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Hyundai scoops prestigious Australia’s Best Cars awards

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Hyundai has won three major categories in this year’s prestigious Australia’s Best Cars awards.

  • Accent Active is Australia’s Best Light Car
  • i30 Series II Active is Australia’s Best Small Car under $35k
  • Luxurious Genesis is Australia’s Best Large Car under $70k
  • Hyundai claims its 21st class win in 17 year Australia’s Best Cars awards history
  • i30 claims its sixth Australia’s Best Cars awards class win
  • Podium finishes for All-new Tucson and Santa Fe Series II
  • 11 ABC judges represent Australia’s 7.4 million auto club members

Hyundai’s Accent Active is Australia’s Best Light Car, i30 Series II Active petrol is Australia’s Best Small Car under $35,000 and the ground-breaking and luxurious Genesis is Australia’s Best Large Car under $70,000.

Hyundai AWD SUV models also featured prominently in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards. All-new Tucson Elite and Santa Fe Series II Highlander CRDi were Top 3 contenders in the two biggest AWD SUV categories (under $50k and $50k $65k classes, respectively).

Hyundai’s award-winning models and contenders were applauded for their impressive achievements measured against the Australia’s Best Cars awards three major criteria: Value for money, Design and function, and On-the-road performance.

Important criteria sub-categories in which Hyundai’s models scored highly included: warranty, cost of depreciation, running and repair costs, fuel consumption, insurance costs, standard features, safety ratings, build and finish quality, together with ride, handling, braking, smoothness and quietness.

“We’re extremely proud that our cars have again starred in Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Kim said.

“Australia’s Best Cars awards are important to us – and especially important to our customers – because they embrace real-world car ownership values.

“I believe Hyundai’s proud record in these important awards – including our strong results in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards – sends a clear message to car buyers about the impeccable real-world credentials of our cars,” Mr Kim said.

Australia’s largest new-car assessment and awards program, Australia’s Best Cars awards determines winners in 15 classes after rigorous testing by judges representing Australia’s 7.4 million auto club members.

During 2015, judges from Australia’s seven State and Territory-based motoring organisations evaluated more than 180 models available nationwide, not just the year’s new-car releases.

This year’s recognition of Accent, i30 and Genesis bring Hyundai’s number of wins in the Australia’s Best Cars awards’ 17 year history to an impressive 21. This year’s win by i30 brings the ever-evolving model’s Australia’s Best Cars awards tally to six, including successive wins in 2008, ’09, and ’10 (also 2013 and now, with i30 Series II, 2015).

Hyundai’s i30 also is a consistent Australian market Top-3 seller and was Australia’s best-selling vehicle overall in June and September last year. The i30 Series II ActiveX with six-speed automatic also has topped the NRMA’s comprehensive Running Cost Calculator as Australia’s most cost-effective best-seller for experienced and P-plate drivers alike.

In another significant milestone for i30, the advanced Apple CarPlayTM smartphone support technology became standard on i30 Series II Active and ActiveX early this year, with retro-fitment available free-of-charge to existing i30 Series II owners via an easy software upgrade.

2015 AUSTRALIA’S BEST CARS AWARD WINNERS’ KEY SPECIFICATIONS

ACCENT ACTIVE

  • 6 airbags: driver & front passenger; driver & front passenger side (thorax); and, full-length curtains
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • 5-inch touchscreen audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, 6 speakers, media ripping/storage
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Front and rear power windows (driver’s one-touch auto up/down)
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3 flashes)
  • Trip computer

i30 SERIES II ACTIVE

  • 7 airbags – driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains, driver’s knee
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • Rear-view camera
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • 7.0″ touch screen audio system with MP3 capability, 6 speakers & Apple CarPlayTM compatibility
  • AUX / USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility. Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Front & rear power windows
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
  • One-touch window-down on driver’s window
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Manual air-conditioning with rear heating ducts
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats

GENESIS

  • 9 airbags: driver & front passenger, driver knee, driver & front passenger side (thorax), rear passenger side (thorax), full-length curtainS
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Smart High Beam
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Pre Safety System including front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) incorporating Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with washer system and auto-levelling
  • Static Bending Lights
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
  • Rear-view camera with parking guide
  • Parking Assist System (PAS) with guidance (4 sensors front and 4 sensors rear)
  • Seatbelt reminder (all seats)
  • Leather Appointed interior
  • Premium steering wheel and gearknob
  • 9.2-inch Satellite Navigation system
  • Lexicon 17-speaker premium audio system
  • Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
  • Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function
  • 12-way Power driver’s and passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
  • 18-inch alloy wheels & 245/45 R18 Hankook tyres
  • Smart Boot function (hands-free power-open function)
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Rear power blind
  • 4.2-inch LCD Supervision cluster
  • Electro-Chromatic Mirror (ECM) with auto-dimming interior mirror
  • Electric folding side mirrors
  • Puddle lights (Genesis logo illumination) in side mirrors with courtesy lights in door handles
  • One-touch window up and down function on all windows incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
  • Interior mood lights
  • One-touch turn signal (3,5 & 7 flashes)
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Solar control glass
  • Dual-zone climate control with auto defog function
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Hyundai Motor showcases autonomous technology at 2017 CES

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a suite of interactive demonstrations at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

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  • Hyundai Motor presents its vision for future mobility with autonomous test drives at CES 2017
  • Autonomous IONIQ concepts demonstrate self-driving technology in Las Vegas as part of ongoing advanced trials in urban environments
  • Visitors invited to experience autonomous driving through immersive virtual reality simulators at Hyundai Motor booth

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a suite of interactive demonstrations at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as the company presents its vision for future mobility. Advanced autonomous IONIQ models will operate on the surrounding roads, while at the Hyundai Motor booth immersive virtual reality will capture the company’s future vision for visitors.

Autonomous IONIQ models will navigate a series of test routes in the boulevards around CES, using the very latest LiDAR technology (a laser and radar-based detection system) to identify the precise position of surrounding vehicles and objects to navigate the urban landscape safely. At the Hyundai Motor CES booth, Virtual Reality (VR) simulators provide visitors with an immersive experience demonstrating how autonomous driving will bring greater convenience and safety to Hyundai customers.

Moving forward with the use of LiDAR technology, Hyundai Motor has hidden the hardware behind the autonomous IONIQ’s front bumper rather than using the typical roof-mounted approach, retaining the new car’s sleek design. The car’s advanced self-driving systems are kept as simple as possible by integrating existing functions from the production model, including the Smart Cruise Control system’s forward-facing radar and Lane Keeping Assist cameras.

The system also uses a GPS antenna to search for a location of each vehicle and high-definition mapping software delivers pinpoint accuracy for location, road gradient and curvature, plus lane width and indication data. In addition, a Blind Spot Detection radar ensures that even simple lane changes are executed safely.

Hyundai Motor’s latest technology allows the cars to navigate the most challenging situations safely, including high levels of pedestrian traffic, stop lights and signs, road construction and road blocks, speed bumps, dogs, small children and even intersections without traffic signals. Through extensive testing in urban environments Hyundai Motor is continuing to develop and refine its self-driving technologies with the goal of using less computing power, resulting in a low-cost platform that the typical consumer can afford.

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Hyundai Motor reveals future vision for connected cars

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its plans for advanced connected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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  • Innovations combine intelligent automotive and IT technologies to bring mobility and life together for customers
  • Hyundai Motor collaborates with leading IT company Cisco to develop an advanced connected car platform

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its plans for advanced connected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The interactive experience featured at the Hyundai Motor booth demonstrates how the ‘hyper-connected car’ will be central to buying greater convenience, comfort and enjoyment to tomorrow’s lifestyles.

With an objective to create hyper-connected intelligent cars that boast the safest and most advanced self-driving systems on the market, Hyundai Motor is collaborating with Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT and security technology. The joint program will create a platform optimised for connected cars, which will help enable two-way communication both internally between the car’s system and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, internet of Things (loT) devices, and the cloud.

”At this year’s CES, Hyundai Motor will introduce the direction of development with Cisco and we hope that visitors fully understand what Hyundai Motor and Cisco envision for the future of connected cars,” said Seung Ho Hwang, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company. “We are convinced that further synergies will be created as we combine Hyundai Motor’s connected car platforms with Cisco’s network technology”, he added.

“When you think about how much time we spend in our cars, it’s exciting to consider what can happen when your car truly becomes intelligent,” said James Peters, VP, Automotive and Connected Car Business Unit, Cisco. “It takes sophisticated networking and integration down to the sensor – and security across the network level to make a hyper-connected car. By combining Hyundai’s leadership in automotive technology with Cisco’s strength in networking and security, we are accelerating the pace of innovation in this exciting space.”

At CES Hyundai Motor presents four key connected car scenarios that will define the experience for its customers:

  • Fully Autonomous Driving – guarantees the highest levels of driving safety by monitoring traffic conditions, infrastructure information and data from other vehicles
  • Smart Traffic – delivers convenience through optimised route guidance based on real-time traffic information, which can reduce congestion and minimise associated social costs that delays can bring
  • Intelligent Remote Service – monitors the car’s condition to identify and resolve issues remotely
  • ‘Mobility Hub’ – is the heart of the connected car, which provides assistance and infinite amounts of knowledge to connect customers with every aspect of their daily lives

The connected car platform will evolve to link cars to everything, including homes, offices and even city infrastructure. Through its work with Cisco, Hyundai Motor will aim to have its connected car infrastructure adapt to new innovations in safety, comfort and convenience while encompassing advanced security technologies to aim to reduce hacking vehicle operating systems.

The Hyundai Motor booth at CES presents an interactive experience for visitors by demonstrating all the elements of its future vision for the connected car. A working connected car concept and an immersive virtual reality autonomous driving simulation will demonstrate how Hyundai Motor’s connected platform operates, alongside a suite of interactive demonstrations that showcase its vision for future mobility.

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Hyundai’s Vision for Future Mobility at CES

Hyundai Motor to Showcase Vision for Future Mobility at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

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Hyundai Motor to Showcase Vision for Future Mobility at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

  • Autonomous IONIQ concepts to demonstrate self-driving technology as part of advanced urban trials in Las Vegas
  • Hyundai Motor presents hyper-connected car platform to seamlessly link mobility with the home and workplace
  • Hyundai Motor’s vision for future mobility includes wearable robots, micro-mobility solutions and interactive, health-conscious technology

28 December 2016 – Hyundai Motor will showcase its vision for future mobility at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, from 5 to 8 January, 2017. The Hyundai Motor booth is set to host a range of innovative technologies that focus on intelligent autonomous driving and advanced, hyper-connectivity solutions that will link cars to customer’s lives.

Autonomous IONIQ models will operate on test routes in the boulevards around CES, while inside visitors can experience a driverless journey via immersive Virtual Reality simulators. The IONIQ Hybrid on display will reveal enhancements to further its reputation as one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars, and a new Micro Mobility concept, integrated with the IONIQ Electric, will showcase the future of first- and last-mile mobility.

Hyundai Motor will also present an interactive experience to demonstrate how its hyper-connected car platform, developed with leading global IT company Cisco, will be central to making tomorrow’s lifestyles even more convenient. Hyundai Motor’s caring ‘Mobility Vision’ concept shows how Smart House and Connected Car technologies will blur the lines between mobility, and living and working spaces.

Other technologies at the Show booth represent Hyundai Motor’s focus on the wellbeing of its customers. The Healthcare Cockpit connects car and driver to boost productivity or relaxation when traveling. Meanwhile, the company’s range of advanced wearable exoskeletons demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to social responsibility, offering a new freedom of mobility to customers who require physical support for lifting or repetitive work, plus assisting members of society whose mobility is restricted.

Hyundai Motor’s CES 2017 press conference takes place on 4 January, 15:00 (PST).

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