Hyundai produces a Rockstar Concept SUV for SEMA

HYUNDAI TEAMS WITH ROCKSTAR PERFORMANCE GARAGE TO CREATE NITROUS-BASED ROCKSTAR SANTA FE CONCEPT OFF-ROADER FOR 2016 SEMA SHOW

HYUNDAI TEAMS WITH ROCKSTAR PERFORMANCE GARAGE TO CREATE NITROUS-BASED ROCKSTAR SANTA FE CONCEPT OFF-ROADER FOR 2016 SEMA SHOW

By Gerry Miles

You might remember the old Zombie Apocalypse vehicle, just in time for Halloween a few

hyundai zombie survival machine

hyundai zombie survival machine

years ago, but I like this Hyundai Concept far more.

Just in time for SEMA, Hyundai Motor America and Rockstar Performance Garage have developed a nitrous-powered Santa Fe CUV capable of serious off-roading while conveying the iconic Rockstar design attitude. The Rockstar Santa Fe Concept boasts a nitrous-powered, Hyundai-based 3.3L Lambda V6 engine powering the jacked up rig via  a raised Santa Fe off-roading setup.

“Rockstar conveys its endless brand energy in everything we do,” said Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle. “Our Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is simultaneously all-show and all-go, a non-compromising concept with tremendous capabilities and a confident demeanor to match.
Key modifications to the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept include:

  • Hyundai-based 3.3L V6 engine
  • AEM cold air intake
  • Mishimoto cooling system
  • Nitrous-oxide injection system
  • R1 6-piston front, 4-piston rear, big brake system
  • 2.0 KING coil-overs front
  • 2.5 KING shocks with finned reservoir rear
  • Custom suspension setup with new tie-rods and control arms
  • Nology high-performance wires
  • Odyssey batteries
  • Nitro Gear gears
  • KICKER® audio system
  • Magnaflow custom exhaust
  • 17-inch off-road KMC XD 301 Turbine bead-lock wheels
  • Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires
  • Wheel clearance expansion setup
  • WARN® winch
  • Rock sliders and bumpers
  • Custom roof rack, headlamps and taillamps
  • Bulldog LED lighting
  • Roadwire custom leather interior design

DOT, IIHS and 20 automakers commit to AEB standard on new vehicles

McLEAN, Va. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today a historic commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins Sept. 1, 2022.

Automakers making the commitment are Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA. The unprecedented commitment means that this important safety technology will be available to more consumers more quickly than would be possible through the regulatory process.

AEB systems help prevent crashes or reduce their severity by applying the brakes for the driver. The systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and apply the brakes if the driver does not take sufficient action quickly enough.

NHTSA estimates that the agreement will make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the formal regulatory process. During those three years, according to IIHS estimates, the commitment will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.

“It’s an exciting time for vehicle safety. By making automatic emergency braking systems standard equipment on their vehicles, these 20 automakers will help prevent crashes and save lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers.”

Based on mounting evidence that AEB effectively reduced crashes and injuries in the United States and around the world, NHTSA and IIHS issued a challenge to the industry in September 2015 to encourage automakers to voluntarily make AEB a standard feature. A series of meetings followed to establish details of the commitment.

“IIHS member companies strongly support the adoption of effective safety technologies,” said IIHS Board Chairman and CEO of American Family Insurance, Jack Salzwedel. “Deploying AEB on a wide scale will allow us to further evaluate the technology’s effectiveness and its impact on insurance losses, so that more insurers can explore offering discounts or lower premiums to consumers who choose AEB-equipped vehicles.”

“We’re getting these safety systems into vehicles much faster than what would have been otherwise possible,” said NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Mark Rosekind. “A commitment of this magnitude is unprecedented, and it will bring more safety to more Americans sooner.”

“The benefits of this commitment are far reaching, from injuries and deaths averted to the recovery of productivity that would otherwise be lost in traffic jams caused by the crashes prevented,” said IIHS Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer David Zuby. “It also assures that all Americans will benefit from this technology.”

“With roadway fatalities on the rise, the commitment made today has the potential to save more lives than almost anything else we can accomplish in the next six years,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, who attended today’s announcement. “Including all models in the agreement ensures that safety isn’t for just those who can afford it.”

NHTSA and IIHS also announced that Consumer Reports will assist in monitoring automaker progress toward meeting the AEB commitment. Jake Fisher, Director of Auto Testing for Consumer Reports, said, “We have been calling on automakers to make automatic emergency braking standard in all new vehicles, and today is an important step toward reaching that goal. This proven technology is among the most promising safety advances we’ve seen since electronic stability control almost two decades ago. We look forward to working with NHTSA and IIHS to help put this plan into action and hold automakers accountable for their commitments.”

Today’s commitment will make AEB standard on virtually all light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less beginning no later than Sept. 1, 2022. AEB will be standard on virtually all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds beginning no later than Sept. 1, 2025.

As NHTSA continues its regulatory work in this area, NHTSA will track the progress industry is making towards its commitment.

The commitment takes into account the evolution of AEB technology. It requires a level of functionality that is in line with research and crash data demonstrating that such systems are substantially reducing crashes, but does not stand in the way of improved capabilities that are just beginning to emerge. The performance measures are based on real world data showing that vehicles with this level of capability are avoiding crashes.

To encourage further development of AEB technology, NHTSA will accelerate its research on more advanced AEB applications, including systems that reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians. In December, NHTSA announced plans to rate AEB systems and other advanced technologies under its 5-Star Safety Ratings beginning in model year 2018.


Fact sheet:
Auto Industry Commitment to IIHS and NHTSA on Automatic Emergency Braking

Participating manufacturers: Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA — representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. new-car market.

Details of the commitment: Participating automakers commit to make AEB standard on virtually all light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less no later than Sept. 1, 2022, and on virtually all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds no later than Sept. 1, 2025.

What is AEB? Automatic emergency braking helps prevent crashes or reduce their severity by applying a vehicle’s brakes automatically. The systems use on-board sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver, and apply the brakes or increase braking effort if the driver does not take sufficient action.

Performance requirements: Participating manufacturers will ensure vehicles have both a forward collision warning system that meets a subset of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current 5-Star Safety Ratings program requirements on the timing of driver alerts and an automatic braking system that earns at least an advanced rating in the current Insurance Institute for Highway Safety front crash prevention track tests. The baseline performance measures are a speed reduction of at least 10 mph in either the IIHS 12 or 25 mph tests, or a speed reduction of 5 mph in both of the tests.

Safety benefits: IIHS research shows that AEB systems meeting the commitment would reduce rear-end crashes by 40 percent. IIHS estimates that by 2025 — the earliest NHTSA believes it could realistically implement a regulatory requirement for AEB — the commitment will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.

Monitoring progress: IIHS and NHTSA will monitor automakers’ progress toward the commitment and provide annual updates on that progress. Commitment letters from each of the manufacturers, along with annual submissions on their progress, will be posted at www.regulations.gov under docket number NHTSA-2015-0101.

G90 debuts über-luxo Hyundai sedan’s new division flagship

Genesis G90

2017 Hyundai Genesis G90

  • Cutting-edge technology, ultimate refinement and luxurious convenience set the Genesis brand flagship apart

  • Premium luxury sedan exudes confidence and distinctiveness through ‘Athletic Elegance’ with refined and dynamic performance

  • Generous world-class safety and technology innovations

Hyundai Motor Company unveiled its G90 premium luxury sedan for the Genesis brand in the U.S. market, the new flagship of the brand’s model line-up at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2017 G90 will compete at the top of the premium luxury car segment with world-class technological innovations and the highest levels of refinement, convenience and dynamic performance.

Created by the new Prestige Design Group, G90 provides strong indications of the brand’s ‘Athletic Elegance’ design identity that will be evident in future Genesis products. The G90 silhouette is both powerful and refined, from its prominent hood, generous wheelbase, minimized overhangs and sophisticated rear deck surfacing. Inside the cabin, fine materials and textures from around the world meet refined ergonomics to provide occupants with absolute convenience and luxurious comfort.

Human-focused Technological Innovation
With advanced technological innovation at its core, G90 features GENESIS SMART SENSE, a suite of driver safety technologies. These features cover the full spectrum of active and passive safety, from driver alertness and focus to total occupant safety, and even the safety of other drivers around you. This suite brings together systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start, Smart Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keep Assist.

G90’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), utilizing sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. With this system, G90 will employ automatic braking when it detects another vehicle or pedestrian at an unsafe closing rate of speed. This system uses the front radar from the Smart Cruise Control system and the forward camera from the Lane Keep Assist (LKA) to provide this extra margin of safety.

Best-in-class Luxury Refinement in every area
Benefitting from an intensive four-year development focus by an 800-strong team, the G90 offers best-in-class NVH refinement levels. Every detail of the interior has been crafted to enhance the passengers’ sense of luxury.

Advanced ergonomic analysis dictates the positioning of driver controls, passenger comfort and entertainment features, while exclusive materials are sourced from the finest artisans around the world. For optimized comfort, Genesis offers an impressive 22-way power driver seat.

Vehicle dynamics, including ride comfort and road holding in adverse conditions, are optimized by combining an advanced H-TRAC all-wheel-drive system with the first application of Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (GACS).

Sporty Agility with Refined Performance
G90 owners will immediately notice the highest standards of refined performance. These characteristics are central to the Genesis brand, with development teams carrying out rigorous performance testing at the company’s European Technical Center at the Nürburgring in Germany and the California Proving Grounds in the Mojave Desert. Even with this sporty and responsive character, the G90 interior environment remains well-mannered. G90 powertrain options include an all-new 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 or the award-winning Tau 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 for ultimate power.

In addition to the United States, G90 will be offered in other markets, including China, Russia and various countries in the Middle East. Five additional Genesis models are planned for launch within the next five years.

 

Styling

Led by key design members of Hyundai Motor’s new Prestige Design Group, the distinctive appearance of the G90 exudes both confidence and originality. Under the oversight of Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, G90 expresses the first interpretation of the Genesis design identity ‘Athletic Elegance,’ which embodies the beauty of energy exploding through masterful control, like the moment when an archer focuses his entire strength and spirit into the tip of an arrow.

Exterior Design
In crafting the G90, the Prestige Design Group aimed to capture the car’s strength and originality, while presenting fresh appeal through innovative styling and sporting proportions.

From the front perspective, the G90 identity is conveyed through a Genesis-family design feature, the ‘CREST’ grille, and crowned with the winged Genesis emblem. Perfectly proportioned, the G90 combines a prominent hood with short overhangs, an unequivocal manifestation of its performance rear-drive architecture. Available full-LED signature headlights (V8 model) flow from fascia to fender – a key design element of the new Genesis brand. On the lower fascia, standard LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) add to the distinctive illumination signature. The unique G90 grille design also supports a bold and confident front visage.

From front to rear, a bold, arcing character line spans the length of G90, accentuating the vehicle’s dynamic profile. Refined use of chrome elements also serve to create an elegant and premium appearance. From the rear, dual asymmetrical exhaust tips surrounded by lower fascia accents provide a substantial reminder of available power. Vertical full LED light signature elements provide a unique rear illumination signature. Even more, the clean lines of the G90 yield the additional benefit of an exceptional 0.27 Cd for minimized wind noise and enhanced fuel efficiency, a best-in-class for the segment.

2017 Genesis G90
With luxurious interior spaciousness, the G90 is available in five colors created to accentuate its distinctive lines. Ranging from Casablanca White and Caspian Black to Manhattan Brown, Santiago Silver and London Gray, the color palette was painstakingly matched to a wide spectrum of interior environments and sophisticated material selections.

Interior Design
Effortless ergonomics, interior design harmony, convenience and luxurious comfort helped craft the G90 interior design. From the horizontal and graceful layout of driver controls and genuine, premium material selection, to meticulous craftsmanship, precision Nappa leather-stitched instrument panel and an elegant material color palette, virtually every element of the interior focuses on the passengers.

Extensive consideration has been given to material selection for the G90. The highest-quality, authentic materials adorn the cabin, with ease of operation and intrinsic beauty as fundamental priorities for the interior. Throughout the cabin, the controls for these latest technologies are luxuriously ensconsed amid Nappa leather and genuine wood accents, delighting the senses and cosseting the occupants in a first-class ambience. Even the Lexicon® audio speaker grilles convey an ultra- luxury ambience, precision-machined of high-grade aluminum alloy.

Passenger space is a key component of interior comfort and design, and the new G90 has significantly improved spaciousness, derived in part from a generous 4.5-inch increase in wheelbase for greater passenger comfort. This increase in wheelbase also resulted in reduced overall overhangs when compared with the previous model. Inside the cabin, this translates to superior front headroom (41.1 inches) and legroom (46.3 inches) compared with key competitors.

Powertrains

Tuned for maximizing driving confidence, a rigorous engine testing regime focused on overall responsiveness, while retaining luxury-class refinement levels.

G90 is fitted with a choice of two gasoline engines: a 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine developing an estimated 365 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (with optional premium fuel), or the top-trim 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 engine developing an estimated 420 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (with optional premium fuel). With either powertrain, G90 boasts impressive performance characteristics even while offering exceptional passenger comfort, a hallmark of the Genesis brand.

G90 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine
The 420 horsepower V8 powerplant develops an estimated 383 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm (with optional premium fuel). Hyundai Motor’s first twin-turbocharged engine, the all-new 3.3L direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6, also boasts strong performance with an estimated 376 lb.-ft. of torque throughout a wide RPM range of 1,300 – 4,500 rpm (with optional premium fuel). Both G90 powerplants employ electric thermostats and mid-position-lock Continuously Variable Valve Timing for enhanced responsiveness and fuel efficiency.

G90 5.0-liter V8 engine
Further, both engines benefit from an advanced 2nd-generation 8-speed automatic transmission with extensive lightweighting, reduced clutch-disc drag, lighter torque-converter components and reduced losses from lower oil pump displacement compared with the previous generation. This new transmission boasts lower overall weight (18 lbs. lighter), higher efficiency and more compact dimensions as well.
Driving Performance

A fundamental brand characteristic of all Genesis models is the careful melding of sporty agility and refined performance. At the pinnacle of the Genesis line, G90 achieves these often competing goals via an extensive research, development and testing regime.

G90’s engineers worked closely with the company’s European Test Centre based at Germany’s demanding Nürburgring circuit, and also put the car through its paces in controlled environments at the company’s Namyang R&D Center and California Proving Grounds in the Mojave Desert. Through an intensive program of testing and development, the engineering team refined G90 ride, handling, steering feel and suspension damping to deliver an exhilarating driving experience with overall dynamics that are simultaneously luxurious, sporty and refined. G90 also features Intelligent Drive Mode with four distinct driving settings: Eco, Smart, Sport, and Individual (driver-specified parameters). These four driver-selectable modes provide unique calibration settings for suspension, steering, stability control, engine, transmission and available AWD, allowing the driver to determine G90 driving character based on personal driving preferences, road quality, or traffic conditions. Further, G90 includes proprietary “Smart Shift and Drive Control” automatic transmission technology that analyzes driving style and adjusts shift character, engine torque response and suspension damping in real-time driving conditions.

As a foundation for better handling precision, G90 body rigidity has been increased, with an overall bending rigidity six-percent higher than the Mercedes-Benz S550. To achieve this impressive rigidity, G90 utilizes 52 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), a full 300 percent more than the previous generation, along with more than 650 feet of advanced structural adhesives.

To achieve the smoothest possible ride comfort while retaining engaging dynamics, G90 is fitted with a multi-link suspension design for minimized camber and toe changes throughout the suspension travel range. Rear cross member bushings were also improved from a rubber to a hydro construction. In addition, the Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension (GACS) with electronic damping control smoothly and precisely controls body motions throughout the range of dynamics with minimal compromises to ride comfort. This adaptive control suspension, sourced from Sachs/ZF®, offers independent damping control for both rebound and compression strokes of suspension travel for improved body and yaw control. G90 motor-driven power steering was further refined with optimized assist-and-recovery calibrations and increased steering torsion bar rigidity for more precise steering responsiveness. Large, 19-inch turbine-blade design alloy wheels with 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear performance tires ensure immediate response to steering inputs and precise handling character.

G90 Front and Rear Suspension Layout w/Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension
An advanced H-TRAC® AWD system is available with either powertrain, for confident control under adverse driving conditions such as ice or snow. This system features an electronic transfer case with active torque control and offers dual-mode Sport or Normal calibrations that are linked to the Intelligent Drive Mode.

The H-TRAC system can direct up to 40 percent of available torque to the front axle, for enhanced traction in adverse conditions such as ice or snow. In more ideal conditions, the H-TRAC Sport calibration features a high degree of rear-drive bias for sportier cornering and acceleration characteristics, with up to 90 percent of available torque distributed to the rear axle. In addition, with the H-TRAC systems’ Economy mode, up to 100 percent of available torque is distributed to the rear wheels for maximum driveline efficiency.

Genesis G90 H-TRAC system
G90 brakes were also improved for greater fade resistance with larger, 14.8 inch rotors (5.0 V8 model) and thicker (34 mm) front rotors, with dedicated cooling vents in the front fascia for enhanced front brake heat dissipation. Rear brake performance was also enhanced with larger, 13.4 inch rotors. G90 brake calipers use a 4-piston fixed design in front and a 2-piston fixed design in the rear.

Safety

‘Safety without compromise’ summarizes the passenger-centered philosophy that has directed the development of the G90. Its world-class safety technologies accompanied by outstanding structural rigidity combine to increase its overall safety quotient. G90 is expected to receive a 5-star safety rating (NHTSA), and a Top Safety Pick+ (IIHS), based on preliminary internal crash tests. All individual crash scenario classifications are expected to receive a Good rating or above.

The G90 body structure has been strengthened with a dual-layer member connection design and a newly optimized load-dispersion structure for the small overlap crash test. A variety of class-leading standard safety technologies work to minimize risk and maximize protection for the driver, passenger and other road users. These advanced safety features include: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Blind Spot Detection (SBSD), Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Dynamic Bending Light headlights with High Beam Assist, and a 360-degree Multi-view Monitor. In addition, G90 also features Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start capability. For enhanced visibility for the driver, the Head’s-up Display has been increased from 7.4 inches to 9.7 inches with enhanced illumination.

Convenience Features

Simplicity and intuitive function were key elements in the development of G90 convenience features, delivering the ultimate carefree ownership experience for owners. In developing the car’s specifications and trim levels, every effort was made to provide customers with everything most customers would need without anything unnecessary or overly complicated.

Seating comfort was a key development target for G90. Ergo-design seating, including an electronically-controlled, 22-way power driver’s seat including power bolsters, cushion extension and shoulder adjustment, was approved by the German campaign for healthier backs, Aktion Gesunder Rücken. The G90 passenger seat offers 16-way adjustment for optimal comfort. All front seat positions, side mirrors and steering column position are controlled by an integrated memory system. Front seat positions offer both heating and ventilation.

The upscale rear outboard passenger seats are electronically-adjustable in 12 ways (14-ways for the right seat position) on the 5.0 V8 model, ensuring the highest levels of comfort. These luxurious seats were carefully developed via thorough analysis of the renowned “Stressless” seat design. In addition, the rear seats offer heat, with ventilation on 5.0 V8 models. The rear seats offer an unusually high comfort level on V8 models, including power: slide linked with recline, shoulder-adjusters, rear lumbar support, 4-way head restraints and a rear integrated memory system controlled by a dedicated rear console selector.

Many of the car’s features rely on interaction with the car’s audio visual system displayed via a luxurious 12.3-inch high-definition widescreen in the center stack, operated via DIS control knob. The screen plays a key role in enhancing the ease of parking and tight urban maneuvering for drivers. A one-megapixel digital camera is activated when parking, simultaneously sharing the screen with a high-resolution 360-degree Multi-view monitor with steering guidelines. A heads-up display helps drivers to find key driving data while keeping their eyes safely on the road ahead. In addition, a seven-inch high-resolution TFT-LCD display enhances data recognition for the driver from the center gauge cluster.

Depending on individual taste or mood, one of seven interior ambient lighting mood lamps can be selected, and LED lamps are positioned in the overhead console and cabin lighting positions. From the outside mirrors, Genesis-logo approach lamps are projected on the ground for enhanced visibility while approaching the vehicle.

Ultra-high fidelity was an absolute development requirement for the G90 audio system. Presenting a concert-like experience, the Lexicon® Premium Sound System boasts QuantumLogic® Surround sound with 17 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer. Developed in concert with Grammy Award-winning artists and producers, QuantumLogic® Surround is a revolutionary new audio algorithm that is designed to mimic the acoustics of the original performance and recording space, identifying individual voices and instruments and re-authoring these into a precise multi-channel soundstage. In addition, Clari-Fi® music reconstruction technology rebuilds sonic details typically lost in the compression process for digital music sources, adjusting fine musical nuances based on the overall quality of the audio signal. This helps to further maximize the high-fidelity listening experience with every track. On the 5.0L V8 model, the rear seats feature dual rear monitors with 9.2-inch, segment-first high-definition screens that can be controlled from the rear seat Driver Information System controller.

Elsewhere in the finely-appointed cabin, the ventilation system offers three distinct zones of control with a segment-first cabin CO2-level sensor and Air Quality System (AQS) that allows additional fresh air to enter the cabin when needed. The G90 steering wheel also offers a heating function as standard. G90 passengers can now conveniently charge their mobile devices with the latest Qi wireless-charging standard technology and utilize both front and rear USB ports. For ease of entry, the G90 includes a proximity key with an integrated push-button start system. Power rear- and rear-side-window sunshades are also standard. From the outside, a power Smart Trunk with hands-free opening adds convenience whenever the owner’s hands are full for convenient loading and unloading, and all doors have power door closure function. For adverse weather, G90 also offers a windshield wiper de-icer, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-defogging windshield.

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

Engineers focused on segment-leading low NVH as a key differentiator for G90, dedicating hundreds of hours to fine-tuning every aspect of noise reduction and comfort enhancement. This obsessive attention to detail has resulted in G90 boasting best-in-class ratings for in-cabin noise levels, a major achievement in this critical area of refinement in the luxury segment.

With special sound-absorbing materials throughout the cabin, to the application of specially laminated acoustic film glass on every window, the G90 cabin is a pleasant refuge for its passengers. Road noise was further minimized through the development of a specialized Helmholtz design, with hollow, two-piece wheel construction, and an integral sound absorption chamber for the 19-inch alloy wheels. This design produces an innovative resonance effect which provides sound absorption for reduced tire noise levels in addition to lower overall unsprung weight (7 lbs. lower) for more responsive handling and better ride comfort.

Sound engineering also extended to the suspension set-up, optimized at test centers around the world for high-speed cruising, while minimizing cabin noise intrusion and body vibration. Wind noise in the cabin has been reduced through the application of a 3-layer weather-strip seal on all doors. Special double sound-proof glass insulation is now also applied to the rear glass, while carpet and headliner insulation thickness have been increased by more than 20 percent. In the rear quarter panel, a special plate foam pad has been added as a special sound block for rear passengers.

For the powertrain, the intake ducting now employs a variable-type valve for minimized intake resonance at various engine speeds. In addition, transmission-housing rigidity has been improved with external rib enhancements and increased thickness leading to reduced NVH. In the engine bay, a special single continuous powertrain seal has been applied for reduced sound penetration into the cabin. Underneath G90, underbody airflow has been improved for reduced turbulence and wind noise, greater efficiency and enhanced stability at higher speeds.

Genesis G90

Genesis G90

Technical Specifications

Engines:

Capacity (cc)                                  Horsepower (estimated)        Torque (lb.-ft.) (estimated)

3.3-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V6     3,342 365 @ 6,000 rpm          376 @(1,300-4,500) rpm

5.0-liter Direct-injected V8 5,038    420 @ 6,000 rpm                   383 @ 5,000 rpm

Drivetrain:

Rear-wheel drive – standard

All-wheel drive – optional

Transmission:

8-speed elec.-controlled automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter

Suspension and damping:

Front Multi-link with Continuous Damping Control

Rear Multi-link with Continuous Damping Control

Steering:

Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering

Overall steering gear ratio 12.9

Steering wheel turns (lock to lock) 2.55

Minimum turning radius 19.6 feet

Wheels and tires:

8.5 x 19-inch (front) 245/45R19

9.5 x 19-inch (rear) 275/40R19

Exterior dimensions (inches):

Overall length 204.9

Overall width 75.4

Overall height 58.9

Wheelbase 124.4

Front overhang 33.9

Rear overhang 46.7

Front tread 64.6

Rear tread 64.5

Interior dimensions (inches):

Front    Rear   Head room

41.1     38.0

Leg room

46.3   37.8

Shoulder room

59.1   57.9

Capacities:

Fuel tank ( gallons) 21.9

Luggage (cubic feet)

15.7 (SAE standard)

* Figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates for the U.S. market, specification in other markets may vary.

Hyundai kicks off NFL Season Thursday

HYUNDAI OPENS ITS FIRST NFL DRIVE WITH THE  “2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI”

HYUNDAI OPENS ITS FIRST NFL DRIVE WITH THE “2015 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI”

Kickoff Celebration Includes Two All-new Fan-inspired Television Ads

BY GERRY MILES

Hyundai’s first NFL marketing execution launches literally with the very first kick of the regular season when the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 10 in Foxboro, Mass.

Hyundai Motor America is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 NFL Kickoff activities that include a concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, home of Super Bowl 50. Hyundai is also unveiling two new NFL-themed television ads that highlight what it truly means to be a fan.

“Our NFL campaign is all about conveying our love for football and providing opportunities for people to celebrate the game in a meaningful way,” said Jacquelyn Kim, director, customer communications and promotions, Hyundai Motor America. “In the new television creative, we want to showcase what passionate fans do #BecauseFootball, and include the role our vehicles can play in that.”

Hyundai’s New NFL Creative

Hyundai’s all-new Tucson SUV just recently hit dealers, and with its Hands-free Smart Liftgate with additional cargo space, is the perfect vehicle to help fans come game day. Hyundai’s “D-Gate” 30-second spot, which will run during the season opener, is a fun take on some passionate Arizona Cardinals fans and their effort to create the ultimate symbol of support for their team.

“Field Goal,” a 30-second spot slated for first run on September 24, is a tribute to fan passion. A Houston Texans fan with a napping newborn baby must take to the comforts of his new Sonata – his ultimate sanctuary. Both ads will run in NFL broadcast and online properties, and network game coverage throughout the season, as well as on Hyundai’s YouTube channel. These ads are just the first in a series of football-themed creative in a season-long celebration of the sport and its fans.

2015 NFL Kickoff Presented by Hyundai

The NFL is kicking off its 96th season and drive toward Super Bowl 50 with festivities in both New England, home of the Super Bowl XLIX champions, and the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, September 10. These festivities will lead into the season opener.

The celebrations, presented by Hyundai, begin in San Francisco with a free concert outside Justin Herman Plaza.

Hyundai’s activation will also include a substantial presence at the Kickoff to 50 presented by Hyundai Fan Fest, open September 9-10, located at San Francisco’s Pier 35. Hyundai will have its FieldHouse football-fan experience, including a Super Bowl 50 gold-wrapped Hyundai Tucson and a Santa Fe customized for tailgating. Fans can interact with the vehicles, lounge on plush couches while watching several big-screen TVs and share their passion in anticipation of the new season. In addition to several promotional handout items and a green-screen fan photo opportunity, fans can enter a sweepstakes to win an all-new 2016 Tucson by checking into the Hyundai space by using their NFL Fan Mobile Pass.

Hyundai releases DIY Android updates

  • Free Android Auto software download available at MyHyundai.com
  • How To video can be found at Hyundai USA YouTube channel
  • Android Auto reduces driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls
  • Hyundai is the only automaker to have Android Auto available today

Fountain Valley, Calif. – Owners of a 2015 Sonata with Navigation can now get the Android Auto software update free of charge at MyHyundai.com(www.myhyundai.com). The software is also available for free at Hyundai dealerships nationwide. Hyundai is the only automaker to have Android Auto on production vehicles today, starting with the Sonata and soon expanding to other models.

“This is the first time we’ve made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal,” said Michael Deitz, senior group manager of Connected Care, Hyundai Motor America. “Sonata owners can add more value with Android Auto in an easy-to-do upgrade that takes less than an hour. Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car – their way.”

The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models. Consumers can watch the How To video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMp9dwZW-E) , which is available on the Hyundai USA YouTube channel, for instructions on how to download the software and install it in their compatible vehicles.

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

Android Auto download tool on myHyundai.com

To obtain the software, customers need to visit the MyHyundai owner’s site(https://www.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai). If the owner does not have a MyHyundai account, they need to click register. To register, owners will need their name, e-mail address, zip code and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the owner has a MyHyundai account, they can login by entering their account ID and password. Upon login, the owner must perform the following steps:

  1. Select 2015 Sonata on the drop-down menu in the top left of the navigation bar.
  2. Once the owner gets to the Sonata 2015 screen, they can select downloads in the navigation then the Android Auto downloads drop-down.
  3. On the Android Auto downloads page, the owner must agree to the terms and conditions to activate the download button.
  4. Once the download button is active, clicking it will start the download.
  5. Once the download is complete, the owner opens the downloaded file and selects run.
  6. Upon completing the download, the download tool will start.
  7. At this point, the owner connects a compatible USB driver to their computer.
  8. The download tool will automatically extract the downloaded files and put them on the USB drive.
  9. A confirmation screen will appear when the download is complete.

Vehicle Software Update steps:

  1. Park the car in a well-ventilated area and start the engine.
  2. Connect the USB drive with the vehicle software on it to the USB port in the Sonata.
  3. Press the setup button near the radio controls.
  4. Scroll down and tap the System Info icon on the touch screen.
  5. Tap update at the bottom of the touch screen.
  6. The Software Update will begin automatically.
  7. Enable Android Auto. Navigate to Connectivity Settings in the Setup menu to find the enable Android Auto on/off switch.

Installing Android Auto on the Phone

  1. Connect an Android Auto compatible phone to the Sonata via a micro USB cable and download the Android Auto app when prompted.
  2. Then the customer needs to hit the Android Auto icon on his or her touchscreen and Android Auto is ready.
Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Android Auto
Android Auto not only brings a high technology experience to Hyundai owners, but also improves safety. For example, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to utilize Android Auto in the Sonata. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from the Google Play. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Slacker, Skype, TextMe and many more. Owners can find out up-to-date information about phone compatibility at Google Support for Android Auto (https://support.google.com/androidauto).
Advantages of Android Auto

  • The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone
  • App software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone
  • Natural voice recognition with Talk to Google
  • Owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car
  • Android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB
  • Android Auto has familiar interfaces that are easy to use and have almost no learning curve

Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept Truck wins Award for Design, Appeal

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.,  – It kicked off 2015 with a buzz-generating surprise debut at the North American International Auto Show in January, and now the popular Hyundai Santa Cruz has earned the prestigious title of Concept Truck of the Year at the 14th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) Awards at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

HYUNDAI SANTA CRUZ NAMED 2015 CONCEPT TRUCK OF THE YEAR

HYUNDAI SANTA CRUZ NAMED 2015 CONCEPT TRUCK OF THE YEAR

The Santa Cruz was recognized as the Concept Truck of the Year for its design, style, materials, technology, market visibility and market responsiveness – besting the Kia Trail’Ster and Mitsubishi GC-PHEV. The award was presented by Mark Phelan, auto critic at the Detroit Free Press and NACVOTY juror.

“The compact-truck segment in the U.S. is tremendously competitive, and overall truck sales have skyrocketed to become one of the best-selling segments in today’s market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz crossover truck concept is a modern take on the classic theme of one of America’s most-loved segments – the pickup truck. Unlike some of the industry’s past attempts to blend open bed utility with passenger car attributes, Santa Cruz delivers innovative functionality and flexibility in a compact, fun-to-drive package for a new breed of pickup truck buyers. We are proud that the Santa Cruz got the vote of approval as the Concept Truck of the Year from some of the auto industry’s most esteemed critics.”

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

The NACVOTY awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 30 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York.

 

“The Santa Cruz is what the light-truck category needs – loads of style for people without big loads,” said Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design and Production editor-in-chief and NACVOTY juror.

The innovative Hyundai Santa Cruz crossover truck concept reflects a completely new interpretation of truck utility for a new generation of buyers. The Santa Cruz concept meets the unspoken needs of a growing millennial lifestyle that Hyundai calls “urban adventurers.” This new crossover provides urban adventurers the expandable utility they need throughout their active week – from work-life professionalism to social interests to a variety of outdoor pursuits –without the typical compromises they have come to expect from the industry’s current product offerings. The Santa Cruz concept is purposely compact, and although it features four doors and seating for five, its overall footprint is similar to that of a small CUV.

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

NORTH AMERICAN CONCEPT VEHICLE OF THE YEAR

Founded in 2002, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those concept vehicles that have made the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. Professional automotive journalists from throughout North America, representing dozens of outlets in virtually every media segment, serve as volunteer jurors to select the award winners. The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season. To be eligible for the awards, a concept vehicle must make its North American debut during the current model year’s auto show season.

 

Hyundai adds Android Auto to new Sonata connectivity

  • First car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles, starting with the 2015 Sonata with Navigation
  • Free Android Auto software update available for current owners of 2015 Sonatas with Navigation
  • Android Auto reduces driver distraction by integrating the driver’s smartphone with the vehicle’s screen and controls

 Fountain Valley, Calif.  – Hyundai becomes the first car company to launch Android Auto™ on production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide, and will later become available on other Hyundai models.

“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.”

Android Auto not only brings a high technology experience to Hyundai owners, but also improves safety. For example, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.[1] Android Auto helps keep drivers’ eyes and attention on the road by integrating the advanced driving-related functions of the user’s smartphone with the familiar centralized screen, physical controls and microphone of their car. Furthermore, the smartphone’s screen becomes “locked,” so drivers are not tempted to look down and interact with their phones directly while Android Auto is in use.

 

AVAILABILITY FOR EXISTING OWNERS

Owners of existing 2015 Sonata with Navigation can get the Android Auto software update free of charge at Hyundai dealers starting today. Later this summer, owners can visitwww.hyundaiusa.com/myhyundai and download the Android Auto software onto a USB memory drive. Owners will need a MyHyundai account to start the Android Auto download. A MyHyundai account requires name, address and a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Once the USB with the Android Auto software is inserted into their Sonata’s USB port, it will automatically update the vehicle’s Navigation system to make it Android Auto compatible. The Android Auto compatible Navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen display is available on the Sonata Sport, Eco, Limited, Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T models.

ANDROID AUTO

Owners will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or later, and the Android Auto companion app on their compatible phone to integrate Android Auto into Sonata’s screen and controls. A micro USB cable is required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port. The first time an owner plugs his or her phone into their parked Sonata, the phone will prompt the download of the Android Auto companion app from Google Play. Users of Android Auto will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music upon connecting their Android phone to their Hyundai vehicle. These applications can be controlled by voice, steering wheel controls and touchscreen. Android Auto also will offer many popular third-party audio apps that owners have on their phones, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, Skype, TextMe and many more. Owners can find out up-to-date information about phone compatibility at https://support.google.com/androidauto.

ADVANTAGES OF ANDROID AUTO

  • The Google Now card-based experience provides suggested locations and travel times based on the user’s searches, calendar entries and home and office locations, as well as weather information and “now playing” information for music streamed via the phone
  • App software (navigation, streaming music, etc.) is automatically updated because the apps live on the phone
  • Natural voice recognition with Google voice actions
  • Owners can easily bring their personal reminders, suggested destinations, calendar appointments and music preferences with them when they get in their car
  • Android Auto automatically pairs with the Sonata for phone calls through Bluetooth when connected for the first time via USB
  • Android Auto has familiar interfaces that are easy to use and have almost no learning curve

2015 HYUNDAI SONATA

The all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, and advanced safety and convenience features. Sonata truly democratizes the premium design and convenient technology of the Genesis sedan for the mid-size class. The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala.

Memorial Day Sales: Zero Glitz and Big Deals says Edmunds.com

BY GERRY MILES

We’re used to lots of balloons, clowns and the big, tall 12-foot single color thing that waves all over the place to attract the attention of would-be car shoppers are dealerships.

Over this coming Memorial Day Weekend, there should be ZERO GLITZ AND GLITTER, according to Edmunds.com analysts and plenty of bargains all around from many of the automakers.

0% Financing Galore:

0% financing is huge this month. Edmunds.com analysts estimate that about 1/3 of all new vehicles have some sort of 0% promotion happening – and that’s even true for some of the small SUVs that are the hottest vehicle segment on the market right now.

Here are some examples:

  • Most Ford vehicles (including Escape Focus, Fusion, and outgoing non-aluminum F-150)
  • Many Nissan vehicles including Rogue and Versa
  • Most Toyota vehicles (including Camry, Corolla, RAV4)
  • Many Green vehicles including Volt, Leaf, Prius

$199 Leases:

There are a ton of these available, including on Buick, Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Subaru and VW models. More info here:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-leasing/monthly-199-lease-deals.html

Crazy EV Lease:

Chevrolet Spark EV has a $139 Lease with $0 Due at Signing. This is an EV car payment that may be less than your cell phone bill!

http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-ev-electric-vehicle.html

Interested in getting one of these great deals but now sure how to do all your research in time? The consumer advice experts at Edmunds.com offer a simple three-day shopping plan that makes it easy for you to do all your homework and bring home a new car before the deals run out:

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/three-day-shopping-plan-for-holiday-weekends.html

Hyundai’s Sonata celebrates its 30th Anniversary

SONATA'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY INFOGRAPHIC 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.,– Hyundai is celebrating the 30th anniversary for the iconic Sonata mid-size sedan. The Sonata made its debut in 1985 in Korea, playing a pivotal role in Hyundai’s growth and reputation. With more than 7.3 million Sonata models sold since its introduction, Sonata has become a family sedan loved by customers all around the world.

“The Sonata has been a huge factor in Hyundai’s growth not only in the U.S., but around the world,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “During its 30-year history, we have been able to craft and evolve Sonata to the ever-changing needs of our customers. And, with the Sonata family growing this summer to include the all-new Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, we’re expanding an already diverse lineup with something for everyone.”

In the U.S., Sonata was introduced in 1988 and helped Hyundai grow into one of the country’s top automakers. Since then, Hyundai Motor America has sold more than 2.3 million units in the U.S., including nearly 80,000 Sonata Hybrid models since its 2011 U.S. introduction.

SONATA GENERATIONS

1st Generation Sonata (1985)

The 1st Generation Sonata was one of Hyundai’s first models designed exclusively by Hyundai’s in-house design teams. The 1st Generation started the Sonata legacy by exceeding 1 million unit sales in Korea for a single model line for the first time.

2nd Generation Sonata (1988)

Unlike the 1st Generation model, which was rear-drive, the 2nd Generation Sonata employed a front-wheel drive system for enhanced interior packaging efficiency. As Korea’s first independently-designed model, it departed from angular design language and adopted a more organic, aerodynamic design. The facelift of this generation, launched in 1991, was the first model to be badged with the newly revised Hyundai logo.

3rd Generation Sonata (1993)

The 1990s marked the acceleration of digital technologies replacing traditional analog technologies. The 3rd Generation Sonata leveraged this consumer trend, enjoying robust sales due to many advanced features, including automatic side mirrors and anti-lock braking system (ABS) technologies.

4th Generation Sonata (1998)

The 4th Generation Sonata, launched in 1998, was the best-selling model in Korea from February 1999 to August 2000. This generation was sold in Europe and was equipped with an in-house developed engine and a Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle Electronic Control (HIVEC) transmission. It was also the highest scoring mid-size sedan in the 2004 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey in the U.S.

5th Generation Sonata (2004)

The 5th Generation Sonata was designed to be a world-class mid-size sedan as a fundamental development target. This generation of Sonata adopted a European design theme, offering premium character and road presence. Equipped with significantly advanced features and a top-ranked safety rating, the 5th Generation Sonata received near universal praise from automotive media and customers alike.

6th Generation Sonata (2009)

The 6th Generation Sonata was one of the first Hyundai models to employ the industry-leading Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Its bold and compelling design, powerful, efficient engine and solid performance created a new sensation in mid-size sedan markets throughout the world with record sales, solidifying Sonata in the minds of consumers as one of the Hyundai’s most recognizable models. In addition, the Sonata Hybrid model was introduced globally on the Sonata platform in 2010.

7th Generation Sonata (2014)

The latest 7th Generation Sonata has further refined and balanced the convention-shattering version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, raising the bar for the mid-size sedan segment in both design and performance. Further, the all-new Sonata expanded its powertrain offerings with two additional eco-friendly models, including the Sonata Hybrid unveiled in 2014, and the first Sonata Plug-In Hybrid model, introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015.

2016 Hyundai Elantra adds $1,000 in savings; more features in Limited edition

2016 Elantra

2016 Elantra

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. –  Hyundai Motor America announced the 2016 Elantra, featuring product improvements and new value-focused packaging updates. Elantra continues its high value proposition as a strong choice for shoppers in this highly-competitive segment, validated by several coveted accolades over the model’s lifecycle. Elantra ranked highest in its segment for initial quality in the influential J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). It remains one of the top-shopped vehicles in the segment.

2016 Elantra Highlights

  • Highest ranked in Compact Car segment for initial quality according to JD Power
  • New Elantra Value Edition provides $1000 in value savings
  • Elantra Limited: Proximity key with push-button start and dual automatic temperature control now standard and provides a $600 value savings
  • Elantra Sport now equipped with standard cloth seats

 

For the 2016 model year, Elantra ups the value quotient by offering a new Value Edition that bundles customer-favorite features at an attractive $1,000 in value savings. In addition, the Limited model now comes with more standard features and maintains the same starting MSRP of the previous model year while Elantra Sport gets a lower starting price with the removal of standard leather and power sunroof. 2016 Elantra pricing arrives in dealerships this month with a starting MSRP of $17,250, excluding $825 freight.

 

2016 Elantra Sedan

2016 Elantra Value Edition

Updates for 2016:

  • Elantra Value Edition provides a $1,000 value savings by bundling attractive features at just $550 more than anElantra SE with the Popular Equipment Package:
    • Unique 16” alloy wheels
    • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
    • Leather steering wheel and shift knob
    • Proximity key w/ push button start
    • Heated front seats
    • Chrome beltline molding & aluminum entrance sills
    • Side mirror turn signals
    • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Elantra Limited now comes standard with proximity key with push-button start and dual automatic temperature control – and a $600 value savings
  • Elantra Sport removes standard leather seats and power sunroof for a lower starting price

HYUNDAI “FLUIDIC SCULPTURE” DESIGN

2015 Elantra Sedan

Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s emotional “Fluidic Sculpture” design principles. “Fluidic Sculpture” considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Along Elantra’s sides are flowing lines that join a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra sedan line-up is an exceptionally low 0.28.

Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face, emboldened by an open-mouth lower bumper, grille, L-shaped foglights and available projector headlamps with LED accents. Its athletic stance is further complemented by available 17-inch alloy wheels. Side mirrors available with integrated turn signals and LED taillights complete the distinct and premium look. The Elantra was designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Center in Irvine, California.


POWERTRAIN
Under the hood, Elantra offers two engine choices. A 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that outputs 145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque is standard on SE, Value Edition and Limited trims. The Elantra Sport offers a standard 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine producing 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm (166 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque for Elantra Sport PZEV). This engine gives 28 more horsepower (+ 19 percent) and 24 lb.-ft. of torque (+19 percent) compared to the 1.8-liter Nu engine. The engine also delivers more torque from 4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm for impressive linear power delivery all the way to redline. The Elantra Sport with the 2.0-liter GDI engine and six-speed automatic transmission achieves an EPA estimated 24 city/35 highway/28 combined mpg. The 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic when equipped with 15 or 16-inch wheels achieves an EPA estimated 28 city/38 highway/32 combined mpg. When combined with 17-inch wheels, 1.8-liter models with the six-speed automatic achieve an EPA estimated 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg.

 

THE BENEFITS OF GASOLINE DIRECT INJECTION
A shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. In Elantra Sport’s 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine, fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,176 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.5:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are “dished” to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder.

 

Key Nu Engine Components:

  • Aluminum block and head
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Variable Induction System (VIS)
  • Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Offset crankshaft

 

Nu engines feature an aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners and aluminum cylinder head. They also offer Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with use on just on the intake camshaft, including a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine family also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

The application of a plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a four percent improvement in performance. The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy.

Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

 

ELANTRA VS. ITS RIVALS

2016 Elantra 2015 Civic 2015 Corolla 2015 Focus 2015 Cruze
 Engine 1.8L I4 1.8L I4 1.8L I4 2.0L I4 1.8L I4
 HP 145 @ 6500 143 @ 6500 132 @ 6000 160 @ 6500 138 @ 6300
 Specific output
(HP/Liter)
80.6 79.4 73.3 80.0 75.6
 Torque 130 @ 4700 129 @ 4300 128 @ 4400 146 @ 4450 125 @ 3800
 Transmission 6MT or 6AT 5MT or CVT 6MT, 4AT or CVT 5MT or 6AT 6MT or 6AT
 MPG (A/T)* 28/38 30/39 27/36 26/38 22/35
 MPG (M/T)* 27/37 28/36 28/37 26/36 25/36

Note: ULEV standard engines shown for all models
* EPA estimated

 

SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS
Elantra can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control. This transmission mated to the Nu engine helps Elantra deliver improved fuel efficiency.

Elantra’s six-speed manual transmission provides crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

 

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
Elantra is a “class above” when it comes to interior room, in comparison to the Honda Civic and Ford Focus. In fact, the Elantra is so roomy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a mid-size car, not a compact car like some of its key segment competitors.

Elantra’s total interior volume of 110.4 cubic feet beats the 2015 Honda Civic sedan, 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and 2015 Ford Focus. Surprisingly, it even surpasses the 2015 Nissan Maxima (110.0 cu. ft.) and VW CC (106.8 cu. ft.) in total interior volume. Ultimately, the long wheelbase allows for compact car efficiency with mid-size car comfort. An example of this is found in the long seat track, delivering best-in-class front seat legroom. Elantra’s trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic, Focus and Corolla.

VOLUME COMPARISON

2015
Elantra
2015
Civic
2015
Corolla
2015
Cruze
2014
Focus
 Passenger volume
(cu. ft.)
95.6 94.6 97.5 94.6 90.7
 Cargo volume (cu. ft.) 14.8 12.5 13.0 15.0 13.2
 Total interior volume
(cu. ft.)
110.4 107.1 110.5 109.6 103.9
 EPA size
classification
Mid-size Compact Mid-size Mid-size Compact

Note: ULEV standard engines shown for all models

 

ELANTRA HANDLING AND STEERING
The Elantra is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a light weight coupled torsion beam rear suspension for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. A standard 22.0 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra Sport includes a 23mm front stabilizer bar along with stiffer dampers and rear springs to deliver better front roll control / stiffness and more fluid suspension action.

All Elantras have motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Elantra’s turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Corolla’s at 35.6 feet. Elantra Sport features a revised Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) setup that reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio for more responsive cornering.

 

Elantra SE, Value Edition and Limited Elantra Sport
Steering Rack (32 bit) Base Modified for quicker response
Stabilizer Bar (front) 22 mm 23 mm
Front Spring (kgf/mm) 2.4 2.4
Rear Spring (kgf/mm) 2.3 2.4
Dampers Base Stiffened

 

Elantra Limited drivers benefit from Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a decrease in steering effort. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power steering assistance. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel.

WEIGHT-TO-POWER RATIO COMPARISONElantra delivers impressive weight efficiency and weight-to-power ratio:

Vehicle Curb Weight (lbs.) M/T Horsepower Weight-to-power ratio
 Hyundai Elantra 2,773 145 19.1
 Honda Civic 2,754 143 19.3
 Toyota Corolla 2,800 132 21.2
 Nissan Sentra 2,822 130 21.7
 Ford Focus 2,907 160 18.2
 Mazda3 2,854 155 18.4
 Chevrolet Cruze 3,093 138 22.7
 Dodge Dart 3,186 160 19.9

 

 

CHASSIS
Elantra’s widespread use of high-strength steel provides increased body stiffness at a lower body weight. High-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,818 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra SE is lighter than all but one of its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Cruze, Civic and Dart. This weight efficient unibody architecture allows for Elantra to achieve an EPA estimated 38 mpg highway rating, without the need for a special eco model.

 

MODERN, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR

2016 Elantra Sedan

Inside the Elantra, customers will find Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in everything from the ultra-clear instruments to the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The seats are made of lightweight, environmentally friendly foam called SoyFoam™, where hydroxyl-functionalized and renewable soybean oil is used as a substitute for petroleum based polyol. For added comfort, heated seats are available in the front and the rear. Not only does Elantra have multiple storage areas, but it delivers usable storage capacity.

Elantra SE has a two-tone interior with a choice of either gray or beige and the all-new Value Edition includes the choice of black or tan monotone interior colors. Elantra Limited has standard leather seating surfaces available in gray, beige or black. For the 2016 model year, Elantra Sport will now come standard-equipped with cloth seats to allow for a lower MSRP. All Elantra models have a cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.

Technological refinements give Elantra a more premium feel, from its available third-generation navigation and audio technology to its thoughtfully-placed HVAC controls. The placement of the vents, controls and the height of the front center armrest deliver a higher-quality, simplified look. Providing a more upscale environment is accomplished with a slightly darker, more neutral beige interior color choice, aluminum pedals on the Sport and aluminum door sill plates on the Value Edition, Sport and Limited.

 

AUDIO AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

2016 Elantra Sedan

Available 4.3-inch color LCD touch screen display

Elantra is available with three audio systems. Standard is an AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. The system also features monochrome inverse TFT LCD display to enhance visibility. An optional audio system adds an upgraded screen with a 4.3-inch color TFT LCD touch screen and rearview camera display. All systems feature enhanced voice recognition and a jukebox feature allowing the user to copy songs from a USB to the dedicated storage in the head unit. Standard iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks allow portable devices such as MP3 players to be connected via USB or 3.5mm mini-jack. Music files in iPod® / USB can be navigated and played though the factory head unit, with visual display of artist and title while also charging the device. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit.

The Elantra Sport and Elantra Limited offer an optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation, rear-view camera and an external 360-watt amplifier. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One or two button pushes complete most functions. The system also allows for viewing and storing of jpeg images and MP3 music files from a USB stick. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker.

 

PANDORA INTERNET RADIO
Pandora internet radio is integrated into the optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display with navigation. The display screen has a Pandora icon for internet radio from an iPhone. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down. (By selecting the thumbs down icon, that particular song will never be played again.) Pandora can be connected to the head unit via a USB cable and integrates album cover art.

  • Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through personalized radio stations available on a wide variety of connected devices
  • Personalized radio stations launch instantly from a single song, artist or composer “seed” and are refined to each listener’s taste through simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback
  • Pandora has more than 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly active listeners who stream more than a billion hours every month
  • More than 80% of Pandora’s total listening hours occur via mobile and other connected devices
  • Approximately one out of every two U.S. smartphone users has listened to Pandora in the past month

 

Elantra owners can also get premium features such as a proximity key with push button start and immobilizer, power sunroof, one touch up/down driver’s window and leather seating surfaces. This modern, sophisticated interior is also whisper quiet.

NVH IMPROVEMENTS
Since the launch of the current generation in 2010 as a 2011 model, Elantra has undergone significant changes to help reduce cabin noise for both driver and passengers.

 

Features to help block engine noise:

  • New HVAC duct absorption material
  • Increased anti-vibration upper cowl pad thickness and coverage area
  • New hood insulator added to Elantra Sport and Limited
  • Raised cowl top

Features to help block road noise:

  • New higher density carpet
  • Increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness
  • Additional expandable foam in the A pillars
  • New 16-inch and 17-inch wheels for improved NVH
  • Applied full underbody cover

Features to help block combustion noise:

  • New perforated anti-vibration material in dash panel

SAFETY
Named a “2015 Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS and the holder of a NHTSA five-star overall crash safety rating, safety is at the core of Elantra’s design. Helping deliver on the mission is a suite of standard safety features such as six airbags, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). And when combined with features like Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), driver’s blind spot mirror and Blue Link, Elantra delivers even more safety. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while the blind spot mirror provides a view of the driver’s blind spot.

 

CONNECTED CARE AND HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®
Hyundai’s telematics services program, Connected Care, is available on 2016 Elantra Limited or Elantra Sport equipped with the Tech package. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link® combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners’ lives, reduce stress and distracted driving.

Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Vehicle Start, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Remote Access from the Blue Link mobile application, including POI Search and Send-to-Car. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web and via the smartphone app.

Hyundai also provides a mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. This mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. And for the first time, Blue Link subscribers can now use a compatible Android Wear smartwatch to access Blue Link without reaching for their phone.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

 

Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care, Remote and Guidance:

Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year):

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Report
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
  • Recall Advisor
  • Service Link

Remote package:

  • Remote Vehicle Start
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder via Mobile App
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization
  • Geofence
  • Valet Alert
  • Speed/Curfew Alert
  • Panic Notification
  • Alarm Notification

Guidance package:

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  • POI Web Search and Download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Eco-Coach
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

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