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.
Earlier this year, the Hyundai Kona Electric was named ‘Best Green Fleet Car’ at the Fleet World Awards at Novotel London West. The impressive all-electric crossover showed judges its true worth by offering ‘real-world usability’ and a ‘fun driving experience’.
This award comes as no surprise really as the Korean automaker’s all-electric crossover has already made a name for itself winning other awards as well. Last year it was named Auto Express ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’ and ‘Car of the Year’ by Next Green Car. The Hyundai Kona Electric is the latest electrified model from the carmaker joining the Ioniq in their already impressive line-up.
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.
If you think the SUV segment couldn’t get any better, just wait for the New York Auto Show as you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The all-new stylishly ‘boxy’ Hyundai Styx will make its debut this year joining the Kona, Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe and the Palisade in the already impressive global line-up.
It comes as no surprise as the next generation of Hyundai’s top-selling hatchback has been spotted. That’s right, the new Hyundai Grand i10 was seen during a test run near the company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai.
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.
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.
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.