Hyundai’s Push To Roll out the Ioniq Sub-Brand is a Sign of Automotive Resiliency
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Hyundai is making good on its goal to keep pushing forward with its pre-COVID-19 plans. One of those plans involves the creation of a new sub-brand that will become the official home of the automaker’s all-electric vehicles. The sub-brand, called Ioniq, will serve as a complement to Hyundai’s other sub-brand, Genesis, and offer battery electric vehicles. Three new all-electric models will serve as the foundation of the new sub-brand. A mid-size crossover EV will arrive first in 2021, followed by a sedan model in 2022 and a large SUV in the early part of 2024. All of this is part of Hyundai’s long game for battery-electric vehicles, which primarily involves selling 560,000 EV models by 2025. If for nothing else, Hyundai’s best-laid plans before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to its knees is still moving along, proving that resiliency is as much a part of Hyundai’s DNA as anything we’ve seen from the automaker in the past.
Hyundai introduced the Venue subcompact crossover for the 2020 model year as an all-new model that’s based on the same platform as the Ascent compact sedan. As a subcompact, you can get a well-equipped model for less than $20,000, but that affordability doesn’t come without its tradeoffs. Being an all-new model, we’ve been itching to see how Hyundai’s latest entry to the U.S. market holds up, especially against long-running nameplates like the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks. We finally got our chance with the mid-level SEL trim, and this is what you can expect from it.
Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission Means You Can Row Your Own Without Pressing a Clutch Pedal
The death of the manual transmission has been lurking for some time as laziness kicks in and sales continue to decrease. But, what if there was a middle ground where you can still shift on your own without dealing with finessing a clutch pedal? As it turns out, Hyundai has a solution for that, and it’s called the Intelligent Manual Transmission. That’s right; Hyundai now has a manual transmission that doesn’t have a clutch pedal. How the hell does that work?
The Hyundai Sonata entered its eighth generation for the 2020 model year, finally completing the transformation from econobox family sedan to something that looks luxurious and sporty. In fact, at a glance, it even looks a lot like the new Audi A7 or RS7 with a slightly tweaked front end. So, do the aggressive exterior design cues, sporty proportions, and upscale appearance actually push it into a position to leave the Honda Accord and Kia Optima behind as it starts to compete with brands like Audi, BMW, and Porsche? Well, after spending a week with eh all-new Sonata, we can comfortably say it isn’t quite there yet, but it’s not far off. This is what it was like to live with the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe - What’s New for 2021?
Hyundai revealed the 2021 Santa Fe, which is supposed to be a facelift but features some big changes. The current-gen SUV was released in 2018 and just over two years later, the company has refreshed it.
You’d expect the standard aesthetic changes and upgrades, but for the 2021 model, Hyundai has moved the Santa Fe to a new platform altogether. The South Korean automaker has also added new colors to the palette. There are many changes in the tech department as well. Is it right to call this a mere facelift?
The Hyundai Veloster is a fun, affordable car that is positioned securely in the compact hatchback niche and, while it doesn’t rank necessarily high in terms of power, its unique style, performance, and fairly upscale interior is quite noteworthy. Currently a year into its second generation, we decided it was time to get behind the wheel of Hyundai’s fan favorite, and to our surprise, a Veloster Turbo landing in Topspeed HQ’s parking lot. This, my friends, gave us the perfect opportunity to see how the Veloster Turbo holds water against models like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic Sport Touring. This is our story after spending a week with the one and only Hyundai Veloster Turbo.
This Rendering Of A Hyundai Pickup Truck Looks Ready To Take On The Likes Of Ford Ranger
Hyundai has been away from the pickup truck market and there is no logical reason for it. However, the company unveiled a pickup truck concept called Santa Cruz in 2015 and it finally looked like the automaker has realized what it’s losing out on. People would’ve expected Hyundai to launch a full-fledged, hardcore truck to leave a strong impression, but the Santa Cruz is a unibody pickup truck, which means that the automaker is offering a jack-of-all-master-of-none kind of a truck. However, a rendering artist named Enoch Gabriel Gonzales has envisioned a truck which he calls Tarlac, and it falls in line with the company’s design philosophy. Looks neat, huh?
The Prophecy and 45 Concepts Will Spearhead Hyundai’s Electric Future
Take a step back and look at were was Hyundai 10 or 15 years ago. Since those times, the Koreans have made quite a leap to the level they maintain today. Hyundais are definitely not what they used to be and the future is looking even brighter.
We have good reason to make that statement. Hyundai decided to put the Prophecy and 45 prototypes into production and they’ll both be powered by the brand’s new all-electric architecture.
2020 Hyundai Kona - Driven
The Hyundai Kona is a strong competitor in the subcompact SUV market, and it’s made itself known in the two short years it’s been on the market. The Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V both claim their own fame as being top contenders, so we decided to see just how well the Kona can hold up now that it has actually established itself on the market. So, we decided to ask for a test car, and next thing we knew, the Kona was rolling up to Topspeed HQ with its gray paint finish and silver highlights. This is our experience and thoughts after spending a whole week with the Hyundai Kona.
2020 Hyundai Prophecy EV Concept
Hyundai is one of the first carmakers to make a move and unveil a vehicle that was supposed to take the stage at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, the coronavirus had other plans, so we’ll have to settle for the online debut of this sleek-looking, all-electric prototype.
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Even if you’re not into football, there’s one thing we can all agree on – the Superbowl usually hosts some pretty awesome car commercials. While there are plenty of commercials during the big game (they cost huge money, by the way) none of the companies that partake in the advertising craze seem to be as competitive as automotive companies. It’s almost like there’s a constant battle for all of them to one-up each other, and it ends up being pretty awesome for the rest of us.
It’s not often that advertisements come off as something we’re excited about, but this is one of those cases. So, with the big game just days away (kickoff happens on February 2,) we thought we’d compile all of the Superbowl LIV commercials released thus far. This includes commercials from Hyundai, Audi, Genesis, Kia, and – believe it or not – Porsche. The latter on that list hasn’t advertised during the big game in decades, so that’s kind of a big deal. Anyway, go ahead and scroll on down to get a sneak peak at Superbowl LIV’s car commercials.
Super Bowl LIV Commercial: 2020 Hyundai Sonata - Smaht Pahk
Super Bowl LIV is just around the corner and ads from car manufacturers are starting to kick in. The latest commercial comes from Hyundai, which advertises its new Remote Smart Parking Assist feature with a handful of celebrities and the help of Boston accents. Yes, Smaht Paht isn’t a typo, it’s the actual name of the ad.
2020 Hyundai Flying Taxi
Every year, the topic of flying cars, VTOLs, and autonomous air taxis comes into discussion, usually around the same time as CES unravels in Las Vegas. 2020 was no exception, because Hyundai Motor and Uber had big news to share: the two companies have agreed on a partnership that would permit the development and use of Uber Air Taxis as the pivotal part of an aerial ride share network.
Uber’s plans for airborne rides are perhaps best described by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi words. He believes that the future of transportation has to be shared, electric, and in three dimensions, and that plenty of big cities around the world will want to be a part of the initiative. Let’s see how that reflects in the freshly-sealed Uber-Hyundai deal.
What We Know About the Mid-Engined 2022 Hyundai N Sports Car
For the better part of a decade (since 2014, to be specific), Hyundai has been teasing us with a stand-alone N-branded halo car that would feature a mid-engine configuration and hatchback body. We’ve seen four concepts – the RM14, RM15, RM16, and most recently, the RM19 – and now we’ve received even more information that helps us paint a clear picture of what we can expect from the N halo car and when we can expect to see it. The future is here folks, and Hyundai’s affordable sports car isn’t far off. Here’s everything we know about it!
2019 Hyundai i10 N Line
The 2020 Hyundai i10 N Line is a performance-oriented trim of the third-generation hatchback. A range-topping model in the current lineup, the 2020 i10 N Line slots above the regular i10 and will fill the gap between the standard hatchback and the upcoming i10 N. The 2020 i10 N Line is the fourth Hyundai to sport the "N Line" badge as of December 2019. It joins the i30 N Line, the i30 Fastback N Line, and the Tucson N Line. The N Line is essentially a package that adds some exclusive features to the 2020 i20. Performance-wise, it’s not a full-fledged N model, but it does benefit from an exclusive turbo three-cylinder mill that adds extra oomph over the standard powertrains. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Hyundai’s Latest Veloster-based Mid-Engined Track Beast Previews Road Model
Hyundai is no longer the maker of dull, uninspiring imports that people bought because of the low MSRP. Nowadays, the automaker is among the five biggest in the world and has pushed to conquest new grounds building on its reputation as a purveyor of reliable cars that are also cheap to run and maintain. With the N line, Hyundai has proven to the world that it can also make fast cars and its RM, which stands for Racing Midship, range of prototypes has just been enriched with the RM19, the latest and most outlandish member of the breed. Better yet, Hyundai is tipped to put a mid-engined sports car into production after years of exploring the architecture via its RM rolling laboratories. Time to get excited!
So, let us put it this way: at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show, Aston Martin, famed builder of some of the best, fastest, and most exquisite British sports cars and supercars, unveiled an SUV. A sporty SUV at that but an SUV nonetheless. Hyundai, a brand considered by most to be at the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Aston Martin, took the wraps off a track-bound mid-engined sports car. We already know what model you want to know more about and it’s not the bulky Aston DBX. Yes, the automotive world is turning on its head in more ways than one as we speak.
2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid Concept
The 2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In concept is an SUV concept that the Korean automaker introduced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. A somewhat futuristic design with unique styling cues, the Vision T showcases a brand-new design language. It’s also described as global, so it could inspire a new lineup of SUVs. The crossover is slightly larger than the Hyundai Tucson and it’s a plug-in hybrid. Sadly, there’s no info about the drivetrain and no photos of the Vision T’s interior. But let’s find out what it could mean for the future of the Korean brand.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz is FINALLY Heading to the US Market
The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup concept was unveiled in 2015 at the North American International Auto Show and, despite being well received, Hyundai has been on the fence about it - until now. After over four years, Hyundai has finally announced that it will be manufacturing the truck at its U.S. factory. Is it too late to the party, though?
2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Concept
As if the Hyundai Veloster N isn’t hot enough, Hyundai’s all set to unwrap an even hotter version of the hot hatchback at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show. This new variant is called the Veloster N Performance Concept, and it is a spicy piece created by Hyundai to give Veloster N owners a preview of how the hot hatch could be transformed if it got introduced into the aftermarket world. The Veloster N Performance Concept comes with exterior enhancements, interior upgrades, and technical improvements. In other words, it’s the full cocktail of the tuning world. Unfortunately, don’t expect the Veloster N Performance Concept to make its way to dealerships anytime soon. This concept is strictly for showcase purposes. On that end, the Veloster N Performance Concept will be in attendance at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.
2020 Hyundai Veloster N ETCR
Hyundai is one of the top players in the TCR category of touring car racing. The most popular category in the world of tin tops can be seen in action almost anywhere in the world, including Stateside, and now an electric series seems more tangible than ever. Hyundai released the Veloster N E-TCR to go alongside Cupra’s E-TCR racer. The Hyundai features four electric motors, all in the back, and a 65-kWh battery package.
Only Australians Would Build a Hyundai IMax N Drift Van, But We’re So Glad They Did
Our mates over at Hyundai Australia must have a lot of time on their hands. A year after building a one-off convertible Santa Fe that was pretty much a standard Santa Fe with its roof chopped off, Hyundai Australia outdid itself this time by rolling out a full N-spec iMax passenger van. Known as the Starex in other global markets — it’s not sold in the U.S. — the iMax N isn’t your typical passenger van. It comes with a completely different engine, a limited-slip differential, and a dual-mode active exhaust system that you normally find in models like the i30 N and the U.S.-spec Veloster N. Obviously, Hyundai Australia wouldn’t go through these lengths to create an N-spec iMax passenger van if it didn’t have plans to have fun with it. Well, it did have fun with it. A lot of fun.
2019 Hyundai Veloster Grappler Concept
Hyundai has presented an alternative look at the Veloster, one that puts an off-road spin to the otherwise plucky hatchback. The model, called the Veloster Grappler Concept, is sporty, rugged, and can go anywhere your heart desires. It will be presented at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, but like most concepts that attend SEMA, there’s no indication that the Veloster Grappler, or even a derivative of the concept, will end up in production. All the same, the Veloster Grappler Concept looks like it’s ready to hit the trails. By the looks of it, the concept would make for a great companion in the outdoors.
What is the Cheapest Hyundai?
The cheapest Hyundai in the U.S. is the 2019 Accent compact sedan, which starts at $13,995. In Europe, however, where people have an acquired taste for small hatchbacks, Hyundai’s cheapest model on offer is the i10, which in Germany wears a starting sticker of €9,990
What is the Sportiest Hyundai?
The sportiest Hyundai is the 2019 Veloster N,a car that benefit from the brand’s motorsport know-how. The 2019 Veloster is available in two guises - Standard Package ($26,900) and Performance Package ($29,000). Standard Package uses a four-cylinder turbo engine with 250 horsepower on top, while Performance sees the same engine tuned to produce 275 horsepower. The Veloster N is available with a manual gearbox with rev-matching tech and a limited-slip differential with electronic control as well as torque vectoring for the front axle and Michelin Pilot super sport tires.
What is the Most Popular Hyundai?
The most popular Hyundai is - no surprises here - the Santa Fe SUV. In the U.S alone, Hyundai pushed 117,038 units of the Santa Fe in 2018, after in 2017 the company managed to sell 133,171 units. June 2019 was a particularly prolific month for the Santa Fe, with 13,807 vehicles delivered in the U.S. In Europe, the Hyundai sold just 8,591 Santa Fe units in 2018, after delivering 11,728 units in 2017.
What is the Most Expensive Hyundai?
The most expensive Hyundai is the 2019 Nexo Fuel Cell. It starts at $58,300 in Blue trim and is marketed as the world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV. The Nexo Fuel Cell sports an EPA-estimated range of 380 miles. However, if you’re the more demanding type, you can opt for the Limited trim, but that will leave you without at least $61,800.
What is the Fastest Hyundai?
The fastest Hyundai is the Veloster N. In its most potent version (275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque), the Veloster N can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 mph, according to MotorTrend, although Hyundai’s specs say top speed is 150 mph.
Are Hyundai Cars Reliable?
Hyundai’s cars are very reliable. In fact, a study carried out by U.S. News revealed that Hyundais are even more reliable than Hondas after bagging 3.5 out of five predicted reliability points (Honda managed to get three points out of five). In addition, Hyundai has made a name for itself by offering generous warranty packages, including a five-year/60,000-mile basic scheme that can be further extended to 10 years and 100,000 miles powertrain warty across the board. Moreover, the Ioniq comes with a lifetime warranty scheme for the battery packs. Moreover, back in 2015, CNN named Hyundai the ninth most reliable car brand. On the other hand, in 2017, The Telegraph’s survey for car reliability placed Hyundai on the 18th place. ReliabilityIndex places Hyundai on the 16th spot, with a score of 100, just a tad above the industry’s average.