HYBRID POWER POINTS TO ZERO EMISSIONS

With a dim start to electrification of the automobile Down Under, due considerably to the snail-pace roll-out of charging infrastructure to keep up, many car manufacturers have doubled down on petrol / electric hybrid models. Latest switch-on is Hyundai with its new Kona SUV range consisting initially of internal combustion engine vehicles and totally electric powered variants. The small sports utility hybrid vehicle makes use of a 1.6 litre petrol engine and 6 speed dual clutch transmission with a 1.32 kwh battery pack and electric motor, designed to deliver a… Read more

FUTURISTIC HYUNDAI STARIA IS A REAL HEADER-TURNER

Both come with a strikingly futuristic look with a steeply sloping front with a wide body-coloured radiator grille flanked by low-set LED headlights and a full-width horizontal LED strip above comprising a centre lamp and daytime running lights. Comparisons have been drawn to the now-defunct Space Shuttle. Both Staria models are engineered from the ground up on a dedicated platform shared with the Santa Fe. We’ll cover the Staria Load in another review and focus on the people mover here STYLING While it may polarise opinions, the Staria certainly has… Read more

CURTAIN UP ON QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST

  History has taken its time. But now the South Korean luxury car arm of Hyundai / Kia has put its foot on the accelerator, upgrading the GV60 electric sports utility vehicle just months after its debut Down Under. For the first time Genesis Connected Services gives access to a new level of safety and security conveniently through a smartphone, or embedded vehicle self-help, while on-air software gives owners wireless remote system updates. To add to this, Face Connect and Fingerprint Start lets users into the GV60 using facial recognition,… Read more

IONIQ CONCEPT PREVIEWS EV HI-PO CATALOGUE

Hyundai has unveiled a concept constructed with prototype N Performance Parts. The Ioniq 5 N NPX1 previews an array of enhancements by N Performance Parts that will be available for purchase by customers in the near future. Continuing from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, such as i30 Sedan N, i30 N and i20 N, Hyundai N plans to offer specialised tuning components for all-electric N models including the Ioniq 5 N. It features a carbon front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, rear wing spoiler, lightweight hybrid carbon wheels, high-performance brake… Read more

KONA N REFLECTS THE HYUNDAI FUTURE

There’s nothing new about ‘influencers’, that cohort of ‘pretty’ girls and boys who lead youngsters by their credit cards to so-called desirable dressing. For years automobile manufacturers have used ‘futurists’ to try to predict what the car buyer will want in four years’ time – the average development period for a new vehicle. With EVs and hybrids rapidly accelerating up the sales charts the new Hyundai Kona, including petrol powered-only models, has been designed to look like an electric vehicle – no radiator grille – the maker claiming this is… Read more

NEW-LOOK TUCSON ON THE WAY

It’s two decades since Hyundai Tucson entered an emerging SUV segment. In that time, it has gone on to evolve into a global bestseller. Now a new-look Tucson is on the way. It’s the first update for the car since the launch of the fourth-generation Tucson in 2020. Due to make its European debut in early-2024 it will arrive here midway through the year and will include a hybrid variant for the first time. A more dynamic appearance is said to embody the company’s progressive vision for future mobility although… Read more

IONIQ 6 UPGRADE ADDS VALUE AND EFFICIENCY

Hyundai Australia is now accepting orders for the upgraded version of its Ioniq 6 fully- electric sports sedan, with delivery planned for the first quarter of next year. The current Ioniq 6 arrived here earlier this year to join its sibling, the Ioniq 5 crossover SUV, in Hyundai’s electric vehicle sub-brand range. As before the 2024 Ioniq 6 comes with a choice of three variants but with a new entry-level model, just called Ioniq 6, replacing the previous mid-spec Techniq and joining the continuing Dynamiq and Epiq models. The addition… Read more

NEW SLEEK AND SPORTY SONATA NOW ON SALE

When the first Hyundai Sonata sedan arrived here in 1989 it was a conservatively-styled and affordable family-sized alternative to vehicles such as Toyota Camry, Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Mitsubishi Magna. All but the Camry soon to become casualties of the looming local factory closures. Now in its eighth generation the Sonata has progressively morphed from those relatively bland beginnings into a sleek and sporty four-door coupe. The latest upgrade to the Genn 8 Sonata has now arrived here and it takes the styling to the next level with looks… Read more

NEW NAMES, EXTRA FEATURES FOR 2024 HYUNDAI PALISADE

Hyundai Australia has released details of its MY2024 flagship Palisade seven-seat SUV including a name change for its high-spec variant as well as additional standard features. Launched here in 2020, and upgraded in 2022, Palisade is the largest model in Hyundai’s SUV range. At a smidgeon under five metres, it’s around the same size and price as competitors such as Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-90 and Kia Sorento. The previous Highlander name for the top-grade Palisade has now been replaced with the Calligraphy and a higher-spec Black Ink variant – no… Read more

ET ‘MIGHTY’ JUST WORK

Hyundai’s Mighty electric truck, that’s right the Mighty one is finally on sale – priced from $150,000 plus on-roads. Mighty will be offered initially in cab-chassis form only, with a factory alloy tray available as an option – or customers can fit their own. The tray measures 4200mm long and 2353mm wide and is offered as a ready-to-go solution for customers looking for a versatile, zero emissions truck. A Pantech version will follow and a tipper is under consideration. The 6140mm long electric truck has a 3300mm wheelbase and can… Read more