. Additionally the Hybrid and Plug-in feature an active air flap in the front grille operated in three stages, while a sleek closed front characterizes the Electric.

Smart and efficient air condition
To provide a pleasant, comfortable and refreshing climate in the cars without using unnecessary amounts of energy, the IONIQ's climate control can be switched to an efficient operation mode. Due to a maximum utilization of the inside air when air-conditioning or heating, ventilation losses can be minimized and the overall efficiency of the system increases. Also, the dual-zone climate control can be set to 'driver only' mode, reducing the load of the air-conditioning and heating.

Eco materials create clean and sustainable interior space
A Hyundai-first and a key characteristic of the IONIQ is its innovative use of recycled or ecologically sensitive materials. For example, the interior door covers are made of natural plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone while providing the same quality appearance.

The softer, more natural feel is achieved alongside less reliance on oil-based products. This approach extends to other areas of the car too. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are partly applied on the headlining and carpet helping to improve quality of air inside the car and the recyclability of vehicle parts at end of life. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used to achieve lustrous metallic colours on some of the components.

The new navigation system in the IONIQ comes with a seven-year free subscription to TomTom LIVE services. TomTom LIVE offers updated information in real time: weather, traffic, speed cameras, and online searches for points of interest.

To suit customers' varied lifestyles, IONIQ features state-of-the-art infotainment and connectivity features. The IONIQ is equipped with a new generation high-resolution 7-inch TFT information cluster. With a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it displays all types of gauges (speedometer, ECO, state of charge, fuel etc.) Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information as well as a relaxed or sporty atmosphere by means of the colours used. Within SPORT mode, the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer that is surrounded by an analogue style tachometer, showing the engine's rpm on red coloured ground. When choosing ECO mode the TFT-information cluster simulates the familiar speedometer needle.

The IONIQ will also cater for drivers looking to integrate their smartphone with the vehicle's infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on screen. The seamless connectivity allows drivers and passengers to stay connected while remaining focused on the road. To ensure occupants' phones are always charged, IONIQ also offers a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones.

Weight reduction
One of the main questions throughout the development of IONIQ was where weight could be cut without compromising the goal to also create a fun-to-drive and comfortable car. IONIQ's engineers used aluminium in the hood and tailgate, which reduces weight by 12.4 kg compared to the conventional steel option with no disadvantages in noise or vibration. The weight loss strategy also extended to less obvious areas like the cargo-screen cover. Due to a higher usage of lightweight components and a more compact build, the cargo-screen cover is around 25% lighter than the version used in other Hyundai models.

05 Driving performance – Low to zero emission mobility without compromise

The driving performance of the IONIQ line-up is among the best in its segment thanks to a powertrain which is specially adapted to deliver efficient mobility without compromise. Ride and handling, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels, are tuned to contribute towards superior ride quality, while insulation in the dashboard minimizes engine noise. Damping in the floor panels as well as enhanced A and B pillar fillings, thicker window glass and noise cancelling film on the windshield further improve the quiet and comfortable ride.

The IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in feature a multi-link rear suspension system with dual lower arm for enhanced ride comfort while a proportionately large use of aluminium for front and rear suspension components saves around 10 kg of weight compared to conventional means. A reduction of 2.3 kg per front lower arm unit saves 4.6 kg at the front, while 7.14 kg is saved at the rear with each unit shedding 3.57 kg.

The IONIQ Electric applies a torsion beam rear axle proving more space for the 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, placed below the rear seats and the spare wheel well.

IONIQ's responsiveness and feedback from the steering system is clear and precise, with an increased steering gear ratio that helps to compound a sporty and responsive feel while reinforcing the car's uncompromised driving experience.

Braking force is optimized to get the most out of the regenerative braking system, helping the IONIQ to maintain a healthy state of charge (SOC). Regenerative braking also operates to reduce noise, using the third generation of the brand's energy recuperating stopping system. An Integrated Brake Assist Unit (iBAU) and Pressure Source Unit (PSU) also contribute to quieter operation than competitors. This also helps ensure ultra-low friction for maximum energy recuperation and efficiency.

A collaboration with tire manufacturer Michelin gives IONIQ enhanced levels of efficiency as the car is fitted with low rolling resistance tires from 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheels for better fuel economy, plus the car's larger 17-inch wheels (IONIQ Hybrid) are fitted with silica tires for better performance. The multi-link suspension system of IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in has been adapted in order to work most efficiently with low rolling resistance tires.

06 Comfort and convenience - top-class and trend-setting

Thanks to its dedicated design the IONIQ line-up delivers great driver and passenger convenience, bringing to the segment a range of considerations that other hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles may have compromised on in the past.

So for example all hybrid components are cleverly packaged to not compromise space, flexibility or usability of the interior. In fact, the IONIQ Hybrid offers best-in-class cargo space by positioning the battery underneath the rear seats. Moreover, the rear seats can fold flat providing a cargo space of up to 443 litres, allowing large pieces of luggage to be stowed with ease.

All IONIQ models also offer great front and rear headroom, plus comprehensive shoulder and leg room in the front and back, while a memory function driver's seat and heated front and rear seats invite occupants for a relaxing ride.

07 Safety - innovative active and passive safety features

A light yet rigid body is the result of advanced design, construction methods and materials for the entire IONIQ line-up. Featuring 53% Advanced High Strength Steel, the chassis of the cars benefits from superior rigidity for responsive handling and is extremely safe, with high impact energy absorption and minimized distortion to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

To complement the long list of advanced convenience technologies, a host of innovative active and passive safety features protect the driver and passengers. These electronic assistive systems are class-leading as the IONIQ continues to break the mould for alternative fuel vehicles.

The long list of active safety features includes Blind Spot Detection, which works directly alongside Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn the driver of any surrounding vehicles, passengers or other objects that may lead to a collision if unnoticed while the car is in motion.

A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) are of use when driving. The systems alert the driver if unsafe movements are made while the car is driving over 60km/h by sensing the car's position. The LDWS sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey, blue lines as well as Bott's dots on the road, while the LKAS warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

The IONIQ is also fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, and applies maximum braking force right before the moment of collision. When a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, the system is activated, operating at speeds of 10 km/h or above and minimizes damage when a collision is unavoidable.

Using front radar sensors, Smart Cruise Control allows a constant speed and distance to be maintained from the vehicle ahead without depressing the accelerator or brake pedals; it is automatically cancelled when speed drops to 10 km/h or below. Ioniq Electric takes it a step further by providing Advanced Smart Cruise Control, which supports automatic stop/smart function as well. A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System ensures tires are always suitably inflated.

Around the interior of the IONIQ, a total of seven airbags is available. Including a knee airbag for the driver, they are placed to protect the vehicle's occupants in the event of a collision. Body structure improvements complemented by a high-strength fibre-reinforced rear bumper make the entire IONIQ line-up strong and durable in the event of a crash.

All technical specifications and emission values are preliminary target values and subject to homologation.

[NOTE – Specification may vary by market / region]

Hyundai Motor America Celebrates 30 Years in the United States
No. 46729-02-2016578 hits

February 29, 2016 – Thirty years ago, a small company from a country not known for building cars came to the U.S. and began selling its first and only car, the Excel. Today, Hyundai Motor is the fifth largest automaker in the world with 14 vehicles in its U.S. lineup and is celebrating its 30th year in the U.S., recently surpassing more than 10 million vehicle sales. Its Super Bowl 50 commercial won the top ranking in the USA TODAY Ad Meter, the first automaker to do so, and it recently launched a new luxury brand, Genesis, to the U.S. automotive landscape. Not bad for a 30 year old.

“Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of vehicle options – from our all-new luxury brand Genesis to our advanced alternative-fuel vehicles like the all-new IONIQ,” said Dave Zuchowski, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hyundai Motor America. “We are challenging automotive paradigms to reflect customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design, safety, technology or driving enjoyment.”

The Genesis brand seeks to create a new definition of luxury, one that will provide a platform for future mobility centered on people. By anticipating human needs at every touch point, Genesis models will embody four key aspects: human-focused innovation, refined and balanced performance, athletic elegance in design, and hassle-free customer experience.

Hyundai Motor is also ahead of the curve with IONIQ, the first electric-based model line to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains -- electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid -- available in a single body type. IONIQ breaks hybrid stereotypes by delivering an engaging drive experience with class-leading fuel economy and appealing design.

Just as Hyundai Motor is a leader in products, it also is a leader in marketing. Hyundai Motor is an official sponsor of the National Football League. Hyundai Motor is excited to connect the passion NFL fans have for football with the excitement they have for their vehicles. Not only is Hyundai Motor involved in professional football, but the automaker also has a successful college football marketing program, where the brand continues to connect with the millions of passionate fans across the country. But it doesn’t stop there, as Hyundai Motor is further committed to its sports sponsorships as the official automotive partner of FIFA and the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s longstanding tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

“The U.S. is an incredibly important market for Hyundai and we will continue to invest in the American market and economy,” said Zuchowski. “Our mission is to constantly improve and make things better for our owners, and today we will continue that promise by pushing the envelope with exceptional design, quality and value. Hyundai Motor is well positioned for the coming growth and evolution of the American car market.”

When it first entered the country, all Hyundai Motor vehicles were imported. Today, more than 60 percent of the cars Hyundai sells in the U.S. are made here. Ten years ago, Hyundai Motor expanded its operations to include building cars in the U.S. when it opened the doors of its Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) plant in Montgomery. HMMA builds two of Hyundai Motor’s all-time best-selling models: Sonata and Elantra. In addition, the Santa Fe Sport will be added to the production line at HMMA this summer to meet the demands of the popular crossover segment.

Hyundai Motorsport Aims for Podium Hat Trick with New Generation i20 WRC at WRC Rally Mexico
No. 46626-02-2016559 hits
  • Hyundai Motorsport heads for WRC Rally Mexico (Mar. 3~6), the scene of the team’s debut WRC podium in 2014
  • The team will aim to make it three podiums in-a-row for the New Generation i20 WRC, having claimed consecutive podiums in the opening two rallies of this season
  • WRC Rally Mexico will see Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo drive under the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team banner whilst Hayden Paddon will represent Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team


February 26, 2016 - Hyundai Motorsport heads to Mexico aiming to maintain its unbroken run of podium finishes in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), having achieved consecutive top-three finishes in the two opening rounds of the season.

Third place for Thierry Neuville in Monte-Carlo and second for Hayden Paddon in Sweden marked the first-ever back-to-back podiums for Hyundai Motorsport, setting a strong debut for the New Generation i20 WRC. The team will now hope to repeat this feat at the scene of its debut WRC podium two years ago.

The heat and harsh gravel terrain of Mexico will, however, offer a stern new stage of high performance for the three New Generation i20 WRCs and the team’s trio of drivers, who have all demonstrated impressive pace in the first two rallies of the year.

Thierry Neuville who memorably finished on the Mexico podium in 2014 will run under Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and will be joined by Dani Sordo. Hayden Paddon will drive for Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, behind-the-wheel of the third New Generation i20 WRC.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “Our team heads to Mexico with a lot of positivity after the performances so far this year. At the same time, we know that this rally will offer a new set of challenges and demands on our New Generation i20 WRC cars and the team itself. The new car has already proven to be a step forward on its predecessor but we have more to learn on the tough Mexican terrain. We will have to wait and see if we can challenge for the podium again but that’s our objective. This year’s itinerary for Rally Mexico includes an extremely daunting 80km stage which will put the cars and crews under immense pressure. There will be no room for error and it adds an extra layer of difficulty to a rally that was already one of the toughest. It will be exciting - and nerve-wracking - to follow. We head to Mexico just five points behind Volkswagen Motorsport in the Manufacturers’ Championship, so we’re more than motivated to fight at the front - and hopefully to make it three podiums in a row!”

This year’s Rally Mexico will cover over 399km over 21 stages across the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountain ranges, starting on March 3 with the exciting Guanajuato ceremonial start.

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