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Oct. 23, 2012 - Hyundai Motor Group today unveiled its latest powertrain technologies and future plans at ‘The 12th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference,’ taking place between Oct. 23 and 24, with the theme of ‘Convergence of Human, Environment and Powertrain.’
At the annual conference, held at Rolling Hills Hotel near the Hyundai Motor Group R&D Center in Korea, the Group explained the current development states of its major powertrain technologies and announced future development directions.
In line with the dominating global trend of engine downsizing, Hyundai has been expanding the inclusion of Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (T-GDI) engines to its models. The T-GDI engine is a next-generation engine boasting great fuel economy, eco-friendliness and high performance.
While its compact(1.6ℓ) and mid-size(2.0ℓ) models are already equipped with such engines, Hyundai will continue its utmost efforts to improve T-GDI technology to develop ‘small, yet strong’ engines, which can offer drivers unprecedented driving pleasure.
In terms of diesel engine, Hyundai plans to continue expanding its diesel line-up based on the advanced technology of the existing U, R and S engines to respond to the diversified demands of global customers more effectively.
Hyundai also aims to become the leader in transmission technology with its unceasing efforts to develop light-weight and highly fuel-efficient transmission, a great combination of efficiency and performance. As the first automaker to develop 8-speed auto transmission for the rear wheel drive vehicle in-house, Hyundai is focusing on developing transmissions for premium models as well.
Furthermore, Hyundai will offer more customized powertrains in response to local conditions to boost its overseas sales. For example, while Hyundai plans to increase the ratio of T-GDI engine-equipped models in its major markets including the U.S. and China, it also plans to introduce flex-fuel engines for countries better suited for them. For countries with extreme weather conditions, Hyundai will provide engines that deliver sustainable performance regardless of changes in temperature.
Hyundai displayed the Kappa 1.0 TCI engine, Kappa 1.2 T-GDI engine, Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine, Nu 2.0 CVVL engine, Theta 2.0 T-GDI engine, U2 1.1 WGT diesel engine, Euro 6 R 2.0 diesel engine and the Kappa CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to showcase its advanced powertrain technology.
The Kappa 1.0 TCI engine (Turbocharger Intercooler) boasts exceptional performance in comparison to the segment’s rivals, delivering maximum power of 106ps and maximum torque of 14.0 kgf.m without sacrificing its eco-friendliness. Indeed, it emits less CO2 than its original gasoline model.
A variety of technologies were adopted to maximize fuel economy and performance of the Kappa 1.0 TCI engine including 12-valve DOHC, integrated turbocharger and offset crankshaft. In addition, aluminum cylinder block, plastic intake manifold and head cover reduced the total weight while the ladder frame decreased NVH.
The conference was designed to offer industry experts an opportunity to discuss next-generation powertrain development directions and share innovative technologies in response to tougher environmental policies worldwide. Around a 1,000 world-class powertrain experts and academics participated in the conference, including members from Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Magna Powertrain and Denso.
Throughout the two-day conference, 44 theses are to be presented in six sessions. Thesis topics include next-generation gasoline technology, exhaust and after-treatment technology, diesel innovation technology, exhaust reducing technology, high efficiency transmission and improving driving experiences.
Hyundai Motor Group today unveiled its latest powertrain technologies and future plans at ‘The 12th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference.’(From left to right) Heungchul Kim, Head of Hyundai Gasoline Engine Engineering Design Team, Wootae Kim, Head of Hyundai Gasoline Engine Development Group, James Son, General Manager of Seohan Warner Turbo Systems, Daeheung Moon, Head of Hyundai Powertrain R&D Center 1, Haijin Kim, Senior Vice President of Hyundai Powertrain R&D Center, Yunghu Park, JRD of Bosch Korea, Jungjune Kim, Head of Hyundai Powertrain R&D Center 2, Hyutae Shim, Head of Hyundai Auto Transmission Engineering Design Team
Oct. 22, 2012 - Hyundai Motor Brasil (HMB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, today unveiled its latest Brazil-exclusive model, HB20X, at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, accelerating the company’s commitment in one of the world’s fastest-growing auto markets.
The crossover vehicle, which will officially launch early next year, is part of Hyundai’s exclusive family of cars for Brazil, badged under the name `HB,’ which stands for Hyundai Brasil. Just last month, Hyundai launched the first member of its HB family, a hatchback version called HB20. A sedan version is scheduled to debut in the first quarter next year.
“Hyundai invested years of research to identify the top values of Brazilian consumers and what standards they set when choosing new vehicles,” Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman Euisun Chung said during a speech at the motor show. “We are confident that the HB family will not only meet, but exceed Brazilian consumers’ expectations with its outstanding design, finish and flexible fuel support.”
“Furthermore, with our new plant, Hyundai’s ultimate goal is to become a true partner of Brazil, a country that is dynamically emerging as a major force in the world’s economy,” Vice Chairman Chung said. “We aim to be a company that contributes strongly to Brazil’s industrial, economic and social competitiveness.”
All HB models will be produced at Hyundai Motor’s new plant in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo state and sold through a dedicated dealer network.
The crossover version, which is based on the HB20 hatchback, features unique details in its design and performance that meet the demands of customers that have a more active lifestyle outdoors.
The front has a totally redesigned bumper with a hexagonal grille that reflects Hyundai’s new family look for SUVs and latest design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture.
The headlights have an eye-catching finish with black bezel and chrome details, giving off a sporty and sophisticated image, while the fog lamps were redesigned to give a stronger impression. The side of the HB20X keeps the original waistline from HB20, which encompassed a robust and fluidic design.
The novelties are the side black molding that wraps the whole body and its ground clearance, valuable features for more visibility and control on bad road conditions. The roof bars offer more flexibility for carrying extra weekend luggage, while the 15-inch dark gray alloy wheels complete the sporty image of this vehicle.
The rear of the HB20X also has a redesigned bumper, with black moldings. The stylish rear lamps, already seen on the HB20, immediately capture one’s attention.
Inside, the HB20X features the same high quality interior of the HB20, adding exclusive items such as sports pedals, chrome finishing for door handles and air conditioning controls, as well as blue double stitches for the steering wheel and seats.* (* Some features applied to the HB20X displayed at the Sao Paulo Motor Show are exclusive and may change slightly in the production versions)
HB20X will offer Hyundai’s GAMMA 1.6 16V FLEX with 128hp engine featuring a Continuous Variable Vavle Timing and aluminum block, the most powerful in the category. Customers can choose between manual or automatic transmissions.
Santa Fe, i30
Besides the unveiling of HB20X, Hyundai today introduced two new products for Brazil: The all-new Santa Fe and i30.
The latest Santa Fe, now in its third generation, showcases the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities through its bold design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort. The model made its world debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show in April.
The new generation i30, which was designed and developed at Hyundai Motor Europe’s technical center in Germany, represents a new evolution of Hyundai’s exclusive design language, Fluidic Sculpture. The new i30 is expected to maintain its position as the segment leader in sales: Launched in 2009, the previous model was Brazil’s best-seller in its segment for the past two years.
Hyundai also displayed a multi-purpose concept vehicle called “Hexa Space,” which first debuted at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi this January. The concept, codenamed HND-7, revolutionizes the use of interior space, another example of Hyundai’s “New Thinking. New Possibilities.”
The vehicle features eight slim, hexagonally shaped seats that fit together like puzzle pieces, maximizing internal space while minimizing vehicle width. From honeycombs to architecture, the hexagon is known as an optimum shape for space efficiency.
Hexa Space is targeted at young urban families in their 30s and 40s; customers who live a practical and demanding lifestyle in the bustling and exciting cities of the world’s emerging economies. These customers need their vehicles to serve many roles and Hexa Space satisfies those needs with its unique seat design.
‘My Baby’ is Hyundai Motor’s global design project showcasing the “new thinking” of its designers on future transportation. The project started in 2008 as an internal competition with the aim of enhancing designers’ creativity. The first winners at the time had the privilege of having their work displayed at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show. The project title, My Baby, appropriately reflects the designers’ devotion and attachment to their work.
Once Hyundai’s designers based in Korea, U.S., China, Japan, Europe and India submit their brilliant design ideas on future transportation according to the year’s theme, about 30 best ideas are selected and announced as winners at the biennial Seoul Motor Show. The ideas, which are made into tangible displays, are included at major motor shows that Hyundai Motor participates in. The results suggest new directions for future transportation methods, while hinting at the direction of Hyundai’s future designs.
Unveiled at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, the second round of exhibition models were designed under the theme ‘Fluidic, Green, Future.’ This was further divided into three major concepts: Terra Mobiles, Nautica and Aerodyne. Four models from this collection made its debut today at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show.
(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its domestic and overseas sales results for September 2012.
September 2012 Results
Unit = one vehicle
1. Commercial Vehicles (CV) include buses & trucks.2. Hyundai Motor currently has seven overseas plants in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S.※ Excludes CKD (Complete Knock Down) unit sales.
Oct. 2, 2012 - Hyundai Motor Company, the fastest growing automotive company by brand, saw its brand value surge 24.4 percent from a year earlier to $7.5 billion, according to brand consultancy Interbrand’s 2012 Best 100 Global Brands.
Hyundai, which has been included in the Best 100 Global Brands list for eight consecutive years, ranked No. 53 out of 100 brands this year, a steady increase from the No. 84 position in 2005 and the company’s highest ranking ever.
“Hyundai’s recent investment in global campaigns and sensational new product designs are fulfilling customers’s emotional needs,” Interbrand said in a statement. “Brand awareness for Hyundai has increased phenomenally in a short period of time and we are looking forward to the brand’s future direction.”
The whopping growth rate of 24.4 percent this year significantly outperformed the industry’s average growth rate of 11.2 percent. Beyond the auto industry, Hyundai is also one of the world’s fastest growing brands, closely trailing the growth rate of brands such as Apple Inc., Google Inc., and Amazon.com.
In addition to the company’s continuous focus on quality, Hyundai attributed the stellar results to its brand management efforts. Hyundai announced its new `Modern Premium’ brand concept at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, unveiling its new brand direction and slogan. This year, Hyundai launched its first global brand campaign “Live Brilliant.”
“The significant growth in brand value, despite global economic difficulties and fierce competition, shows our enhanced brand status,” said Won-Hong Cho, Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor’s headquarters in Seoul. “We will strengthen our efforts to become the most beloved brand by delivering more values beyond customers’ expectations.”
The Interbrand rankings are calculated using companies’ financial balance sheets combined with marketing activities, while also reflecting each brand’s potential profit.
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Sept. 27, 2012 – Hyundai has revealed three world premieres at the Paris Motor Show: its latest Europe-focused production car, the New Generation i30 three-door; its all-new motorsport contender, the rally-ready i20; and the ix35 Fuel Cell, ready for lease by public and private fleets. These new vehicles demonstrate the brand’s commitment to providing high quality innovation in Europe now, and in the future.
The New Generation i30 three-door extends the broad appeal of Hyundai’s ‘made for Europe’ C-segment range to an even wider audience, thanks to its new, more dynamic styling. Designed and engineered alongside its five-door and wagon siblings at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre in Germany, the newcomer is the first Europe-focused three-door C-segment car from Hyundai. New design touches are visible from every angle, including new front and rear fog lamps, a new-look mesh grille, a sharply raked beltline and a sportier rear. The three-door retains the same high levels of quality and equipment, along with the clean and efficient powertrains as the rest of the New Generation i30 family.
Hyundai’s rally-ready i20 model highlights the brand’s dynamism and performance pedigree. As with previous participation in the WRC series with the Accent, the rally-ready i20 is equipped to meet the rigorous FIA specifications required to compete in today’s WRC competition and heralds a return to motorsport for Hyundai.
Signaling Hyundai’s commitment to a clean and sustainable future, the production-ready ix35 Fuel Cell debuts at the show. Benefiting from a visual make-over and technical upgrades, including a 24 kW lithium-polymer battery and 100 kW fuel stack, it has a range of 588 km. Hyundai will begin series production of ix35 Fuel Cell December this year with fleet deliveries beginning in 2013.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe Allan Rushforth commented, “The Paris Motor Show is one of the major events on the European automotive calendar, so it is fitting that we have chosen this event to premier three major new vehicles from Hyundai. Each demonstrates an important element of the Hyundai brand, and together they reaffirm our commitment to Europe and its citizens – both today and in the future.”
“New Generation i30 three-door is the newest member of our truly European i30 family. With the rally-ready i20, we are prepared to take on the most technologically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer, proving our engineering excellence and helping to inspire future road-going models. Finally, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a clear demonstration of Hyundai’s commitment to a sustainable future which embraces viable, zero-emission powertrains,” he concluded.
The Paris Motor Show takes place from the 29th September to the 14th October. Hyundai’s booth is located in Hall 3, aisle D, stand number 417.
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