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Hyundai Replaces GM as Top NFL Sponsor

Korean maker paying $50 million annually for new deal.

by on Jun.29, 2015

Hyundai's profile is going to get quite a bit higher with its new four-year sponsorship deal with the NFL.

For hours on end every Sunday this fall, American football fans are going to see something new on their television screens: the Hyundai logo. The South Korean automaker is taking over for General Motors as the league’s top sponsor in a new four-year agreement.

No figures were released on the deal, but ESPN reported that Hyundai will pay $50 million annually: double GM’s $25 million payout. Unlike the GM deal, the NFL can still sell the truck category and the rights to give away that vehicle to the Super Bowl MVP. GM’s three-year deal was exclusive, but was tied specifically to GMC.

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“We value our relationship with the NFL and its fans, but have decided to focus our sponsorship resources in other areas in the future,” GM said in a statement. (more…)

Japanese Automakers Slide, Koreans Surge in New J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Japanese brands, as a group, post worst performance in 29 years.

by on Jun.17, 2015

Hyundai has scored major gains in quality with products like the 2015 Tucson, according to Power.

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If the latest J.D. Power survey is any indication, you might need to re-think just about everything you thought you knew about automotive quality.

The latest Initial Quality Survey, or IQS, finds that Japanese automakers, on the whole, have suffered a significant slide in the quality charts, with only three brands in the Top 10 this year. But the real shocker might be the surge in Korean quality. Kia, a brand long known for cheap, mediocre products, was second, behind top-ranked Porsche, with Hyundai ranked fourth. Jaguar, also struggling to reverse a reputation for poor quality, was third.

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For the Korean brands, which are caught up in a ferocious battle for market, the survey results represent a measure of vindication.  “We are extremely proud of the results,” said Mike Ofiara, a spokesman for Kia, which finished second in the overall ranking. “We’ve come a very long way. It’s representative of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.”


Hyundai Offers Up Rendering of New Creta Subcompact CUV

One of several new utes to join Korean carmaker’s line-up.

by on Jun.11, 2015

This rendering shows what Hyundai's new Creta subcompact crossover might look like.

It wasn’t all that long ago when the idea of a subcompact crossover would draw a blank stare from most folks. These days, it’s one of the world’s fastest-growing product segments, with makers from around the world to field their own entries.

So, Hyundai wants to take a step below the current Tucson model with plans to add a new subcompact ute that, we learned only last week, will be dubbed the Creta. Now, the maker is offering up a first rendering of what that model will look like.

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The name, the Korean carmaker says, is “simple and easy to remember,” tough cretins might find it a little strange, especially considering the two current Hyundai utes are known as the Tucson and Santa Fe. (more…)

General Motors Sweeps Top Spots in “Made in America” List

Maker took top 11 spots with Ford coming next.

by on Jun.08, 2015

According to a recent study from American University, the Buick Enclave is tied atop the list of "most American" vehicles.

While the “Buy American” campaign isn’t quite as omnipresent as it once was, new vehicle buyers wanting the “most” American car they can buy are going to be shopping for General Motors’ products.

American University’s 2015 Kogod Made in America Auto Index revealed that GM produces vehicles with the highest levels of U.S. content at 87.5%. Those vehicles included the Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS coupe, Chevrolet Corvette, GMC Acadia and GMC Acadia Denali.

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The new index reflects a significant change at the top of the list from last year when the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Corvette were tied at the top of the list with 87.5% of their content from the U.S. (more…)

Hyundai Mulls Addition of Full-Size Sport-Utility

Maker looks to shore up weak line-up of truck-based offerings.

by on Jun.08, 2015

The Hyundai Genesis sedan could be the basis for a full-size SUV for the South Korean automaker.

With sales of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles climbing in the U.S., Hyundai Motor is considering developing a larger sport-utility vehicle based on its Genesis luxury sedan, according to reports surfacing in South Korea.

It wouldn’t hit dealer showrooms for two or three years at the earliest. However, the South Korean firm’s worries over a lack of brand power in the higher-priced SUV segment and whether oil prices could surge again and erode the market for gas-guzzlers may scuttle the program, according to Reuters.

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Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America, told recently that the South Korean automaker is very close to moving forward with a new pickup truck based on concept vehicle shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January and adding a new small crossover vehicle to its model line. (more…)

Hyundai Plugs and Plays with Android Auto in New Sonata

Automakers expected to add Android and Apple systems to new vehicles.

by on May.26, 2015

Hyundai is making Android Auto Play available in its 2015 Sonata. The system can even be added to already-purchased Sonatas.

The race to see what automaker will get Android Auto Play into a vehicle has a winner: Hyundai. The company is making the service an option on its 2015 Sonata models right now.

Hyundai will roll the service out to other vehicles in its U.S. line-up throughout the year, but the Sonata gets it first and it’s also available free-of-charge on already-purchased Sonatas equipped with a navigation systems with just a quick stop at a dealership.

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“Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched this highly anticipated feature on our best-selling Sonata, adding to our promise of value. With the launch of Android Auto, we provide more owners with the experience of cutting-edge technology.” (more…)

First Drive: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In

Hyundai plugs in with updated HEV and all-new PHEV sedan.

by on May.26, 2015

Hyundai's second-generation Sonata Hybrid.

Initially slow to embrace alternative powertrain technology, Hyundai is determined to catch up with green rivals like Toyota and Honda. It was the first to market with a retail hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and it is about to update its original Sonata Hybrid for 2016 – while also adding its first plug-in hybrid model.

The timing likely isn’t the best. With gasoline prices running about a dollar lower than a year ago, and likely to say depressed for a while, demand for battery-based vehicles has taken a dive. But based on a day’s drive of the two new Korean models, green-minded buyers looking for alternatives would be well advised to check out the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.

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The plug-based model, in particular, offers the longest range of any midsize PHEV on the U.S. market and its gas-electric driveline provides one of the smoothest, most transparent rides of any plug-in we’ve so far tested.


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…)