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Hyundai Recalls 155K Sonatas for Airbag Issue

No deaths have occurred as a result of issue.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Hyundai is recalling 155,000 2011 model-year Sonata for an airbag problem.

Airbag recalls are still dominating headlines in 2018 as Hyundai announced it is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The action covers cars from the 2011 model year. The problem is unrelated to the ongoing issue with Takata airbags.

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South Korean automaker Hyundai claims a short circuit in the airbag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash as well as prevent the airbags from deploying. (more…)

Hyundai’s New Concept Reveals Design Direction

Automaker draws from the past to shape its design future.

by on Mar.06, 2018

Hyundai showed the world its new design direction with the debut of Le Fil Rouge at the Geneva Motor Show.

Everything that’s old is new again.

It’s a loose interpretation of the Hyundai’s ‘Le Fil Rouge’ concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show today. Kia translates the name as “common thread” and believes that this new design will be the direction for the company going forward.

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However, this forward-looking shift borrows from the company’s past as well. (more…)

Hyundai to Add Hybrid, Plug-In Versions of Latest Sonata Sedan

It's green at the Chicago Auto Show this year.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The new Hyundai Sonata comes as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version for the 2018 model year.

There may be plenty of white stuff swirling around the frigid Windy City, but it’s green inside Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center – at least if you’re at the Hyundai stand.

The Korean carmaker has been slow to embrace new battery technologies but it’s making up for lost time. It’s planning to add a veritable blizzard of battery and hydrogen-powered models during the next five years, and the rollout gains momentum with the launch of both conventional hybrid and plug-in versions of the midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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“When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. (more…)

Hyundai Showing Off New Generation Santa Fe

South Korean maker continues to grow SUV line-up.

by on Feb.07, 2018

Hyundai continues to grow is utility line-up with the New Generation Santa Fe, which will be the largest vehicle in its line-up.

Hyundai’s been making a lot of noise about expanding its offerings within its sport-utility portfolio, including a larger, full-size ute that seats seven people. The New Generation Santa Fe is coming and now we get a look.

The South Korean automaker released a couple of pictures prior to the Chicago Auto Show to give folks something to compare with other full-size vehicles on display. Hyundai doesn’t plan to show off its new Santa Fe until the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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The new ute is the company’s largest vehicle and the fourth-gen model of the Santa Fe. It “displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the cascading grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity,” according to the automaker. (more…)

Hyundai Sends Nexo Ute on 118-Mile Autonomous Trek

Automaker sent three crossovers to Pyeongchang from Seoul.

by on Feb.05, 2018

Three Hyundai Nexo FCVs drove autonomously from Seoul to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

As thousands of athletes descend on Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics this week, Hyundai engaged in its own special event as three of is fuel-cell powered Nexo concept crossovers headed to the Olympic city.

Three fuel cell vehicles making the nearly 120-mile trek from Seoul to Pyeongchang isn’t all that impressive except they were using Level 4 autonomous technology to make the trip on their own: a first for FCVs.

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The vehicles used for the demonstration are “futuristic vehicles” that closely represent Hyundai’s three visions for future mobility: connected mobility; freedom in mobility; and clean mobility, the automaker noted. (more…)

Hyundai Teases 4th-Generation Santa Fe SUV

Official debut planned for Geneva Motor Show.

by on Jan.25, 2018

Hyundai is offering a sneak peek at its 2019 Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle, which will debut in Geneva.

Hyundai is betting big, going forward, on SUVs and may soon add a pickup to its line-up, as well. But few vehicles are more important for the Korean carmaker than the Santa Fe, currently the biggest ute in its line-up.

What Hyundai is pointedly calling its “New Generation Santa Fe” is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show coming up in March, and an official teaser image, as well as some spy shots and reports out of Korea suggest we’ll see some notable styling updates, as well as a suite of new safety features.

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The new line-up of safety technology includes not only a new collision warning system with auto-braking but also what it is calling Rear Occupant Alert Monitor. It keeps an eye on “the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car.” The idea, apparently, is to prevent the car from driving off inadvertently. (more…)

Hyundai Posts Disappointing Earnings Results

Lack of SUVs hurts sales outside South Korea, driving down results.

by on Jan.25, 2018

Sport-utility vehicles, like the Hyundai Sante Fe, dominated sales in 2017. The maker's lack of utes crimped its 2017 profits.

Hyundai Motor reported that its Q4 revenue of $23 billion and earnings were $970 million, or just a 3% increase, which was lower than the company predicted. Its full-year earnings were just $3.8 billion, a 25% drop and its worst result in eight years.

The South Korean automaker noted that it was hurt by overseas sales, particularly in China. The two countries are in the midst of a standoff over South Korea’s deployment of a missile defense system. The country’s use of the system is in response to North Korea’s ongoing display of missile launches.

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The automaker sold 4.5 million vehicles in 2017, which is a 6% from last year. The drop is all from its non-domestic sales, which fell 8%. While last year was difficult, this year is likely to be worse at the company predicts its sales will fall to their lowest levels since 2008. (more…)

Hyundai Brings Back Veloster and Its Hot Hatch Friend, the N

N performance brand comes to the U.S. for the first time.

by on Jan.17, 2018

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N gives the South Korean automaker a viable entry in the hot hatch segment.

Hyundai’s enjoyed a run of well-received sedans and now it’s hoping it can sprinkle some of that magic on the second edition of a “passion project” that wasn’t so well received the first time around: the 2019 Veloster.

The South Korean automaker’s quirky asymmetrical three-door hatchback hasn’t sold well in recent years. However, with the revival of the hatchback, the company is giving the Veloster another chance at success.

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The updated model comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter engine delivers a peak output of 147 horsepower and 132 foot-pounds of torque and a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. (more…)

Hyundai Nexo Will Deliver 370 Miles on Tank of Hydrogen

Fuel-cell vehicle features auto parking and hints of autonomous features to come.

by on Jan.09, 2018

Hyundai introduced the new Nexo fuel-cell electric with Aurora CEO Chris Urmson, left, and Ki Sang-Lee, Hyundai vice president.

Five years after launching its first hydrogen car, Hyundai is ready to take things a big step forward, unveiling the new Nexo fuel-cell vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Nexo is the latest in the wave of “eco” vehicles from the South Korean carmaker, a list that will include a mix of 18 hybrids, plug-ins, pure battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen cars by 2025. Sibling brand Kia will share the underlying fuel-cell system for a new model of its own before the end of the decade.

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Following up on the 2013 debut of the original Hyundai Tucson FCV, “we’re ready to showcase how far our fuel-cell technology has come,” said Hyundai Senior Vice President Ki Sang-Lee said during a roll-out of the Nexo at CES. (more…)

Hyundai Hitting Market with Autonomous Fuel Cell Vehicle This Year

New FCEV can travel 370 miles and park itself.

by on Jan.08, 2018

Hyundai revealed its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle at CES 2018, the NEXO.

Hyundai finally revealed the name for its next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, Nexo, at CES 2018, after it gave the world a look at the crossover late last week, but provided no details.

Nexo not only comes equipped with a revolutionary propulsion system, it also gets the South Korean automakers intelligent Advanced Driver Assistance System, which Hyundai calls “a glimpse at the future of transportation.”

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“The zero-emission FCEV runs on hydrogen and proves that even an eco-friendly powertrain can fully support the energy demands of autonomous driving,” officials say in a statement. (more…)