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Hyundai Reveals Renderings of HND-9 Luxury Sports Coupe Concept

“Butterfly doors” distinguish design set for debut in Seoul later this month.

by on Mar.21, 2013

Skip the Big Apple and head for the Seoul Motor Show if you want to see the Hyundai HND-9 concept.

We’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about the upcoming NY Auto Show lately, but Hyundai says some of its biggest news will come out of South Korea, its latest luxury sports coupe concept set to get its debut at the Seoul Motor Show a week from today.

Dubbed the Hyundai HND-9, the distinctive design underscores the maker’s continuing push up-market. Almost at the same time the coupe concept is unveiled in Korea, Hyundai also will reveal the mid-cycle update of its big Equus premium-luxury sedan at the New York show.

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From a design standpoint, the two are light years apart. In contrast to the rather stately Equus, the HND-9 advances Hyundai’s so-called fluidic design sculpture philosophy, a styling strategy that is best seen on models like the Sonata and Elantra.

In this instance, the Hyundai HND-9 boasts a dramatically long hood – reflecting its rear-drive architecture – and stretched wheelbase.  It is, the maker declares, “a modern reinterpretation of the elegant image of a classic premium sports coupe.”


First Look: Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC

Korean concept coupe gets 480 hp with supercharger.

by on Oct.14, 2011

Hyundai will reveal a 480-hp concept version of its Genesis Coupe at the upcoming SEMA Show.

Auto shows often provide designers and engineers an opportunity to play the game of “what if?” and nowhere more so than at the SEMA Show, the annual gathering of aftermarket suppliers that also brings out some of the wilder concepts and show car ideas from automakers like Hyundai.

And, when the show opens up in Las Vegas just in time for Halloween, the Korean carmaker will have a trick up its sleeve that will provide fans of its Genesis Coupe a real treat: the Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC.

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The result of a two-year development effort, it’s a 480-horsepower version of the sporty Genesis Coupe, with a supercharger strapped onto its 3.8-liter V-6 to bump up its stock 306 hp by nearly 60%.

The project was hatched by HATCI, the Hyundai America Technical Center Inc., which teamed up with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc. to develop and build the prototype.


First Look: Hyundai Curb Concept

“Urban Activity Vehicle” to debut in Detroit.

by on Jan.06, 2011

Hyundai's Curb concept is an "Urban Activity Vehicle" for Gen-y, the maker says.

Hyundai is hoping the new concept it plans to debut at the Detroit Auto Show, next week, will have serious curb appeal.  Make that Curb appeal, the name of the Hyundai Curb show car.

The maker suggests the prototype tests the waters for a compact Urban Activity Vehicle aimed at Generation Y buyers “living an urban lifestyle with an active nightlife.”

Translation: it’s small on the outside but reasonably roomy inside – and delivers the sort of advanced electronic systems that younger buyers seem unable to live without.  That includes the all-new Hyundai Blue Link, the advanced infotainment system that the maker is introducing, this week, at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

Blue Link delivers a familiar mix of safety and security features, including automatic emergency response, which can call for help in the event of a collision.  But it also links a motorist to the Internet and other services more commonly found on today’s newest smartphones.

Add the booming audio system and it all comes together through a positively massive 12-inch color navigation screen.  And critical information is also presented to the driver through a Heads-Up Display, or HUD.