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Hyundai Motorsport Unveils New Generation i20 WRC for the Team’s Third WRC Season
No. 41010-12-20151079 hits
  • New Generation i20 WRC revealed in special launch event for motorsport media at Hyundai Motorsport factory in Alzenau, Germany
  • Drivers Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville* will contest all 14 rounds of the Championship with the New Generation i20 WRC
    *alphabetical order

 

December 9, 2015 - Hyundai Motorsport has kicked off the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) by unveiling its brand new car, the New Generation i20 WRC, in front of more than 150 assembled media and guests at the team's factory in Alzenau, Germany today.

The formal reveal of the New Generation i20 WRC marks the opening of an exciting new chapter in the short history of Hyundai Motorsport, building on two successful seasons in the competitive WRC environment. In that time, the team has undertaken a steep learning curve to establish itself as a genuine competitor against tough opposition.

Following its foundation-laying year in 2013, the team quickly developed a brand new WRC car from scratch for its first season of competition in 2014. The car proved to be both quick and reliable, securing a maiden win in Germany on Aug. 2014. From there, the team enjoyed a more consistent second season, scoring four podium finishes and fighting for second place in the Manufacturers' Championship right up to the season finale.

In early 2015, the team committed to a year-long test and development program for a WRC specification of the road-going New Generation i20, with its competitive debut set for Monte-Carlo 2016. The New Generation i20 has already accumulated 8,000km of testing prior to today's launch, and has proven to be quicker than its predecessor, with the team's drivers also praising improved drivability.

The new car is the result of the Hyundai Motorsport's evolution since 2013 and although the team is still young, it is far more established in the WRC community. This growth is also reflected in the team's bolder ambitions for the 2016 season, namely to fight at the front in every stage and to mount a heightened Championship assault.

Hyundai Motorsport will field three cars in every round of the 2016 Championship, with Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville all confirmed for a full season of WRC. From Monte-Carlo in January to a new-look season finale in Australia, while also taking in a brand new event in China, the trio of drivers will share the #3, #4 and #20 cars during the season. The precise car-driver composition will differ from event to event, offering the team full flexibility in its Championship strategy. The team will begin its third season with two New Generation i20 WRCs and one previous model at Rallye Monte-Carlo before increasing to three identical cars from Rally Sweden.

All three drivers were present at today's launch, which revealed a revised livery for the five-door New Generation i20 WRC, as it was shown off in public for the first time. The team's title partners Shell and Mobis both stand out on the new car, and will continue to be named as part of the two team entries - Hyundai Shell World Rally Team and Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team - with the livery of the latter due to be revealed in early 2016.

The team has also retained the services of rising Dutch star Kevin Abbring, who will remain as Hyundai Motorsport Test Driver. Abbring will contest selected WRC rounds in a fourth car as part of his agreement, but his primary focus will be on managing development of the team's 2017 car and R5 activities.

The R5 car is based on the New Generation i20 which will roll out in the next few weeks, falling under the banner of Hyundai Motorsport's customer racing division. There will be a development phase during the first half of 2016, homologation of the car in mid-2016, and an opening to orders in the second part of the year for private rally drivers of WRC.

Hyundai Motorsport's immediate focus, however, is on the opening rally in Monte-Carlo in Jan. 2016, where the fierce competition for 2016 season will begin in earnest.

Genesis Brand Launches its First Model, G90
No. 40909-12-20151230 hits
  • Cutting-edge technologies, ultimate refinement and luxurious convenience features set the Genesis brand's range-topper apart from competitors
  • Luxury large sedan exudes confidence and originality through its 'Athletic Elegance' and refined yet dynamic performance
  • Host of world-best safety and technological innovations realized in G90

 

December 9, 2015 – Hyundai Motor has unveiled the new Genesis G90 large luxury sedan, the model that will top the new Genesis brand's luxury car line-up. The G90 (called EQ900 in Korea) will compete at the top of the luxury car market with world-best technological innovations and the highest levels of refinement, convenience and dynamic performance.

Designed with profound elegance, natural dignity and grandeur by the Prestige Design Division that will craft the visual identity of each Genesis model, the G90 is the first realization of the brand's 'Athletic Elegance' design style. Outside, the G90's silhouette is powerful and refined, from its long hood to its sophisticated rear. While inside, the finest artisan materials meet human-centered ergonomics to provide occupants with absolute convenience and luxurious comfort.

Human-centered Technological Innovation
With technological innovation at its core and in anticipation of fully-autonomous cars, G90 features Genesis Smart Sense, which brings together advanced systems including Genesis' advanced 'Highway Driving Assistance' (Korean market only), Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assistance System. Accentuating the customer-oriented approach of Genesis, the system substantially reduces driver fatigue by combining a series of innovative technologies. This combination of newly-developed technologies create a first-class, all-but autonomous driving experience, elevating the G90 to the top of its class.

First-class Comfort
The first-class theme extends to occupant comfort, with the G90 offering the world's first clinically-validated Smart Posture Caring (SPC) System, which automatically adjusts the seat, steering-wheel, outside mirror and head-up display to the optimal position for the driver's body (Korean market only). G90's VIP ergo passenger seats feature multiple ranges of electronically-controlled adjustment and are approved by German campaign for healthier backs, Aktion Gesunder Rücken.

Best-in-class Luxury Refinement
Benefitting from an intensive four-year development program by an 800-strong team, the G90 has best-in-class refinement thanks to extensive work on the car's NVH characteristics. Every detail of the interior has been crafted to continue the car's human focus.

Advanced ergonomics analysis dictates the positioning of driver controls and the passenger comfort and entertainment features, while materials are sourced from the finest artisans around the world. Ride comfort and road holding is optimized by combining an advanced H-TRAC all-wheel-drive system with the first application of Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension.

Sporty Agility with Refined Performance
Driving the car, owners will notice standards of refined performance. This is central to the Genesis brand's character, with development teams carrying out rigorous performance testing of the G90 at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany and the Mojave test center in the U.S. Despite the car's sporty and responsive characteristics, the interior environment remains refined with all of the three available gasoline powertrains: V6 3.3-liter T-GDI, V6 3.8-liter GDI or V8 5.0-liter GDI.

The newly introduced G90 in Korea will be rolling out to other markets, including United States, China, Russia and countries in the Middle East. A further five Genesis models will be launched over the next five years.

Genesis G90 – Human-centered Luxury Defined

01 Styling
Athletic Elegance in design that exudes confidence and originality

02 Driving Performance
Refined performance with sporty agility

03 Safety
Human-centered innovation and world's best safety technologies

04 Convenience Features
The ultimate hassle-free ownership experience

05 Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
Extensive development realizes best-in-class refinement

06 Powertrains
Refined, powerful and responsive powertrains

07 Technical Specifications
Technical details of new Genesis G90

Note - Product specifications and options available may vary by region

 

 

 

01 Styling

Formed by Hyundai Motor's new Prestige Design Division, the distinctive appearance of the G90 exudes confidence and originality. Under the oversight of Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, G90 expresses the first interpretation of the brand's hallmark design style 'Athletic Elegance,' which harmonizes beauty and elegance of movement with dynamism and an explosion of energy.

Exterior Design
The exterior design of the car brings a respect and depth of grace to the sector, a natural dignity of "Soignee Charisma" evident when parked or in motion. In crafting the appearance of G90, the Prestige Design Division aimed to capture the car's strength and originality, while presenting a new charm through its innovative styling and proportions.

At the front, the G90's identity is centered around a Genesis-family styling feature, the 'CREST' grille, and crowned with the new winged-feathers of the Genesis emblem. Powerfully-proportioned, the G90 combines a long hood with short overhangs, a design feature that accentuates the model's strength. The sharp LED headlamps flow around the front corners of the car's bonnet – a key feature of the new family of Genesis-brand cars.

Inspired by clean modern lines and effortless elegance, the large sedan's bold lines flow along a chrome belt line to the rear. Here, dual exhausts balance the refined vertical combination lamps to complete the car's athletic elegance.

Occupying one of the most substantial footprints in its class, the G90 is available in eight sophisticated colors that pick-out the car's characteristic lines. Ranging from Marble White and Onyx Black to Gold Scent and Neptune Blue, the color palette perfectly matches the spectrum of interior color and material combinations.

Interior Design
Human-centered ergonomics, total interior harmony, absolute convenience and luxurious comfort dictate the interior layout and design "Graceful Luxury" of the G90. From the graceful layout of driver controls and authentic material to the seat stitching and elegant color palette, every element of the car's interior reinforces the focus on the car's occupants.

Great consideration has been given to each of the materials chosen for the G90's interior. The highest-quality, authentic materials adorn the cockpit with ease of use and beauty of appearance central to every feature's form and function. In collaboration with prominent Italian leather supplier Concerio Pasubio SPA, Hyundai Motor specially-developed semi-aniline leather for the seats of G90 Limousine. Throughout the cabin, the latest technologies sit among Nappa leather and glossy real wood, delighting the senses and cosseting the occupant in a first-class environment.

02 Driving Performance

A characteristic of all Genesis models will be the melding of sporty agility and refined performance. Sitting at the pinnacle of the Genesis range, the G90 captures this spirit perfectly thanks to an extensive research, development and testing regime.

The G90's engineers worked closely with Hyundai's European Test Centre based at Germany's demanding Nürburgring circuit, and also put the car through its paces at Hyundai's test center at Mojave in the Unites States. Through an intensive program of testing and development, the engineering team refined G90's ride, handling, steering input, suspension movement and interior environment to deliver an impeccable and exhilarating driving experience with dynamics that are luxurious, sporty and refined.

To ensure occupants enjoy the smoothest ride while retaining engaging handling characteristics, the G90 is fitted with multi-link suspension paired with High Performance Dampers or the Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension system.

03 Safety

'Safety without compromise' summarizes the human-centered philosophy that has directed the development of the G90. The introduction of several world-best safety technologies, alongside a highly rigid body frame (the strongest in its class), means the G90 boasts safety as one of its stand-out features.

Adding to the car's no-expense-spared safety set-up, a selection of other technologies work to minimize risk and maximize protection for the driver, passenger and other road users. From Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Active Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Driver Attention Alert, to Smart High Beam Assist and an Around View Monitor, the human-centered nature of Genesis is evident throughout.

04 Convenience Features

Simplicity and intuitiveness were key to the development of the G90's convenience features, delivering the ultimate hassle-free experience for owners. Also, in developing the car's specification and equipment, great thought was put in to providing everything a customer would need without anything unnecessary or over complicated.

Looking to the future, Genesis G90 applies an advanced 'Highway Driving Assistance' system (Korean market only), a step towards fully-autonomous motoring. The system substantially reduces driver fatigue and works by combining a series of systems - Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assistance System and a combination of newly developed technologies.

Seating comfort is an outstanding characteristic of the G90, with engineers creating the world's first Smart Posture Caring (SPC) System to ensure total luxury for the driver and passengers. The innovative ergo seating system automatically determines the optimal position for the driver's body, ensuring minimal stresses even on longer journeys.

The G90's electronically-controlled driver's seat feature 22 ranges of adjustment and have been approved by German campaign for healthier backs, Aktion Gesunder Rücken. The VIP passenger seats are electronically adjustable in 14 different ways, ensuring the highest levels of comfort.

Many of the car's features rely on interaction with the car's audio visual system displayed via a luxurious 12.3-inch High Definition wide screen sited in the center console. The screen plays a key role in enhancing the ease of parking and in-city maneuvers for drivers. A one mega pixel digital camera is activated when parking, sharing the screen with a high-resolution 360-degree Around View Monitor.

Quality was also fundamental to the appointment of G90's audio system. Presenting a concert hall-like experience, the Lexicon Sound System boasts Quantum Logic surround sound, while the car's Clari-fi software rebuilds details lost in compressed audio files, adjusting the treatment based on the quality of the audio signal to restore a hi-fidelity listening experience.

Elsewhere in the well-appointed cabin, air conditioning is divided into three separately-controlled zones, and occupants can charge their cell phones using the latest in wireless charging technology.

05 Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

Engineers set NVH as a key differentiator for G90, dedicating hundreds of hours to fine tuning every aspect of noise reduction and comfort enhancement. This obsessive attention to detail has resulted in the Genesis G90 boasting best-in-class ratings for in-cabin quietness, a major achievement in this highly competitive area of the luxury car market.

From introducing special sound-absorbing materials throughout the cabin and sub-structure of the car to the application of laminated glass on each window, the focus on providing customers with the ultimate luxury experience was the key. The determination to minimize generation of additional tire noise even extended to the special hollow design of the G90's 19-inch alloy wheels with engineers altering the structure to channel the flow of air in a quieter way.

Sound engineering also extends to the sedan's suspension set-up, which is optimized at test centers around the world for high speed cruising while minimizing in-cabin impact and body vibration.

06 Powertrains

Tuned for maximizing driving pleasure, the rigorous testing regime concentrated on getting a responsive drive from the car's powertrains, while remaining refined for drivers and passengers.

Fitted with a choice of three gasoline engines: V6 3.3-liter T-GDI (370PS); V6 3.8-liter GDI (315PS); or V8 5.0-liter GDI (425PS), the G90 boasts impressive performance characteristics despite its generous size.

The 425PS V8 unit can propel the sedan from 0-100kph in as little as 5.7 seconds, fueled by powerful torque of 53.0kgf.m. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor's first twin-turbocharged engine, the 3.3l V6, boasts strong performance throughout the rev-range, capable of 80-120kph overtaking maneuverers in 13.0 seconds thanks to its 52.0kgf.m of torque.

07 Technical Specifications

Engines:  

  Capacity (cc) Power (PS) Torque (kgf.m) 0-100kph (sec)
3.3l T-GDI 3,342 370 52.0 6.2
3.8l GDI 3,778 315 40.5 6.9
5.0l GDI 5,038 425 53.0 5.7

Drivetrain:
Rear-wheel drive - standard
All-wheel drive - optional

Transmission:
Eight-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter

Suspension and damping:

Front Multi-link
Rear Multi-link

Steering:

Type MDPS (Motor-Driven Power Steering)
Overall steering gear ratio 12.9
Steering wheel turn
(lock to lock)
2.55
Minimum turning radius 5.97m

Wheels and tires:

Wheel size Tires Spare tire
8.0 x 18-inch (front and rear) 245/50R18 Temporary tire
8.5 x 19-inch (front) 245/45R19
9.5 x 19-inch (rear) 275/40R19

Exterior dimensions (mm):

Overall length 5,205
Overall width 1,915
Overall height 1,495
Wheelbase 3,160
Front overhang 860
Rear overhang 1,185
Front tread 1,630 (18-inch)
1,640 (19-inch)
Rear tread 1,659 (18-inch)
1,639 (19-inch)
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 2,420-2,595

Interior dimensions (mm):

  Front Rear
Head room 1,045 966
Leg room 1,175 960
Shoulder room 1,500 1,470

Capacities (liters):

Fuel tank (liters) 83 (3.3l T-GDI, 5.0l GDI), 77 (3.8l GDI)
Luggage (liters) 484

* Figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates for the Korean market, specification in other markets may vary.

Hyundai Motor Supplies World’s Largest Fuel Cell Taxi Fleet
No. 40809-12-2015968 hits
  • Hyundai Motor delivers five ix35 Fuel Cell cars to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP
  • Car handover and hydrogen refuelling station unveiling alongside COP21
  • ix35 Fuel Cell taxis will save around 70 tons of CO2 in Greater Paris area

 

December 9, 2015 - Hyundai Motor has delivered five ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the Paris-based electric taxi start-up STEP (Société du Taxi Electrique Parisien). The handover coincides with the opening of the first hydrogen refuelling station in Paris, launched as the world focuses on COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in the French capital.

The delivery of the five ix35 Fuel Cell makes the world’s largest fuel cell taxi fleet, and is the first step in establishing a hydrogen-powered electric taxi fleet called “hype” (Hydrogen Powered Electric), serving the Greater Paris area. The fleet is planned to increase up to several hundred vehicles within five years, with the refuelling infrastructure to be gradually installed in 2016, to meet the increasing demand for hydrogen.

Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “With this pioneering project, Hyundai Motor and STEP are bringing new sustainable mobility to the streets of Paris. The ix35 Fuel Cell taxis will provide not only a clean solution for the city, but also a practical, comfortable and reliable choice for drivers and passengers.”

Compared to a diesel-powered taxi with CO2 emissions of 135g/km and an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles will save around 70 tons of CO2 per year in exhaust emissions. The only emissions from the tailpipe of the ix35 Fuel Cell during driving are water vapour.

The high-frequency usage of these cars on the ‘hype’ fleet will also showcase the reliability and all-day usability of fuel cell vehicles. To support this, Hyundai Motor will introduce and certify a specialised Hyundai fuel cell dealership, to service the growing taxi fleet.

With this latest delivery of fuel cell electric vehicles, the number of ix35 Fuel Cell on European roads has passed 250 units. The ix35 Fuel Cell was the first hydrogen-powered car to be mass-produced and offered for sale in Europe. The examples already on European roads have covered more than 1.2 million kilometres. By the end of 2015, the model will be available to buy or lease in 13 European countries.

Hyundai Motor introduces IONIQ, the first car to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains
No. 40707-12-2015968 hits
  • Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains available in a single body type, a world first
  • The IONIQ breaks hybrid stereotype by delivering entertaining drive alongside class-leading fuel economy and appealing design
  • Global launch set for January 2016 in Korea, followed by Geneva and New York auto shows, an important step as Hyundai Motor works to be global green car market leader

 

December 7, 2015 – Hyundai Motor has announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ [pronunciation: aɪ|ɑ:nɪk]. The car will be available with electric, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid, or gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain – the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.

As part of Hyundai Motor’s ambition to chart the direction of future mobility, while enhancing the lives of its customers, the IONIQ responds to rapidly changing customer lifestyles by breaking the mold for hybrid vehicles. As the world’s first model to offer customers the choice of three powertrain options, the IONIQ combines class-leading fuel efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and attractive design, a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle.

Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center said, “Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles, so we are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of IONIQ. Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment. IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision to shift the automotive paradigm and future mobility; IONIQ is the fruit of our efforts to become the leader in the global green car market.”

The new car’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.

Based on an exclusive new platform, made specifically for the car’s multi-powertrain options, the IONIQ chassis is optimized to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations. In its fully-electric (EV) form, the IONIQ is powered by a high capacity, ultra-efficient lithium ion battery. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version combines a fuel-efficient energy with battery power obtained by charging the car with electricity, boosting its range while cutting its emissions. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) utilizes the gasoline engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery, which returns enhanced efficiency by supplementing the engine’s power.

Hyundai Motor is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles and is committed to a future vehicle line-up comprising low- to zero-emission vehicles. This latest leap forward builds on Hyundai Motor’s heritage of world-first environmental developments. In 2013, Hyundai Motor became the first car manufacturer to mass-produce a hydrogen-fueled vehicle, the Tucson Fuel Cell (ix35 Fuel Cell in some markets).

Following its world premiere in Korea in January, the IONIQ is due to be shown at the Geneva International Motor Show, followed by the New York Auto Show, both in March 2016.

Hyundai Motor’s Tucson Fuel Cell Sets Land Speed Record for Production Fuel Cell SUV in the California Desert
No. 40604-12-2015740 hits
  • Hyundai Motor’s Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced Fuel Cell Vehicle exceeding 94 mph while emitting only clean water vapor at Soggy Dry Lake Bed in California
  • The Tucson Fuel Cell has an EPA-estimated driving range of 265 miles

 

December 4, 2015 – Hyundai Motor’s Tucson Fuel Cell set the land speed record for a production hydrogen-powered SUV with 94.6 mph, although the test was held under adverse conditions at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed of the California desert. The Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, with nearly 100 of these zero-emissions SUVs roaming the streets and highways of Southern California, the first of which was delivered to its owner in June 2014.

Besides setting the production fuel cell SUV land speed record, this same fuel cell vehicle was able to easily traverse the off-road terrain of the lake bed’s surrounding desert environs, benefitting from the substantial ground clearance of a compact SUV. Even more, with fold-down seats and rear hatch access, it is able to better meet the various cargo-carrying needs of active individuals and families at the same time.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has an EPA-estimated driving range of 265 miles, allowing it to conveniently meet the transportation needs of many families in the Southern California region. When coupled with a refueling interval of only a few short minutes, the range and refueling convenience of this fuel cell rivals many gasoline vehicles emitting combustion-based emissions.

Southern California currently has the greatest concentration of hydrogen refueling stations in the U.S., and its hydrogen infrastructure in California is rapidly growing, with nearly 50 forecasted to be in operation in 2016. Hyundai’s Fuel Cell stands ready to meet the increasing customer demand from this growing infrastructure, both in California and in other zero-emissions-focused states planning hydrogen availability.

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