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December 28, 2015 – Hyundai Motor announced Manfred Fitzgerald, former Director of Brand and Design at Lamborghini, to lead the Genesis brand from January, 2016.
Based in Hyundai Motor Headquarters Seoul, Mr. Fitzgerald will be in charge of establishing and executing strategies for the Genesis brand as the Senior Vice President. For the brand to set a strong foothold in the global luxury car market, he will take a core role in brand strategy, marketing and other business operations within the Genesis brand.
During his twelve year career at Lamborghini, Mr. Fitzgerald played a pivotal role in transforming Lamborghini from a prototype car company to a luxury car brand and increased its sales ten folds as the Director of Brand and Design.
Mr. Fitzgerald, 52 years old, brings about 20 years of expertise and experience in luxury car brand strategy and marketing. He will be working alongside Luc Donckerwolke, who will lead the Genesis brand’s Prestige Design Division as Head of the Hyundai Motor Design Center.
December 28, 2015 –Hyundai announces today that it was named No. 1 in CarMD’s Vehicle Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Rankings for its leadership in vehicle dependability. Hyundai earned this prestigious honor for its lower than average repair costs and very low repair frequency among all carmakers, including Toyota, Honda, Ford Chrysler, Kia, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen.
“Hyundai earning the top spot in this year’s CarMD Vehicle Health Index shows our commitment to designing vehicles with strong durability, quality and reliability,” said Frank Ferrara, Executive Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “When compared with other automakers, Hyundai owners had fewer trips to the repair shop. Furthermore, our pledge to exceptional customer service and owner satisfaction is backed by Hyundai Assurance, offering peace of mind to our owners for vehicle health.”
The CarMD Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles, top three vehicles by vehicle category and common repairs by vehicle make. The 2015 rankings identify the most reliable cars from more than 3,800 different models built over the last 20 years, with analysis of more than 251,000 reported occurrences between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.
December 24, 2015 - All-new Tucson wins ABC’s ‘Best Car of the Year 2016’, the most prestigious automotive award in Spain. The ‘Best Car of the Year’ is organized by the ABC newspaper and winner is selected by a juror committee of 37 Spanish journalists from various media, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and agencies.
The most important factors for winning the award are exterior and interior design, reliability, performance, security, and its market significance in Spain. The award highlights the overall quality, five-year warranty with unlimited kilometers and five years of roadside assistance of All-new Tucson.
"Winning this award is a huge achievement and recognition for Hyundai Motor in terms of technology, design, and quality. All-new Tucson meets the demand of customers for leisure and recreational activities and Hyundai Motor’s commitment towards eco-friendliness," said Leopoldo Satrustegui, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor España. "It’s a major step forward for Hyundai Motor in Spain and Europe," added Mr. Satrustegui.
All-new Tucson is designed and developed in Europe at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center in Germany, and manufactured in Europe at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech.
December 23, 2015 – Only a few weeks after it was unveiled, the All-new Genesis G90 large luxury sedan has earned a prestigious accolade at the 2015 GOOD DESIGN Awards. The annual awards are conferred by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, in recognition of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs.
“I believe this award will help the Genesis brand gain valuable further profile as it establishes a foothold in the North American luxury car market. Genesis focuses on articulating brand values through exemplary design – a characteristic which will be evident in all of our future range of models. This early endorsement of our approach bodes well for our future product line-up,” said Byung-Seob Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of the Hyundai Design Center.
The international jury of design professionals at the GOOD DESIGN Awards consisted of architects, experts and cultural leaders. For the 2015 Awards they met in New York to select the best design and products among thousands of submissions from manufacturers and graphic firms from 47 countries.
The range-topping model from the new Genesis brand’s luxury car line-up, the G90 has been designed with insightful elegance, natural dignity and grandeur by the Prestige Design Division, which is responsible for crafting the visual identity of all new Genesis models. The G90’s exterior silhouette is powerful and gives an impression of refinement, with its long hood and sophisticated rear styling cues. Inside the car, the finest artisan materials meet human-centered ergonomics to provide occupants with absolute convenience and luxurious comfort.
The GOOD DESIGN Awards honor the achievements of the best industrial and graphic designers, as well as car manufacturers from around the world for their pursuit of extraordinary styling and design. Recognizing excellence since 1950, the GOOD DESIGN Awards is the oldest and the most prestigious architecture and design award scheme in the industry.
The award for the G90 is a major accomplishment for the flagship Genesis brand, and gaining celebrated status in North America represents a significant step for Genesis in the biggest luxury car market in the world.
The award-winning G90 will be given its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
All of the winners of the GOOD DESIGN Awards are posted on the Museum’s website at www.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu and will be published in the GOOD DESIGN Awards Yearbook for 2015‐2016.
December 23, 2015 – Hyundai Motor has won five GOOD DESIGN Awards, in recognition of consistent successful application of its design philosophy. The company received awards for the upcoming IONIQ alternative fuel compact vehicle, All-new Tucson, All-new Elantra, Santa Cruz concept model and the company’s ‘Sculpture in Motion’ art installation.
“Being recognized as five-time winners in the GOOD DESIGN Awards strengthens Hyundai Motor’s position as an automotive design leader - not only for traditional combustion-engine vehicles, but also for eco-friendly vehicles and ambitious design concepts,” said Byung-Seob Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of the Hyundai Design Center.
The annual awards program has been developed by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, in recognition of the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs from around the world. The oldest and the most prestigious architecture and design awards program organized worldwide, the GOOD DESIGN Award brought together an international jury of design professionals, architects, experts and cultural leaders in New York in November 2015 to select their favorite designs and graphics.
Among the thousands of world-leading industrial and graphic design firms and manufacturers being evaluated, Hyundai Motor stood out for its products and design approach, highlighting the competitiveness of the brand’s design strategy and output.
The soon-to-be-launched IONIQ, Hyundai Motor’s advanced alternative fuel compact vehicle, was recognized for its class-leading aerodynamics and striking design details. Shaped around the Visual Aero design concept, IONIQ was developed not only with aesthetics in mind, but also with careful consideration of efficiency, aerodynamics and functionality. The interior design concept of ‘Purified Hi-tech’ creates a futuristic overall image, with simplified surfaces and intuitive layout of buttons. The world premiere of the IONIQ will be on January 14, 2016 in Seoul, Korea.
The All-new Tucson adopts the strong proportions and profile of a sleek and agile SUV. The vehicle is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, allowing for increased interior space and improved versatility. The front view presents a hexagonal-shaped grille, a key element of Hyundai’s design signature, flanked by high-efficiency LED twin-projector headlights. From the rear, Z-shaped character lines above the rear wheels accentuate an aggressive, sporty side-profile. All of these design features help to create an athletic, bold and striking appearance.
Also recognized in the GOOD DESIGN Awards and new to Hyundai Motor’s product line-up is the All-new Elantra. Building on the celebrated design of the preceding Elantra, the new model showcases the evolving design direction being adopted for all Hyundai compact cars. The All-new Elantra displays refined exterior body surfacing with simple-but-strong lines running along the body side from front to back. Design details all around the car show modern, sporty and advanced style, befitting of Hyundai Motor’s exclusive Dynamic Precision design concept.
Further complementing Hyundai Motor’s success at the GOOD DESIGN Awards, the Santa Cruz concept gained success for its interpretation of truck utility for a new generation of buyers. Having been introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the concept truck was designed to meet the needs of those looking for greater design individuality, efficiency and maneuverability. The Santa Cruz delivers with a wide, sure-footed stance and an aggressive side-profile. To provide sufficient cargo room and access to the rear seats, the Santa Cruz offers an innovative tailgate extension that allows the bed length to be expanded. It also incorporates rear-hinged, reverse-opening rear doors that integrate seamlessly with the front door design.
Last but not least, Hyundai Motor’s design philosophy is realized in innovative ways through the Sculpture in Motion project, which earned its own GOOD DESIGN Award. The Sculpture in Motion project forms the look of a living wave, celebrating fluid motion as art and referencing the relationship between movement and car design in the natural and automotive worlds.
All of the winners of the GOOD DESIGN Award are posted on the Museum’s website at www.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu and will be published in the GOOD DESIGN Award Yearbook for 2015‐2016.
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