Wednesday, November 07, 2018

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Named SUV of the Year

13th Annual AutoJudge Awards announced at SEMA


LAS VEGAS, NV., Oct. 31, 2018 – 
The AutoJudge Awards sponsored by the Texas Automotive Media Association (TAMA), named the 2019 Santa Fe SUV of the Year today during the SEMA trade show. Celebrating their 13th year as the first automotive awards of the auto show season, an expert and well-respected panel of automotive journalists select the best sedans, SUVs, and Pickup Trucks after an entire year of test driving vehicles.
“The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage. As the best-selling SUV in our history, we are continually striving to build on this success and deliver vehicles that reflect the needs of today’s drivers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. This award selected by an esteemed panel of AutoJudge journalists inspires our team to continue to be a leader in this competitive segment.”  
Texas Automotive Media Association President, Marlon Hanson, publisher of Focus Daily News, added “Hyundai continues to deliver appealing choices of vehicles that highly resonate among our panel of veteran automotive journalists that evaluate new models all year based on performance, quality, functionality, and overall value; qualities beyond cosmetics to provide consumers with the most detailed driving impressions available. This year, Hyundai’s fourth generation Santa Fe was selected as the SUV of the Year for setting new benchmarks in safety and comfort-based technologies while remaining true to their established roots of abundant value and affordability.”
The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and a composite light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned sleekly above the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful, wide stance and an athletic body that makes a statement from 100 feet away. The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a roomy layout featuring a strong horizontal design theme and enhanced visibility. Premium touches such as the layered, three-dimensional instrument panel and contrasting seat stitching ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin. The Santa Fe’s larger daylight opening enhances the interior’s feeling of openness with generous amounts of natural light.
The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower. All engines are mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. 
Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now available on Santa Fe.  New safety features include the optional Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.
The 2019 Santa Fe also features Hyundai’s first standard Safe Exit Assist system. To enhance the safety of Hyundai’s passengers, Safe Exit Assist uses radar to help detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster may alert the driver. In addition, if the driver attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock feature, Safe Exit Assist will override the driver and ensure the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed. Once the road is clear, the driver can then deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock and successfully unlock the rear passenger doors.
The 2019 Santa Fe is on sale now and available at dealerships nationwide. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hyundai Introduces 2019 Veloster N, First U.S. Market N-Brand High-Performance Model, at Thunderhill Raceway

  • Hyundai selects Thunderhill Raceway circuit for Veloster N U.S. media drives
  • Veloster N model demonstrates performance potential for Hyundai N brand
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with up to 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Electronically-controlled suspension with multiple track-tuned driving modes
  • N model integrated body design details clearly differentiate from Veloster line

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY
, Willows, Calif., Oct. 24, 2018 – Hyundai today introduced its high-performance Veloster N model to an exclusive U.S. media group at a driving event at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California. Hyundai had first introduced Veloster N to media as the first of its U.S. N models at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Veloster N represents Hyundai’s highest performance vehicle ever for the U.S. market. Hyundai’s first U.S. market N model leverages the outstanding, new-for-2019 Veloster platform, showcasing an even higher level of performance appealing to the most discerning of automotive enthusiasts. Veloster N will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Hyundai’s high performance N brand was developed to make the driver’s heart beat faster whenever they’re behind the wheel. Instead of focusing on outright performance numbers, Hyundai chose to emphasize the N driver’s heartbeats per minute (BPM), rather than revs per minute (RPM). With fun-to-drive character as a top priority, Veloster N has been developed to deliver thrilling cornering ability coupled with everyday sports car drivability and race track capability.
Veloster N was born in Namyang, Hyundai’s global R&D center, and was thoroughly honed at its Nurburgring-based testing center in Germany. The Veloster N begins U.S. market availability in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“Veloster N takes Hyundai to a new level of purchase consideration for true driving enthusiasts in the U.S. market,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division, Hyundai Motor Group. “The Veloster N is another example of Hyundai Motor's capabilities, creating an exciting sports car with thrilling dynamics combined with a compelling affordability equation as key to the N high-performance concept.”
The Veloster N offers a comprehensive degree of exterior, interior and mechanical differentiation even beyond the Veloster Turbo and R-Spec models.
N EXTERIOR DIFFERENTIATIONFrom the outside, Veloster N provides an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille with dedicated front air ducts for enhanced brake cooling. LED headlamps add a tech-focused design detail to the front visage as well.
In profile, exclusive N-design rocker side sills and available lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels with a machined-finish dual-spoke star design clearly differentiate the N model from other Veloster models. Tires are of the ultra-high performance category, with standard 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSport summer tires for the 18-inch wheel design and exclusive-compound 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires for the available 19-inch alloy wheel.
The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and performance-diameter, high-flow dual exhaust. LED tail lamps further accentuate the rear view lighting signature with a tech-oriented ambience.
N INTERIOR DESIGNOn the inside, Veloster N offers exclusive N-design front cloth sport seats with performance-focused bolstering, N-design steering wheel, shift knob, N-logo door sill plates, and N-design electroluminescent instrument cluster. Interior details are accented by an N performance blue accent theme. As engine speed approaches redline, the N-design center cluster displays a progressive sequential shift indicator, alerting the driver of an impending shift point for maximum acceleration. N-brand metallic door sill scuff plates greet the driver as they approach the driver seat.
N POWERTRAINMechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant over the Veloster Turbo. When equipped with the optional performance package, the engine boasts an available 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,700 rpm for responsive, thrilling performance at every RPM range. The standard Veloster N powertrain produces 250 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,000 rpm. The turbo system intercooler is isolated from the condenser and radiator for even more efficient cooling of the intake charge. The system also benefits from a two-stage induction system for maximum output at all rpm ranges. The engine compression ratio is 9.5:1, high for a turbocharged engine. The high performance engine is backed up by a close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability. The transmission uses carbon-coated synchro rings and gear material reinforcement for smoother operation and lower overall shift force coupled with a positive engagement feel. The Veloster N clutch also utilizes a double-layer facing clutch disc design for increased burst strength and torque capability. In addition, the powertrain sports a multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. This is achieved, in part, via retardation of ignition timing specifically during throttle tip-out during sporty driving. This advanced exhaust system is further augmented with an Electronic Sound Generator that enhances the natural powertrain sound for an even sportier driving resonance between the engine and the driver. Fuel economy for the Veloster N is an estimated 22 city, 28 highway and 25 combined.
N SUSPENSION GEOMETRY AND TUNINGGenerous torque from the turbocharged powertrain is smoothly and efficiently driven to the tarmac by an N Power Sense Axle design. Veloster N’s Power Sense Axle geometry features a zero-scrub radius for more precise steering, quicker response, and a direct on-center feel, with increased steering linearity. The geometry is further optimized for linear torque build up and corner-exit precision. Roll angle is also decreased due to a shorter roll-moment arm, resulting in enhanced grip. The motor-driven power steering system is rack-mounted and secured at three locations for reduced flex and more direct handling, especially during high-performance driving.
Unique suspension tuning is derived from a multi-mode electronically-controlled suspension with a track-focused N mode available. The suspension uses a load-transfer control system that reduces dive during braking, enhances roll control during cornering and reduces rear suspension compression under hard acceleration.
Outstanding cornering is further achieved via an available electronically-controlled torque-vectoring N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential. The N Corner Carving Differential improves launch performance, reduces acceleration slip understeer and increases maximum cornering speed via precise torque-vectoring.
Veloster N offers a wide range of driver tuning preference via its N Grin Control System drive mode selection system. Modes include Normal, Sport, N, Eco and N Custom, differentiating engine throttle response, engine speed rev-matching, exhaust note, active differential tuning, suspension damping rates, steering feel and yaw-control characteristics. N Custom mode allows comprehensive driving character preferences via uniquely customizable settings for each tunable driving attribute.
N BRAKINGVeloster N available braking offers oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear, for confident, heat-dissipating braking performance coupled with a firm pedal feel. Standard Veloster N brake rotors are 13.0 inches in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear.
N COLORVeloster N models are available in four exterior colors for the U.S. market: Ultra Black, Chalk White, Racing Red, and N-exclusive Performance Blue, inspired by Hyundai Motorsport. Interior combinations are black with unique molding accent colors tailored to the exterior combination.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hyundai Motor Wins "Red Dot: Brand of the Year 2018"

  • Hyundai Motor is the most successful brand at the Red Dot Award 2018
  • Hyundai recognized for innovative design solutions, quality of design and brand management expertise

SEOUL, Oct. 
15, 2018 – Hyundai Motor has triumphed again in Red Dot Awards with the honorary title “Red Dot: Brand of the Year 2018”, adding to its five previously received Communication Design accolades for 2018 for its creative and innovative design. 
The Red Dot Award is one of the most highly-respected international design competitions in the world, and the “Red Dot: Brand of the Year” is awarded to the brand that has come up with innovative and creative design on a particularly high level. This year it took into consideration Hyundai’s innovative design solutions, quality of design and brand management expertise.
“It is an honor to be selected as the Red Dot: Brand of the Year 2018. We are humbled to receive such an accolade, as this award is a validation that we are on the right track and it is an impressive milestone for our brand image,” said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company. “This should encourage us to push harder in our approach and be a stepping stone for more creative and innovative projects in the future so that our brand can truly be loved by all.”
The official ceremony honoring the award will take in Berlin, Germany on October 26.
“In a highly saturated market, Hyundai succeeds in repeatedly addressing its customers in a creative manner, and manages to convey the technical background of its cars in a universally comprehensible way. The company’s innovative design approaches are both creative and high-quality, providing customers with a unique, one-of-a-kind, 360-degree brand experience.” said professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.
In August, Hyundai Motor set the all-time record for Red Dot Awards in the company’s history, winning four Red Dots and three “Red Dot: Best of the Best”. Hyundai won awards for its Solati Moving Hotel, Hyundai Pavilion, Genesis Gangnam, Genesis Sound Design, Pioneer Film and Safety Hologram in their respective categories, including Retail Design, Sound Design, Spatial Communication, Film & Animation and Interface & User Experience Design.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Recalibrates the Eco CUV Formula with an Impressive 258 Miles of Estimated Range


  • Generous 258-Mile Estimated Range Meets More Varied Lifestyle Needs
  • New Electric CUV offers Youthful Design, Sporty Driving Character, Leading Safety Technology and Advanced Infotainment Features in an Affordable, Compact Footprint
  • Abundant Suite of Standard Safety Equipment

Kona Electric battery is covered by Hyundai’s industry leading Lifetime Battery Warranty
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 12, 2018 – Hyundai today introduced its convention-breaking Kona Electric crossover to U.S. media at a driving introduction in Southern California. Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. Kona Electric’s exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful new Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2019 Kona Electric models will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will be available in the beginning of 2019, with initial availability in California and subsequently in the ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market.
“Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re confident it will set new standards for the electric-propelled compact CUV segment, with outstanding range flexibility, appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”
2019 Kona Electric Highlights
  • Compact electric CUV segment-leading 258-mile estimated range
  • Bold, fresh design elements with extroverted color options
    • LED headlight, taillight and daytime running light illumination signature
  • High-efficiency 201 horsepower (150 kW), 291 lb.-ft. electric motor powertrain
  • High-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ support
  • Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS):
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • High Beam Assist
  • Premium technology availability:
    • 8-inch Navigation System
    • Shift-by-wire center console drive controls with additional storage below
    • Next generation Blue Link® connected car system
    • Heads-up Display (with active pop-up display screen)
    • Rain-sensing Wipers
    • Qi Wireless-device charging

Kona Electric offers a powerful, efficient electric drivetrain and a stylish, roomy interior. A host of advanced safety features are also available on Kona Electric, including Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Parking Distance Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
MODERN DESIGN ENHANCED BY LED LIGHTING SIGNATURE
Kona Electric employs refined aesthetics with organic geometric body forms and sporty contours for a modern, eco-oriented appearance. Its distinctive design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, futuristic body styling that emphasizes its well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. A low and wide stance complements its profile, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling and control, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at highway speeds. Its refined, aero-tuned wheel arch and rear fascia cladding combines powerfully with futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech eco appearance.
The front of Kona Electric presents a future-focused, modern presence, with a cross-hatch, debossed design element for the grille area. The electric charging port is seamlessly integrated with this grille area for convenient, head-in parking at charging stations. The front view is flanked by aero-tuned flared fenders that enhance its road presence. It’s further enhanced by a separated-headlight design signature, with LED Daytime Running Lights above and available high-efficiency LED headlights below. The visual relationship between the composite lamps, the futuristic grille and unique side cladding results in a distinctive electric crossover character.
Side-profile design elements reinforce its modern and efficient qualities. A bright-finish lower wave-like element visually connects the front and rear, as do contrasting gray fender flares. Lightweight, eco-spoke aero design wheels add a unique cue to the profile while providing aero efficiency benefits.
As with the front LED arrangement, the rear light configuration also creates a unique, signature appearance. The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separated configuration, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar garnish. The rear bumper fascia conveys an inverse wave-form design element that simultaneously conveys ruggedness and a future-oriented powertrain. The Kona Electric coefficient of drag is a wind-cheating 0.29 Cd, an impressive aerodynamic rating for its highly functional compact CUV bodystyle.
SPACIOUS, COMFORTABLE INTERIOR
The unique features of the exterior continue inside with a strong horizontal character line creating a wide and spacious feel. Even with its compact dimensions and low roof line, the Kona Electric delivers outstanding interior roominess, especially front headroom.
The sleek and simple interior accentuates the modern and efficient exterior design. Kona Electric exclusive shift-by-wire drive controls are supported by a center console upper bridge element with an integrated open-access lower storage bin for convenience. The audio/navigation display incorporates advanced infotainment features and the available floating eight-inch seamless navigation touchscreen includes standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability. The floating display adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness and puts information front and center for the driver. Further, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that enhance the comfort-focused environment. Interior environments are available in either black (cloth interior only), or a light gray and blue dual-tone color scheme in leather interior options.
POWERFUL ELECTRIC PROPULSION WITH 258-MILE RANGE
The Kona Electric powertrain employs a high-efficiency 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 lb.-ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels. The powertrain inverter has a power density of 25.4 kVA per liter. The battery system is liquid-cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg (greater than Chevy Bolt), with a total battery system weight under 1,000 lbs. In addition, Kona Electric EPA-estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined.
Kona Electric Motor Drive System
The Kona Electric utilizes a standard Level-II on-board charging system capable of a 7.2 kW rate of charge for rapid recharging characteristics. Kona Electric estimated range is a segment-leading 258 miles, meeting the varying needs of owner lifestyles. An eighty percent charge can be achieved in 54 minutes with a Level-III quick charge (zero to 80 percent charge @ 100 kW charging capability), using the SAE-Combo charging port, while a 7.2 kW Level-II charger takes nine hours and thirty-five minutes. This fast-charging capability is standard on the Kona Electric. For charging convenience, the charging port is located in the front grille area for head-in parking ease whenever charging is needed.
Model
DC Fast-Charging
Standard Range
Kona Electric
STD
258 (est.)
Chevy Bolt
OPT
238
Nissan Leaf
OPT
151
VW eGolf
STD
125
Ford Focus Electric
STD
115

SOPHISTICATED, RESPONSIVE CHASSIS TUNING
Kona Electric was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a variety of urban and multi-surface driving conditions. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and ride comfort. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut system using an innovative sub-frame bushing design for enhanced comfort and reduced NVH. The MacPherson strut design uses gas-filled shock absorbers and a hollow stabilizer bar for lower weight and enhanced responsiveness. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires give surefooted, agile handling character on a variety of road surfaces.
All Kona Electric models employ a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension design for overall agility, ride comfort and stability with minimal ride vs. handling compromises. Its geometry was specially designed for refined body movement on a variety of surfaces. Rear suspension control arm design also minimizes camber and toe changes throughout the suspension travel range.
Kona Electric also offers Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to customize dynamic responses, such as steering feel, transmission and overall powertrain responsiveness to their preferences, and to changing road or traffic conditions. Differentiated driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport) optimize torque distribution, tailoring Kona Electric to a variety of driving preferences and purposes. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration, while Normal and Eco modes progressively prioritize range over performance with more conservative power-delivery strategies.
STEERING
Kona Electric’s motor-driven power steering is more efficient and quieter than traditional hydraulic systems, reducing typical parasitic losses from ancillary belts and their continual drag on the powertrain. Further, the steering system was engineered and tuned specifically for Kona Electric’s precise and rapid adjustments in steering feel with changing driving conditions. The steering wheel itself offers a wide range of tilt and telescopic adjustment for greater driver comfort.
REFINED CUV PLATFORM
The Kona Electric compact platform has been developed to give customers CUV-like ground clearance and an elevated, command seating position to provide better visibility and comfort on long journeys, as well as easy ingress and egress. Rear suspension component intrusion is minimized, allowing for a lower load floor and seating position to deliver impressive headroom and ease of access for rear occupants. Designers maximized interior space for storage versatility, meeting the requirements of eco customers with active lifestyle pursuits. Split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level load floor that yields additional vertical space and allows easy access for a variety of recreational equipment. As a result, Kona Electric offers a generous 19.2 cubic feet of rear cargo volume, exactly the same volume as the Kona with an internal combustion engine.
SAFETY STRUCTURE
Hyundai is the only global car manufacturer to produce its own steel for vehicle production for specific benefits to Kona Electric structural integrity and safety. The lightweight yet strong unibody structure has been developed with Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver leading levels of safety.
Proprietary hot-stamping methods produce lightweight, ultra-strong structural elements to maximize the cabin’s central safety cell. Structural adhesives used in Kona Electric production provide additional torsional rigidity and further reducing overall structure weight for better fuel efficiency, acceleration and handling. The platform also features an innovative multi-load path structure – an advanced energy dispersion technology that dispenses crash energy across multiple structures to help protect passengers in the event of an accident. In addition, there are strategic reinforcing elements to effectively disperse collision energy around battery and key electric components for increased crash safety.
ACTIVE SAFETY
Kona Electric also offers available advanced active safety features, including standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional available systems also utilize the standard front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (on LED-headlight-equipped models), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
By sensing road markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps to prevent accidental lane departure by automatically steering the car if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls the high beam headlights depending on surroundings, while the Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue or careless driving.
Available Kona Electric radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to help detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collison-Avoidance Assist helps detect when another vehicle may have entered the car’s rearward path, such as backing out of a parking spot, and may provide a driver alert and automatic braking assistance.
ADVANCED INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
Kona Electric offers a full suite of sophisticated technologies paired with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The standard seven-inch color LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary inputs, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor. The available eight-inch touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity® premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology. Smartphone integration is also included in the premium system.
Because some Kona Electric buyers will have downsized from a larger CUV, Kona Electric offers features that they would be accustomed to in larger CUV segments, such as a seven-inch color LCD electroluminescent gauge cluster, power driver’s seat, leather heated seats, automatic air conditioning and proximity key. A Heads-Up Display system is available, projecting a virtual image onto the transparent panel mounted behind the instrument panel, which helps the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. With a generous, eight-inch projected-image size and outstanding luminance, the Heads-Up Display provides both excellent day- and night-time visibility. Information projected includes speed, navigation instructions, safety and audio system information. Deployed vertically by a simple touch of a button beside the steering wheel, the display disappears into the dashboard when not in use.
In a first for the segment, Kona Electric offers smartphone wireless charging. To charge a device, simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless-charging interface located in the center console storage, recharging without the need for cables. The system indicates when the phone has fully charged, reminds occupants to remove their phone when exiting the vehicle, and detects when a foreign object is in the recharging area that could interfere with charging. The system is fully compliant with WPC’s Qi standard for ease of use.
COLOR
In keeping with its modern design demeanor, a number of extroverted color variations allow buyers to further express themselves by choosing colors such as Phantom Black, Chalk White, Pulse Red, Ceramic Blue and Galactic Gray. When equipped without a sunroof, the Kona EV roof is finished with a color-contrasting white color scheme (black, gray and white exterior color choices only). The available white roof provides contrast between the roof and body for a distinctive appearance and more effective solar heat rejection to reduce HVAC system loads, increasing overall efficiency in warmer climates.
NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK® CONNECTED CAR SYSTEM
All Kona Electric models include complimentary three-year Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services (models equipped with factory navigation). Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Google Home®, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search by Voice®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. In addition, Kona Electric adds exclusive EV-oriented features such as Remote Charge Management, Charge Scheduling, EV Power History and EV Range.
Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the Blue Link smartphone app, Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and using the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings
  • Access to the Hyundai accessories website

More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.
MYHYUNDAI WITH BLUE LINK® APP
Owners can manage and monitor the Kona Electric remotely via the Blue Link smartphone app. With the app, owners can access real-time data from their Kona Electric and perform specific commands like starting the engine and locking doors. Plus, users can search for points of interest using Google with voice or text and have the directions when they start their Kona Electric.
For Kona Electric owners who will charge at their residence, one of the most useful features of the app is the ability to manage their charging schedule. Owners are given vehicle charging options that they can select while in the car, but users can also manage them remotely via their smartphone. Immediate charge is the simplest option, as charging begins as soon as the Kona Electric is plugged-in. A distinctive instrument cluster provides Kona Electric drivers with additional information about the vehicle’s functions. A charge indicator is located on top of the dashboard to make it easy to see the state of charge from outside the vehicle.
Individuals that have different electric rates at off-peak times may want to schedule the charge to reduce cost as well as reduce peak demand on the electricity grid. Users can do that with the new app based on time and date. For example, charging could be set to start at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a weekly basis.
Connected Car Services:
  • Remote Start with Climate Control and defroster
  • Remote Lock/Unlock
  • Vehicle Diagnostics/status
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Car Finder

Connected Charge Management Services
:
  • Start or stop charging
  • Set-up charging schedule with days of the week and time
  • Current battery level with real-time electric and fuel range
  • Real-time fuel range
  • Plug status (in/out)
  • Charge status
  • Time left until fully charged

KONA ELECTRIC NOMENCLATURE

“Kona” Electric is named after the idyllic west-coast region of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona region is famous among endurance triathletes and thrill-seeking travelers, and this energetic image is further reflected in the innovative and functional design of this eco-focused CUV.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hyundai has the Most IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick Awards in the Industry

  • - A Total of Ten New Hyundai Models Have a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) or TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) Rating when equipped with optional front crash protection and specific headlights, the Most in the Industry 
  • - Six New Hyundai Models have a TSP+ Rating when equipped with optional front crash protection and specific headlights

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Sept. 20, 2018
 – With the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe being named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ and the 2019 Accent being named a TOP SAFETY PICK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today, Hyundai now has the most combined TSP+ and TSP-rated vehicles in the automotive industry. The Santa Fe trophy will be presented to Hyundai at a celebration at its Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama assembly plant tomorrow, where the Santa Fe is made.         
Hyundai TOP SAFETY PICK+ models
1. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe with specific headlights
2. 2018 Hyundai Sonata with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights; applies only to vehicles built after September 2017
3. 2018 Hyundai Kona with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights; applies only to vehicles built after May 2018
4. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe (LWB) with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
5. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights; applies only to vehicles built after June 2017
6. 2018 Hyundai Elantra with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights; applies only to vehicles built after December 2017

Hyundai TOP SAFETY PICK models 
7. 2019 Hyundai Accent with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
8. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
9. 2018 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
10. 2018 Hyundai Tucson with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights 
To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick+, the 2019 Santa Fe earned good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also earned superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
2019 Santa Fe and Accent IIHS Ratings
To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick, the 2019 Accent earned good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also earned a superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable headlight rating.
“Hyundai Smart Sense technologies help keep Santa Fe owners alert, confident and in control while driving,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Safety is paramount when designing new Hyundai vehicles, which is why it was important to make so many great safety features standard on the 2019 Santa Fe.”
Santa Fe’s and Accent’s awards adds to the list of ten new Hyundai models that are rated TOP SAFETY PICK+ or TOP SAFETY PICK when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights, the most in the industry. The 2018 Kona (built after May 2018), Elantra (built after Dec. 2017), Sonata (built after Sept. 2017), 2018 Santa Fe and the 2018 Santa Fe Sport (built after June 2017) all earned the organization’s highest rating, while the Elantra GTIoniq Hybrid and Tucson received a TOP SAFETY PICK rating when equipped with optional front crash protection and specific headlights.
Smart Sense Technologies available on the 2019 Santa Fe
Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now available on Santa Fe. Below are key standard and optional features:
Category
Acronym
Feature
Visibility
HBA
High Beam Assist (Standard)
Collision
FCA
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (Standard)
BCA
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (Standard)
SEA
Safe Exit Assist (Standard)
LKA
Lane Keeping Assist (Standard)
Driver
DAW
Driver Attention Warning (Standard)
Driving Convenience
SCC with Stop & Go
Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (Standard)
Parking Safety
RVM with PG
Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance and tailgate safe-open guide and high definition camera (Standard)
SVM
Surround View Monitor (Optional)
RCCA
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (Standard)
PDW
Parking Distance Warning Reverse (Optional)

2019 Santa Fe Safety Features
Hyundai’s standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) puts eyes in the back of drivers’ heads. When backing up, the Blind Spot Detection system may warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side and may also apply the brakes automatically.
Additional safety features include the optional Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the 2019 Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to help prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in the vehicle.
The 2019 Santa Fe also features Hyundai’s first standard Safe Exit Assist system. To enhance the safety of Hyundai’s passengers, Safe Exit Assist uses radar to help detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster may alert the driver. In addition, if the driver attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock feature, Safe Exit Assist will override the driver and ensure the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed. Once the road is clear, the driver can then deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock and successfully unlock the rear passenger doors.
2019 Santa Fe 2.0T Limited

Comprehensive Safety and the 2019 Accent
2019 Accent Limited
Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers. For example, Accent offers available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist that utilizes a front forward facing radar to help detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system may apply emergency braking.
A six-airbag system is standard, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control and ABS.