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NHTSA Chief Signals Crackdown on Auto Industry Testing

“We’re questioning everything now,” says Rosekind.

by on Sep.22, 2015

“You have to question all assumptions,” says Rosekind.

Following a series of deadly safety scandals and, now, Volkswagen’s attempt to cheat on federal emissions standards, federal regulators will be a less tolerant of industry claims, especially when it comes to self-certified testing, warned the nation’s automotive chief.

“We’re questioning everything now,” said Mark Rosekind, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during an appearance at an industry conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi. “You have to question all assumptions.”


Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the recall of 482,000 Volkswagen diesel-powered vehicles after learning the automaker had installed a so-called “defeat device” designed to meet emissions standards when undergoing standard testing procedures. But once on the road, the vehicles were able to produce as much as 40 times the legal limit of harmful emissions.


New Hyundai Elantra Makes Early Debut in Korea

U.S. version to premier at LA Auto Show.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The Korean Hyundai Avante will morph into the U.S. Hyundai Elantra in time for the LA Auto Show.

We’re not supposed to see the all-new Hyundai Elantra until it makes its splashy debut at the L.A. Auto Show in November. But if you ignore the “Avante” badge on the new mode that has just been unveiled in the Korean carmaker’s home market, well, you’ve got a good guess of what the new Elantra will look like.

For those who were disappointed when the latest-generation Hyundai Sonata adopted a more conservative design, don’t worry. The new Elantra maintains the edgy styling that made it such a standout in the traditionally stodgy compact sedan segment when the current model debuted a few years back.

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The new Hyundai Elantra will also grow a wee bit larger, add a variety of new high-tech features – such as emergency auto braking — and likely deliver a little bit better performance and fuel economy.


Hyundai Set to Debut New “N” Performance Line

Frankfurt debut set; U.S. plans uncertain.

by on Aug.31, 2015

The Hyundai i20 WRC racer will be used to preview the Korean maker's new N performance line.

Hyundai is set to become the latest automaker to introduce a new performance-focused sub-brand.

The new Hyundai N sub-brand will make its debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show next month as the Korean maker lifts the covers off a modified version of its compact i20 model set to compete in the World Rally Car program. Another hint of what’s to come will show up in digital form as part of the popular Gran Turismo videogame.

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Hyundai insiders tell they would “not be surprised” if the N line eventually comes to the U.S. market, but they said there are no immediate plans, and nothing is likely to be shown at the two big American auto shows in Los Angeles or Detroit in the coming months.


Hyundai Offers Glimpse of New Elantra

“A move to modern styling” with the next-gen compact.

by on Aug.20, 2015

A first glimpse of the direction Hyundai will take with the next-generation Elantra.

The edgy styling of the outgoing model helped redefine the compact sedan segment, and now Hyundai is hoping to score again with the upcoming update of its compact Elantra.

A rendering of the new sedan, released by Hyundai corporate headquarters in Seoul, shows that the maker isn’t going for a complete makeover but, rather, a further refinement of the current Elantra’s coupe-like shape. That includes more distinctive “active character lines” and new wheel arches.

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“The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own,” declared Peter Schreyer, Hyundai Motor Co.’s president and Chief Design Officer, in a statement. (more…)

Kia Co-Pres Schreyer “Addicted” to Change as He Reshapes Hyundai, Kia

“I want to make the brands strong…fresh,” says design chief.

by on Aug.18, 2015

The Hyundai HCD16 Vision-G gets a second showing at the Pebble Beach Concours.

Parked on a field off the well-manicured greens of the Pebble Beach golf course, the big coupe almost glows in the late evening sun, drawing admiring stares from the crowd that surrounds it.

For now, the HCD16 Vision-G is just a concept vehicle, but Peter Schreyer is quick to tell you that it will have a significant role in the Hyundai brand going forward. And he should know. The one-time Audi stylist who now serves as co-president of both the Korean carmaker and its sibling brand Kia, Schreyer has won wide praise for transforming two econobox brands into design trendsetters.

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“I want to make the brands strong, while keeping them fresh,” said the 62-year-old Schreyer during an interview with


Hyundai Vision G Concept Hints of Radical Shift for Next Equus Sedan

Big show car also could return as new premium coupe.

by on Aug.12, 2015

The Hyundai HCD-16 Vision G Coupe concept makes its debut in LA before heading to Pebble Beach.

When Hyundai launched its big Equus a few years back, it took a relatively conservative approach to styling in its bid to take on such premium luxury models as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. Expect to see it shift into a more radical gear going forward, at least if the new Hyundai HCD-16 Vision G Coupe Concept is any indication.

Making its debut a few days ahead of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Vision G pushes the luxury design envelope much as the last-generation Hyundai Sonata took things to the extreme in the mainstream, midsize luxury sedan segment. And while there are no plans to put the show car into production, senior Hyundai officials confirmed to that signature styling “cues” will reappear on the next-gen Equus when it is redesigned in the next several years.

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“You’re not wrong,” when asked if the concept is a forerunner of the Equus replacement, said Peter Schreyer, the director of styling, and one of three presidents, for both the Hyundai and sibling Kia brands. The Vision G “carries a lot of DNA of our future direction.”


Crossover Market Gets Tough Competitor with 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Maker counting on success of new CUV.

by on Aug.10, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson plays an important role in the automaker's growing portfolio of vehicles.

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, has become a force on the global stage by building a series of clever and well-built equipped vehicles with up-to-date technology at eminently affordable prices.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson, a smart and capable compact utility vehicle aimed at the heart of a fast growing segment of the market, remains true to the company’s basic philosophy, while improving on a vehicle that is vital to its portfolio.

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The new Tucson is roomy and comfortable, looks smart sitting at the curb, nicely furnished on the inside and delivers ample, but not overwhelming power. Moreover, the ride and handling have been measurably improved by a revamped suspension layout and lighter chassis, while the brakes deliver plenty of stopping power. (more…)

Hyundai Offering Do-It-Yourself Android Auto Updates

Program for vehicles with navigation system only.

by on Jul.30, 2015

Hyundai is letting Sonata owners with Android Auto handle the updates of the system themselves.

It seems like just about everything related to Android or Apple needs an update at some point, and now if you have a Hyundai Sonata with Android Auto, you can tackle the updates yourself.

The South Korean automaker is offering owners the opportunity to use the MyHyundai portal to download the upgrades to the system and install it themselves. For those who are uncomfortable with that, they can still drive to their dealer and let a service tech perform the upgrade.

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“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, in a statement. (more…)

First Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Third-generation CUV should help redefine the brand

by on Jul.20, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson advances the Fluidic Dynamics design language.

Mention the name, Hyundai, and many American motorists will give you a blank stare. For its first two decades in the U.S. market, the Korean carmaker offered cheap, low-quality and largely forgettable products like the original – and oxymoronic — Excel. But if you’re one of those giving Hyundai the cold shoulder, it may be time to think again.

Along with Korean sibling Kia, Hyundai has delivered a series of surprises in recent months. They topped the charts among mainstream brands in J.D. Power’s latest Initial Quality Study, as well as AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. And one good reason is the Hyundai Tucson.

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The second-generation crossover, launched in 2009, was stylish, sporty and surprisingly well-equipped. Now, Hyundai is back with a third-generation Tucson, and with the compact crossover segment becoming increasingly competitive, we headed off to Minnesota for a first drive to see how it stacks up.


Hyundai Counting on Crossovers to Kick-Start Momentum

Redesigned Tucson could be followed by two all-new CUVs.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Hyundai has scored major gains in quality with products like the 2015 Tucson, but now it needs to increase production levels.

After watching sales grow more than seven-fold from 1998 to 2014, Hyundai Motor America unexpectedly leveled off last year, and company officials think there’s one primary reason why: a lack of crossover-utility vehicles.

The Korean carmaker simply hasn’t kept up with one of the biggest changes to reshape the U.S. auto industry in decades, with SUVs and CUVs now outselling sedans for the first time ever. But that soon could change, according to HMA CEO Dave Zuchowski. Hyundai not only has an all-new Tucson for 2016, but it’s getting a big increase in production capacity.

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Longer-term, Zuchowski said, Hyundai is looking to significantly expand its crossover line-up, with two possible new models in the works, offerings that would bookend the maker’s current utility vehicle line-up. (more…)