Luc Donckerwolke, the star designer behind the Hyundai Tucson and Genesis G80, among others, is back at the helm but this time in a brand new role as Chief Creative Officer (CCO). Hyundai Motor Co. created this role as part of its efforts to further bolster the automaker’s position as a global luxury brand.
It was a case of back to the future when little known carmaker Hyundai revealed their wild Pony Coupe concept at the 1974 Turin Motor Show. Back to the Future, because the Pony was designed by a young Giogetto Giugiaro, who also designed the iconic DeLorean five or six years later – you know, the Back to the Future car.
The 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show revealed several amazing cars but a real standout was the all-electric Hyundai Pony 45 design concept. It’s not every day you come across a car that looks that good, especially considering they took inspiration from the 1974 Hyundai Pony concept.
Hyundai has unveiled its electric flying car concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The South Korean automaker announced that they will be partnering with Uber to develop their eVTOL air taxi. It will be able to fly on trips of up to 100 km with a cruising speed of up to 290 km/h transporting four passengers.
In the States, they are talking about meeting the unspoken needs of urban adventurers. In Australia, they say a Ute had better be a Ute, a commercial bakkie sitting on a ladder frame. So two totally different vehicles for two totally different markets. Let’s look at these options.
The problem with disasters is that the terrain often becomes disastrous. Earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes, avalanches, floods and man-made major oopsies usually leave the terrain impassable, even for the most rugged off-road vehicles. Weather and smoke can prevent the use of helicopters, even when there are enough to go around. First responders are often dropped at the edge of the debris field, then scramble for kilometres over broken terrain to find, stabilize and retrieve victims. And yet minutes are crucial when it comes to saving lives.
Let’s face it, bakkies are a popular sight in many countries across the world and now, there’s a new addition to the market. The Hyundai pickup truck not only looks spectacular but its ladder-frame chassis also promises to be tough and rugged.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s . . . a Hyundai? For Hyundai, the sky is the limit and it has created a new division to explore and develop a flying car.
The Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division is the first time an automaker has bought flying car development in-house. Several other car manufacturers have partnered with aerospace companies, and Uber is working with Bell, the helicopter company, to develop a flying taxi.
Every motor show is filled with creative innovations, dreams, and aspirations from car manufacturers around the globe. The 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show is no different as there have been many interesting projects and concepts including the new Hyundai Electric Race Car.
Hyundai is leading the tech news once again as they unwrap their new electric scooter prototype. This comes after Hyundai first presented a concept at CES in 2017 and adds further impetus to last-mile mobility, something that has become rather mainstream in America, Europe and China.