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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.
December 21, 2015 - Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter has won the most coveted Indian Car of the Year 2016 (ICOTY) award for the CRETA. As the most loved and trusted car manufacturer in India, Hyundai Motor India wins ICOTY award for three consecutive years: CRETA, Elite i20 and Grand i10 as ICOTY 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Hyundai Motor is opening a new age and under the modern premium brand direction, CRETA has redefined the SUV segment. CRETA has received over 74,000 bookings, 400,000 enquiries and 16,271 orders globally. With emphasis on safety, bold design, dynamic performance, class-leading features and strong body structure make the CRETA a perfect SUV.
The ICOTY award is adjudged by a diverse group of 14 jurors from prominent automotive publications in the country: Auto Today, AutoX, The Hindu Business Line, Car India, Evo India, Motoring World, Mens World, Overdrive, BBC TopGear India. In all nine very prestigious publications were represented on the ICOTY 2016 Jury with Bob Rupani being the Chairman of the Jury.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. YK Koo, MD and CEO of HMIL, said, “We are honored to win the most prestigious automotive award - the Indian car of the Year 2016 for our Hyundai Creta which is made in India and exported to different countries. The CRETA truly expresses a new age for Hyundai Motor, setting new benchmarks in the industry. Winning the ICOTY award for three times in a row symbolizes the trust and loyalty of our customers for the Hyundai brand. We thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen CRETA as the Indian Car of the Year and made Hyundai Motor the most loved and trusted car manufacturer. With innovation at its core, Hyundai Motor will make global quality products with cutting edge technologies and strengthen the Hyundai brand by caring for our customers in India and global markets.”
Congratulating the winning car CRETA, Mr. Bob Rupani, Founding Member of ICOTY and Chairman of the Jury, Indian Car of the Year 2016 said, “The ICOTY has clearly become the most credible and coveted auto award in India and is known for its fair and non-partisan voting by highly experienced jury members. I congratulate Hyundai Motor for winning this award for the third time in a row. Scoring a hat-trick at ICOTY is an admirable achievement and by no means, an easy feat. It shows that Hyundai Motor is consistently making award winning products of very high standards.”
The Hyundai CRETA launched in July is a trendsetter in the Indian market. CRETA heralded a new chapter in Hyundai Motor’s success story across the world by showcasing HMIL’s success of ‘Make in India’ manufacturing initiative. Designed with profound confidence, grandeur and highest levels of refinement, CRETA is the most loved car of the year
December 16, 2015 – A new rendering of Hyundai Motor’s all-new IONIQ hints at how the innovative, alternative-fuel compact vehicle, which is due for launch in early 2016, will combine head-turning good looks with class-leading aerodynamic performance.
Hyundai Motor has confirmed that the IONIQ will be the world’s first car to offer a choice of three efficient and ultra-low-emission powertrains: full electric, plug-in gasoline / electric hybrid, or gasoline / electric hybrid. With a sleek, coupe-like silhouette and numerous eye-catching details, its confident design is a match for its bold environmental credentials.
The IONIQ will deliver a fun and responsive driving experience, while also meeting the needs of those wishing to reduce the impact their motoring has on the environment. Hyundai Motor’s designers have therefore created an exterior design that is rich in emotional appeal, as well as making a significant contribution to meeting the car’s environmentally-focused brief.
Simple, carefully wrought contours minimize wind resistance and assist the efficient management of airflow around the exterior. At the front, familiar Hyundai design themes are evident notably the signature hexagonal grille, which is also topped by an attractive gloss-black element that extends outwards to meet distinctive new headlamps featuring integrated ‘C’-position lights. The exterior color choice adds to the car’s allure, formulated to be evocative of fog about to lift.
Inside the IONIQ the smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme continues. There is efficient use of interior space and a clear, logical approach is applied to the layout of control functions. Simple and stylish surfaces make use of eco-friendly materials to convey a futuristic yet warm cabin ambience that will appeal to a new generation of motorists.
Even before the arrival of the IONIQ, Hyundai Motor is already one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hybrid and low- or zero-emission vehicles. In 2013, the company became the first car manufacturer to mass-produce a hydrogen-fueled vehicle, the Tucson Fuel Cell (ix35 Fuel Cell in some markets).
The IONIQ’s name references elements of its creation. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. The second part of the name references the unique offering it brings to the Hyundai range, demonstrating the brand’s environmental commitment and willingness to maximize choice for its customers. Finally, the Q is depicted in the car’s logo as a visual breakthrough, acknowledging the fresh new approach of this advanced, low-emission model.
Following a world premiere in Korea in January, the IONIQ is due to be shown during March 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show and the New York Auto Show.
December 14, 2015 – Hyundai Motor has begun the first tests of a fully-autonomous Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) on public roads in the US having been granted a license by the US state of Nevada.
Hyundai Motor plans to evaluate partially and fully autonomous driving technologies in Nevada, monitoring the car’s performance in real-world conditions, an important part of its roadmap for autonomous driving.
Tae-Won Lim, Vice President, Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute of Hyundai Motor Group, commented, “A great deal of research and rigorous product testing will need to be undertaken in order to make the ‘self-driving car’ a reality. Thanks to this license we will be able to accelerate the testing of our latest autonomous technologies. We are confident that our latest innovations, both for partially- and fully-autonomous driving, will ultimately make driving safer for all road users.”
Having been granted a licence by the Nevada authorities, two Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell will conduct a detailed test program on public roads.
Autonomous Driving Technologies Hyundai Motor’s Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell is fitted with four major autonomous driving features.
1. Interval Autonomous Driving - Fully-autonomous driving within fully controlled, designated roads 2. Traffic Jam Assist - Tracks the vehicle in front under moderate/high traffic conditions (0~60kph) 3. Emergency Stop System - Autonomously directs the car to the side of the road in case of emergency 4. Narrow Path Assist - Provides guidance or fully-autonomous drive through narrow roads
These technologies work by combining a host of advanced cameras, radars and sensors, including: Around View Monitor Camera; GPS; Blind Spot Detection Radar; Smart Cruise Control Radar; Ultrasonic Sensor; LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).
Since November 2014, Hyundai Motor has carried out more than 10,000 miles of testing using two Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cells in Korea consisting of city driving, highways and testing on private proving grounds.
The testing program to date has evaluated the car’s interaction with traffic signals and signs, pedestrians, cyclists, street furniture and hazards. In addition, the extensive testing has been carried out in all weather conditions to ensure the public road tests are safe at all times.
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