Hyundai will join rivals in offering an all-electric car, the first from the company, come 2016, having previously focused the brand's eco-friendly attentions on fuel-cell models. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai, has pushed the group's electric car message in what Senior VP Lee Ki-sang describes as a "dividing" of roles so far. That division, however, is due to change, even though EV sales in Korea are miniscule.
Automaker Hyundai Motor Group has teamed with SoundHound to bring a new music service into some of its 2014 model year Hyundai and Kia cars. SoundHound is a sound search firm that offers tech for an embedded music search and discovery system. The partnership will integrate SoundHound directly into the head unit of the car.
Hyundai has revealed the new 2015 Genesis, adding AWD and a head-up display, as well as a stiffer platform than a BMW 5-series, and integration with both Apple's Siri and Google Glass. The new car, which will hit US showrooms this spring, can use the Glass Blue Link app to allow drivers to remotely unlock and start the sedan, locate it in a parking lot, send points-of-interest to the dashboard navigation system, and track down the nearest gas station. Meanwhile, there's also support for the iPhone's "Eyes Free" mode using Siri to control things like Apple Maps, calls, messaging, and more.
Hyundai has announced that it is experimenting with remote accessibility features using wearable devices and its Blue Link technology. Hyundai says that Blue Link can give drivers access to features and information about the car via wearable devices like the Google Glass. Blue Link will be available starting on the all-new 2015 Genesis.
KIA Motors America has agreed to pay customers an average of $667 to every claimant in the class-action lawsuit over misreported fuel economy ratings. This lump-sum fuel expense reimbursement option is in addition to KIA's existing lifetime reimbursement program. The company announced the agreement today.
One of the technologies that several automakers have been working on as an alternative to traditional fossil-fueled vehicles is fuel cell technology. Hydrogen fuel cells are able to produce electricity to drive electric vehicles without producing emissions other than water. Hyundai has announced that it will be offering a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Tucson SUV in the spring of 2014.
Hyundai has announced the addition of another compact sporty version of the Veloster Turbo to its lineup. The car is called the Veloster Turbo R-Spec. The same 1.6L direct-injection turbocharged engine that other Veloster Turbo models use will power the car. The R-spec model will get some unique design cues.
If you watch the zombie TV series on AMC called The Walking Dead, you probably have noticed that Rick and his crew get around quite frequently in a Hyundai SUV. Hyundai has announced that it will be launching a limited edition version of the Tucson inspired by The Walking Dead graphic novel. This car is not going to have any barbed wire or swords on the wheels to kill zombies like the zombie survival machine show car.
Hyundai has announced another very interesting show car that will be on display at SEMA kicking off next month in Las Vegas. The car was created by Hyundai in conjunction with Fox Marketing Cars and is claimed to be the most powerful street-focused Veloster Turbo ever built. The vehicle features a huge number of upgraded performance parts.