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PostHeaderIcon Money Talks: The 10 Most Valuable Car Brands In The World

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Determining the value of a car brand can be a tricky exercise. There are so many variables to consider that ultimately, the results may differ from one study or another. What we do know is that, at the very least, the cream always rises to the top. The standings may be different depending on who the author of the study is, but it’s pretty much the same automakers making up a majority of the list.

In this exercise, we’re taking a look at the ten most valuable car brands, at least through the eyes of Interbrand, an independent agency that specializes in determining the world’s most valuable brands. Obviously, such a task involves creating a specific set of formulas and calculations using a variety of available information, including a company’s financial forecast and then using it with its own in-house-developed “role of brand” and “brand strength” calculations. If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is, especially in the current automotive climate where buzz words like “electrification,” “ride-sharing,” and “autonomous driving technology” have staked bigger pieces of influence among automakers of all shapes and sizes.

Even then, there are also certain requirements that each automaker has to meet to be eligible to be included in the list. These requirements include having a sales presence on at least three continents and having a third of a company’s revenue coming from its home market. Ultimately, it all boils down to a lot of tech jargon that’s a little above my head. What I can tell you, though, is that the final list that Interbrand came up with is both expected and revealing. A few notable names made it in predictable spots while a few surprise inclusions definitely raised our eyebrows.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

10. Porsche


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Brand value: $10.13 billion

Top-selling model: Porsche 911

It seems crazy to think that at one point in the last 20 years, Porsche was a struggling automaker that somehow couldn’t get out of its own way. Things have definitely changed since then, and a big part of that is tied into the German automaker’s decision to enter a market that it previously shied away from. Taking a risk, Porsche ultimately decided to build the Cayenne SUV, and the rest is history. Today, Porsche cracks the top 10 list of “most valuable auto brands in the world” for good reason. It’s arguably one of the most beloved automakers in the world, and it’s rounded its model lineup to include a performance saloon known as the Panamera to go with a steady diet of sports cars led by the Porsche 911 Turbo.

9. Volkswagen


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Brand value: $11.52 billion

Top-selling model: Volkswagen Beetle

If you’re surprised that Volkswagen is so far down on this list, don’t be. This is Volkswagen the automaker, not the auto conglomerate that owns three brands on this list. On the bright side, VW actually posted improvements in terms of its brand value compared to last year. It’s incremental growth of just one percent, but it’s growth compared to 2016 when it actually posted a drop of one percent in value. Still, it could’ve been a lot better for Volkswagen had it not gotten itself mixed into the Dieselgate scandal. Look for a better year ahead for the German automaker when the calendar flips to 2018.

8. Nissan


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Brand value: $11.54 billion

Top-selling model: Nissan Sentra

If there was an automaker that earned its place in this ranking, it has to be Nissan. That’s not an indictment on the automaker’s past, but a celebration of what it has achieved in recent years. Between launching models that have been positively received and maintaining a level-headed approach in an industry that’s continues to evolve like this one, Nissan has turned in one growth year after another, culminating in a four-percent growth for this year that was good enough to land it in the top 10 list of most valuable car brands in the world.

7. Audi


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Brand value: $12.02 billion

Top-selling model: Audi A4

The Nissan of Europe, or is Nissan the Audi of Japan? Either way, the comparison fits because Audi always seems to be third fiddle in Europe to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, just like Nissan plays the same role in Japan to Toyota and Honda. That’s not a slight towards either Audi or Nissan because both companies have thrived doing their own thing. In Audi’s case, it has managed to build up a brand that’s worth $12.02 billion, becoming the most valuable auto brand under the Volkswagen Group. This year, Audi even posted a two-percent growth that probably should be bigger had it not been weighed down by Dieselgate. Still, look for Audi to remain competitive to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as it always has been in recent years.

6. Hyundai


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Brand Value: $13.2 billion

Top-selling model: Hyundai Elantra

It says a lot about Hyundai’s growth as an automaker that it finds itself on this list with some of the most established brands in the auto industry. This wasn’t always the case though, as the Korean automaker’s surge up to mainstream popularity didn’t happen until the last decade. But, thanks to an aggressive push towards relevancy and the introduction of popular models like the Elantra, Tucson, and Santa Fe, Hyundai’s ascension up the ranks is looking less fluky and more of a result of hard work and dedication. Don’t even be surprised if, by next year, Hyundai finds itself in going up the ladder into a more prominent spot on this list. That’s the kind of outlook we’re now expecting from a company that already increased its value year-on-year by at least five percent.

5. Ford


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Brand value: $13.64 billion

Top-selling model: Ford F-Series Trucks

Ford is the only American automaker on this list. It is a little bit embarrassing to see what’s become of General Motors and Chrysler, but at least Ford is representing the US here to a certain extent. The good news for the Blue Oval is that it posted a five-percent increase in its own value and getting it up to $13.64 billion. The bad news is that a lot of the automakers its ahead of have as good a chance as any to move up the rankings for next year’s list at the expense of Ford. I personally don’t think that’s going to happen because of the company’s strong foothold in one of the world’s biggest markets, but then again, stranger things have happened so it’s not a certainty that the automaker will retain its spot in the rankings. It is worth pointing out though that of the ten auto brands that made it on this list, only Ford can boast of having a pickup truck as its top-selling model. That counts for a win, right?

4. Honda


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Brand value: $22.70 billion

Top-selling model: Honda Civic

Barring the unlikely event of seeing something catastrophic come out of Honda, it looks like a certainty that Honda’s going to retain its status as the fourth most valuable auto brand in the world for the next few years. That’s because it’s brand value of $22.70 billion is on an island by itself. Ford needs to almost double its value to be able to even sniff Honda’s, and conversely, the Japanese automaker needs to double its own value in order to come close to competing against the company that sits third on this list. Still, a value of $22.7 billion is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it comes as a result of a three-percent growth compared to its value from the previous year. The timeless popularity of the Honda Civic has a lot to do with Honda being where it is, but so does the continuing presence of its robust crossover and SUV lineup that’s led by the CR-V. Look for Honda to remain one of the most valuable auto brands in the world for all the reasons I just mentioned.

3. BMW


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Brand value: $41.62 billion

Top-selling model: BMW 3 Series

Well, that was a huge leap, wasn’t it? From Honda’s $22.7 billion in brand value, we move up to BMW’s, which has a brand value of $41.62 billion. This is the power of what BMW has to offer and the niche it has carved for itself – sportier than an Audi, less uptight than a Mercedes – tells you exactly how the German automaker has built up its own brand to become a force to be reckoned with it in the industry. It still has a few miles to go before it can catch up to its biggest rival, but rest assured, the blueprint towards long-term success and sustainability is being put to good use. For one, a plethora of new models with more advanced tech features are scheduled to be released soon to complement some of Bimmer’s most popular model lines. Imagine what kind of cache it can gain with the release of the BMW 8 Series? For all of its success, it is quite ironic that BMW finds itself in this enviable position despite minimal movement on its brand value.

2. Mercedes-Benz


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Brand value: $47.83 billion

Top-selling model: Mercedes C-Class

The king of German automakers finds itself in the second spot, trailing only the king of Japanese automakers. It should be said that Mercedes’ ascension up the ranks didn’t happen by luck or sheer happenstance. It comes as a result of record-breaking sales that helped pave the way for the company to enjoy its highest profits and revenue in its entire history. Add that to its ever-increasing global popularity and the introduction of affordable models like the CLA-Class, and it becomes clearer and clearer as to why Mercedes-Benz actually increased its brand value by a whopping 10% year-on-year. At the very least, it created a big separation with BMW’s own brand value, something I’m sure the fine folks over at Mercedes are more than happy to point out.

1. Toyota


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Brand value: $50.30

Best-selling model: Toyota Corolla

Sitting pretty at the number one spot is Toyota, a position it has held for a few years now on the back of being the biggest automaker in the world. Toyota’s dominance as a carmaker can be best seen in the fact that it still holds a pretty good lead over Mercedes-Benz despite seeing its value take a dip by six percent. That tells you that there’s room for Toyota to have a down year and still reign supreme as the most valuable auto brand in the world. I don’t see the company’s status get challenged for at least a few more years, but that loss in value could become more worrisome if it starts becoming a trend. For now, the auto world still kneels at the feet of Toyota, as do companies like Netflix, Facebook, McDonalds and Disney for that matter.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N TCR Race Car Priced at €128,000

The highly anticipated customer race car from Hyundai goes on sale as the Korean company confirms the pricing. The 2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR starts at €128,000, but teams placing their orders first will get a four grand discount. That makes the i30 N one of the most affordable racing cars ever offered for sale. 

The early birds will also get their cars as early as December, so they will plenty of time to prepare for the 2018 season. There are other incentives as well, for customers buying multiple cars, with including spare parts packages of up to €28.000. Each Hyundai i30 N TCR comes race-ready out of the box, equipped with ABS, night lamps and an external refueling fitting. Another advantage of this car is Hyundai’s vast and reliable customer support and spare parts delivery, ensuring you are never out of action for long due to damage or mechanical failure.

Hyundai i30 N TCR has already proven it’s a serious competition car with a stellar performance at TCR events in Europe and China. Based on the road-going i30 N, the car features a 2.0 liter turbo engine equipped with racing-grade ECU and performance part, competition-spec suspension and brakes and interior, and the mandatory safety package including roll cage.

Hyundai i30 N TCR Specs:

Engine:

  • Transverse mounted, 2-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection, intercooled
  • Life Racing ECU and data acquisition system
  • BMC air induction kit

Transmission:

  • Pneumatic paddle shift operated, 6-speed sequential gearbox with external preload adjustment
  • Multi-disc motorsport clutch
  • Motorsport-specification driveshafts

Braking:

  • Front bespoke Brembo 6-piston monobloc calipers with Ø380mm ventilated brake discs
  • Rear 2-piston monobloc calipers with Ø278mm ventilated brake discs
  • Pagid brake pads
  • Adjustable pedal box with spherical bearing-mounted Brembo master cylinders
  • Goodridge braided hoses and fittings

Steering:

  • Hydraulic steering rack

Suspension:

  • Front McPherson struts with adjustable dampers
  • Rear 4-arm multi-link with adjustable dampers

Wheels: 

  • Braid i30 N TCR specific 10”x18” rims

Chassis: 

  • Hyundai Motorsport-designed lightweight, high-tensile steel roll cage
  • Strengthened production body shell, painted white interior and exterior
  • Body panels from steel and GFC

Interior:

  • Sabelt race seats and 6-point HANS compatible harnesses
  • Sabelt 330mm flat steering wheel
  • Lifeline fire extinguisher system • 100-litre fuel tank with endurance refueling capability • Odyssey PC680 lightweight race battery

Dimensions:

  • Length: 4,450mm
  • Width: 1,950mm
  • Wheel base: 2,650mm
  • Track Width: 1,700mm
  • Minimum weight: 1,285kg (including driver, complying with TCR regulations)

The post Hyundai i30 N TCR Race Car Priced at €128,000 appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept

First introduced in 2004, the Hyundai Tucson quickly became one of the company’s most popular vehicles. A more modern, second-generation model was launched in 2009, while the third-gen version was unveiled for the 2016 model year. This time around designed by Peter Schreyer, the Tucson adopted the company’s latest design language and a more upscale interior. A favorite among many tuners for SEMA Show projects, the Tucson is set to return to the event in 2017 with a comprehensive upgrade developed by Hyundai and Vaccar.

The already eye-catching crossover was overhauled inside and out for this project. Gifted with many race-inspired design elements, a custom paint job, a luxurious interior, and many drivetrain upgrades, the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept was conceived to demonstrate that the small crossover has great potential when it comes to performance upgrades. However, this doesn’t mean that Hyundai is planning a performance-oriented model, so don’t get your hopes up on seeing it in showrooms. As disappointing as it may sound, the Vaccar Sport concept is worthy of your attention as it can provide valuable hints if you’re looking to modify your Tucson in the future.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept.

Exterior

  • Custom two-tone paint from BASF
  • Sporty bumper, side skirts, and diffuser
  • Honeycomb mesh grille
  • Aggressive front bumper design
  • Concept One wheels
  • Continental performance tires

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“Hyundai and Vaccar creates a Tucson that could put any Porsche Macan out there to shame”

The cool thing about modding a Hyundai Tucson is that you have a good base to work on. I don’t know about you, but to my eyes, the Tucson is one of the best looking crossovers on the market. It has an aggressive front fascia, muscular side panels, and a sleek roofline. And, Hyundai and Vaccar just managed to take that up a few notches and create a Tucson that could put any Porsche Macan out there to shame.

The front end is downright menacing to look at thanks to the new grille that ditched the horizontal bars for a fine honeycomb mesh. The Hyundai badge seems to float, while the visible radiator behind the mesh makes this Tucson look as if it’s about to swallow everything in its path. The lower bumper is actually very similar to the standard model, but the Vaccan spoiler lip further enhances the crossover’s sporty look.


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“The front end is downright menacing to look at thanks to the new grille”

Moving onto the sides, most standard features remained unchanged, but the lowered ride height and the new side skirts give the Tucson a new, aggressive stance. Vaccar also ditched the regular wheels for a set of Concept One rollers. The 20-inch forged rims come in a thin, 10-spoke design with a two-tone finish and low profile, Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires.

Around back, there’s a new diffuser to talk about, but the initial rendering doesn’t show the vehicle’s rear end. But it’s safe to assume that this Tucson sports a large aero element and bigger exhaust pipes.

The show car is rounded off by a special paint livery from BASF. It combines a blue metallic hue for the lower body with a dark silver on the roof and most of the engine hood, as well as matching accents in the front grille and bumper, wheel arch extensions, side skirts, mirror caps, and rear bumper.

Interior

  • Katzkin leather and suede
  • Blue stitching
  • Nine-inch infotainment screen
  • Nine-inch rear-seat displays
  • 12-inch subwoofer
  • Custom instrument gauges
  • WiFi boost

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Note: Standard Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

“The interior is focused on luxury rather than sportiness”

While the exterior is decidedly more aggressive than a standard Tucson, the interior is focused on luxury rather than sportiness. The seats are wrapped in fine Ice Grey leather by Katzkin, but some surfaces are wrapped in Fog Suedezkin, which is Katzkin talk for grey suede. Blue stitching keeps everything together and adds a bit of contrast.

The standard infotainment system was replaced by a Vaccar-made, Android-powered multimedia unit with a nine-inch screen. There’s also a WiFi head unit with AutoMeter Airdrive WiFi Boost, while the rear passengers get to enjoy the nine-inch Soundstream LCDs integrated into the front headrests.

Moving over to the instrument cluster, Vaccar added a new dash-top triple gauge pod, as well as new oil and Wideband A/F gauges. There’s also DVD-MobileLink, while the soundtrack is provided by a 12-inch Picasso subwoofer and a Nano 520-watt, four-channel amplifier. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the interior yet so we can’t see any of these features.

Drivetrain

  • Boostec turbocharger, R50 Blow-off Valve
  • AEM Air Intake System
  • Mishimoto G-Line intercooler
  • Vaccar cat-back exhaust
  • Magnaflow performance mufflers
  • XS Power battery
  • Vaccar-Power Stop brake kit
  • Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers

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“A beefed-up Boostec unit with an R50 blow-off valve was strapped to the four-cylinder mill”

Drivetrain modifications are just as diverse, and by the looks of things, Vaccar didn’t retain too much of the standard unit. Interestingly enough, the press release doesn’t mention whether the concept uses the naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter or the turbocharged, 1.6-liter unit, but judging by the upgrade list, Vaccar went with the latter.

The standard turbo was ditched and a beefed-up Boostec unit with an R50 blow-off valve was strapped to the four-cylinder mill. The air intake system comes from AEM and including a charge pipe kit. The SUV also features a Mishimoto G-Line intercooler, VMS Racing baffled oil-catch tank, can, and fender washers, and Vaccar-developed front-mount piping and cat-back exhaust.

“If I were to take a guess, I'd say that output has increased to at least 300 horses and 320 pound-feet”

The builder also fitted Magnaflow Performance mufflers and stainless kit, and XS Power D Series 3400 Battery, and uses AMSOIL Signature Series synthetic oil and filter. What does it all mean in terms of output and performance? Unfortunately, we don’t know because Vaccar has yet to release any information. But rest assured that the 1.6-liter four-pot now cranks out more than the standard 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. If I were to take a guess, I’d say that output has increased to at least 300 horses and 320 pound-feet. And Vaccar says that performance gains have been obtain without sacrificing reliability.

Upgrades continue in the chassis with a Vaccar brake kit for both axles, a VMS Racing forged lugnuts, and Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers. So the concept isn’t just faster, but it should be able to handle some track racing too.

Conclusion


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Stunning is the best way to describe the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept, at least as far as looks go. I can’t say the same about the interior and the drivetrain since there aren’t any photos and proper information, but if the styling is any indication, this concept should be a solid piece of work in just about any department. This vehicle will probably remain just a concept, but its exterior design would make for a great performance-oriented version of the Tucson. And why not, maybe even inspire an upcoming Genesis crossover.

  • Leave it
    • Just a concept car
    • No drivetrain information and no photos

References

Hyundai Tucson


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Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Tucson.


2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740208

Read more 2017 SEMA Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept

First introduced in 2004, the Hyundai Tucson quickly became one of the company’s most popular vehicles. A more modern, second-generation model was launched in 2009, while the third-gen version was unveiled for the 2016 model year. This time around designed by Peter Schreyer, the Tucson adopted the company’s latest design language and a more upscale interior. A favorite among many tuners for SEMA Show projects, the Tucson is set to return to the event in 2017 with a comprehensive upgrade developed by Hyundai and Vaccar.

The already eye-catching crossover was overhauled inside and out for this project. Gifted with many race-inspired design elements, a custom paint job, a luxurious interior, and many drivetrain upgrades, the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept was conceived to demonstrate that the small crossover has great potential when it comes to performance upgrades. However, this doesn’t mean that Hyundai is planning a performance-oriented model, so don’t get your hopes up on seeing it in showrooms. As disappointing as it may sound, the Vaccar Sport concept is worthy of your attention as it can provide valuable hints if you’re looking to modify your Tucson in the future.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept.

Exterior

  • Custom two-tone paint from BASF
  • Sporty bumper, side skirts, and diffuser
  • Honeycomb mesh grille
  • Aggressive front bumper design
  • Concept One wheels
  • Continental performance tires

2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept - image 740263
“Hyundai and Vaccar creates a Tucson that could put any Porsche Macan out there to shame”

The cool thing about modding a Hyundai Tucson is that you have a good base to work on. I don’t know about you, but to my eyes, the Tucson is one of the best looking crossovers on the market. It has an aggressive front fascia, muscular side panels, and a sleek roofline. And, Hyundai and Vaccar just managed to take that up a few notches and create a Tucson that could put any Porsche Macan out there to shame.

The front end is downright menacing to look at thanks to the new grille that ditched the horizontal bars for a fine honeycomb mesh. The Hyundai badge seems to float, while the visible radiator behind the mesh makes this Tucson look as if it’s about to swallow everything in its path. The lower bumper is actually very similar to the standard model, but the Vaccan spoiler lip further enhances the crossover’s sporty look.


2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept - image 740264
“The front end is downright menacing to look at thanks to the new grille”

Moving onto the sides, most standard features remained unchanged, but the lowered ride height and the new side skirts give the Tucson a new, aggressive stance. Vaccar also ditched the regular wheels for a set of Concept One rollers. The 20-inch forged rims come in a thin, 10-spoke design with a two-tone finish and low profile, Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires.

Around back, there’s a new diffuser to talk about, but the initial rendering doesn’t show the vehicle’s rear end. But it’s safe to assume that this Tucson sports a large aero element and bigger exhaust pipes.

The show car is rounded off by a special paint livery from BASF. It combines a blue metallic hue for the lower body with a dark silver on the roof and most of the engine hood, as well as matching accents in the front grille and bumper, wheel arch extensions, side skirts, mirror caps, and rear bumper.

Interior

  • Katzkin leather and suede
  • Blue stitching
  • Nine-inch infotainment screen
  • Nine-inch rear-seat displays
  • 12-inch subwoofer
  • Custom instrument gauges
  • WiFi boost

2016 - 2017 Hyundai Tucson - image 625093

Note: Standard Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

“The interior is focused on luxury rather than sportiness”

While the exterior is decidedly more aggressive than a standard Tucson, the interior is focused on luxury rather than sportiness. The seats are wrapped in fine Ice Grey leather by Katzkin, but some surfaces are wrapped in Fog Suedezkin, which is Katzkin talk for grey suede. Blue stitching keeps everything together and adds a bit of contrast.

The standard infotainment system was replaced by a Vaccar-made, Android-powered multimedia unit with a nine-inch screen. There’s also a WiFi head unit with AutoMeter Airdrive WiFi Boost, while the rear passengers get to enjoy the nine-inch Soundstream LCDs integrated into the front headrests.

Moving over to the instrument cluster, Vaccar added a new dash-top triple gauge pod, as well as new oil and Wideband A/F gauges. There’s also DVD-MobileLink, while the soundtrack is provided by a 12-inch Picasso subwoofer and a Nano 520-watt, four-channel amplifier. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the interior yet so we can’t see any of these features.

Drivetrain

  • Boostec turbocharger, R50 Blow-off Valve
  • AEM Air Intake System
  • Mishimoto G-Line intercooler
  • Vaccar cat-back exhaust
  • Magnaflow performance mufflers
  • XS Power battery
  • Vaccar-Power Stop brake kit
  • Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers

2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept - image 740266
“A beefed-up Boostec unit with an R50 blow-off valve was strapped to the four-cylinder mill”

Drivetrain modifications are just as diverse, and by the looks of things, Vaccar didn’t retain too much of the standard unit. Interestingly enough, the press release doesn’t mention whether the concept uses the naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter or the turbocharged, 1.6-liter unit, but judging by the upgrade list, Vaccar went with the latter.

The standard turbo was ditched and a beefed-up Boostec unit with an R50 blow-off valve was strapped to the four-cylinder mill. The air intake system comes from AEM and including a charge pipe kit. The SUV also features a Mishimoto G-Line intercooler, VMS Racing baffled oil-catch tank, can, and fender washers, and Vaccar-developed front-mount piping and cat-back exhaust.

“If I were to take a guess, I'd say that output has increased to at least 300 horses and 320 pound-feet”

The builder also fitted Magnaflow Performance mufflers and stainless kit, and XS Power D Series 3400 Battery, and uses AMSOIL Signature Series synthetic oil and filter. What does it all mean in terms of output and performance? Unfortunately, we don’t know because Vaccar has yet to release any information. But rest assured that the 1.6-liter four-pot now cranks out more than the standard 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. If I were to take a guess, I’d say that output has increased to at least 300 horses and 320 pound-feet. And Vaccar says that performance gains have been obtain without sacrificing reliability.

Upgrades continue in the chassis with a Vaccar brake kit for both axles, a VMS Racing forged lugnuts, and Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers. So the concept isn’t just faster, but it should be able to handle some track racing too.

Conclusion


2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept - image 740026

Stunning is the best way to describe the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept, at least as far as looks go. I can’t say the same about the interior and the drivetrain since there aren’t any photos and proper information, but if the styling is any indication, this concept should be a solid piece of work in just about any department. This vehicle will probably remain just a concept, but its exterior design would make for a great performance-oriented version of the Tucson. And why not, maybe even inspire an upcoming Genesis crossover.

  • Leave it
    • Just a concept car
    • No drivetrain information and no photos

References

Hyundai Tucson


2016 - 2017 Hyundai Tucson - image 701278

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Tucson.


2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept - image 740208

Read more 2017 SEMA Show news.

PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept

The next SEMA-bound tricked-out Hyundai we get to drool over is based on the Tuscan SUV. The color-change blue metallic Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept is an attempt at making the ultimate urban cruiser that is both fast and menacing. 

Stuff like this can’t really be called a success of failure because, for one thing, everyone has their definition for those words. Objectively, Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport is indeed what its maker had envisioned. But since replicating this car in the real world would cost an INSANE amount money, it is something utterly useless. Well, maybe not utterly, seeing as it does make for a good show car. You could draw some inspirations from this Tusan if you are looking to tune yours. OK, so not the Boostec turbochargers, or the expensive Concept One wheels, or the unique paint job. But the Vaccar bodykit on this car looks pretty awesome. And some of the interior treatments are within the reach of the average tuning enthusiast.

Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept Specs:

ENGINE

  • Boostec Turbocharger, R50 Blow-off Valve
  • AEM Air Intake System and Charge Pipe Kit
  • Mishimoto G-Line Intercooler
  • VMS Racing Baffled Oil-Catch Tank, Cap and Star Fender Washers
  • Vaccar Front-mount Piping and Cat-back Exhaust
  • Magnaflow Performance Mufflers and Stainless Builder Kit
  • XS Power D Series 3400 Battery
  • AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Oil and Filter

CHASSIS

  • Concept One Forged Wheels 20×9.5” CF-003SX
  • Continental ExtremeContact Sport 255/35R20 tires
  • Vaccar-Power Stop Front and Rear Z23 Evolution Brake Kit
  • VMS Racing Forged Extended Lugnuts
  • Vaccar-Gecko G-Street Coilovers

EXTERIOR

  • BASF R-M Paint Systems, Blue Metallic color change with Silver partial 2-tone
  • Vaccar Front Lip, Side Skirts, Rear Diffuser and M&S Mesh Front Grille
  • Diode Dynamics RGB LEDs, wireless WiFi Controller

INTERIOR

  • Katzkin Ice Grey Leather, Fog Suedezkin, Blue Stitch
  • AutoMeter AIRDRIVE WiFi Boost, Oil, Wideband A/F Gauges Dash-top Triple Gauge Pod
  • Vaccar Android-powered 9” Multimedia, WiFi Head Unit
  • Soundstream 9” Headrest Mount LCDs, DVD-MobileLink, Picasso 12” Powered Subwoofer Enclosure, 6.5? 2-Way Component Sets, Nano 520w Class D 4ch Amplifier

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept

The Hyundai Elantra is getting a SEMA makeover, and it looks, well, you be the judge. After seeing the overhaul Blood Type Racing gave to the Elantra, it’s clear that this isn’t your mom’s daily driver anymore.

The creation is officially called the BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept, and it’s the result of yet another collaboration between the Korean automaker and Blood Type Racing. You may remember the latter from a separate build it did for the Ford Focus ST that’s also heading to SEMA, but the company’s involvement with Hyundai actually stretches for a few years now. Back in 2014, the company created a program for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and followed that up a year later with one for the Hyundai Veloster. This year it’s the Elantra’s turn in the spotlight, and it’s getting a slew of modifications that range from a new aerodynamic body kit all the way to tweaked suspension. The end result speaks for itself, as the Elantra has transformed into something you’re more likely to see on the set of a Fast and Furious production than the parking lot of your local Barnes and Noble.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept

Exterior


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“Work on the exterior also includes custom headlights from Diode Dynamics and a set of 19-inch SSR GTX01 wheels wrapped in Toyo T1 Sport tires”

As you can see, a lot of work was done to the exterior of the Hyundai Elantra, and I’m not just talking about the eye-cringing Glasurit Arancio Borealis paint job from BASF. It’s really just fancy speak for a bright orange that Blood Type Racing thought would be a good choice for the compact sedan. I suppose they’re entitled to that, but I’m not a big fan of it. What I am a fan of is the extensive aero kit the Elantra was given. The components come by way of AeroTek and include a lip spoiler in the front, side skirts on the side, and a similar lip spoiler in the back. Then there’s the huge, APR GTC-200 GT rear wing sitting on top of the trunk. It’s next to impossible noticing that one. Work on the exterior also includes custom headlights from Diode Dynamics and a set of 19-inch SSR GTX01 wheels wrapped in Toyo T1 Sport tires.

Interior


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Note: Standard Hyundai Elantra pictured here.

There are no photos of the interior at the moment though it’s been mentioned that the cabin gets a re-stitched OEM-style sport interior that includes a new carbon fiber steering wheel from SoCalGarageWorks to go along with diamond-stitched floor mats and ambient interior lighting. The tuner also describes the presence of anti-roll bars from Pierce Motorsports in the cabin. This suggests that the interior of the Elantra has also been reconfigured to the point that the rear seats could have been taken out completely.

The upgrades in this section of the Elantra won’t blow anyone away, but the function-over-form approach does lend to Blood Type Racing’s goal of giving the compact sedan a new identity without sacrificing its all-around ability to remain a “daily driver” for its owners. Separate of all that, there are more features that will likely be unveiled at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when the doors open next month.

Drivetrain


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Note: Standard Hyundai Elantra pictured here.

“Helping the engine receive more power is an optimized ECU unit, a new intake system, and a water and methanol injection system”

The specific power figures have yet to be announced, but we do know now that the sedan will retain its standard 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Helping the engine receive more power is an optimized ECU unit, a new intake system, and a water and methanol injection system that comes all the way from Devil’s Own. It’s unclear how many extra ponies Blood Type Racing was able to extract with all the modifications, but it is important to remember that a standard Elantra is good for 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Is it safe to say then that we’re looking at an output here that’s comfortably north of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque? Given its physical make-up, I’d actually be disappointed if it was anything less than that.

The sporty nature of the BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept is also characterized by how BTR went all-out in giving the Elantra significant chassis and suspension upgrades. There’s a new HSD coilover setup, for instance, an improved chassis brace, and an upgraded strut tower brace. Nobody goes to lengths like that if it doesn’t mean significant performance changes to a car, something that I’m becoming more and more sure of is the crux of this whole creation.

Conclusion


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I’m not a fan of the bright orange paint finish, but I am intrigued about everything else that Blood Type Racing did to the Hyundai Elantra. The body kit is impressive, as is the reworked interior – if it does have one. There also looks to be a promising engine upgrade there somewhere, and the magnitude of the chassis and suspension improvements should not be overlooked. Overall, this looks like a fierce Hyundai Elantra, a far departure from its standard – and far more subversive counterparts. Here’s to hoping that we get to see this creation in action sometime in the future. I’d be very interested to see if all these upgrades amount to something special.

  • Leave it
    • Body paint ruins part of its appeal
    • Definitely not for everyone
    • Beauty lies in the beholder

References

Hyundai Elantra


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: BTR Edition Hyundai Elantra Sport

The gradual reveal of Hyundai’s 2017 SEMA show vehicles continues with this, the BTR Edition Hyundai Elantra Sport. Shown here in all its orange glory, this car proves that even something as affordable, uninspiring, and dull as the Elantra can be made SEMA-worthy… you know, as long as you have a team of tuning experts and thousands of dollars to spare. 

At any rate, The BTR Edition Hyundai Elantra Sport is created by Blood Type Racing. The firm has added to the family car’s benign blend of practicality and economy a heavy dose of naughtiness. Among the main highlights of the treatment they have given this beat there is the methanol injection, intake, exhaust and intercooler technologies, tuned suspension and full aero kit. We are particularity taken by the quasi-Liberty Walk wheel arches which must have been an afterthought. The aero kit, too, seems a bit exaggerated. Although, with what they have done to the engine it could very well be an apt addition.

BTR Edition Hyundai Elantra Sport Specs:

·         Torcon CAI intake and Pierce Motorsports exhaust system

·         Engine management custom ECU Tuning by BTR

·         Devil’s Own water/methanol injection system

·         Re-stitched OEM-style sport interior

·         Diamond-stitched floor mats

·         SoCalGarageWorks carbon-fiber steering wheel

·         SSR GTX01 19 x 9.5 +35 wheels

·         Toyo T1 Sport tires

·         HSD coilover suspension

·         Pierce Motorsports sway bars, strut tower brace and chassis brace

·         Fella Big Brake kit

·         Diode Dynamics custom headlights and LED interior lighting

·         Aerotek custom front, side and rear track-ready lip kit

·         APR GTC-200 GT wing

·         AutoArt body and paint work

·         BASF Glasurit Arancio Borealis paint

·         BTR custom Trunk Track Tool Set and custom full-size spare tire

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Kona Priced from £16,195 in the UK

One of Hyundai Motors’ secrets of success is that in any given segment they often try to supply both the car and the rival. That is the case with the 2018 Hyundai Kona and its sister car, Kia Stonic. Both cars are roughly the same size, they offer the same sort of features, and their starting price is also very close. But the Kona is an altogether more premium product. 

For one thing, the 2018 Hyundai Kona UK spec comes with a 177PS 1.6 T-GDi with 7 speed DCT and 4WD. With the Stonic you can only go up to 120PS and no four-wheel-drive. In fact, 120PS is what you get from a very basic Kona for £16,195. Even at this price though, the Kona is pretty well equipped. Standard kit includes 16” alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors, as well as rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, seat height adjustment and 60/40 split folding rear seat, air conditioning with rear air vents, LED lights, cruise control with speed limiter, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and electric front and rear windows, plus a 5 inch display with DAB radio.

The top of the line Kona with the 177PS engine costs £24,995 and adds technology features such as  LED headlamps with High Beam Assist and static bending function, as well as LED rear tailamps, a drivers supervision instrument cluster with 4.2” LCD multifunction screen. KONA Premium GT also adds the Safety Pack which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition. Specs for other tirm levels are listed below.

2018 Hyundai Kona UK pricing and specs:

Model

           Fuel

        CO2 (g/km)  Price     P11D Value
S 1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual Petrol 117 £16,195.00 £15,980.00
SE 1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual Petrol 125 £17,495.00 £17,280.00
Premium 1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual Petrol 125 £18,795.00 £18,580.00
Premium SE 1.0 T-GDi 120PS 6 speed manual Petrol 125 £21,195.00 £20,980.00
Premium GT 1.6 T-GDi 177PS 7 speed DCT 4WD Petrol 153 £24,995.00 £24,440.00

From £17,495 the KONA SE 1.0 T-GDi 120PS Manual builds on S trim level by offering customers additional external equipment including 17” alloy wheels, roof rails and fog lamps. Additional SE interior equipment includes leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob and electric driver’s seat lumbar support. KONA SE comes as standard with a parking system including rear parking sensors and rear camera, with 7” touchscreen centre console display including smart device integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Moving further up the range, the KONA Premium 1.0 T-GDi 120PS Manual at £18,795 continues with SE specification, with external changes including 18” alloy wheels, chrome surround to the black front grille, Anthracite finished side body garnish, and silver rear skid plate and side body mouldings. Premium trim also introduces climate control with automatic defog function, automatically dimming rear view mirror, automatic windscreen wipers and solar glass to the front windows and windscreen, with privacy glass to the rear windows and tailgate glass. Convenience features at this specification adds Smart Key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button and back storage pockets to both driver and passenger seats and luggage storage net. KONA Premium also sees the introduction of the high end KRELL premium audio system, including an 8 speaker system with external amplifier and subwoofer. The KRELL system is controlled via an 8” touchscreen centre console display with satellite navigation and LIVE services, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A wireless phone charging pad also features.

Raising the specification further, the KONA Premium SE 1.0 T-GDi 120PS at £21,195, builds on the already comprehensive Premium specification by adding leather seat facings, with electrically adjustable drivers and passenger seats, which also both offer seat heating and ventilation. Further convenience additions for Premium SE specifications include heated steering wheel, rear centre arm rest, power folding door mirrors and front parking sensors. New for KONA, the Premium SE introduces the Head Up Display (HUD) which projects relevant information directly to the drivers line of sight. The HUD is projected onto an 8” screen, which lowers into the dashboard when not in use and is fully adjustable for both angle and height for optimum visibility for all drivers. Displayed information is customisable with options to include key information on speed, navigation, fuel levels, warning functions such as Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keeping Assist, as well as information on telephone connectivity and audio.

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PostHeaderIcon Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

The introduction of the Hyundai i30 N spells the start of the Korean automaker’s venture into the world of performance vehicles. Now that the hot hatch is in the fold, the process of building up the whole division begins, and two Hyundai models have been green-lit to help fill up the ranks: the Tucson and the Kona. The real development here is the inclusion of the Kona N since we’ve already heard from no less than N performance division boss Albert Biermann about the fate of the Tucson N.

Now, Hyundai Australia Senior Manager of Product Planning Andrew Tuitahi confirmed to Motoring that the Kona N is a “go” as well. The bad news is that both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon since Hyundai’s priority for the N division seems to focus on building its foundation with performance hatchbacks, coupes, and sedans. Crossovers and SUVs will come later, and the expectation is that these models will be integral parts of the whole N experience. Once the division itself is up-and-running, the attention will inevitably turn on bringing both the Tucson N and the Kona N to life. How long that’s going to take is anybody’s guess at this point, but Tuatahi may have put it best when he referred to time timetable as a “slow burn.” The good news is that the status of both the Tucson N and the Kona N is a matter of “when” and not “if.” We’ll just have to wait for word on “when” is when going to be.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Is this an exciting development


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“The key here is to understand what it is that Hyundai wants to showcase when it does decide to build a Tucson N and a Kona N”

I suppose it depends on who you’re going to ask. If you ask me, I’m fully onboard with seeing a Tucson N and a Kona N come to life. For one, it’s not out of the ordinary for crossovers and SUVs to get performance versions. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi have all done it and have had remarkable success because of it.

The key here is to understand what it is that Hyundai wants to showcase when it does decide to build a Tucson N and a Kona N. Does it want both models to compete against the established Europeans or does it want to introduce both models slowly before ratcheting up their performance levels in the coming years? Then there are questions on whether Hyundai can differentiate both performance models enough that they don’t step on each other’s toes. There’s a certain way to do it that the likes of Mercedes and BMW have been successful with, so it’s not like Hyundai is venturing into unchartered territory here.


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“Then there’s the issue of giving the N division an identity of its own that’s separate from Hyundai.”

Then there’s the issue of giving the N division an identity of its own that’s separate from Hyundai. The i30 N was successful in that regard, but it would be foolish of Hyundai to think that the N division already has its own unique identity after just one model. Something like this is going to take some time to nurture, which is exactly what Hyundai Australia chief J.W. Lee talked about in his discussion with the Motoring. “We are hoping the N branding will bring something new to our models,” Lee said. “We want to change customer perception, but we can’t do this overnight. Whenever we do research, customer perception is always that we have affordable or cheaper cars. Good cars, but budget cars. I hope the N badge is going to create a halo effect for our brand.”

On that end, it’s easy to see why Hyundai decided to confirm N versions of the Tucson and Kona. Now, all it has to do is make sure that when the time comes, and both models are revealed, they imbibe more of the N division’s premium and performance identities more than they do Hyundai’s.

References

Hyundai i30 N


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.

Hyundai Tucson


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Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai Kona


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Kona.

PostHeaderIcon Bisimoto HyperEconiq Ioniq Gets Ready for SEMA 2017

Hyundai continues previewing their 2017 SEMA show lineup with intriguing renderings. The next one is this Bisimoto HyperEconiq Ioniq, a very unique take on the Hyundai Ioniq which proves going green does not have to be dull. What Bisimoto has done here is trying to make the Ioniq cooler, enjoyable and more desirable. 

Whether this is something the typical Ioniq buyer would like or be willing to try remains to be seen, just as the it is not clear if tuning enthusiasts would go for something like the Ioniq in the first place. That puts a fairly big question mark above the Bisimoto HyperEconiq Ioniq and the point it is trying to make. But in any case, the achievement, as far as tuning and the whole aftermarket thing goes, is rather brilliant.

Bisimoto HyperEconiq Ioniq features a number of performance-enhancing additions which, remarkably, have no negative effect on the fuel economy of the car. There is NGK spark plugs, modified electronics, and custom exhaust system. Although Bisimoto has not revealed how many horses these mods result in gaining, they are quick to mention the fuel economy which stands at 80 mpg. Being a SEMA car, the HyperEconiq also gets a fancy aero kit, extravagant interior mods, and expensive wheels. You will find a full list of modifications and aftermakret parts below.

Bisimoto HyperEconiq Ioniq Specs:

  • Bisimoto pulse-chamber exhaust system for enhanced volumetric efficiency
  • Racepak OBD-monitoring electronics with interactive OBD cluster
  • Bespoke eco low-friction PurOl Elite Synthetic Oil (0W20)
  • Low-rolling resistance, high-silica tires
  • ARP wheel studs
  • Buddy Club aluminum brake calipers
  • Recaro Pole Position racing seats
  • Carbon Revolution 19″ x 5.0″ CR-9 one-piece carbon-fiber wheels
  • First one-piece OEM application
  • Bisimoto Dream Aero kit (front splitter, TA wing, side splitters, rear wheel covers)
  • Progress Performance coilover suspension
  • Minimized ground clearance
  • Optimized alignment settings
  • Enhanced e-generators
  • NGK spark plugs
  • Optimized inertial supercharging during valvetrain overlap
  • Combined fuel economy well over 80 mpg (83 Bisimoto-tests)
  • Concept initial render by Matko Graphics

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Accent

First introduced in 1994 as a replacement for the Hyundai Excel, the Accent has seen a total of four previous generations, selling under a variety of names across several markets worldwide. Also known as the Verna in India and China, the Solaris in Russia, and the Grand Avega in Indonesia, among other names, the Accent has always been a staple of the subcompact segment, offering both a sedan and hatchback body style. Measured against its peers, the Accent is known for offering solid features and a smooth, comfortable ride, as well as slick styling on later model years. Now, the Accent just broke cover at the Orange County International Auto Show, entering its fifth generation. With the changeover, Hyundai says it focused on sharpening the design and aesthetic, upgrading the technology for entertainment and safety purposes, increasing the efficiency of the powertrain, lowering NVH levels, and a increasing driver engagement.

Essentially, Hyundai hopes to improve the Accent in just about every way possible with this latest refresh. And with a plethora of competing models waiting to go head-to-head with Hyundai, it makes sense that the South Korean brand wants to bring it’s A-game. Read on for the details on what that entails.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Hyundai Accent.

Exterior


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“The Hyundai is a breath of fresh air. It definitely takes a more premium approach to exterior styling, and that’s a very nice thing to see in this segment.”

For starters, any generation changeover must naturally bring with it a new styling update, and the new Hyundai Accent is no exception. As such, the South Korean brand gave the subcompact a new aesthetic, and long story short, we think it looks great. At first glance, the new Accent looks a whole lot classier than many of its subcompact competitors, namely thanks to sharp edges, crisp lines, and proportions that give it the appearance that it’s actually larger than it really is.

While most subcompacts get bulbous, rounded styling elements (the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris both readily come to mind), the Hyundai is a breath of fresh air. It definitely takes a more premium approach to exterior styling, and that’s a very nice thing to see in this segment.


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“The grille is part of an X-shaped design scheme, which also incorporates wraparound headlight housings offered with available LED daytime running lights”

Taking a walk around the car, we find a new fascia that adds a larger Cascading grille design. This plus-sized intake is fitted with a multitude of horizontal slates that add to the car’s visual width, while also recalling similar front-end designs utilized by the luxury German brand Audi. The grille is part of an X-shaped design scheme, which also incorporates wraparound headlight housings offered with available LED daytime running lights. Chrome surrounds are used throughout, while fog lights are mounted in the corners of the bumper.

Moving to the flanks, we find the Accent equipped with large 17-inch wheels. These look great in the wheel wells, and come wrapped in low-profile tires that once again make the Accent appear even more high-end. More chrome trim was added to the window line, plus the door handles as well. A lower character line is formed by an indentation just above the side skirts, while LEDs are used for the turn signals mounted into side-view mirrors.

Further towards the rear, the tail gets equipped with a wraparound design for the taillight housings. These V-shaped housings lead the eye into the trunk with checkmark graphics, while the trunk gets a rounded lip that extends the line for a spoiler-like effect. The lower trim gets a matte black finish, while options once again include LED lighting elements for the taillights.


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Note: The new fifth-generation Hyundai Accent (pictured right) offers a big aesthetic improvement over the outgoing fourth-generation model (pictured left).

Not only does it look good, but Hyundai also managed to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The more slippery shape is a result of a new front lip spoiler and a lowered ride height, both of which contribute to a drag coefficient of 0.28. To put that in perspective, the aero-obsessed, fuel-sipping Toyota Prius gets a comparable Cd of 0.25.

Finally, the new Hyundai Accent is larger than before, adding roughly 1.2 inches to the overall width, plus an extra 0.6 inches to the length and an extra 0.4 inches to the wheelbase. The car is set at the same height as before.

Exterior Dimensions

2017 Accent Change 2018 Accent
Overall Length (in.) 172.0 +0.6 172.6
Overall Width (in.) 66.9 +1.2 68.1
Overall Height (in.) 57.1 57.1
Wheelbase (in.) 101.2 +0.4 101.6

Competing Exterior Design


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Note: Toyota Yaris pictured on the left, Ford Fiesta pictured on the right.

The Toyota Yaris is another popular subcompact, and for good reason. Offered as a five-door hatchback, the Yaris is definitely a very practical option in this segment. Outside, higher trim levels come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the large front grille sit between sharp headlights. The profile reveals just how bulbous the car is, and while we think the Accent is the better-looking option, some could consider the rounded Yaris to be kind of cute.

The next competitor we’ve got lined up is the Ford Fiesta, which arrives in the 2017 model year boasting some equally sharp new bodylines. Compared to the rather elegant-looking Accent, the Fiesta is definitely much more sporty looking. The front end gets a hexagonal intake and pointed, drawn-back headlight housings. Higher-end models get a solid dose of WRC-inspired pieces as well.

So basically, it breaks down like this – the Yaris is cute, the Fiesta is sporty, and the Accent is elegant. Sounds simple enough.

Interior


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“The Accent gets a driver-oriented layout for the interior, plus a wide instrument panel and horizontal design scheme for the controls”

As is often the case with the subcompact segment, interior space can be at a premium, but the new Accent addresses that concern with extra passenger volume going into the 2018 model year. A lot of it comes down to the increase in exterior dimensions, with the extra length, width, and wheelbase all contributing to more space inside. Total passenger volume was increased to 103.9 cubic feet, which, Hyundai points out, makes the Accent more of a compact rather than a sub-compact vehicle, and beating out competitors like the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta in the process.

In terms of looks and layout, the Accent gets a driver-oriented layout for the interior, plus a wide instrument panel and horizontal design scheme for the controls. There’s also a 60/40 split for the rear bench that ups the convenience and practicality of the vehicle.


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“To complement the premium exterior appearance, the interior of the Accent gets a few very nice features, including additional soft-touch materials added here and there, plus a standard backup camera.”

To complement the premium exterior appearance, the interior of the Accent gets a few very nice features. These include additional soft-touch materials added here and there, plus a standard backup camera. There’s also an available heating function for the front seats. Further chassis improvements help to iron out noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), while a push-button starter and a proximity key system add extra convenience as well.

As is customary in any next-gen vehicle these days, upgraded infotainment was also a major concern for the Accent. Standard spec throws in a 5.0-inch display in the center dash, although a 7.0-inch unit is also offered. Both use a TFT LCD configuration for the screen. Go for the larger 7.0-inch screen, and you get support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means all the usual good stuff you’d expect (app support, navigation, calling, etc.). There are also dual USB chargers, plus niceties like an auxiliary input jack and optional SiriusXM radio.


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“Further tech features include the Hyundai Blue Link Remote Start system, which will essentially integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice command from within the home.”

Further tech features include the Hyundai Blue Link Remote Start system, which will essentially integrate with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice command from within the home. Basically, the system allows you to tell your digital assistant to start the car and set the climate control at a certain temperature. Remote start is useful in that it’ll pre-condition the cabin through the car’s climate control system, a feature that’s particularly well-suited to those living in a hot or cold climate. If it’s cold weather that you must deal with, the system also tosses in a rear defroster and heated side mirror function with the remote heating feature.

Moving on to safety improvements, the 2018 Hyundai Accent gets new front side members and inner side sills, both of which help add extra layers of collision protection. There’s also larger front crumple zones, a new set of front side airbags, and greater small overlap crash performance. The Accent comes standard with six airbags, ESC, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, and ABS.

Finally, the Accent is also offered with new safety technology, such as Forward Collision-avoidance Assist that utilizes a new front radar system. If an obstacle is detected and the driver does not respond, the system will engage an emergency braking feature to either stop short or lessen an impact.

Interior Volume (cu. ft.) 2018 Accent 2017 Fiesta 2017 Yaris iA
Passenger 90.2 85.1 85.9
Cargo 13.7 12.8 13.5
Total 103.9 97.9 99.4

Competing Cabins


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Note: Toyota Yaris pictured on the left, Ford Fiesta pictured on the right.

Inside the Toyota Yaris, there are lots of grey, soft touch plastics, while the dash rises above the central tunnel without much in terms of a central console. A screen is placed front and center above rotary knobs for the climate control, while a grippy steering wheel with large side bolsters is in front of the hot seat. We like the feel of it, but think there is still something to be desired in terms of ergonomics. For example, there are not enough cup holders, and the cup holders that are there are a bit too small. Furthermore, the touchscreen is a tad slow in reacting to inputs. On the practicality side of things, the hatchback does offer tons of space.

Up next is the Ford Fiesta, which recently got a significant overhaul inside the cabin with the latest model year changeover. And that’s a good thing, as previous models were definitely less than desirable when it came to interior appointment. Space was also increased, although larger individuals will still struggle to find comfort when sitting on the rear bench. A 6.5-inch screen is standard and an 8.0-inch screen is optional, both of which mount to the top of the dash in a floating, tablet style. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the onboard Bluetooth connection provide smartphone support.

In terms of look and layout, we’d probably go for the Ford Fiesta, especially when talking about the higher trim levels. The other two are nice, but Ford really seems like it did its homework with the latest refresh.

Drivetrain


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“The engine spec is a 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine with GDI, which makes as much as 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque”

Making the Accent move into 2018 is a few nice upgrades to the engine and drivetrain. Understandably, the big focus was on increasing overall efficiency, which means the improvements include low-friction piston rings, a variable fuel pressure module, and new engine software tuning. The upgraded chassis also helps with mileage thanks to a lower curb weight. The result is fuel efficiency sees a 7-percent bump.

The engine spec is a 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine with GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection), which makes as much as 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. The new lump gets a broader power band when compared to the outgoing model, with more low end torque overall. And that’s great for around-town scooting, especially when it’s combined with greater overall fuel efficiency.


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“The new lump gets a broader power band when compared to the outgoing model, with more low end torque overall. And that’s great for around-town scooting.”

The 1.6-liter can be matched with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic. The auto box gets a 4-pound weight reduction compared to the previous unit, which isn’t much, but helps when combined with other weight savings made elsewhere. The automatic transmission also provides a couple of drive modes, including Normal and Sport. Switching between these adjusts the settings for the powertrain and steering, and can be adjusted via a button in the center console.

Competing Drivetrains


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Providing motivation in the Toyota Yaris is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With natural aspiration, output is rated at a relatively humble 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Routing it to the front axle is either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. And while those peak numbers aren’t all that impressive, the car’s low curb weight means its still pretty interesting to drive, especially with max power hitting at a lofty 6,000 rpm. The Yaris is efficient too, posting mileage figures of 30 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.

By contrast, the Ford Fiesta offers a bit more excitement under the hood thanks to a turbocharged three-cylinder engine making as much as 123 horsepower. The base model makes a decent 120 horsepower from four cylinders. Making the cog swaps is a five-speed manual transmission as standard, although a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is also on the table. And for those living overseas, a variety of diesel powerplants are also on the table.

Against competition like this, the Accent is looking the more muscle bound option, while the Yaris is the way to go if efficiency is a major concern.

Chassis And Handling


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“More High Strength Steel leads to an improvement to the car’s torsional rigidity, with a 32-percent increase in twist resist overall.”

For the 2018 model year, Hyundai updated the Accent’s chassis, incorporating a good deal more of the brand’s Advanced High Strength Steel in the construction. Specs include up to 54.5 percent of the chassis using the stuff, which is an increase of 13 percent compared to the previous generation.

This result is an improvement to the car’s torsional rigidity, with a 32-percent increase in twist resist overall. This has the net result of making the Accent more interesting to drive, not to mention more comfortable as well. Further improvements were made to driving dynamics and comfort via suspension refinement, with a higher rear roll center and a higher leverage ratio for the rear shocks, plus steering enhancements as well. Hyundai says the standard Motor-Driven Power Steering will adjust to the given driving conditions, with sportier settings offered.

Competing Chassis And Handling


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Note: Toyota Yaris pictured on the left, Ford Fiesta pictured on the right.

Like we mentioned before, we think the Toyota Yaris is a very entertaining car to drive. While it’s not exactly a head-snapping muscle machine, it does have the low weight and plucky suspension tuning we love so much in a hatchback. The steering and front end are communicative, and while it’ll wash out if pushed too hard, the Yaris is still a relatively decent choice if taking a winding back road.

The same can be said for the Ford Fiesta. The car will grip when asked, and the nose turns in if you aren’t totally ham fisted about it. And at a little over 2,500 pounds, there isn’t too much heft to shift around.

Prices


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The 2018 Hyundai Accent is set to arrive in U.S. dealers in the fall of 2017. Hyundai didn’t give us any official pricing numbers, but it’s expected to slot in at pretty much the same spot as the current model. The current MSRP starts at $14,745.

Other Options

Kia Rio


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Kia has been making pretty impressive strides as of late, and the Rio reflects that with updates across the board. The exterior looks great, with a tiger nose grille and LED lighting signatures, plus larger exterior dimensions. The interior is also a big improvement, and looks great with its floating touchscreen in the dash. The top-rated engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder which makes as much as 98 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. Routed through a six-speed manual transmission, and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is done in 11.8 seconds.

Read our full review on the 2017 Kia Rio.

Honda Fit


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The Honda Fit is another standard in this segment, and looks the part with a broad, rounded nose bookended by a pair of horizontal headlights. The interior is functional and big, and comes with an available 7.0-nch touchscreen. Leather upholstery is also on the table. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces as much as 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual and a CVT route the power to front axle.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Fit..

Conclusion


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The strength of the 2018 Hyundai Accent lies in its ability to do most things well. It doesn’t really stand out in any one particular area, but rather, provides a good deal of interior space, lots of nice features both standard and optional, enough power to get by, and a good looking exterior style. It’s also well priced.

The only real criticism is that it’s a bit slow. Of course, that’s to be expected, even for a car that boasts previous competition duty in the World Rally Championship.
Regardless, if you’re looking for a solid little commuter, you could do worse than the Accent.

  • Leave it
    • Lots of competition
    • Pretty slow

References

Hyundai Accent


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Read our full review on the previous generation Hyundai Accent.


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PostHeaderIcon 2017 SEMA Preview: Rockstar Moab Extreme Concept Santa Fe

Ever since Hyundai graduated from a second-rate Korean car maker to a first-rate global conglomerate they’ve had a strong presence at SEMA shows every year. By the looks of thing this year’s going to be no exception. They just released the first image of one of their top SEMA cars for the 2017 show, the Rockstar Moab Extreme Concept base don Santa Fe Sport.

So with this one Hyundai seems to have taken a leaf out of Jeep’s book. As the name suggests, Rockstar Moab Extreme Concept is designed to withstand the ultimate demands of extreme off-roading in Moab, Utah. That explains the 17 inch off road wheels and chunky tires, the jacked-up suspension, and the skid plates that surrounds the car like some sort of armour treating for off-roading. As is the case with such tuner cars though, modifications go way deeper than just chassis and wheels. This Sana fe also features a heavily upgraded engine, drivetrain accessories, custom interior with all sorts of connectivity and entertainer system,sport exhaust system,and…

“The Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Concept was specifically designed to withstand the extraordinary demands of Moab off-road terrain,” said Nic Ashby, Rockstar Marketing. “Leveraging the outstanding Santa Fe Sport platform and powertrain, we definitely pushed its capabilities to new limits to conquer the pinnacle of challenges at Moab.”

Rockstar Moab Extreme Concept Santa Fe Detailed Specs:

  • R1 Concepts, 6-piston front and 4-piston rear big brake kit
  • KING, Coil-over Suspension and 2.5” Internal Bypass shocks with reservoirs
  • KMC 17-inch Machete off-road bead-lock wheels
  • Mickey Thompson 35×12.50R17 Baja MTZ off-road tires
  • HID Projectors OEM upgraded headlights and taillights
  • Mishimoto Intercooler, Downpipe, Rockstar Energy Catch Can, Coolant Overflow Reservoir
  • Yukon Gear and Axle Drive train Accessories
  • AEM Intake
  • KICKER audio sound system,
  • Roadwire custom leather interior
  • Odyssey battery Dry Cell
  • Rockstar Performance Garage Skid plates, Bumpers with Warn® winch & Factor 55 Link
  • Rockstar Performance Garage Custom roof rack with Bulldog LED lighting
  • sPOD, Bantam 12v source
  • Heatshield Products heat protection
  • MagnaFlow exhaust
  • Scosche Magic Mounts, Bluetooth Speakers and Lifestyle Accessories
  • Nitrous Express wet system
  • Bulletliner Bedliner protection
  • Casacadia Tents
  • Tintman, Thermal Heat protection
  • Powertank Portable Tank for refilling tires on the trail

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Accent Gets Improved Looks, Premium Features

The new 2018 Hyundai Accent went official yesterday at the Orange County International Auto Show, revealing a refreshed design and new features. To be honest the new Accent is still far from desirable. But then again, it’s not supposed to be desirable. This car is a cheap and cheerful sedan for people who don’t care about what they drive. And in that sense it is an excellent product. 

On the styling front the 2018 Hyundai Accent comes with a new cascading grille which gives the front of the car a more imposing look. Depending on the trim, you may also get projector headlights with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and available fog lights. But as mentioned, these changes are enough to make the Accent anything other than acceptable.

The interior, too, has been subjected to some upgrades. The design is now closer to that of more upscale Hyundais, but the real improvement  has been in terms of material and feature. With the 2018 Hyundai Accent you get a 5-inch color touchscreen as standard or a 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and avialble Blue Link. There’s also hands-free smart trunk release and dual USB charging, heated front seats, proximity push button start and automatic temperature control, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA).

As for the powertrains, the new Accent launches in America with a 1.6-liter GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine which you can pair with either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The unit’s 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque is nothing to write home about, but it’ll get you from A to B without too much hassle. It just won’t be a very enjoyable journey as far as driving matters.









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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Ioniq – Driven

Toyota Prius, you’re on notice: The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is here, and it’s arguably doing this whole hybrid, fuel-efficient family car thing better than you.

The Prius has had this market sewn-up for over a decade now. There’s been competition, but it’s been limited. Considering gasoline has been “cheap” here in the States for most of that time, it’s easy to understand why automakers haven’t been eager to challenge Toyota with a compact hybrid hatchback. After all, compact cars aren’t the hottest-selling things in truck-and-SUV-loving ‘Merica, so getting folks to pay a little more for a hybrid electric powertrain in a compact car can be a hard sell.

So while other compacts like the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Kia Forte, and yes, even Toyota’s own Corolla and Hyundai’s own Elantra fought it out for a piece of a shrinking pie, the Prius more or less had the super-efficient niche all to itself.

All three versions of the Prius — compact Liftback, subcompact “C”, and midsize “V” — sold 136,632 copies combined in 2016 — down 48,162 from the year prior. (Toyota didn’t provide a breakdown of individual Prius model sales in its 2016 year-end sales stats.) By comparison, the brand’s Corolla sedan sold 360,483 copies in the same year, and that’s not counting the 17,727 copies of the closely related Corolla (née Scion) iM hatchback. But to show you how much we ‘Mericans love trucks and cheap gas, Ford sold more gas-guzzling F-Series pickup trucks in 2016 than all of the above combined — 820,799 trucks total.

Into this fuel-swilling American marketplace steps Hyundai with its first dedicated compact hybrid, the Ioniq, designed specifically to compete with the Prius Liftback. Even with the Prius getting a much-needed total redesign this year, there are things I like better about the Ioniq. First and foremost: its design.

Continue reading for the full story.

Design Notes


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The Hyundai Ioniq shares one notable design element with the Prius Liftback: a “Kammback” hatch design. This unique rear shape also has been a feature of other fuel-efficient cars in the past. Honda’s CR-Z and Insight hybrid models utilized this shape in recent memory, and models like the Honda CR-X also utilized the shape many years ago.

“The Hyundai Ioniq shares one notable design element with the Prius Liftback: a “Kammback” hatch design”

Hyundai’s integration of the shape is less ostentatious than that found on the latest Prius Liftback, but it’s still a little awkward to behold. A spoiler runs across the lower third of a rear hatch glass area that would otherwise be quite elegant, spanning the distance between the two taillight lenses. Losing this design element would benefit both the attractiveness of the exterior design and the driver’s rearward visibility, but I’m sure the spoiler was necessary to wring the most fuel economy from the car.


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From the side view, the Hyundai Ioniq looks like an attractively styled compact sedan with its trunk lopped off. A mild crease connects the front corner of the taillights to the rear corner of the headlights, traveling just above both door handles along the way. Small chrome-strip accents on the door handles and on the lower portion of the side window trim are elegant and add a bit of flair to the design.

“From the side view, the Hyundai Ioniq looks like an attractively styled compact sedan with its trunk lopped off”

The front of the Hyundai Ioniq doesn’t look too different from any other current Hyundai sedan, and that’s a good thing. Inoffensive and attractive, it’s a face you probably won’t mind seeing in your driveway every day. I can’t say the same for the newest Prius.


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Overall, Hyundai said the Ioniq has a class-leading coefficient-of-drag of 0.24. That they managed to achieve that slippery shape while maintaining the car’s attractiveness deserves applause.

Powertrain Notes


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Hyundai goes about this whole hybrid-electric thing a little differently than Toyota. I found the Ioniq nicer to drive than most Toyota hybrids primarily because of these differences.

“I found the Ioniq nicer to drive than most Toyota hybrids primarily because of these differences.”

The primary difference many drivers will notice right off the bat is the Ioniq’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is quite different from the continuously variable transmission in the Prius and most other Toyota hybrids. With seven real gears instead of an infinitely variable set of pulleys, the Hyundai will feel more satisfying to most drivers who have been conditioned to feel shift points as they accelerate.


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That said, this is probably the best iteration of Hyundai’s dual-clutch transmission. This same transmission in the Hyundai Elantra Sport feels too herky-jerky at low speeds, such as when you’re crawling in rush hour traffic or backing out of a parking space. The 43-horsepower electric motor delivers plenty of torque — up to 125 pound-feet — from the moment you touch the accelerator. I suspect that’s the reason the Ioniq’s implementation of this transmission is nicer than it is in other, non-hybrid Hyundais. At speed, the transmission’s shifts are silky smooth.

“The Ioniq combines a 1.6-liter direct-injection Atkinson-cycle gasoline four-cylinder engine with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor”

The Ioniq combines a 1.6-liter direct-injection Atkinson-cycle gasoline four-cylinder engine with a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. The gasoline engine makes 104 horsepower at 5,700 RPM and 109 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 RPM. Total system horsepower is listed at 139.


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Hybrid-electric cars are all about fuel economy, and the Ioniq does not disappoint on that front, with EPA rating the car at 59 MPG city, 57 MPG highway, 58 MPG combined. I drove it like a total buffoon and still got 53 MPG.

The Drive


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Hyundai did not go with a fully independent rear suspension, as the newly redesigned Prius did. That may be the one thing the Prius has over the Ioniq, when it comes to driving characteristics. But for the majority of drivers, I suspect the difference will not be noticed. It’s not like you buy either of these cars with the intention of racing in an autocross event.

“Hyundai did not go with a fully independent rear suspension, as the newly redesigned Prius did.”

What more drivers will notice is Hyundai’s lack of zany features to remind them they’re driving a hybrid: No funky gearshift. No distracting center-mounted gauge pod. No “guilt games” displayed on the dashboard to make you feel bad about dipping into the throttle when necessary.


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The Ioniq is not a fast car, with the aforementioned 139 total system horsepower motivating about 3,000 lbs. That said, it doesn’t struggle to keep pace in traffic. Nor does it feel piggish when driven on a curvy road. There’s some body roll, to be sure, though the hybrid batteries’ positioning under the floor of the car’s interior helps give it a low center of gravity that keeps handling pretty neutral unless pushed hard. Remember, the Ioniq primarily wants to be a comfortable family car that gets great fuel economy. It’s not trying to be a race car or a hot-hatch.

“Pedal feel was nice and linear, which is something of a struggle for most of the Ioniq’s competitors”

Steering feel was on-par with everything else in the compact segment — which is to say, pretty numb. But brake feel was a class above the last few hybrids I have driven. Pedal feel was nice and linear, which is something of a struggle for most of the Ioniq’s competitors. With the first few millimeters of pedal travel used for regenerative braking, recapturing kinetic energy to provide a boost to the hybrid battery pack, the transition from regenerative braking to regular braking often is troublesome in hybrids. The transition in the Ioniq is smoother than most.

The Competition

Competitors in this segment are not plentiful, thanks mostly to the “cheap” gas to which we Americans are accustomed.

Toyota Prius


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But of course, the biggest target Hyundai had in mind was the Toyota Prius Liftback. With a nearly 20-year head-start on the Hyundai Ioniq, the Prius doesn’t necessarily do things any better than the Ioniq — just differently.

Arguably, the Prius has the better suspension design, with independent rear suspension allowing for a more planted, sure feel in curves and over broken pavement. But it almost every other way, the Ioniq is aiming for more mainstream buyers. Principally, the Ioniq isn’t trying to shout about its green credentials as loudly as Prius, with its design being more understated and its interior looking and feeling a lot more like a traditional compact sedan.

Either one of these hybrids will return great fuel economy for most drivers, and they should prove reliable for years to come. The Ioniq has a starting price about $1,200 cheaper than Prius Liftback, however. A fully loaded Ioniq will come in with an even larger price advantage over a fully loaded Prius.

Read our full review on the Toyota Prius.

Ford C-MAX Hybrid


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While it’s not as fuel-efficient as the Ioniq or Prius, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has its own charm.

It’s more of an MPV than the sedan-like Ioniq, with an upright form factor that makes it friendly for passengers and cargo. Taller seat cushion height makes entry and exit easier, too.

The C-MAX carries a slightly higher starting price than Ioniq, at $24,175, and a fully loaded example will set you back about $32,000. However, Ford often has steep incentives on the C-MAX, one of its slowest-selling models, to help bring that price down before you even step foot in a dealership and start negotiating. At the time of this writing, a C-MAX Hybrid with all the options was advertised at $26,880 after $5,750 in incentives.

Read our full review on the Ford C-MAX Hybrid.

Kia Niro Hybrid


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Kia Niro is the sister car to the Hyundai Ioniq, as the two share the same powertrain layout. But where Ioniq takes direct aim at the Prius, Niro aims at a different sort of driver — namely, someone who is attracted to mainstream small crossover SUVs.

Mostly as a result of its less-slippery, SUV-like shape, the Niro doesn’t quite achieve Ioniq’s fuel economy. It is rated at 52 MPG city, 49 MPG highway, 50 MPG combined in its most-efficient FE trim. Step up to nicer options in the LX or EX trims, and those numbers go down to 51/46/49. Go up to the top-level Touring trim, and they further decline to 46/40/43.

While not as efficient, the Niro has a more desirable form factor for a lot of families. It more closely resembles the SUVs that many families crave. Like the Ioniq, it does not try to announce its eco-friendly intentions to the world too loudly. Best of all for buyers on a budget, the Niro has prices similar to the Ioniq, with a starting MSRP of $22,890 and with a fully loaded Touring trim carrying a price tag of about $33,000 before incentives.

Read our full review on the Kia Niro Hybrid.

Conclusion


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I like the idea of using less fuel, but not if it means I have to put up with a lot of design features that I detest. Toyota’s Prius reels me in with its excellent fuel economy and promise of a well-sorted (for a hybrid) chassis, but then it turns me off when I actually interact with it. Its weird gear selector, center-mounted gauge pod, and exterior design do nothing to convince me I want to commute every day in a Prius.

Hyundai Ioniq is the no-compromise Prius, if those things bother you as much as they bother me. It’s less wild-looking on the outside than the Prius, and it’s a lot more like driving a non-hybrid compact car once you’re on the inside. It also gets fuel mileage that will make Prius fanboys look twice — Hyundai notes it’s “the most fuel-efficient car in America,” with the Ioniq’s “Blue” trim being rated at 57 MPG city, 59 MPG highway, and 58 MPG combined by EPA.

If the Ioniq is billing itself as the hybrid for people who aren’t sure a hybrid is right for them, I think it’s hitting the target perfectly. I think it stands a chance to make a lot of new converts to hybrid motoring.

Disclosure: Hyundai provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Hyundai Ioniq


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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N Priced from £24,995 in the UK

Hot hatches everywhere beware! There is a new kid on the block and it has a lot of attitude. The all-new Hyundai i30 N made a lot of noise when it was unveiled a while back. Now it’s gearing up to take the market by storm from January 2018. Prices for this hot Korean babe start at £24,995.

That is the ace in the i30 N’s sleeve. There aren’t that many other cars in the market that offer 275PS & 353 Nm torque, not to mention Nurburgring-tuned handling, for that kind of money. Mind you, that price is for the base i30 N. The Brits also get a i30 N Performance version which starts at £27,995. But then the latter is even more powerful and boasts many upgraded parts over the standard version.

The 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance edition comes with 19” alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres of a compound that’s specific to the i30 N, an additional 25PS of power, Electronical Limited Slip Differential and 18” ventilated front brake discs with 17” rear. This extra-hot model also features an Active Variable Exhaust System which is a must for every sporty car. As for the performance highlights both model benefit from, the list include Launch Control, Rev Match Function to eliminate the need for heel and toe gear changes, and Brake Control knock back, plus torque vectoring system and driving modes control.

Performance-wise, while both models are limited to 155 mph flat out, the standard i30 N sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and i30 N Performance in 6.1 seconds.

Hyundai i30 N Standard Equipment: LED head and tail lights, Smart Adaptive Speed Control, Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button, 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. i30 N also offers an array of performance equipment, including 18” alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, Electronically Controlled Suspension, 17” ventilated front brake discs with 16” rear and manually operated hand brake. The i30 N range is available in 6 colours – Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. Alongside these there is also a new N specific colour of Performance Blue, inspired by Hyundai Motorsports WRC and TCR programmes.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Genesis G70 Sports Sedan Revealed

Hyundai is expanding the range of its Genesis luxury brand with the addition of a mid-size sports sedan. After the G90 and G80 we now get the 2018 Genesis G70 which is about the same size as a BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. The car looks dynamics, has a ton of features, and comes with a range of good engines. 

All of that makes the 2018 Genesis G70 a goodly contender in this busy segment of the market.Upon launch customers will be able to select between a turbocharged 3.3-liter gasoline V6, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline I4, and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel models. The options list also offers such high-tech goodies as Highway Driving Assist (HDA), best-in-class safety with nine standard airbags and active hood function, and a high level of connectivity with server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao Corp’s artificial intelligence platform.

The V6 version is the sportiest Genesis G70 you can get with 370 horsepower, 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 270 kph. The 2.0 liter Turbo is also decent, with 252 horsepower,but the 202 horsepower diesel is for the eco-minded customer. Among the dynamic features of the G70 there are Launch Control, Dynamic torque vectoring system, Mechanical limited slip differential (M-LSD), Dynamic torque vectoring system.

True to the image of the brand as a luxury marque, Genesis G70 boasts a rather magnificent interior. the main highlights include including aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grills and high-quality soft touch surfaces plus Nappa leather seats. There is also a range of exciting colors for the exterior, reflecting the sporty nature of the compact sedan. The list include Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red and Umber Brown.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV

Some automakers are dead set on battery-powered cars being the way of the future, but others – like Hyundai – are leaning more toward hydrogen powered cars like the Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV you see here. It’s not Hyundai’s first foray into the very limited hydrogen niche, but it will serve as the brand’s second hydrogen-powered model next to the Tucson Fuel Cell (known as ix35 in markets outside the U.S.) Dubbed as a preview for a production model, it is said to be a huge improvement over the current Tucson Fuel Cell, offering up more power, more reliability, more efficiency, and more range for every fill- up. As a near-production-ready concept, this SUV delivers 160 horsepower, an improvement of 26 ponies over the Tucson, and even offers better cold-start ability with reliable starting occurring in temperatures as low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 C) and it does all of this while boasting a unique look in comparison to the rest of Hyundai’s SUV lineup.

That’s right, the upcoming FCEV SUV isn’t based directly on the Tucson or the Santa Fe, so it’s a true-to-life standalone model. Well, unless Hyundai wants to get lazy and use it as the basis for either of those models down the line. It does sport some cues from the new Hyundai Sonata and Elantra on the outside, but under the metal, it’s busting at the seams with updated hydrogen technology. The biggest problem is the lack of hydrogen infrastructure in most areas, which is why the Tucson FCEV is limited to areas like California where there are some filling stations. But, the upcoming production FCEV is shooting for a range of about 800 km or nearly 500 miles – that should be more than enough to ease the pain associated with anxiety over the availability of hydrogen.

With that said, let’s dive on in a take a good look at this concept and talk about what we can expect from the upcoming production model.

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Sometimes the whackiest ideas turnout to the most ingenious ones. That is why you need to pay attention to the Hyundai Ioniq Roadable Synapse, the first neuroscience-applied concept car. Born in part from ideas of conceptual artist Jonathon Keats the concept was presented at Art+Technology LAB.

Hyundai Ioniq Roadable Synapse imagines an alternative  to driverless cars by bringing cognition into play. They say the user’s cognitive processes could be interpreted to provide novel sensory experiences while driving. One way to manifest this is through adjustable audio effects.

Vehicle speed is conveyed to the driver by adjusting the tempo of the soundtrack playing on the stereo system; autobody aerodynamics are conveyed by adjusting the left-right speaker balance, vehicle RPM with an increase or decrease in soundtrack pitch, and driving efficiency by the level of audio distortion.

If you think about this hard and long you might be able to make some sense of it. Of course, Hyundai Ioniq Roadable Synapse is only a speculative idea, but as we said before sometimes you get marvelous insights from your oddest thoughts. Will this technology be applied to production car in near future? Well, it isn’t a really a technology to begin with. It’s an artist’s flight of fancy. But it is admirable nonetheless. Kudos for thinking outside the box.

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Hyundai Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV-0

This rather bulky but still cool SUV is the vehicle with which Hyundai wants to give us a glimpse of their future Fuel Cell efforts, both in terms of design and technology. Hardly anyone pursues FCEVs these days, but Hyundai Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV is going to win back the public by offering excellent range, performance and durability.

A production version of the Hyundai Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV you see here will be released early next year with hydrogen power and a design inspired by nature. To replace the ix35 Tucson Fuel Cell, the FC SUV boasts an efficiency level of 60%, or a 9% increase from the ix35’s 55.3%. With enhanced system efficiency, the new model targets a driving range of 800km on a single charge. That is great, but the question of where are you going to get your hydrogen remains unanswered as the infrastructure is still non-existent and there seems to be no real will and effort to remedy the situation.

Still, Hyundai Next-Gen Fuel Cell SUV wants to be the best it can be, so that when hydrogen fuel pumps finally became widespread it’d be ready to pounce. That is why it comes with a tank package that features three equally-sized tanks, as opposed to two of different sizes. What’s more, at 163 horsepower the new model’s maximum output is enhanced by 20% compared to its predecessor. This SUV is an important car in Hyundai Group’s ambitious plan to launch 31 eco-friendly models (Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors combined) to global markets by 2020.

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Genesis Google Home Remote Start

I know, you are probably thinking how did we survive this long with a digital assistant to remotely open our car doors and put the air con on, but actually now that we got them we may get so used to them that we can’t live without them. This new Genesis Google Assistant seems to be one of those things. 

I mean, the features this service offers are pretty cool and can become handy in a number of situations. The video below tries to portray a couple of occasions where Genesis Google Assistant can make life a lot easier. The system utilizes Genesis app for the Google Assistant to remote start, lock or send a destination to their car via voice commands on Google Home, eligible Android phones or iPhones.

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So you have a number of ways to communicate with your Genesis Google Assistant: Voice commands via the Assistant on Google Home, Voice commands via the Google Assistant on eligible Android phones or iPhones, and Text commands via the Google Assistant on a smartphone. You are going to need a PIN number to make the assistant run your orders, and you better keep it protected because your car can get hacked with it. The Genesis Connected Services available through this service include: Sending a destination to the car’s navigation system, Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Lock & Unlock, Remote horn/lights.

 

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