The Hyundai Motor Group has announced the appointment of their new global Chief Operating Officer, José Muñoz. The former Nissan Chief Performance Officer will now oversee global operations strategy and implementation primarily focusing on improving brand performance and ensuring profitable growth. Muñoz will report directly to Hyundai’s top leadership based in Seoul while but he is based in Fountain Valley, California.
Hyundai is a massive organisation with a big presence across the world in the automotive and industrial sectors. The South Korean brand has become somewhat of a household name, not just in South Africa but all over the globe.
Very few people say Hyundai correctly as it should be pronounced like Monday but that hasn’t stopped them from reaching great success. So, the question on many lips is where did Hyundai come from and where do they build their award-winning cars?
Hyundai Motor Group is leading the research and development of what they are calling – the world’s first multi-collision airbags. Hyundai safety engineers have invented this innovative technology designed to protect people from multiple collisions. Three out of every 10 accidents involve multiple collisions and this new system will significantly improve all-around safety.
Adding to Hyundai’s already impressive range of vehicles across all segments, we could see a WRX-style ‘N’ model by 2022. The Korean automaker has already dazzled us with sporty excitement on the Hyundai i30 N Fastback version but they are planning something incredibly special. Some believe it will be the pinnacle of the Hyundai ‘N’ brand and dubbed it a “halo car”. Early signs suggest it will have all-wheel drive and a petrol-electric powertrain.
Since it was first launched globally in the early 1990s, the humble Hyundai Accent has gone from strength to strength and proven to be one of the most versatile vehicle models in the Hyundai stable. Currently, in its Fourth Generation here in South Africa, and Fifth Generation in North America, Europe, and the Far East, the Hyundai Accent has become the mainstay of the Hyundai brand in so many countries thanks to its model variety, stylish looks, reliable nature and fun to drive features.
For many people, the ability to hear is something we often take for granted. Imagine driving without hearing anything like sirens, horns or other vehicles. You soon realise that hearing-impaired drivers have so much more to worry about but Hyundai believes that their new cutting edge technology can make a noticeable difference.
For some time there have been rumours about the Hyundai Leonis, a next-generation compact SUV. This sub-4 meter SUV is codenamed, QXI and will make its long-awaited debut in India in April 2019.
While it was first shown as the Carlino concept, the Hyundai Leonis will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra S201. The Carlino concept may have been based on the i20 platform but Hyundai Leonis will follow the new Santro’s platform. It will help the Korean automaker achieve their pricing strategy.
Hyundai has launched a world first in smart car technology using fingerprints instead of car keys. Not only does it allow drivers to unlock car doors but also start their vehicles. The plan is to initially implement the fingerprint scanning technology into the new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV model due for release in selected markets during the first quarter of 2019. Future plans are also in place to include a customised driving experience based on personal preferences.
If you are the holder of a valid South African driver’s license, you have to know the rules that govern our roads – it’s as simple as that. This is why that pesky learner’s exam we all have to write before we get to do the actual driving test is such a tough nut to crack. As such, it’s safe to assume that every legal driver on our roads is versed in what they can and cannot do when they take to the road. Which of course begs the question – why so many road accidents, South Africa?
The new year is upon us and by the looks of things 2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Hyundai divisions around the globe. It may not exactly be breaking news as such, but we are very proud to announce that our parent company has launched an open innovation partnership with Brown University in the USA. Last year’s Visionary Challenge focussed on future mobility solutions and saw 80 individuals from 17 teams competing.