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Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

May 13th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai isn’t joking when it claims it wants to fight global warming. The car manufacturer just announced that it plans to install what will be South Korea’s largest solar photovoltaic system on the rooftops of its plant in Asan. Working with thermal power company Korea Midland Power Ltd. (KOMIPO), Hyundai plans to install 40,000 solar photovoltaic modules on the rooftops of the plant’s press, welding, assembly and engine buildings by the end of the year. The giant rooftop solar plant will curb 5,600 tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of planting 1.12 million pine trees.

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Hyundai Unveils Flying Electric Car for Congested Cities

April 22nd, 2013 No comments

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Hyundai just unveiled a series of new concepts for single-person vehicles that can navigate heavily congested cities – including a multi-rotor flying car! The next-gen vehicle is propelled by four electric motors and propellers and it can hover over the ground, keeping the driver above congestion.

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Hyundai Unveils the World’s First Production Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle!

February 27th, 2013 No comments

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Hyundai just became the world’s first automaker to begin assembly-line production of a zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicle. The first Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle rolled off Hyundai’s assembly line yesterday at the company’s Ulsan manufacturing plant in South Korea.

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Fuel economy follies: Cheatin’ or mistaken?

January 3rd, 2013 No comments

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Automotive journalists have been hearing a consistent message from Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia: their attributes top the competition. Over the last few years, they have claimed superiority for most of their products in nearly every measure that matters, from power and torque to interior and cargo capacity to, most importantly, fuel economy.

Hyundai logoWhen Hyundai introduced its new compact Elantra a couple years ago, execs poked fun at rivals for using asterisks to designate that their 40-mpg compacts – vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze ECO, Ford Focus SFE, Dodge Dart Aero and Honda Civic HF – were special high-efficiency models. The Elantra and friends, they boasted, needed no such disclaimer because every model was EPA rated at 40 mpg highway. Yet they also claimed better power, torque and performance.

As a recovering engineer, I have wondered how that could be possible. How can nearly every Korean car and crossover boast better power, torque and fuel efficiency than every other in its segment? Could Korean engineers be that much smarter than everyone else? They certainly are smart, and hard working. But so are Japanese, Germans and Americans.

When I’ve questioned such “better at everything” claims at Hyundai and Kia new-product introductions, I’ve received little response beyond smiles and smugly shrugged shoulders. But US auto engineers – who routinely test, analyze and benchmark competitive products – have told me (off the record) that, in their own testing of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, they’ve been unable to achieve the Koreans’ advertised numbers.

Wouldn’t it be embarrassing and image damaging for them to get caught cheating?

Could it be, I wondered, that Hyundai and Kia have been fudging their fuel-economy numbers, especially those very important 40-mpg EPA highway claims? Doesn’t our all-powerful EPA audit and check automakers’ claims to keep them honest? Wouldn’t it be embarrassing and image damaging for them to get caught cheating? Yes, sort of and yes.

But how many Americans recall that these same Korean companies were caught a decade ago inflating their power and performance claims? Very few apparently remember, or care, since both have enjoyed record-setting US sales since then. But cheating on EPA fuel economy ratings? How could they do that, and how have they gotten away with it?

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Unlock your Hyundai with a tap of your smartphone by 2015

December 31st, 2012 No comments

An NFC-enabled smartphone is the key to the Hyundai Connectivity Concept, both unlocking its doors and powering its infotainment system via MirrorLink. [Read more]