Hyundai Blue-Will Concept (2009)


Hyundai Blue-Will Concept

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept serves as a test bed of new ideas that range from roof-mounted solar cells to drive-by-wire steering, lithium polymer batteries and touch-screen controls, and foreshadows future focused hybrid production vehicles from Hyundai. Hyundai Blue-Will Concept promises an electric-only driving distance of up to 40 miles on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of more than 100 miles per gallon. Codenamed HND-4, the Hyundai Blue-Will Concept is the fourth in a series of innovative concept vehicles to come out of the Namyang Design Center.

"Hyundai Blue-Will Concept's bold character lines and fluidic sculpture design language give the perfect expression to the advanced eco-friendly technologies found beneath the skin," said Oh Suk-Geun, executive vice president of design, Hyundai Motor Company. "At a time of rising concern about the environment and our energy future, Hyundai Blue-Will Concept demonstrates to eco-conscious car buyers everywhere that Hyundai has practical hybrid solutions that will appear on the next generation of vehicles."

EXTERIOR

"Eco-sleek" was the core concept driving the design process. Its sweeping character lines and detailed form, key aspects of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design approach, elevate this next-generation hybrid to a more distinctive solution than current in-market hybrids. Hyundai Blue-Will Concept's slippery surface treatment extends to the underbody where a full-length cover has been applied to minimize aerodynamic drag while maximizing fuel economy.

Hyundai Elantra Touring (2009)


Hyundai Elantra Touring

The Hyundai Elantra Touring, with its modern, sleek styling and fun-to-drive qualities, was developed by Hyundai in response to the growing demand for stylish and functional five-door vehicles, sales of which doubled from 2001 to 2006. Five-door vehicle sales are projected to be strong into the next decade. The Hyundai Elantra Touring will also be the first five-door compact to offer standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), in addition to a host of other class-leading safety technologies. As with all Hyundai vehicles, The Hyundai Elantra Touring was designed and manufactured to meet the most stringent quality standards in the industry, exemplifying Hyundai's quality leadership position worldwide.

Flowing curves and strong character lines highlight the broad stance and long wheelbase of The Hyundai Elantra Touring. The clearly defined, unbroken, rising beltline unifies the vehicle's functional proportions. The effect is an exciting shape that provides a dynamic impression of performance and capability. Elantra Touring has a low coefficient of drag for optimal fuel efficiency at highway speeds and minimal interior noise.

Up front, the pronounced dual air intakes flow smoothly into the hood and A-pillar lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels complete the modern design.

ROOMY AND REFINED INTERIOR

The long wheelbase and generous width of the Hyundai Elantra Touring, combined with Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, have produced an interior that delivers class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. Elantra Touring has the most interior volume (passenger volume plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class at 125.5 cubic feet. In fact, Elantra Touring's cargo capacity is 65.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, more cargo space than many larger wagons and crossovers.

Hyundai Genesis (2009)


Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai aims to shatter premium automobile paradigms with the North American International Auto Show introduction of its new flagship, the all-new Hyundai Genesis sports sedan. With capabilities and features comparable to $60,000 premium sedans, Hyundai Genesis will be offered at a starting price under $30,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

Genesis is built on Hyundai's all-new, performance-driven rear-wheel-drive architecture. It offers three powertrains, including 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engines, and Hyundai's all-new 4.6-liter Tau V8. Tau will produce an estimated 368 horsepower on regular fuel, and lead all its competitors in specific output with 80 horsepower per liter. With technology rivaling more expensive luxury sedans, Hyundai Genesis showcases features such as XM NavTraffic, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Smart Cruise Control, Lexicon® audio systems and electronic active head restraints.

"While Genesis will compete for customers with cars like Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8, our engineering benchmarks were Mercedes E-Class, Infiniti M, and Lexus GS," said John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Genesis provides a potent combination of performance, luxury, and value. We think it has the opportunity to be an extremely disruptive force in the large sedan and near-luxury segments." Genesis ushers in a new era for Hyundai. Its all-new rear-wheel drive architecture will spawn more products in other segments, as suggested by the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Concept shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2007.

Hyundai Nuvis Concept (2009)


Hyundai Nuvis Concept

The Hyundai Nuvis Concept is the eleventh signature concept car to be designed at the company's California Design Center in Irvine, Calif. In addition to showcasing the brand's cutting-edge capabilities, Hyundai Nuvis Concept also hints at a possible design direction for a future-generation crossover, blending attributes of a tall urban car and a premium utility vehicle.

Consistent with Hyundai's pledge to lead all brands in U.S. fuel economy by 2015, Nuvis is powered by Hyundai's Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, which uses breakthrough lithium polymer battery technology.

EVOLUTION OF THE DESIGN

In developing the initial sketches, Hyundai designers considered the interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion. Specifically, designers studied the way water splits across and flows around the hull and sides of a boat, creating a wake, or the way wind shapes a snowdrift or flurries through trees. The living power of these elements is reflected in the Nuvis' design.

"Our goal was to create a living machine, constantly moving, that the driver and passengers could be part of," said John Krsteski, Hyundai Design manager. "There are no lines on or in this car that are standing still."

In addition to invoking the impression of irrepressible motion, the Hyundai design team took more practical matters into account as well. Hyundai Nuvis Concept is designed to accommodate the diverse interests of a modern, active couple. The Nuvis is meant to be comfortable starting its day at a desert retreat, arriving at the ski slopes in the afternoon and then cruising to a formal dinner that evening.

Hyundai Sonata (2009)


Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata combines refined design, proven dependability, spirited performance and an extensive list of standard features to increase its appeal to a broader range of customers. For 2009, Sonata raises the bar for value and standard safety technology in the mid-size segment. Hyundai's sales leader boasts new features ranging from standard USB/iPod auxiliary inputs to available navigation and sport-tuned suspension. Combined with Sonata's continued leadership in safety - it remains the only mid-size sedan under $20,000 with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - the 2009 American-made Sonata is the smartest choice in the competitive mid-size sedan segment.

The new, second-generation Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower and quicker acceleration. Fuel economy numbers are 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the standard five-speed manual transmission or the newly available five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. The Theta II is rated at 175 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine now features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on both camshafts and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

Sonata's 3.3-liter V6 engine now pumps out 15 more horsepower and three more pound-feet of torque (249 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm). This newly refined powerplant features all-aluminum construction, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, CVVT on both camshafts and stiffer hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. A variable intake system is added for 2009, which further broadens its power curve, improving off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. New mileage figures for V6-powered Sonatas are 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

Hyundai i20 (2009)


Hyundai i20

With its fresh and head-turning styling, versatile interior, class-leading safety and engaging driver dynamics, the sparkling new Hyundai i20 took centre stage on the Hyundai stand at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Building on the reputation for peerless reliability and exceptional cost-effectiveness established by its Hyundai Getz predecessor, Hyundai i20 offers drivers more of everything - enhanced functionality from the intelligently configured cabin layout, higher levels of luxury, convenience and safety equipment, engaging handling from its all-new chassis and tuned suspension, and an extensive seven-strong line-up of punchy petrol and frugal turbo-diesels engines, with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Designed and developed in Europe to meet the high expectations of European drivers, and benefiting from Hyundai's unlimited mileage three-year warranty, the Hyundai i20 arrives fully armed to succeed in Europe's ultra-competitive supermini sector. Initially available as a five-door model, a sportier three-door Hyundai i20 version debuts in January 2009.

Style and Design

Designed at Hyundai's European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, the chic new Hyundai i20 follows in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models. Lower, longer and wider than the Getz it replaces, the five-door Hyundai i20 rides on an extended 2525mm wheelbase, enhancing both its athletic stance and spacious interior architecture. Featuring Hyundai's distinctive design motifs - a bold chrome-topped grille flanked by piercing teardrop headlamps at the front and striking stacked rear light clusters - the i20's modern lines are further strengthened by neat detailing, including colour-co-ordinated bumpers, sills and wing mirrors, integrated antenna, mechanical boot release, flush-mounted door handles and chunky standard-fit 16-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. And new Hyundai i20 arrives with a palette of 10 new solid and metallic exterior hues - including fashionable Crystal White.

Hyundai i20 3-door (2009)


Hyundai i20 3-door

Building on the reputation for peerless reliability and exceptional cost-effectiveness established by its Getz predecessor the Hyundai i20 offers drivers more of everything. It has enhanced functionality from the intelligently configured cabin layout, higher levels of luxury, convenience and safety equipment and engaging handling from its all-new chassis. A line-up of new petrol and turbodiesel engines, plus the choice of manual or automatic transmissions further enhance the Hyundai i20's credentials and make it the most competitive package in the supermini sector.

Like the i30 and i10, the Hyundai i20 has been designed and developed in Europe to meet the high expectations of European drivers, and will prove capable of delighting them with new technology and low running costs. Initially available as a five-door model, the Hyundai i20 3-door version debuts in April 2009.

Design

Designed at Hyundai's European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, the new Hyundai i20 follows in the stylish footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models. Lower, longer and wider than the Getz it replaces, the five-door Hyundai i20 rides on an extended 2525mm wheelbase, enhancing both its ride comfort and spacious interior architecture. Featuring Hyundai's distinctive design motifs - a bold chrome-topped grille flanked by teardrop headlamps at the front and striking stacked rear light clusters - the Hyundai i20's modern lines are further strengthened by neat details. These include colour-co-ordinated bumpers, integrated door handles and chunky 15 or 16-inch wheels. The Hyundai i20 also introduces a new palette of bold colours - inside and out.

Hyundai i20 Blue (2009)


Hyundai i20 Blue

Following the unveiling earlier this year of the first of its i-blue range of advanced eco-dynamic vehicles, Hyundai Motor Europe has revealed the latest addition to the family: the Hyundai i20 blue.

Based on the all-new Hyundai i20 B-segment car, premiered at the 2008 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, this 'blue' variant incorporates a number of real-world modifications to further enhance the standard car's already-impressive environmental credentials. These improvements are achieved without compromising performance, reliability or driver satisfaction, making the Hyundai i20 blue a realistic solution for motorists.

The 'blue' package involves revisions to the Hyundai i20's power train efficiency, aerodynamics and chassis, to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, positioning the Hyundai i20 blue alongside the leading performers in the segment.

While the regular Hyundai i20 achieves notably low figures for CO2 emissions and fuel consumption - 115g/km and 4,3 litre/100km respectively - the Hyundai i20 blue delivers even more impressive results: just 99 g/km and 3,75 litres/100km. In other words, the Hyundai i20 blue offers a reduction of 15 per cent in CO2 emissions and an improvement of 15 per cent in fuel efficiency, compared to the already-competitive i20.

Power train and performance

The Hyundai i20 blue runs the extremely efficient 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90PS and generates 220 Nm of torque. The power train is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox - instead of the car's usual five-speed unit - in which the ratios have been modified in 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. Performance is very respectable in the Hyundai i20 blue, with a top speed of 176 km/h and a 0-100km/h time of around 13 seconds.

Hyundai ix-Metro Concept (2009)


Hyundai ix-Metro Concept

The Hyundai ix-Metro Concept, the fifth in the Hyundai Namyang Design (HND) series of concept cars to be created by the Global Design Team in Korea, is an entry-level hybrid CUV which brings a new form to the traditional sub-B segment.

Targeting young European urbanites, the Hyundai ix-Metro Concept offers all the practicality, robustness and versatility of a CUV in a stylishly sophisticated package.

For thematic inspiration, the design team reached for the stars and during ideation sessions immersed themselves in the rich visual world of space travel — the ultimate aspiration of mobility. "We wanted the ix-Metro to be something out of this world. We took our inspiration from NASA and even sci-fi movies because spacecraft are universally understood symbols of progress and innovation," explained Rogelio J. Flores, Chief designer on the Hyundai ix-Metro Concept project.

The Hyundai ix-Metro Concept represents a striking departure from the flowing design language found on recent Hyundai production and concept cars. It explores a new direction with its use of faceted surfaces and strong triangulating lines achieving a pleasing dynamic tension. The high beltline gives a protective feeling, while twenty-inch rims give the vehicle a purposeful muscular stance.

Up front, ice-blue LED lighting elements interplay with subtle shades of gold, while the faceted front grille with its integrated fog lamps projects a striking, imposing look.

While to outward appearances the lack of a B-pillar may lead one to conclude the Hyundai ix-Metro Concept adopts a conventional 'suicide door' configuration, engineers rejected the rear-hinge in favor of a sliding mechanism for the rear door. The pillar less design not only enlarges the greenhouse to improve all-round visibility, but more importantly allows easier entry and egress into the rear passenger area.

Hyundai ix-onic Concept (2009)


Hyundai ix-onic Concept

The Hyundai ix-onic Concept, which makes its world premiere at the 79th Salon International de L'Automobile on March 3rd, 2009, introduces a whole new look for Hyundai's compact SUVs and is packed with technology which make it more fuel efficient than some superminis.

Designed to assertive but not aggressive, the Hyundai ix-onic Concept (pronounced "ik-sonnik") combines dynamic styling with an environmentally-friendly power train and thoughtful everyday utility. It creates a vehicle that will change the way consumers think about compact crossover vehicles.

Hyundai's design team in Rüsselsheim, Germany created the concept with European consumers in mind. With an overall length of 4,400mm, the 1,850mm-wide and 1,650mm-high Hyundai ix-onic Concept has an imposing stance and road presence but takes up little more space on the road than a C-segment hatchback.

Key attributes of Hyundai's 'dynamic sculpture' design philosophy are the athleticism and sophistication that ix-onic demonstrates through its dynamic and flowing lines. These are emphasised by specially developed, high-contrast exterior paint. Employing an advanced-effect pigment, the innovative paint gives the car's skin a brilliant shine.

The hexagonal grille is a further evolution of the style introduced on the 2006 Genus concept car and developed for its appearance on the Hyundai i-mode concept in 2008. The headlamps feature innovative LED daytime running lights which move down electrically whenever the 'dipped beam' is switched on.