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Lack of Fuel Limits Hyundai Hydrogen Car Sales

Sales could grow as refueling network expands across California.

by on May.20, 2015

The Hyundai fuel cell stack shown in front of the Tucson. The entire package fits under the hood where a gas engine would normally go.

A lack of a hydrogen fueling network is taking its toll on Hyundai’s fuel cell-powered Tucson model, according to the maker’s top U.S. executive.

That has forced the maker to turn away potential buyers who simply don’t live close enough to the handful of hydrogen pumps currently open to the public in Southern California. But Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America said the situation should improve over the next few years as a state-funded effort opens more hydrogen fueling stations.

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Hyundai has sold “under 100” of the Tucson FCV models since the fuel-cell vehicle was introduced last summer, said Zuchowski, during a chat with reporters following a drive of two of the maker’s other alternative-power vehicles, the Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models.


Hyundai Likely to Build Santa Cruz Pickup, New B-Segment SUV

Approval for both models could come by mid-year.

by on May.20, 2015

Hyundai said show-goers gave a thumbs up to the Santa Cruz concept, and now the company appears to be giving it a thumbs up too.

Look for Hyundai to add two important new models in the near future, including a production version of the unusual Santa Cruz pickup concept first unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January.

The automaker is also likely to add a new subcompact crossover to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade, said Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America. While final approval on both projects has yet to come from Hyundai headquarters in South Korea, Zuchowski said he is confident the carmaker will move ahead with both projects.

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In addition, Hyundai also plans to show off a new version of the compact Elantra sedan during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. (more…)

Hyundai Debuts 2016 Tucson in NYC

Maker gets competitive in growing segment.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Hyundai introduced the new Tucson in New York. It followed the global introduction, which happened in Geneva.

Hyundai’s new 2016 Tucson SUV made its American debut today in New York. The new design, debuted globally at the Geneva Motor Show, takes it a step forward.

With a sleeker design that moves even further away from the classic, boxy SUV look of earlier versions, the new Tucson is clearly aimed at building Hyundai’s share of the booming global utility vehicle market.

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“Our new compact SUV will be a big step forward for the Hyundai brand globally,” said Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group, in Geneva. (more…)

Hyundai Mulling Second US Auto Plant

Demand for crossovers drives production increase.

by on Mar.12, 2015

Hyundai's plant in Montgomery, Alabama, may be getting another production line to meet demand for crossovers in the U.S.

Hyundai has a problem…a good problem: it can’t build enough vehicles to meet demand. As a result, it is looking to expand its production capability in the U.S. to meet the demand for its crossovers and SUVs.

The South Korean automaker has seen its marketshare in the U.S. slide as sales of crossovers and SUVs has risen in the last several months in concert with a steady decline in gas prices. The automaker’s strategy in the U.S. has focused on building more cars at its two facilities here.

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However, it’s now scrambling to decide whether it should add another production line at its plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where it currently builds the Sonata and Elantra. The new line, which Hyundai is not confirming, could take on production of its Santa Fe crossover, which is currently produced in Georgia, or the smaller Tucson, which is imported from Korea. (more…)

Hyundai Pulls Wraps off 2016 Tucson

South Korean maker looks to exploit booming crossover market.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The Hyundai Tucson made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show after weeks of teases by the company.

Hyundai teased the debut of the 2016 Tucson so well that by the time the media hit the maker’s stand for the unveiling, there was little mystery left. However, the maker rectified that by also debuting its new ix20 MPV as well and two future takes on the Tucson.

The maker also displayed its i20, i30 and i40 models for the public as well. While the new people mover and coupes are important, it’s the 2016 Tucson that is the big show. Hyundai showcased its new technology capabilities with two All-New Tucson fuel efficiency concepts – a 48-volt Hybrid and a Plug-in-Hybrid version – as well as a future connectivity cockpit concept.

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“Hyundai Motor has high aspirations for the brand in Europe. The All-New Tucson is a bold new car that brings to life our claim ‘New Thinking, New Possibilities’ and will change perceptions of the brand,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, vice president Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. (more…)

Hyundai Shows New 2016 Tucson Ahead of Geneva Debut

New ute gets sleeker look.

by on Feb.20, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will get a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, but no diesel is available in the U.S.

Two weeks after teasing us with some early renderings – and another two weeks before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show – Hyundai has offered up several complete images of the next generation Tucson sport-utility vehicle.

With a sleeker design that moves even further away from the classic, boxy SUV look of earlier versions, the new Tucson is clearly aimed at building Hyundai’s share of the booming global utility vehicle market.

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Among other things, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will get a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. But U.S. buyers won’t get the diesel offered in Europe. (more…)

Hyundai Joining Commercial Vehicle Convoy

Maker non-committal on pickups in U.S.

by on Feb.19, 2015

Hyundai is looking to grow its burgeoning truck business with the Xcient heavy-duty truck.

Hyundai has had its eye on the truck and commercial vehicle market for a long time and now it’s making its move.

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. announced in Seoul it plans to spend $1.8 billion by 2020 on the development of new commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market, according to Reuters.

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In recent years, the commercial vehicle market has been re-shaped by companies, such as Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors, that have replaced aging models with new more fuel-efficient vehicles that can fit more easily into heavy urban traffic. (more…)

Hyundai Veloster and Elantra Models Get Significant Upgrades for 2016

New Veloster performance edition, updated design and enhanced connectivity.

by on Feb.13, 2015

Hyundai will make just 1,200 Veloster Rally editions and they'll all come in Matte Blue.

Hyundai has two for the Windy City.

The quirky Hyundai Veloster coupe is getting some significant upgrades for the 2016 model-year, the Korean carmaker revealed during a Chicago Auto Show news conference. That includes design and connectivity enhancements, as well as a new Veloster Rally Edition.

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Meanwhile, Hyundai also used the Windy City as a backdrop to announced it is updating the 2016 Elantra GT, the compact model getting a “refreshed look,” along with the addition of some new tech features. (more…)

Kia Teases Geneva Concept: Are You the New Optima?

Show car could feature battery-based drivetrain.

by on Feb.10, 2015

Kia offers a hint of what could be the next Optima.

Kia has some big news coming in Geneva. And it’s confirming plans to reveal a new concept vehicle it says it has “created as a spacious and versatile accessory to an active lifestyle.”

Unlike other Korean concept cars of the recent past, this D-segment, or midsize, show vehicle appears – at least from this teaser image – to be nearly ready for production, which suggests that it may very well be a thinly disguised version of the next-generation Kia Optima.

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It is, the maker, hints, “a purposeful, energetic design study for the style-conscious, and as a sanctuary from the stresses of the modern world.”


Hyundai Sketches Tease New Tucson

Korean carmaker will use Geneva as backdrop for ute’s unveiling.

by on Feb.04, 2015

Hyundai is giving everyone an early look the new Tucson ahead of its debut in Geneva.

Hyundai will roll out a major redesign of its popular Tucson sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But it’s already offering a hint of what’s to come thanks to a sketch and a video that focuses in on the development process.

The updated Tucson will pick up on some of the latest Hyundai design cues, such as the signature hexagonal grille, refined by recent offering such as the second-generation Genesis luxury sedan.

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“Our new compact SUV will be a big step forward for the Hyundai brand globally,” said Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group, in a statement accompanying the Tucson sketch. (more…)