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Nearly 9 Out Of 10 Cars Sold In This Country Were EVs

Nearly 9 Out Of 10 Cars Sold In This Country Were EVs

This nation has embraced EVs much more than everyone else

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States still represent a drop in the bucket. Based on the data released by Cox Automotive, 487,460 EVs were sold in 2021. While that only accounts for 9.7-percent of all the vehicles sold last year, that still represents a 79.9-percent increase compared to 2020. The situation for EVs is vastly different in Norway, however, where nearly nine out of 10 new cars sold last month were EVs.

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Hyundai Motor Group Shuts Down Engine Development Center To Focus On Electrification

Hyundai Motor Group Shuts Down Engine Development Center To Focus On Electrification

Even for Hyundai and Kia, the future is electric.

Hyundai Motor Group, which is composed of Hyundai itself and Kia, definitely thinks that the future is electric based on its latest move. The South Korean automaker has reportedly shut down its Engine Development Center as it will now pour all of its resources into electrifying its future vehicle lineup.

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These Cars Made It To This Year's Wards 10 Best Interiors

These Cars Made It To This Year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors

This year’s list includes vehicles ranging from a high-end Bentley Bentayga Speed to a more affordable Honda Civic

Most car enthusiasts tend to prioritize a car’s exterior design, but in reality, we spend more of our time inside the vehicle. Thankfully, Wards Auto is here to help us determine which interiors are truly worth our time behind the wheel.

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Could Hyundai bring Hydrogen back in style?

Could Hyundai bring Hydrogen back in style?

Hyundai dropped some teasers for a BIG release coming September 7th.

Hydrogen was declared by many to be a lost cause and a waste of time and money. However, Hyundai has apparently been investing a lot of both of those things in the advancement of hydrogen. Coming September 7th, Hyundai will release something pretty significant.

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The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Is Almost $4k More Expensive Than Ford Maverick

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Is Almost $4k More Expensive Than Ford Maverick

Hyundai seems pretty confident in the Santa Cruz Pickup, so much so that it’s priced well above its main competition, the Ford Maverick

Hyundai has announced that the Santa Cruz pickup will go on sale at the end of July 2021. It will carry a price tag of $23,990 for the entry-level, FWD, SE model, while the range-topping limited trim with the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and AWD will command a steep price of $39,720. In comparison, the new Ford Maverick starts out at just $19,995, and it’s coming from an automaker that knows a thing of two about trucks. It will even be offered with an FX4 package that will being with it more off-road capability, but with AWD vs. 4WD. The Santa Cruz will offer up to 275 horsepower, which isn’t bad for a smaller truck, which might be its strongest selling point as the range-topping Maverick will come with just 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Click on the full-screen button on the slider above to read our dedicated webstory on the Hyundai Santa Cruz and what it brings to the table.

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Hyundai's Latest Move Will Change The Brand Forever

Hyundai’s Latest Move Will Change The Brand Forever

Hyundai leaves the present and past in the dust to focus exclusively on the future

With so many automakers starting to focus on electrification, it seems like we’re constantly talking about the future and how the industry will evolve. Just recently, we learned that Porsche is about to reveal a Boxster EV Concept and Mercedes is already embacing electrification hard with the EQ lineup and more recently announcing that the C-Class would carry around a battery and a four-cylinder engine, including in the range-topping AMG C63. It’s not just premium automakers, either, as Toyota is working heavily on its investment in hydrogen technology – like this Hydrogen-powered Corolla race car – and now it looks like Hyundai is killing any and all R&D of internal combustion engines, sealing the fate of the company’s future. Here’s what it really means.

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Hyundai Promises More N Performance Models, And I'm Not Sure It's a Good Thing

Hyundai Promises More N Performance Models, And I’m Not Sure It’s a Good Thing

Unpopular Opinion: Hyundai Doesn’t Need More N Models – At Least Not The Ones It’s Going To Make Anyway

Let’s face it, Performance vehicles as we know them like the BMW M4, Hyundai Veloster, – and by that, I mean cars with raw internal combustion power – aren’t exactly staring down the barrel of a bright future. By 2030 or 2040 at the latest, there’s a good chance that you’ll only be able to buy electric vehicles and, while they can offer some great performance as we’ve learned from cars like the Porsche Taycan, the basis behind performance vehicles is changing. That’s probably why automakers are offering so many performance vehicles that, well, probably shouldn’t even exist.

The Hyundai Kona N, as cool as it is, is one such model. The world doesn’t need a high-performance Kona, but here we are with one. Other automakers are doing the same thing, and it’s only because we’re willing to snatch them up as quickly as they can produce them simply based on the fact that this is probably our last chance. And that’s probably a big reason as to why Hyundai has just promised a whole bunch of N Performance models….

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The Hyundai Palisade's Interior Smells Like Garlic, Owners Say

The Hyundai Palisade’s Interior Smells Like Garlic, Owners Say

Owners complain that the Hyundai Palisade stinks. Literally!

The Hyundai Palisade is so popular that the Korean company is struggling to keep up with demand. But this may soon change as many owners are complaining that the SUV’s interior smells like... garlic. The Palisade Forum contains numerous reports on the matter, with at least four threads touching this issue and numerous owners complaining about foul odours.

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Hyundai is Expanding into New Territory and Has Chosen to Build a New Plant in an Unexpected Location

Hyundai is Expanding into New Territory and Has Chosen to Build a New Plant in an Unexpected Location

The automaker has chosen Indonesia for various reasons

Hyundai has been on a spending spree lately. Recently, the South Korean automaker invested about $250 million in a ride-hailing company, and now, according to a report from Reuters, it is investing $880 million in a plant in Indonesia where it plans to start building electric vehicles.

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This Lady Touched the One Million-Mile Mark In Her Hyundai Elantra

This Lady Touched the One Million-Mile Mark In Her Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai rewarded her with a New 2019 Elantra

When we hear about any car touching the million-mile mark, it reminds us of the Volvo man. The latest person to do it is Farrah Haines who has covered one million miles in her Hyundai Elantra in just five years! That dumbs down to 200,000 miles a year, which is way above average when compared to a general American car that drives 14,000 miles annually.

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If You Were Excited About The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel, Then We've Got Bad News For You

If You Were Excited About The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel, Then We’ve Got Bad News For You

This is actually a good move by Hyundai

The 2019 Santa Fe created quite a furor when it was announced for the U.S. market. The reason behind it being that it was going to be the South Korean’s first model to feature a diesel engine. However, the automaker has now said that the Sante Fe diesel won’t be coming to the States after all.

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Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models

Porsche and Hyundai are Looking to Add Augmented Reality to Future Models

Heads Up – This is the future

The images posted look like screenshots from a video game with so many details around the windshield, but this is the reality that might soon be seen in Porsches and Hyundais. The automakers have invested in a company called WayRay, which is basically into augmented reality. In simple words, your ordinary head-up display is going to get all the more intuitive with a lot more information.

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A Reported Takeover Of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Now Coming from South Korea

A Reported Takeover Of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Now Coming from South Korea

Is Hyundai planning on turning the auto world on its head?

Hyundai has been identified as the latest company to engage Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over a possible takeover bid that would bring the American automaker to the Korean auto giant’s side. According to the report, the bid is expected to take shape sometime this summer as FCA starts planning for the eventual exit of current FCA chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne.

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Hyundai N Boss Keeps Throwing Shade At BMW, Now Accuses Bimmer As Being Too M Happy

Hyundai N Boss Keeps Throwing Shade At BMW, Now Accuses Bimmer As Being Too M Happy

There doesn’t appear to be any love lost here

Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann knows what it takes to build a range of performance cars. He did for years as the main man over at BMW’s M Division. But now that he’s switched from the M to the N, Biermann has taken great lengths to criticize his former employer every chance he gets. This time, Biermann didn’t mince his words, saying that BMW has resorted to slapping the M badge on every model it sees. Shots fired, again.

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All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All

All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All

Bolstering the ranks

Hyundai’s standalone luxury brand, Genesis, won’t be completely on its own when it launches its new dealership network in the next few years. Recent developments point to a U-turn when it comes to the automaker’s stance on current Hyundai dealers selling and servicing Genesis models in the near future.

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Hyundai to Drop the "Family Design" Theme; Says Future Models Will Have Their Own Personality

Hyundai to Drop the "Family Design" Theme; Says Future Models Will Have Their Own Personality

This should’ve happened a long time ago, but better late than never, right?

Hyundai is planning to make an aggressive push to introduce next-generation models with bolder and more differentiated visual looks, effectively moving away from the “Matryoshka doll” styling that has plagued the auto industry. The automaker’s new head of design, Luc Donckerwolke, is pushing for the change, saying that the company “needs to evolve” and “give each model its own personality” if it wants to become an even bigger player in the business.

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Hyundai Trademarks the Name "Leonis" but What Will it be For?

Hyundai Trademarks the Name "Leonis" but What Will it be For?

Could we see a new Hyundai model in the works?

Hyundai has submitted a patent application of the name ‘Leonis,’ raising suspicion that the Korean automaker may have a new model in the works. The application was filed on April 3, and according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it will be designated for use on “automobiles; sports cars; vans being vehicles; trucks; motor buses; RV automobiles; SUV (sport utility vehicle) automobiles.”

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Hyundai Throws Shade at Volkswagen, Claims The i30 N is Better Than The Golf GTI

Hyundai Throws Shade at Volkswagen, Claims The i30 N is Better Than The Golf GTI

German automaker returns fire with a putdown of its own

Three weeks into 2018 and we’re already seeing a brewing word war between Hyundai and Volkswagen. Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann is apparently not a fan of the Volkswagen GTI, and he made his thoughts known by calling out the German hot hatch as a lightweight compared to the i30 N. It didn’t take long, though, for Volkswagen to return fire, dismissing Hyundai as an upstart that still needs to know its place in the hot hatch hierarchy. Let the word war continue.

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FCA and Hyundai Probably Won't Merge, but May Grow Closer Via a New Partnership

FCA and Hyundai Probably Won’t Merge, but May Grow Closer Via a New Partnership

Hyundai should be careful – FCA hasn’t posted the best numbers lately

In a recent interview with Reuters, FCA Boss, Sergio Marchionne, said that FCA and Hyundai have been in talks over a new partnership, but a merger isn’t being considered at this time. At this time, there’s no word as to what FCA can offer Hyundai, but FCA is interested in the Korean automaker’s research in hydrogen fuel and transmission development. This is likely part of FCA’s plan to separate component brands like Magneti Marelli and Comau, though this hasn’t been confirmed and an official business plan isn’t expected until sometime in mid-2018 with this separation taking place by the end of 2018. If the plan does come to fruition and these companies are separated it could help push FCA back into the green for the first time, as a whole, in a long time. Want to know more? Keep reading…

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Money Talks: The 10 Most Valuable Car Brands In The World

Money Talks: The 10 Most Valuable Car Brands In The World

Some surprises and some familiar faces

Determining the value of a car brand can be a tricky exercise. There are so many variables to consider that ultimately, the results may differ from one study or another. What we do know is that, at the very least, the cream always rises to the top. The standings may be different depending on who the author of the study is, but it’s pretty much the same automakers making up a majority of the list.

In this exercise, we’re taking a look at the ten most valuable car brands, at least through the eyes of Interbrand, an independent agency that specializes in determining the world’s most valuable brands. Obviously, such a task involves creating a specific set of formulas and calculations using a variety of available information, including a company’s financial forecast and then using it with its own in-house-developed “role of brand” and “brand strength” calculations. If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is, especially in the current automotive climate where buzz words like “electrification,” “ride-sharing,” and “autonomous driving technology” have staked bigger pieces of influence among automakers of all shapes and sizes.

Even then, there are also certain requirements that each automaker has to meet to be eligible to be included in the list. These requirements include having a sales presence on at least three continents and having a third of a company’s revenue coming from its home market. Ultimately, it all boils down to a lot of tech jargon that’s a little above my head. What I can tell you, though, is that the final list that Interbrand came up with is both expected and revealing. A few notable names made it in predictable spots while a few surprise inclusions definitely raised our eyebrows.

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Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

Two Hyundai Models Get Green Light For N Treatment

Performance crossovers and SUVs will be critical to the N division’s success

The introduction of the Hyundai i30 N spells the start of the Korean automaker’s venture into the world of performance vehicles. Now that the hot hatch is in the fold, the process of building up the whole division begins, and two Hyundai models have been green-lit to help fill up the ranks: the Tucson and the Kona. The real development here is the inclusion of the Kona N since we’ve already heard from no less than N performance division boss Albert Biermann about the fate of the Tucson N.

Now, Hyundai Australia Senior Manager of Product Planning Andrew Tuitahi confirmed to Motoring that the Kona N is a “go” as well. The bad news is that both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon since Hyundai’s priority for the N division seems to focus on building its foundation with performance hatchbacks, coupes, and sedans. Crossovers and SUVs will come later, and the expectation is that these models will be integral parts of the whole N experience. Once the division itself is up-and-running, the attention will inevitably turn on bringing both the Tucson N and the Kona N to life. How long that’s going to take is anybody’s guess at this point, but Tuatahi may have put it best when he referred to time timetable as a “slow burn.” The good news is that the status of both the Tucson N and the Kona N is a matter of “when” and not “if.” We’ll just have to wait for word on “when” is when going to be.

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