The first performance car from Hyundai’s new N sub-brand has taken to the UK’s most challenging roads as part of its continuing development. The 2.0-litre powered, i30 N prototype was tested to fine-tune the car’s adaptive suspension and different drive modes. With the N logo said to resemble a chicane - as well as standing for the Nürburgring where it was developed - a near standard i30 N will race there later this month, ahead of a market launch in the summer.
A modified Hyundai Santa Fe has become the first passenger vehicle to be driven across Antarctica. Huge, low-pressure tyres were fitted for the journey along with a 250-litre fuel tank and a pre-heater for the cold weather. Celebrating 100 years since legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition, the team was led by his Great Grandson Patrick Bergel. The unique Hyundai covered 3600 miles of icy terrain, coping with temperatures as low as minus 28-degrees on the epic Polar adventure.
Unveiled in Geneva the FE Fuel Cell Concept previews Hyundai’s next generation of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The FE, which stands for ‘Future Eco’, is inspired by nature and water - the car’s only emission. Power density of the fuel stack has increased by 30% compared to the current generation system, boosting the car’s range to more than 500 miles. Hyundai says that elements of the FE Concept will influence an SUV Fuel Cell model set for launch in 2018.
Hyundai challenged NEWCARNET’s very own Massimo Pini to take a driving test – with a difference…
His wrists, fingers and ear were hooked up to a series of sensors designed to monitor his emotional state behind the wheel for a special Driving Emotion Test.
Our driver was monitored during a 45-minute trip through busy London streets using clever facial coding technology developed by Hyundai, working with expert behavioural psychologists.
Taking his seat as one of the very first people in the UK to sample the brand new IONIQ Hybrid model, our Editor-in-Chief was subjected to something of an assault on the senses:
• A variety of drinks and snacks were fed to him
• He was blasted with loud music as well as the sound of car horns and irate drivers
• A range of scents and smells - some pleasant, some less so - were introduced to the interior
Despite the heating also being cranked up a number of times with the windows closed to get him all ‘hot and bothered’, Massimo seemed to come through the Driving Emotion Test relatively unscathed.
But the proof of the pudding will be in the final results, when his score will be benchmarked against 1,000 respondents from a nationwide study.
One week ago this Hyundai was in Seoul, South Korea. Currently it is the only hybrid Hyundai IONIQ in the UK and NEWCARNET Editor-in-Chief Massimo Pini was among the first to get behind the wheel for an exclusive drive on the streets of London.
Driving impressions are still under embargo until October 3, but you can get a closer look at the car on the move.
The IONIQ is the world's first vehicle to be built on a platform that can accommodate a choice of three electrified powertrains - Hybrid, Electric and Plug-in.
Hyundai has revealed its new i30, ahead of a Paris Motor Show debut. The new hatchback is powered by a choice of one diesel and three petrol engines - including a new 140 PS, 1.4 that debuts on a Hyundai for the first time. It also includes the brand’s new cascading grille while on the inside there is more active safety features than any other Hyundai. With a sporty design, the South Korean carmaker also confirmed the i30 will be the first model in its new high performance ’N’ sub-brand, joining the range in 2017.
Hyundai has facelifted its i10 for 2016. The first Hyundai on the road to sport the brands new signature Cascading front grille, the refreshed i10 also gets a new front bumper design, round LED day time running lights, while the rear features an evolved bumper design and round fog lamps - mirroring the new front end. On the inside, a fresh shade of red is joined by upgraded connectivity features, which have all been integrated into a new seven-inch touch screen. The refreshed Hyundai i10 will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Hyundai has released a short teaser film featuring its new generation i30. Set to be fully revealed online next month, before debuting at the Paris Motor Show, the new i30 is designed, developed, and tested in Europe. Penned by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, it features flowing lines, a new Cascading grille and sculpted body. Hyundai also promises the new i30 will have an ‘efficient and dynamic’ engine line-up when it launches later in the year.
Hyundai has produced a short comedy sketch promoting its new i20, starring Kelly Brook and comedian Tom Stourton. Showcasing the new i20 hatchback and Coupe, the film is the fifth installment of Hyundai's ‘Honest Series’ and features hapless car salesman, George who this time gets stuck awkwardly in the middle of a bickering couple, acting as counsellor, surrogate child and eventually... lover. Prices for the new i20 start at £10,995 OTR.
Hyundai's all-new Tucson is set to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Replacing the ix35, it promises 'high levels of quality, design and technology', combining an SUV profile with the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille incorporating LED daytime running lights. Powered by a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, mated to either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual, the new Tucson goes on sale later in the year.