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December 1, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport will compete in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a brand new challenger, the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC. The car, which has been designed to meet WRC’s raft of new technical regulations, was unveiled during an exclusive media event today at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.
For Hyundai Motorsport, the three-door i20 Coupe WRC represents the team’s third new car since its debut in the Championship back in 2014 – following the Hyundai i20 WRC (2014-15) and the New Generation i20 WRC (2016). Entering its fourth WRC season, the team hopes to build on a positive period of growth in recent years as it embarks on a new era.
The new car regulations for 2017 have been introduced to enhance the overall spectacle of WRC even further than before, with the new car sporting an aggressive new look and evolved technologies. While changes have centered on improving aerodynamic and mechanical grip, there has been an increase in engine power from 300 to 380bhp as well as a reduction in the overall weight of the car.
With the new car, the team hopes to build on its most successful season to date, in which it secured two victories and an additional ten podium finishes. Hyundai Motorsport also second place overall in the Manufacturers Championship in the 2016 season.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are heading into a new era for the sport with the biggest change to the regulations for some time. It’s a great new technical challenge and one that we have tackled with enthusiasm. It’s an opportunity to put into practice everything we have learned and experienced in the past three seasons. All teams are starting from scratch so we are on equal footing. Having finished in a fighting second in 2016, we want to demonstrate our ability to fight for the Championship next season – and we are confident the i20 Coupe WRC will help us do just that.”
There will be an unchanged driver line-up for 2017, which will offer the team important stability with the introduction of a new car. Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will contest all rounds of the Championship.
As manufacturers will be able to field up to three cars in each round, Hyundai Motorsport’s three drivers will run under a unified banner in 2017: the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team.
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.”
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