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The Hyundai Motor Company has always been known for its cutting edge design, so it no big surprise that it has two finalists in this year’s International Design Excellence Awards®. The International Design Excellence Awards®, or IDEA. The IDEA is held by the Industrial Designers Society of America and recognises design excellence in a huge array of categories ranging including sporting goods, office & accessories, medical & health, outdoor & gardens, sports, leisure & recreation and, of course, automotive & transportation.
Whether it’s taking the kids to see the grandparents, packing up to go in search of waves or just getting away for a long weekend, South Africans love to road trip. With huge vast open expanses of the country to explore it’s little wonder either. There is so much beauty out there, so many open roads less travelled to venture along. The excitement and anticipation of a road trip can be forgotten very quickly though. In fact, sometimes it can take a matter of just a few short hours before the whining, the whining and the constant queries of “Are we there yet?” start to drive you to distraction.
Believe it or not, but this home-grown beauty is a South African exclusive that the local Hyundai team has put together in the absence of a Hyundai N Performance SUV option in the country. Launched at the same time as the new 2017 Elantra (you can read about the Elantra launch models here), it certainly came as un unexpected surprise to many of the motoring journalists who got to see it for the first time.
It is with eager anticipation that we are getting ready to welcome the newest member of the Hyundai family. The Kona is the most recent additions to the SUV line up, and boy oh boy does it make an impression. Its dominant, rather imposing exterior packs a mighty punch amongst its peers. The sophisticated lines, the attention to detail, the dominant presence and the futuristic design all contribute to making this a real head turner. But don’t be deceived by its sleek outward appearance, the Kona can rough it with the best of them.
Winter is no longer coming, it’s here! The temperatures have dropped dramatically across the country and the cold has settled in. While South African winters are not prone to blizzard-like conditions, it has been known to snow in some of the most unlikely places – Table Mountain even got snow recently. So, it is wise to prepare. We prepare our houses by checking the roof for leaks, make sure there is insulation, and seal the doors and windows to keep the draughts out. We prepare ourselves by buying warm winter jerseys and coats, take extra vitamins to stave off the usual winter colds, flu jabs, and we batten down the hatches and stay indoors where it’s warm.
It is official, Hyundai has launched the new Elantra in South Africa, and boy is it something special! From the very first moment you set your eyes on the assertive styling of the body, and right up until the moment you get to experience the powerful punch under the bonnet, you’ll be asking yourself – “Where has this car been all of my life?”
For anyone who has ever seen any of the Back to the Future films, the idea of home technology systems talking to cars, and vice versa, is something that only existed in the movies. For those who are too young to remember this futuristic trilogy, while the idea of integrated car-home connectivity might not be as far-fetched, it does still conjure up ideas of a farther off future. Or at least it did until recently. More and more technology is being introduced and integrated into our everyday lives that is designed to make life more efficient and easier. We have smart phones, smart cars, smart homes. So it makes sense that eventually all these devices would start talking to each other. And that time is now.
The next five years look set to put Hyundai motor vehicles at the forefront in the race to ensure its cars are some of the safest on our roads here is South Africa. This safety revolution, being lead by Mike Song who is the head of Hyundai in Africa and the Middle East, will see all mass produced models fitted with safety technology that, up to now, has been reserved for luxury models. But the tides are turning and the race is on to be the safest car manufacturer.
You would have seen it in the press and spotted it on South African roads over the past few months, so their should come as no surprise to find out that we’re regularly asked the question “so what does the Hyundai Creta drive like?” We’ll we got a few of our lucky Group 1 Hyundai staff together and asked them to take it for a spin. When they got back the overwhelmingly positive results prompted us to write this blog post.
30 days, 5800km at -28o Celsius – that is what a near standard 2.2-litre diesel Hyundai Santa Fe had to be put through back in December 2016 when it became the very first passenger vehicle to be driven across the Southern continent of Antarctica. The trip, which was done between Union Camp to McMurdo, was undertaken to commemorate Shackleton’s heroic 1914 – 1916 Trans-Antarctic expedition. On this expedition, Sir Ernest Shackleton never made it across Antarctica but was instead forced to abandon the trip to save his men. In honour of this, and the brave men which he managed to save, Patrick Bergel the great grandson of Sir Ernest Shackleton himself undertook the journey his ancestor could not. This amazing trip brought to a close an adventure started more than a century ago.