Hyundai Intrado is more than just another fuel cell concept

March 5, 2014 at 1:35 am

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Hyundai Intrado Concept

Hyundai says the Intrado is “relevant to consumers” and is “far more than a styling exercise.”

Just because it’s packing a futuristic powertrain doesn’t mean that the new Hyundai Intrado concept isn’t a preview of a crossover we’ll be seeing on the road in the near future. After all, the hydrogen CUV unveiled today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is from Hyundai, which is just about to launch the hydrogen-powered Tuscon fuel cell in the US later this spring. The accompanying press release even says the concept is “relevant to consumers.” If that’s not a hint, we don’t know what is.

Intrado apparently means the underside of an airplane wing, and the CUV that bears the inscription tries to lift off with a sleek, lightweight and aerodynamic body that Hyundai says, is “far more than a styling exercise” and the focus “inside and out is on meeting the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles.” That means the interior is as uncluttered as the shiny outside, with lots of carbon fiber accents. Thanks to a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell stack and a 36 kW li-ion battery, the Intrado has a range of around 375 miles.

As if we needed another hint that the Intrado is previewing a production vehicle, we’ll leave you with a statement from Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Namyang R&D Centre, who said the Intrado is, “a vision of how eco-friendly cars will deliver delight to our customers.” Feel free to read more in the press release below.

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Does this Hyundai Intrado concept preview the next Tucson?

February 22, 2014 at 1:38 am

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Hyundai Intrado Concept

The second generation of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language has arrived a bit early, thanks to these leaked images of the Korean automaker’s Intrado Concept. Set to make its big debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the three-door crossover is based on a next-generation version of the hydrogen powertrain used in Europe’s ix35 Fuel Cell (that’d be a hydrogen Tucson, for anyone who’s wondering).

We can see some 2015 Genesis Sedan in the grille, but the sharp, narrow LED headlights are something different. The c-shaped LED taillights also look good, although we’re less sure about the odd fairings around the wheel wells. Overall, it’s not a terrible design in our minds, but it probably won’t be the pretties vehicle to debut in Geneva.

But instead of focusing on the design, let’s talk about what impact the Intrado may have on Hyundai. Aside from the hydrogen powertrain, it seems as if the Intrado’s design is too conservative to be a pure concept. Instead, and as you may have guessed from our headline, we’re thinking this could be a preview of the next-generation Tucson. Considering the Tucson and its cousin the ix35 are the oldest vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup (not counting the Sonata, which is getting replaced at the New York show) and it’s a vehicle sold worldwide, previewing its replacement on a stage as big as Geneva doesn’t strike us as a bad idea.

What we can say for certain is that we should expect to know a lot more about the Intrado when it debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – if not sooner. Have a look up top at the four images of the latest concept from Hyundai and let us know what you think in Comments.

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Hyundai previews Intrado fuel-cell crossover concept

December 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

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Hyundai intrado HED-9 teaser

We may still be several months off from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it’s apparently not too early for Hyundai to give us a glimpse at what to expect when the Palexpo’s doors open in March.

Called Intrado, Hyundai’s new concept car takes the form of a high-riding crossover with styling that takes its cues from the Korean automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Designed and engineered in Germany, the concept bears the codename HED-9, a giveaway that it’s the ninth concept from Hyundai Europe Design. Inspiration is said to have been drawn from aircraft, with a lightweight form and a name borrowed from the underside of an airplane’s wing.

Hyundai isn’t saying much more, revealing only the teaser rendering above. But it has indicated that the Intrado concept packs a new hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that’s both smaller and lighter than the one powering the existing ix35 Fuel Cell, which (last we heard) Hyundai was hoping to bring Stateside as part of its Tuscon lineup by 2014 with a $499/month lease.

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Hyundai Tucson ‘The Walking Dead’ special edition is real and wants braaaiiinnnnss

November 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

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The Walking Dead with Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson  - The Walking Dead special editionHyundai’s association with The Walking Dead is, for a lot of fans, limited to the spearmint-green Tucson that Rick, Darryl, Maggie and Herschel drive around on AMC’s hit show. But the tie-up with the series extends beyond that, going right into the graphic novels that inspired the TV show.

In celebration of 10 years of Robert Kirkman’s series of comics, Hyundai has built special edition Tucson that, unlike its previous zombie survival cars, is going to see production. “The Walking Dead” Special Edition Tucson uses the same 2.4-liter engine found in the standard CUV, with 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In fact, this car is largely similar to your everyday Tucson, at least in terms of equipment.

It does add a few things which might be handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse, though. A Zombie Survival Kit, which Hyundai describes as a “Walking Dead 72-hour survivalist’s backpack, a necessary item for any zombie ‘prepper,’” is included, as are body decals for all four of the comic book’s factions and a special splash screen on the navigation system. The exterior is finished in Ash Black and sports red accents, along with special edition badges. A cross-railed roof rack and mudguards round out the interior enhancements.

No word on pricing, availability timeframe or word of how many examples Hyundai will build. Unfortunately, Hyundai didn’t have the special edition on display at its stand at the LA Show – the less-than-flattering nighttime shots (inset, right) are from their off-site event – and studio shots aren’t available yet, but we’ll be sure to share them when they become available. In the mean time, you can check out the official press release by scrolling below.

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2014 Ram 1500 named Truck of Texas, Chrysler Cleans Up at Truck Rodeo

October 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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2014 Ram 1500 Diesel

Trucks are king in Texas, so the annual Truck of Texas awarded by the Texas Auto Writers Association gives automakers big bragging rights. This year’s Texas Truck Rodeo featured 63 trucks, crossover and SUVs, and the 2014 Ram 1500 took home the prestigious Truck of Texas, giving the pickup back-to-back wins for this award. The good news didn’t stop there for Chrysler Group, as Ram, Dodge and Jeep dominated most other categories, accounting for 15 of the possible 24 awards.

Ram also was named the Truck Line of Texas winning seven individual awards – including Best Powertrain with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, Best Technology with the new Heavy Duty rear coil suspension and Best Commercial Vehicle with the 2014 Ram Promaster. The Jeep Grand Cherokee won two individual awards to be named the SUV of Texas, while the Hyundai Santa Fe was named the Crossover of Texas, and Nissan picked up three awards, too. Scroll down for the full list of categories and winners.

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2014 Hyundai Tucson gets DI engines, styling tweaks, priced from $21,450*

October 3, 2013 at 1:33 am

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2014 Hyundai Tucson

Despite being overhauled for the 2010 model year, not much attention has been paid to the Hyundai Tucson crossover in recent times. But when its overseas twin, the ix35, received modest updates at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, we knew it’d only be a matter of time before the US-spec model was blessed with similar tweaks. So, without further ado, meet the ever-so-slightly enhanced 2014 Tucson.

The most significant mid-cycle change is found under the Tucson’s hood, where two new direct-injected four-cylinder powerplants are found. On the base end, there’s a brand new 2.0-liter “Nu” inline-four, good for 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. These numbers represent a loss of one measly horsepower, but five more foot-pounds of torque. Nothing significant here, and fuel economy is only slightly better – 23/29 miles per gallon city/highway versus the 22/29 rating of the 2013 model. Uplevel Tucson models use a revamped 2.4-liter engine, also featuring direct injection, which produces 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque – gains of six hp and nine lb-ft, respectively. That said, fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive, automatic transmission model has actually suffered some – 2013′s rating of 21/30/25 mpg (city/highway/combined) has fallen slightly to 21/28/24. Both front- and all-wheel drive are available on all trim levels.

As far as visual enhancements go, the 2014 Tucson now uses projector-beam halogen headlamps up front and LED taillamps out back, and redesigned 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted, depending on trim level. Inside, two new cabin colors are available – beige and brown – the navigation system has been enhanced with a choice of two touchscreen interfaces, and there are now two-stage reclining rear seats.

If we’re honest, nothing in this list of updates ought to cause any sleepless nights for modern classmates like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and upcoming Nissan Rogue. That said, Hyundai does offer very attractive pricing, with the base Tucson GLS starting at $21,450 (*not including $855 for destination) and the loaded Limited AWD coming in at just $27,700. The refreshed 2014 Tucson arrives at dealerships this fall. Scroll down for the complete details in Hyundai’s press blast.

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Pebble Beach Concept Car Lawn boasts an embarrassment of riches

August 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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Pebble Beach Concept Car Lawn

The Concept Lawn at Pebble Beach has again improved the phrase, “a gathering of exotics.” Even if we’ve seen most of them before in other places, where else in the world would you see them not just in one place, but right next to one another in a space about as big as a suburban back yard?

Although its design prominently displays a number of its supercar inspirations, the Icona Vulcano puts them together so well that few would complain. It didn’t swim alone in the deep end of the exotic pool, joined by the Aston Martin CC100 and Lamborghini Veneno concepts, and the absurdly absurd Laraki Motors Epitome.

Slightly closer to Earth hovered the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, Jaguar Project 7, Superleggera Disco Volante Touring, Galpin Ford coachbuilt GTR1, the and the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept. Projects that were signposts to production cars included the Acura NSX, Lincoln MKC and Mercedes-Benz GLA concepts, and out back behind The Lodge, a Porsche 918 Sypder with its roof on.

The road-car ranks were no less Spyker B6 Venator Spyder concept, a concept in name only, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, an SRT Viper GTS refusing to be intimidated, the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a 1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV, Saleen George Follmer Edition Mustang and a Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans Limited Edition parked next to one of its forebears, a Bentley 4-1/2-Litre Supercharged.

Incredibly, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend edition dedicated to Jean-Pierre Wimille didn’t make the party. You can check out those who did attend in the high-res gallery above.

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Hyundai, Kia recall 270,000 cold-weather state vehicles over rust

August 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

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2006 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has announced plans to recall 240,000 Sonata and Azera models registered in the northern United States over corrosion caused by the use of road salt. Exposure to the salt can cause rust to form (we know, basic chemistry here), and that the corrosion can change the alignment of the rear wheels, according to Reuters.

Sonatas from the 2006 to 2010 model years, built between March 1, 2005 and January 21, 2010, and Azeras from the 2006 to 2011 model years, built between September 27, 2005 and November 22, 2010, are covered only if they were registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, DC. So basically, every state from the Midwest, to the central Atlantic coast, to New England. It is unclear exactly how many Sonatas or Azeras make up the 240,000 total number.

Hyundai is also recalling 20,300 of its 2013 Santa Fe Sports, while sister company Kia is recalling 9,345 2014 Sorentos. This second recall only covers Santa Fe Sport and Sorento models with the base, 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive. Apparently, the front axle driveshaft can develop cracks and separate.

No injuries, accidents or fatalities have been reported due to these recalls. As of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not issued an official recall notice, so it’s not clear when the recall campaign will begin.

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Hyundai celebrates selling one-millionth Santa Fe

August 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

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Hyundai produces one-milionth Santa Fe crossover.

Hyundai celebrated a milestone yesterday when it sold the one-millionth Santa Fe crossover, which was the Korean automaker’s first-and-only SUV when it was introduced in 2000. Hyundai credits the Santa Fe as being a key factor to the company’s growth and success in the US, but it didn’t describe the one-millionth Santa Fe or say where it was sold.

Before Hyundai introduced the crossover, which has been offered in short- and long-wheelbase versions from the start, it was primarily known for making inexpensive economy cars. Today the majority of Santa Fes are produced at its factory in West Point, Georgia, though they were previously made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Today the Alabama plant makes Sonata and Elantra sedans. Hyundai says it will produce nearly 500,000 vehicles in the US this year, and will sell a total of 700,000 vehicles here.

Check out the press release below, for more details.

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Hyundai celebrates selling one-millionth Santa Fe

August 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

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Hyundai produces one-milionth Santa Fe crossover.

Hyundai celebrated a milestone yesterday when it sold the one-millionth Santa Fe crossover, which was the Korean automaker’s first-and-only SUV when it was introduced in 2000. Hyundai credits the Santa Fe as being a key factor to the company’s growth and success in the US, but it didn’t describe the one-millionth Santa Fe or say where it was sold.

Before Hyundai introduced the crossover, which has been offered in short- and long-wheelbase versions from the start, it was primarily known for making inexpensive economy cars. Today the majority of Santa Fes are produced at its factory in West Point, Georgia, though they were previously made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Today the Alabama plant makes Sonata and Elantra sedans. Hyundai says it will produce nearly 500,000 vehicles in the US this year, and will sell a total of 700,000 vehicles here.

Check out the press release below, for more details.

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