Hyundai i20 World Rally Championship, i30 Elantra and ix35 fuel cell at Paris Motor Show

Korean automakers, Hyundai have announced their plan to return to World Rally Championships for which they have released their new vehicle based on the i20 hatchback. At the ongoing Paris Motor Show, Hyundai revealed this rally car and is also coming up with an efficient, in-house rally team in Europe as we speak. Apart from the i20 WRC, Hyundai also revealed the i30 3 door Elantra GT and ix35 fuel cell, which according to their Executive VP, Seung-Tack Kim, is the crown jewel. He also adds that Hyundai describes itself in three words, Simple, Creative and Caring.

Talking about the new i20 WRC, massive spoilers and other aerodynamic accents will make the i20 WRC well in tune to tackle the rigors of a modern day rallying car. The i20 concept is similar in design to the Elantra GT and is a three door hatchback. It will possess a turbocharged engine producing 300 bhp mated to a fully sequential gearbox driving power to all four wheels.

The vehicle has undergone various engineering updates so as to acclimatize the vehicle to tackling various types of terrain and challenging weather conditions while competing for the WRC which is looked upon as one of the most grueling motorsport competitions. The road going Hyundai i20 is loaded with class leading features and comforts and is a hot selling hatchback in the smaller car segment.

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Hyundai reveals three world premieres at Paris Motor Show

Three-door model extends i30 family
Rally-ready i20 unveiled for first time
ix35 Fuel Cell ready for public & private fleets

Offenbach, 27 September 2012 – Hyundai has revealed three world premieres at the Paris Motor Show: its latest Europe-focused production car, the New Generation i30 three-door; its all-new motorsport contender, the rally-ready i20; and the ix35 Fuel Cell, ready for lease by public and private fleets. These new vehicles demonstrate the brand’s commitment to providing high quality innovation in Europenow, and in the future.

The New Generation i30 three-door extends the broad appeal of Hyundai’s ‘made for Europe’ C-segment range to an even wider audience, thanks to its new, more dynamic styling. Designed and engineered alongside its five-door and wagon siblings at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre inGermany, the newcomer is the first Europe-focused three-door C-segment car from Hyundai. New design touches are visible from every angle, including new front and rear fog lamps, a new-look mesh grille, a sharply-raked beltline and a sportier rear. The three-door retains the same high levels of quality and equipment, along with the clean and efficient powertrains as the rest of the New Generation i30 family.

Hyundai’s rally-ready i20 model highlights the brand’s dynamism and performance pedigree. As with previous participation in the WRC series with the Accent, the rally-ready i20 is equipped to meet the rigorous FIA specifications required to compete in today’s WRC competition and heralds a return to motorsport for Hyundai.

Showing Hyundai’s commitment to a clean and sustainable future, the production-ready ix35 Fuel Cell debuts at the show. Benefiting from a visual make-over and technical upgrades, including a 24 kW lithium-polymer battery and 100 kW fuel stack, it has a range of 588 km. Hyundai will begin series production of ix35 Fuel Cell December this year with fleet deliveries beginning in 2013.

Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented, “The Paris Motor Show is one of the major events on the European automotive calendar, so it is fitting that we have chosen this event to premier three major new vehicles from Hyundai. Each demonstrates an important element of the Hyundai brand, and together they reaffirm our commitment toEuropeand its citizens – both today and in the future.”

“New Generation i30 three-door is the newest member of our truly European i30 family. With the rally-ready i20, we are prepared to take on the most technologically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer, proving our engineering excellence and helping to inspire future road-going models. Finally, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a clear demonstration of Hyundai’s commitment to a sustainable future which embraces viable, zero-emission powertrains,” he concluded.

The Paris Motor Show takes place from the 29th September to the 14th October. Hyundai’s booth is located in Hall 3, aisle D, stand number 417.

Hyundai provides Zero-Emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell ix35 to Municipality of Copenhagen

15 vehicles to be delivered in spring 2013
Toward a carbon-free Danish capital by 2025

Offenbach, 27 September 2012 – Hyundai Motor Co. is leasing 15 zero-emissions hydrogen-powered ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the Municipality of Copenhagen, supporting the Danish capital in its efforts to become carbon-free by 2025.

Hyundai and Copenhagen are a perfect fit for this deal, the first of its kind for the automaker. Hyundai is acknowledged as an industry leader in fuel cell technology and eco-friendly cars. Denmark is one of the world’s leading countries in the use of renewable energy. The deployment of the ix35 Fuel Cell in Copenhagen’s municipal fleet is a win-win for both parties.

“We are very proud that The Municipality of Copenhagen has chosen us as the supplier of hydrogen vehicles. We consider it as evidence that the municipality is aware of Hyundai’s leadership in eco-friendly vehicles,” said Niels Rønnebech, Managing Director of Hyundai Denmark. “The municipality deserves high praise for leading the way in helping to develop new technology.”

Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell is powered by hydrogen and is a true zero-emissions vehicle. A fuel cell stack of Hyundai’s design converts the hydrogen into electricity to turn the car’s motor. The vehicle’s only emission is water. The ix35 Fuel Cell is a powerful partner for public and private fleets that want to eliminate carbon emissions and a strong statement of their efforts to fight climate change.

The ix35 Fuel Cell has the drivability of the conventional car and the durability to stand the rigors of daily use in public and private fleets. It requires only a few minutes to fill up, has a top speed of 160 km/h and a range that is nearly equal to its petrol-powered cousin.

Hyundai chose its popular ix35 CUV as the first vehicle for its fuel cell commercialization. The ix35 is a best-seller in Europeand among the first vehicles to display Hyundai’s award-winning Fluidic Sculpture design identity. The ix35 is popular with families and businesses, thanks to its driver-friendly performance and five-passenger seating.

Hyundai has spent 14 years and significant expense in research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Denmark has a well-developed hydrogen infrastructure, making it the perfect starting point for fleet rollout of Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell. The ix35 Fuel Cell is well-acquainted with the Danish climate, with two test cars having logged 45,000 km on Danish roads in recent years.

Hyundai’s fuel cell programme was launched in 1998 with a roadmap targeting commercialization of fuel cell vehicles by the end of 2012 and consumer sales by 2015.

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong Koo has made the fuel cell programme a top priority for the company, leading its efforts to produce eco-friendly mobility solutions and be a responsible corporate citizen.

Hyundai is First to launch Series Production of Zero-Emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
  • Up to 1,000 ix35 Fuel Cells on the road through 2015
  • Cutting-edge proof of Hyundai’s commitment to eco-friendly mobility
  • Public, private fleets targeted

Offenbach, 27 September 2012 – Hyundai Motor Co. announced today that it will begin series production of its hydrogen ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle for public and private lease by the end of 2012, becoming the first global automaker to begin commercial rollout of zero-emissions vehicles.

In December 2012, Hyundai will begin production of the ix35 Fuel Cell at its Ulsan manufacturing facility in Korea, with a target of building up to 1,000 vehicles by 2015.

Hyundai has already signed contracts with cities in Denmark and Sweden to lease the ix35 Fuel Cell to municipal fleets.

Beyond 2015, Hyundai plans limited mass production of the ix35 Fuel Cell, with a goal of 10,000 units.

“The ix35 Fuel Cell is the pinnacle of Hyundai’s advanced engineering and our most powerful commitment to be the industry leader in eco-friendly mobility,” said Vice Chairman Woong Chul Yang, head of Hyundai R&D. “Zero-emissions cars are no longer a dream. Our ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle is here today, and ready for commercial use.”

Built with proprietary technology, Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell is powered by hydrogen. A fuel cell stack converts the hydrogen into electricity, which turns the vehicle’s motor. The only emission generated by the ix35 Fuel Cell is water.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is the halo vehicle in Hyundai’s Blue Drive sub-brand, the badge worn by Hyundai’s cleanest vehicles, including Sonata Hybrid, i20 Blue Drive and BlueOn, Hyundai’s battery-powered i10.

As governments around the world step up regulations to reduce carbon output and fossil fuel dependency, zero-emissions mobility solutions such as Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell will become a driving force of change. The ix35 Fuel Cell aligns with the 2009 agreement by the European Union’s G8 countries to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulations.

Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell boasts drivability and performance similar to that of the petrol ix35. The ix35 Fuel Cell can be filled with hydrogen in only a few minutes. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds, has a top speed of 160 km/h and can travel 588 kilometres without refuelling.

Hyundai chose its popular ix35 (also known as Tucson in some markets) as the first vehicle for its fuel cell technology. The ix35 is Hyundai’s second-best-selling car in Europe, behind only i30, and was one of the first to display Hyundai’s award-winning Fluidic Sculpture design identity. The ix35 is popular with families and businesses, thanks to its driver-friendly performance and five-passenger seating.

Hyundai is encouraged by the actions of several governments, especially in Europe, that have created detailed roadmaps for building a hydrogen infrastructure and are providing necessary funds. Hydrogen fuelling stations exist in several European nations and additional ones are being built and planned. Expansion of fuelling stations is also anticipated in Korea and California, and Hyundai will supply its ix35 Fuel Cell to public and private fleets there, as well.

As a true zero-emissions vehicle, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is a powerful partner for public and private fleets that want to eliminate carbon emissions. It is a strong and highly visible statement of their efforts to fight climate change.

Because hydrogen can be produced in numerous ways, and because of limited vehicle demand, the cost of fuelling a hydrogen vehicle is set artificially rather than by the marketplace. Currently, the cost in Europe is roughly equivalent to 10 euros/100 km of driving range. A fully-charged ix35 Fuel Cell takes about 5.6 kg of hydrogen and can travel 588 km, meaning a fill-up costs about 56 euros.

Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell is currently participating in the European Hydrogen Road Tour, organized by the European demonstration programme, H2moves. The Road Tour is a multi-city, pan-European display of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology, which has stopped in Paris during the motor show. Members of the media and the public are welcome to drive the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell at the Road Tour display.

Test versions of the ix35 Fuel Cell have already received both acclaim and significant day-to-day use. The ix35 Fuel Cell was selected as a test-drive vehicle for members of the European Parliament in 2011. Hyundai fuel cells and ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles provided power and transportation for the 2012 Yeosu Expo in Korea.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is the result of 14 years and several hundred million euros of research by hundreds of engineers at Hyundai’s fuel cell R&D centre in Mabuk, Korea. The car has logged more than 2 million miles of road tests in real-world conditions in Europe, Korea and the U.S.

In early 2012, a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell set a range record for hydrogen cars by driving from Oslo to Monaco using only existing fuelling stations.

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Mong Koo Chung has made the fuel cell programme a top priority for the company, leading its efforts to produce eco-friendly mobility solutions and be a responsible corporate citizen.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell
Vehicle The ix35 Fuel Cell is not only the most advanced eco-friendly vehicle produced by Hyundai, it is a working vehicle ready to stand the rigors of daily use in public and private fleets.

From a driver and passenger viewpoint, the ix35 Fuel Cell is barely distinguishable from its conventionally powered cousin. The only difference drivers are likely to notice is the absence of engine noise, thanks to the ix35 Fuel Cell’s whisper-quiet electric induction motor.

Hyundai’s downsizing of its proprietary fuel cell stack enables the ix35 Fuel Cell to accommodate five passengers with comfort. A fill-up at a hydrogen fuelling station takes only a few minutes – just like the petrol-powered ix35. With a range of 588 kilometres, the ix35 Fuel Cell eliminates “range anxiety” often associated with alternative-fuel vehicles.

The big difference that drivers – and the environment – will notice is what comes out of the ix35 Fuel Cell’s tailpipe: nothing but water.

The new Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell has received an exterior makeover, with a new grille and other design touches that distinguish it from its predecessor test vehicles.

Inside, the ix35 Fuel Cell has been seriously upgraded. The fuel economy and range have been improved by 10 percent over the previous-generation model. Internal systems have been additionally modularized so the ix35 Fuel Cell can be easily manufactured on a conventional assembly line at Hyundai’s Ulsan facility.

Most importantly for motorists, the new ix35 Fuel Cell has been tuned for the demanding preferences of European drivers, with improved handling and driving dynamics.

Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell has unique operating features that set it apart from its competitors.

Unlike other fuel cell vehicles that use compressed air to supply oxygen to the fuel cell stack, Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell uses ambient air. This reduces parasitic loss in the oxygen supply, raising fuel efficiency and reducing power consumption by 50 percent. For passengers, the elimination of an air compressor reduces noise inside the cabin.

In addition to the fuel cell stack, the ix35 Fuel Cell uses the same lithium-polymer battery found in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. A kinetic energy regeneration system charges the battery when the driver applies the brakes or drives downhill.

The ix35 Fuel Cell is equipped with stop/start technology, which shuts down the fuel cell stack and relies on battery power only when the vehicle is idling, minimizing energy loss in city driving.

In sum, the ix35 Fuel Cell combines all of the drivability, styling and features of Hyundai’s popular ix35 and adds a powerful bonus: zero emissions.

The Hyundai Fuel Cell Programme
Hyundai’s fuel cell programme is based at its Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea, about 45 minutes south of Seoul. The centre represents the leading edge of Hyundai’s eco-friendly power train research.

The energy-saving LEED-certified research centre has its own hydrogen fuelling station and manufactures its fuel cell stacks in-house.

The programme was launched in 1998 with a roadmap targeting series production of fuel cell vehicles by the end of 2012 and consumer sales by 2015.

“The mission of the Mabuk research centre is to create commercially viable, zero-emissions vehicles,” said Dr Tae Won Lim, Managing Director of fuel cell R&D. “The ix35 Fuel Cell achieves that goal, providing a clear choice for public and private fleets.”

The ix35 Fuel Cell Specifications

Length 4,410 mm
Width 1,820 mm
Height 1,655 mm
Driving range on one fill-up 588 km
Vehicle efficiency 0.96 kgH2/100km
Top speed 160 km/h (100 mph)
Acceleration, 0 to 100 km/h 12.5 seconds
Fuel cell output power 100 kW
Energy storage system Battery, 24 kW
Fuel Hydrogen (700 bar, 5.6 kg)
Exhaust gas Water vapour

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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