Dec
20

Recharge Wrap-up: meet the ’66 ZelectricBug, DOE announces home-scale H2 refueling competition

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The US Department of Energy has launched the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition to create small- to medium-scale hydrogen refueling systems. The systems could be home-scale systems that produce hydrogen using utilities at home for refueling, or medium-scale systems to supply locations such as retail centers, apartment complexes or small fleets. The DOE sees hydrogen fueling infrastructure as the biggest obstacle to fuel-cell vehicle adoption and putting the production and refueling in the hands of the consumer could be a way around that obstacle. Read more at Energy.gov and at Green Car Congress.

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Dec
20

Hyundai’s bizarre pooping robot baby pitches new Sonata

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Hyundai is taking auto advertising to some very odd places with its latest commercial, called Exobaby, and starring a computer-generated robo-toddler. And yes, robot babies still make a doodoo now and again, it seems.

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Hyundai’s bizarre pooping robot baby pitches new Sonata originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dec
19

Recharge Wrap-up: Chevy Volt’s new, improved powertrain; Inabikari wants to build Tesla Model X fighter

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We knew the 2016 Chevrolet Volt‘s new powertrain would provide more range, but we didn’t know how much. According to GM‘s Executive Director Larry Nitz, it is about 12 percent more, overall. “I can’t think of a powertrain we’ve re-engineered more extensively within a five-year period than this one,” he said. The battery, electric drive system and gasoline generator have all been reworked to allow for an overall driving range of up to 425 miles, with electric range speculated to reach 42 miles or more. The new Volt will also benefit from 20 percent quicker low-end acceleration, weight reductions and improvements in NVH. Read more at Hybrid Cars and at the SAE website.

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Dec
19

Hyundai, Kia want to improve fuel economy by 25 percent

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Hyundai and sister company Kia are giving themselves a little bit of time to make up a lot of ground in the fight for better fuel economy. We wonder if a recent multi-million fine might have something to do with this public target.

Hyundai, Kia want to improve fuel economy by 25 percent originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dec
19

Recharge Wrap-up: Canada gets Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Washington governor favors EVs

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants extend tax breaks for EVs past the July 1 expiration date. He also calls for looking into allowing EVs use of carpool lanes and creating charging infrastructure. Inslee sees encouraging electric driving as a way to help mitigate climate change, but detractors within the state don’t like the idea of giving priorities to certain drivers. “I’m not enthusiastic about a subsidy that picks winners and losers and doesn’t help the middle class,” says representative Reuven Carlyle. Read more at The State.

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Dec
17

Hyundai reveals new Sonata Hybrid in Seoul

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata HybridThe wraps are off Hyundai’s next-generation Sonata Hybrid after an unveiling in Seoul, South Korea, and the latest model brings an improved powertrain and slight styling tweaks.

In the Korean domestic market, the Sonata Hybrid relies upon a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine producing 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque with a 51-hp electric motor providing the rest of the thrust. Hyundai isn’t revealing net system output at the moment, and it isn’t saying whether we will get this powertrain in the US yet. Company spokesperson Jim Trainor tells Autoblog that those details will likely be announced at the model’s North American debut at Detroit Auto Show in January. Sales are expected to begin in the spring.

In addition to the upgraded engine, there’s an improved six-speed automatic that houses most of the hybrid components and uses a new clutch to reduce drag. The switch to an electric oil pump also removes some inefficiencies, and the battery pack underneath the trunk has been enlarged to 1.62 kilowatt hours, up from 1.43 kWh. Despite the capacity increase, Hyundai claims there’s 10.5 percent more cargo room back there.

The Sonata’s design gets a slight rethink to improve fuel economy, too. Up front, the redone nose features a new mesh grille in a more rectilinear frame, and out back, there’s a set of unique taillamps, a lip spoiler and a unique rear diffuser to go along with the full underbody cover that only the pavement sees.

If anything, the new hybrid model looks more traditional to our eyes than the standard gas-powered Sonata, which comes as something of a surprise, especially as the previous-generation Sonata Hybrid was markedly more futuristic and divisive in its appearance. In any case, we expect the looks to remain largely the same for the US version, which will likely arrive wearing a 2016 model-year designation.

All of the upgrades, boost fuel economy to 18.2 kilometers per liter on the Korean cycle, the equivalent of about 42.8 miles per gallon. Comparatively, the current Sonata Hybrid in Korea is rated at 16.8 km/l (39.5 mpg).

Hyundai will also make a big expansion to its electrified slate next year. In addition to the standard Sonata Hybrid, a plug-in version will come later in 2015 – the automaker’s first. More details will arrive about the model in Detroit. The company’s first dedicated hybrid bodystyle will be coming in the second half of 2015, as well – it’s possible that the latter will be the same Prius-fighting model that our spy shooters caught testing during the summer. Scroll down to read the full scoop on Hyundai’s future hybrids.

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Dec
13

Hyundai Veloster nixed in UK after just 3 years

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Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster, Hyundai’s funky, four-door hatchback, has been pulled from the British market after just three years on sale. The blame, as is usually the case in these circumstances, is being placed on slow sales. Auto Express reports that, much like it has in the United States, the Veloster has failed to resonate with both customers and critics.

While UK sales figures weren’t available to prove AE’s point, Veloster sales in the US through November are down nearly 2,000 units over the same period in 2013, to under 26,000 vehicles. That makes it the third-slowest seller in the Hyundai lineup, behind the far more expensive Azera and Equus sedans.

The performance-minded Veloster Turbo will be replaced in the UK by a version of the i30 equipped with the VT’s 1.6-liter, force-induced, direct-injected engine. You can read all about that new vehicle right here.

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Dec
11

Hyundai pulls motorsports in US, parts ways with Rhys Millen Racing

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Automakers don’t necessarily undertake racing programs in proportion to their size. A company like Ferrari or McLaren, for example, may be small, but their racing programs are huge. The inverse could be said of a company like Hyundai, which has grown to rank among the largest automakers in the world, but has traditionally maintained a relatively short reach when it comes to racing. And now it’s getting even smaller as the company is shutting down its entire motorsport program in the United States.

Not that the program was that big to begin with in the first place. Although Hyundai recently launched a factory effort in the World Rally Championship, in North America its competition activities revolved essentially around Rhys Millen Racing, the California-based outfit with which the Korean automaker has tackled Pikes Peak, Formula Drift and the Global RallyCross Series – the latter of which Millen describes as “arguably the fastest most exciting form of racing to hit the US in years.” But now Millen has announced that Hyundai has withdrawn from their partnership that has stood for six years.

Without support from the automaker, Rhys Millen is putting up his Hyundais for sale or rental to any privateer team interested in getting in on the RallyCross action, while the team looks for a new partner with which to move forward. As for Hyundai, it seems the automaker may have stretched its motorsport budget a little thin with the WRC effort, on which it will now apparently rely to establish its racing cred.

We reached out to Hyundai for clarification on its future motorsport plans in America, but representatives weren’t immediately available for comment. We will update this story when and if we hear back.

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Dec
11

Hyundai spices up Euro lineup with i20 Coupe, i30 Turbo, revised i40

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Hyundai i20 Coupe

Hyundai’s model line in North America is made up of nameplates like Accent, Elantra and Sonata, but across the pond in Europe, the Korean automaker takes an alphanumeric approach. And it’s just revealed a whole slate of new models.

Arguably the most enticing of the fresh batch of Hyundais destined for Europe is the new i20 Coupe. Joining the recently refreshed, Ford Fiesta-sized i20 five-door hatch, the new three-door gets a more rakish roofline, beefed-up wheel arches and other visual enhancements to appeal to a younger demographic. European buyers will be able to choose between four engines – two diesels and two gasoline units – ranging from 1.1 liters to 1.4 liters, offering anywhere between 74 horsepower up to 99 hp, with a new 1.0-liter turbo three to follow.

Hyundai i30 TurboHyundai Motor Europe has also revealed a refreshed version of its Focus-sized i30 with refreshed styling and upgraded equipment. The kicker, though, is the new i30 Turbo that packs the Korean automaker’s 1.6-liter turbo four, but detuned from the 201 horsepower it produces in the Veloster Turbo and Kia Cee’d GT to “only” 183 hp. Although the refreshed i30 is available in three-door hatch, five-door hatch or wagon bodystyles, and with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch, the turbo engine is only being offered with the manual and in hatchback form.

Finally, Hyundai has also announced a refreshed version of the i40. Just a bit smaller than the Ford Fusion/Mondeo, the i40 is available in sedan and wagon forms, and benefits in this latest iteration from updated sheetmetal, a more refined cabin, upgraded equipment and a new diesel engine displacing 1.7 liters and putting out 113 or 139 horsepower, channeled through a six-speed manual or (on the more powerful version) a seven-speed DCT.

Interested parties will want to scope out images of all the new models in the accompanying galleries and details in the trio of press releases below.

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Dec
09

Hyundai recalls 43k Genesis and Equus models for faulty lighting

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As you can imagine, it’d be a bit of a problem if the brake lights on your car didn’t work. And that, unfortunately, is precisely the problem that Hyundai has found with some of its higher-end offerings, prompting the Korean automaker to issue a recall. (One of a great many recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today, as you can no doubt see.)

The problem apparently revolves around a failure in the circuit that’s supposed to illuminate the taillights when the driver hits the brakes. If that doesn’t work, of course, the vehicle behind would be more likely to crash into the Hyundai in question.

As a result, Hyundai is recalling precisely 42,925 units, split between the 2009-2011 Genesis (manufactured between April 30, 2008, and November 21, 2010) and the 2011 Equus (manufactured between July 31, 2010 and November 21, 2010). Owners of those vehicles will be notified to bring their vehicles in to have their brake light circuits repaired.

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Hyundai recalls 43k Genesis and Equus models for faulty lighting originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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