Hyundai Motorsport has taken a dramatic victory in Rally Italia Sardegna, the seventh round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul stole a last gasp win with a sublime performance on the final morning.

The Belgian crew started the day with a 3.9-second deficit to leader M-Sport Ford’s Sébastien Ogier, but a perfect Sunday morning with four stage wins, including the Power Stage, allowed them to steadily catch and pass the Frenchman.

They took a memorable result by a mere 0.7-seconds after 313.46km of competitive Sardinian stages. In one of the closest finishes in WRC history, it actually matches the same minuscule gap by which Neuville beat Elfyn Evans in the 2017 edition of Rally Argentina.

The result is Hyundai Motorsport’s third win of the 2018 season and tenth in its WRC history. It marks the team’s second victory in Rally Italia Sardegna following Neuville’s triumph in 2016, and the fourth Sardinia event in succession where it has finished on the podium.

Sunday celebrations
Four stages were contested on Sunday morning with two runs through the 14.06km Cala Flumini and 6.96km coastal Sassari-Argentiera tests. There was no respite for any of the crews with tense battles throughout the field. While Neuville and Ogier battled it out at the front, Hayden Paddon was able to defend his fourth place from Mads Østberg with a solid Sunday, securing his best result of the season so far.

One-time rally leader Andreas Mikkelsen wrestled two consolatory driver points for finishing fourth in the nerve-wracking and competitive Power Stage.

With this victory, Hyundai Motorsport has extended its grip on the manufacturers’ championship with 212 points, an increased gap of 28 points to M-Sport Ford in second. Neuville’s five additional points for Power Stage success saw him take the maximum available for the weekend and increase his lead in the drivers’ classification to 27 points over Ogier.

Since its WRC debut in 2014, Hyundai Motorsport has now taken ten victories and a total of 40 individual podiums. As the 2018 season passes its halfway mark, the team now heads into the summer break with an opportunity to reflect on a hugely successful season-to-date.

Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Third win of 2018 season with six consecutive stage wins from SS15 to the SS20 Power stage
  • Increases drivers’ championship lead taking maximum 30 points on offer

Neuville said: “I can’t believe it! We knew we had to give it everything we had this morning, and it was a truly fantastic fight with Sébastien. The gap at the end was so small and we left absolutely nothing behind. We kept pushing as hard as we could without doing anything stupid. Battling against Séb is one of the most difficult things to do, so this is a precious victory. Nicolas and I send massive thanks to the whole Hyundai Motorsport team for giving us a great car this weekend. Without them we couldn’t have done this today. Starting first on the road on Friday put us at a disadvantage. The rain helped a bit but we never gave up and we can share in one of the finest wins of our career. Leading both championships heading into the break gives us all the motivation we need for the second half of the season.”

Crew Notes: Paddon/Marshall (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Fourth place represents crew’s best result of 2018 season so far
  • Highest finish in Sardinia since second place in 2015

Paddon said: “A difficult weekend for us, but a positive end to the rally for the team. We wanted more from this rally, but to take fourth place gives us important confidence for the coming events. Things didn’t really click from the first stages, and we weren’t able to replicate the positive feeling we had from shakedown. Still, it’s nice to finish this event for the first time in three years, and to score important points for the team in the manufacturers’ championship. We will look to build from here, and to try and take a few more risks. Congratulations to Thierry, Nicolas and the whole team for a fantastic victory.”

Crew Notes: Mikkelsen/Jæger (#4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Led rally on Friday morning before transmission trouble
  • Two consolation points for fourth place in the Power Stage

Mikkelsen said: “We gave it all we could in the Power Stage to try and salvage something from what has been a frustrating weekend. Since the last rally, we have found a much better feeling from inside the car but we haven’t had the results to match. On Friday morning, we could show the potential we have with some strong times and leading the rally. Unfortunately, the transmission problem ended our rally and we’ve spent the remaining stages just refining things and picking up useful information about the car on these tough gravel stages. It is all valuable learning but we leave Sardinia with a feeling of missed opportunity. We will regroup over the summer break and be ready for Finland. Finally, congratulations to Thierry and Nicolas on an outstanding win this weekend.”  

Sardinian success story

  • 11 stage wins for Hyundai Motorsport crews in Sardinia
  • Third victory of 2018 and tenth in team’s WRC history

Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: “I am completely delighted, as are all members of the team, with this incredible victory. It was truly a perfect win for Thierry and Nicolas. The battle with Ogier started on Saturday and the intensity of that only increased. I was on the edge of my seat all Sunday morning, and the Power Stage was a superb piece of entertainment for all fans. To take our third win of the season in such exhilarating style is the ideal way to head into the summer break. We have had a faultless operation all weekend, thanks to the hard work of our team on site and in Alzenau. Hayden and Seb have taken their best result of the season in fourth, while Andreas also picked up some points in the Power Stage. It was a memorable battle with Sébastien and M-Sport Ford which will undoubtedly go down in the WRC history books. We came here hoping to defend our lead of both championships but instead we have extended it – the perfect weekend!” 

Next rally

  • The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) heads into its summer break with the next round, Rally Finland, taking place from 26-29 July
  • Round 8 of the 2018 season will be the last of four consecutive gravel events before moving back onto tarmac

Final Overall Classification – Rally Italia Sardegna

1

T. Neuville

N. Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

3:29:18.7

2

S. Ogier

J. Ingrassia

Ford Fiesta WRC

+0.7

3

E. Lappi

J. Ferm

Toyota Yaris WRC

+1:56.3

4

H. Paddon

S. Marshall

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:55.2

5

M. Østberg

T. Eriksen

Citroën C3 WRC

+3:10.9

6

C. Breen

S. Martin

Citroën C3 WRC

+4:31.7

7

J.M. Latvala

M. Anttila

Toyota Yaris WRC

+11:22.1

8

O. Tänak

M. Järveoja

Toyota Yaris WRC

+12:38.2

9

J. Kopecky

P. Dresler

Škoda Fabia R5

+13:14.6

10

T. Suninen

M. Markkula

Ford Fiesta WRC

+15:30.4

Hyundai Motor elaborated on a step forward in its design philosophy with providing a more detailed blueprint for ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ by unveiling the HDC-2 ‘Grandmaster’ SUV concept at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show. Also announced was a new N Brand Global Strategy with line-up expansion.

HDC-2 Grandmaster concept: A step forward with the Hyundai Look

Having first introduced the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ direction with the HDC-1 ‘Le Fil Rouge’ concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Hyundai further explored and elaborated on the philosophy with its latest SUV concept vehicle, the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept.

The Le Fil Rouge sedan provided a clear direction for Hyundai’s design philosophy, while the new SUV concept vehicle further proved the versatility of this design language that will be portrayed in future Hyundai vehicles, opening up new possibilities for an even wider spectrum of attractive designs.

“Today we showcased the HDC-2 concept vehicle as a blueprint for our evolved design strategy,” said SangYup Lee, Vice President and head of Hyundai styling. “Making a big step forward in terms of design with the Hyundai Look strategy, we will move towards becoming a brand that customers can really relate to emotionally. Moving on from being a brand that provides a great value, we will aspire to also become a brand that is widely beloved by our customers.”

Following the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ concept, the HDC-2 Grandmaster model reinterprets Hyundai’s design DNA, and is designed through harmonization of four key elements – proportion, architecture, styling and technology – thereby bringing emotional value and desirability.

The concept name of Grandmaster is derived from the game of chess. While the world’s finest chess champion is called the grandmaster, the concept vehicle is named to indicate that just as the sum of all chess pieces completes the game of chess, all forthcoming Hyundai vehicles will come to form a harmonious vehicle line-up demonstrating the Hyundai Look while each maintains distinctive character and role.

The beauty is further enhanced by the architecture and styling. The new approach of this ‘Light Architecture’ creates a perfect silhouette to the front and the rear, not to mention its technological innovation, which couples spectacular design with a comfortable experience for drivers and passengers.

The design elements of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ will be applied to Hyundai’s upcoming sedan and SUV models.

N Brand Global Strategy

Hyundai will further diversify its N Brand Product Portfolio including High Performance N models, N Line Vehicles with new design and performance enhancing elements and N Option, customisation parts by N, which will be available for the entire Hyundai line-up.

Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and head of the High Performance Vehicle & Motorsport Division, said “I am thrilled to share our vision for the Brand today with you. We will continue to diversify our products and tailor them to the unique needs and experiences of each customer, so that every Hyundai vehicle provides a fun-to-drive experience throughout everyday life.”

Hyundai’s N brand Global Strategy aims to provide a ground-breaking experience for drivers. Hyundai’s N line-up is based on the company’s philosophy of providing high performance driving technology and an exciting driving experience reminiscent of motorsports, granting dynamic feeling and sensation to everyday drivers.

The market response to the first N Model, ‘the i30 N’, has been so positive that the company is even considering increasing the production volume.

Elaborating on the high performance division, Schemera said “Our motorsports vehicles will spearhead the N Brand at the apex of the brand’s hierarchy. Not to mention that the valuable experience and technology derived from our success in motorsports will cascade down to all the future N products.”

Hyundai is pleased to announce an expanded and upgraded model line-up for the popular iLoad commercial van and iMax people mover.

A refreshed family look introduces modern styling enhancements to the range, while new comfort and luxury features are available for the first time in the newly introduced iMax Elite model.

Refreshed exterior design
The front of the 2019 iLoad and iMax receives the biggest change in the model’s lifecycle, featuring a flowing black bar grille with a chrome lip surround tying into the new headlight design and surrounding. The bold new grille design is further enhanced on the iMax Elite with chrome bar inserts. While a newly designed front bumper incorporates fog lamps on the iMax.

New convenience features
For the first time the iLoad and iMax range offers a two-dimensional steering column enabling drivers to adjust the steering wheel’s position in both height and depth. The range also receives a new instrument cluster design with trip computer, updated 7” touch screen multimedia system and refreshed cloth interior.

The newly introduced iMax Elite brings luxury features such as beige leather appointed interior, dual sunroofs and heated front seats (also ventilated on the driver’s seat) to the range for the first time.

2019 iMax range
Combined with new styling enhancements, the iMax line-up has been restructured to offer more choice, more luxury, and more value. The Active model represents the best value iMax ever, while luxury items are now being offered for the first time with the new Elite model. iMax is now exclusively available with an automatic transmission as standard.

The 2019 iMax range upgrades include:

  • New grille design with chrome lip surround
  • Enhanced Projector beam headlamps with automatic dusk sensing
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated side indicators
  • New design instrument cluster with trip computer
  • Updated 7” touch screen multimedia system (first featured on Kona) with 6 speakers

New for 2019 iMax Elite model features:

  • Full beige leather appointed interior
  • Two-tone colour dashboard layout
  • New 17” alloy wheel design (with full size alloy spare)
  • Electro-chromatic rear view mirror
  • Chrome bar grille inserts
  • Heated drive and front passenger seats
  • Ventilated driver’s seat
  • Dual sunroofs

2019 iLoad range 

For 2019 iLoad also receives a host of styling and feature upgrades, while maintaining the current body style and drivetrain availability.

The 2019 iLoad range upgrades include:

  • New grille design with chrome lip surround
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • New design instrument cluster with trip computer
  • Updated 7” touch screen multimedia system (first featured on Kona)

Hyundai is pleased to announce an expanded model line-up and upgraded features across the award-winning i30 range.

The revised line-up builds on this success by offering more features and more choices for customers, including the introduction of a SmartSense safety option pack on Go and Active models. In addition the 2.0L GDi petrol is now available on Elite & Premium models, as well as other specification upgrades across the range.

Updated i30 Range

2.0L GDi Petrol Engine (Elite & Premium models)
Increasing the appeal of the i30 range, powertrain options for Elite & Premium models have now been expanded to include the 120kW 2.0L GDi petrol engine paired exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

7-Speaker Infinity™ Premium Audio System (SR Premium & Premium models)
New to the i30 range, the 7-speaker Infinity premium audio system utilises an external amplifier and delivers a fuller frequency response, accurate bass reproduction, and distortion-free system performance at higher listening volumes.

Leather Appointed Steering Wheel & Gear Knob (Active model)
The addition of a leather appointed steering wheel & gear knob adds a premium 
touch to the value-packed i30 Active model.

SmartSense Pack (optional on Go & Active models)
Through the introduction of the SmartSense pack, automatic & DCT variants of the i30 Go & Active can now be optioned with advanced driver assist technologies. Priced at $1,750 the pack also includes several luxury features to further enhance its value proposition.

SmartSense pack includes:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster
  • Rear cooling/heating vents
  • Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters
  • Chrome insert front grille

Pricing

Engine

Transmission

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

2.0 GDi

6 speed manual

$19,990

$21,090

-

-

-

-

6 speed automatic

$22,290

$23,390

-

-

$27,790

$32,790

1.6 CRDi

6 speed manual

$22,490

$23,590

-

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

$24,990

$26,090

-

-

$30,490

$35,490

1.6 T-GDi

6 speed manual

-

-

$25,990

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

-

-

$28,990

$34,490

-

-

Option Pricing

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

Metallic/mica paint

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

Beige interior

-

-

-

-

$295

$295

Panoramic sunroof

-

-

$2,000

-

$2,000

-

SmartSense pack

$1,750

$1,750

-

-

-

-

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Hyundai iCare

With Hyundai iCare, the joy of buying a Hyundai will stretch well beyond the showroom. This leading customer care program offers a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including; Lifetime Service Plan, 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty, complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles, 1,500km complimentary first service, a dedicated Customer Care Centre, and myHyundai – an exclusive owner website. When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years, a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan (for satellite navigation equipped i30 models), and more.

i30 Lifetime Service Plan pricing

Engine

Recommended service interval

12 mths

24 mths

36 mths

48 mths

60 mths

2.0 GDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$259

$259

$259

$359

$259

1.6 CRDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$299

$299

$299

$409

$299

1.6 T-GDi

km

10k

20k

30k

40k

50k

Cost (incl. GST)

$269

$269

$269

$309

$269

Updated i30 Range Specification Overview
Specification updates from the previous i30 range are highlighted in green in the tables below:

i30 Go

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications:

   

7 airbags

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

16” steel wheels

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Front & rear power windows;
- driver’s one touch auto down

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

8” touchscreen radio system

Hyundai Auto Link

Auto dusk sensing headlights

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

New option: SmartSense pack

Full size spare wheel

Bluetooth connectivity

(Automatic/DCT models only)

Rear view camera

Cruise control

 

i30 Active

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Go:

   

Rear park assist system

Power folding exterior mirrors with

New: Leather appointed

16” alloy wheels

LED side repeaters

steering wheel and gear knob

8” satellite navigation system

Rear seat centre fold-down armrest with cup holders

New option: SmartSense pack (Automatic/DCT models only)

DAB+ digital radio

   

SmartSense pack – Go & Active models (Automatic/DCT models only)

- Autonomous Emergency Braking

- Front grille – chrome insert

- Blind Spot Detection

- Deluxe centre console

- Driver Attention Alert

- Electronic Parking Brake

- Lane Keeping Assist System

- Rear cooling vents

- Rear Cross Traffic Alert

- 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster

- Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go

- Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters

i30 Elite

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

One touch automatic up/down windows

New: Satin chrome side moulding

17” alloy wheels

Rain sensor

Option: Beige interior

Leather appointed interior

Smart key & push button start

Option: Panoramic sunroof

Dual zone climate control

   

i30 Premium

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Elite:

   

Front park assist system

Sun visor extensions

Luggage power outlet

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Heated and ventilated front seats

Solar control glass

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

LED headlights & front indicators

New: LED tail lights

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium  audio

Option: Beige interior

i30 SR (DCT)

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi engine (150kW)

Sports leather appointed interior;

Smart key & push button start

Dual exhaust tips

- Black headlining

LED tail lights

- Red trim inserts, stitching & piping

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

Temporary space saver spare wheel

Multi-link rear suspension

Sports front seats

Rain sensor

18” alloy wheels

Alloy pedals

Dual zone climate control

Option: Panoramic sunroof

   

i30 SR Premium

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above SR:

   

Front park assist system

Heated and ventilated front seats

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Luggage power outlet

Satin chrome side moulding

One touch auto up/down windows

Solar control glass

LED headlights and front indicators

Temporary space saver spare wheel

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium audio

Sun visor extensions

 

 

 

Hyundai i30 N TCR customer teams lead the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) points after a spectacular performance across the opening three races of the brand new championship at the Race of Morocco (7-8 April). With two wins from the weekend, as well as the five points on offer for taking pole position from Sunday’s qualifying session, BRC Racing Team driver Gabriele Tarquini leads the championship.

Having already taken victory in Saturday’s historic first race around the Marrakech street circuit Tarquini led four i30 N TCR to lock-out the front two rows of the grid in the weekend’s second qualifying session, with his BRC teammate Norbert Michelisz and the pair of Yvan Muller Racing cars lining up behind him. After a battling Race 2, where their stellar one-lap pace put them at the back of a reversed top-ten, the Hyundai-running teams returned to the front for the finale.

Tarquini led from lights to flag to earn his way onto the top step of the podium ahead of the two YMR entered drivers, led by Team Manager Yvan Muller. Unaffected by the brake issues that dogged rival manufacturers thought the weekend, despite the series’ Balance of Performance regulations making the i30 N TCR one of the heaviest cars on the grid, the teams hold a handsome lead in the standings.

Gabriele Tarquini said about his historic win: “The Hyundai i30 N TCR was fantastic, fast and reliable, and kept a great pace all weekend. BRC Team impeccably coped with every situation. I’m over the moon and hope the dream continues”.

Norbert Michelisz explains: “It was a pretty unlucky weekend, but I still managed to get important scores for the general ranking. We have 27 races ahead and nothing is lost. I’m very motivated for the next event, my home race at Hungaroring”.

BRC Racing Team CEO Massimiliano Fissore commented: “The Marrakech weekend was very positive for BRC Racing Team. We proved to have a good team, excellent drivers and the Hyundai i30 N TCR was extremely competitive. These factors make us optimistic for the season ahead, and we believe we have all the parts to be among those challenging for the victory all year”.

Double 1-2 from Pirelli World Challenge debut

The sensational debut on the world stage completed an incredible few weeks for i30 N TCR customers. Opening the Pirelli World Challenge season at the Circuit of the Americas (March 24-25) in Texas, Bryan Herta Autosport dominated the first event for the TCR category in the championship. Drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis swept the front row in qualifying for the Hyundai America backed team – beginning their first season in touring cars - and then went on to take 1-2 results in both races, with each man taking a victory in a perfect start to their campaign.

TCR class podium on first Nordschleife run

The same weekend a pair of Hyundai N entered i30 N TCR took on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the first round of the VLN championship. Despite being left facing the wrong way at the very first corner of the four-hour race Tarquini and Korean driver Jae Kyun Kim fought back to finish third in a very competitive TCR class on the incredibly demanding 25km circuit. The experienced pairing of Nicola Larini and Manuel Lauck also fought back after problems early in the running, after Larini slid off track on oil dropped by a competitor and damaged the right-rear corner against the barrier. The team was able to repair the car, returning the pairing to the action for a sixth placed finish in class.

Young driver shows i30 N TCR pace in TCR UK

With Lewis Kent and his Essex & Kent Motorsport team the i30 N TCR was part of the first weekend of the TCR UK championship at Silverstone (March 31-April 1). One of the youngest drivers in the series Kent qualified a very impressive fourth fastest in mixed conditions. Unfortunately, a minor issue during race day kept him from converting his pace into a deserved result. However, his pace on a single lap gave a signal of intent for his first season in the TCR category.

Hyundai Motorsport has completed a challenging weekend on the tarmac terrain of Tour de Corse, the fourth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season, with a podium finish as Thierry Neuville secured third place.

The team saw all three of its Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars inside the top-seven with Dani Sordo in fourth and Andreas Mikkelsen in seventh overall after a demanding event.

Sunday’s itinerary included the monster 55.17km Vero – Sarrola – Carcopino stage, followed by the 16.25km Power Stage around the former prison at Coti-Chiavari. It was another tough day on the Corsican tarmac for the three crews who have struggled for pace and performance on the tight and twisty stages this weekend.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul were focused on securing third place on the final morning but ran into difficulty on the long opening stage, damaging their rear-left wheel. An undiagnosed engine-related issue prevented them from pushing in the Power Stage, but the Belgians were still able to confirm their third consecutive Corsican podium.

With manufacturer points awarded for the two highest placed crews in a team, Hyundai Motorsport continues to lead the championship with a reduced four-point advantage over the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.

WRC Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Belgians claim second podium finish of 2018
  • Neuville retains second in drivers’ championship with 17-point gap to Ogier

Neuville said: “It’s good to finish on the podium but there has been a bit of frustration over the weekend. We haven’t been able to match the times of the front-runners, even if we tried really hard. We have to be content with the results we have achieved, securing a podium and important points for the manufacturers’ championship. In general, I am pleased with the final result but in terms of outright performance we were just not on the pace this weekend.”

WRC Crew Notes: Sordo/Del Barrio (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Fourth place for the Spaniards moves Sordo to eighth in drivers’ table
  • 12 points scored for the manufacturers’ championship

Sordo said: “Our end result is not too bad considering the disappointing weekend we have had in Corsica. We have just not been able to find the speed and performance needed to tackle these roads. It was a similar story on Sunday; we have pushed as hard as we can but the times have not been there. Still, fourth place gives us important points for the championship so that’s something positive we can take away. Now we need to work together as a team to get more speed on tarmac for later in the season.”

WRC Crew Notes: Mikkelsen/Jæger (#4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)

  • Mikkelsen battles to seventh overall and holds fourth in drivers’ championship
  • Norwegians will seek to find more tarmac experience with Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

Mikkelsen said: Absolutely not the result we wanted and a very difficult weekend overall. We made some more set-up changes for Sunday morning’s two stages but unfortunately we couldn’t find the breakthrough that we needed. It has been a challenging rally but we know that we have to do to gain more experience with this car on tarmac. We need more mileage to understand where we can find more performance from ourselves and from the car. We have some time before the next asphalt event in Germany, so we have to put in lots of effort to make the improvements we need. That’s the homework we are taking from this weekend.”

Tough at the top
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: Starting with the positives, we have registered our fourth individual podium result of the season with Thierry in third place. With Dani able to finish one place behind, we have added some important championship points, helping us to retain our lead. It’s still incredibly close, as I think it will continue to be all season. We can’t afford to have difficult weekends like this too often, so we will have to regroup and work harder to improve our performance on tarmac. It wasn’t a trouble-free final morning, unfortunately, with Thierry experiencing issues on the Power Stage with only three cylinders. We have to investigate this to understand what caused it. There are lots of lessons for us to learn from this rally.”     

Next Rally

  • Rally Argentina takes place from April 26-29, returning to the scene of a memorable Hyundai Motorsport win from 2017
  • The 18-stage gravel event will be the fifth rally of the 13-round WRC season


Final Overall Classification - Tour de Corse

1

S. Ogier

J. Ingrassia

Ford Fiesta WRC

3:26:52.7

2

O. Tänak

M. Järveoja

Toyota Yaris WRC

+36.1

3

T. Neuville

N. Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+1:07.5

4

D. Sordo

C. del Barrio

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:02.6

5

E. Evans

P. Mills

Ford Fiesta WRC

+2:06.1

6

E. Lappi

J. Ferm

Toyota Yaris WRC

+2:33.5

7

A. Mikkelsen

A. Jæger

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

+2:43.4

8

J. Kopecky

P. Dresler

Škoda Fabia R5

+10:34.8

9

K. Meeke

P. Nagle

Citroën C3 WRC

+10:40.5

10

Y. Bonato

B. Boulloud

Citroën C3 R5

+12:26.0

Hyundai’s stunning new i30 N is charging into Australia’s performance hatch segment, marking the start of an exciting new era for the company. The newcomer, the latest member of the multiple award-winning i30 family, is the first model from the Hyundai ‘N’ Performance Division and arrives boasting exhilarating performance at an affordable price.

In Australia, the i30 N will be offered in a single 202kW ‘Performance’ model (equivalent to i30 N ‘Performance Package’ vehicles sold globally) with prices starting at $39,990 MLP. While being fully equipped as a driver’s car, i30 N can be further personalised with two available option packs, the Luxury Pack ($3,000) and the Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof ($5,000). Full details are given below.

“This is a car of passion, a true enthusiast’s car that will win fans for the way it looks, drives and sounds,” said HMCA Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee. “We are extremely excited to be able to finally launch this, the first product from Hyundai’s ‘N’ performance division.

“It is a car that makes a strong case against all its rivals in sheer performance terms and its $39,990 MLP makes that case even more compelling,” Lee added. Setting i30 N apart from its rivals is Hyundai’s willingness to embrace the car’s motorsport enthusiast origins with the standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty also covering track use (for non-competition events).

The car also benefits from local suspension development and hot weather testing which was carried out on prototype cars over the past 15 months.

“Australia’s extreme climate, unique roads and challenging driving conditions became a focal point of global pre-production testing,” said Andrew Tuitahi, Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Senior Product Planning Manager. “Hot weather durability testing was carried out in Australia over the summer of 2016-17 as part of i30 N’s global development programme, with a number of mechanical and electronic systems verified. This is a car that is very familiar with our country already.”

Standard i30 N features include an active variable exhaust system, electronically-controlled adaptive suspension, and an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential. It also has a launch control function. Overboost lifts torque output to 378Nm at full throttle for up to 18 seconds.

Styling enhancements include 19” alloy wheels fitted with specially developed Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres and an aerodynamically-functional full body kit. The sports theme is carried over to the interior, which includes sports front seats, a leather-appointed steering wheel, alloy sports pedals, N race computer and instrument panel-mounted shift lights.

i30 N: In Detail

EXHILARATING DRIVING FOR EVERYONE

The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car under the N line up. Built on the New Generation i30 platform, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track. It was born at Hyundai Motor Company’s global R&D Centre in Namyang, Korea and honed on “The Green Hell”, Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe, one of the world’s most challenging race circuits and home to Hyundai’s Test Centre.

This car is Hyundai’s answer to customers demanding uncompromising innovation and technology-driven performance in an affordable daily driver that can easily turn its hand to high performance road driving and a hard day at the race track.

Honed for Cornering

The i30 N loves corners. Its performance-tuned independent suspension, with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear, underscores its abilities. New i30 N uses bespoke, high-performance, low-profile (235/35) 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres for maximum cornering grip and a rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering unit for enhanced driver feel and feedback (the standard i30 has a column-mounted unit).

The i30 N sits 8mm lower than the car on which it is based and has Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) that dynamically, and independently, manages front and rear body-roll, as well as pitch and dive, to enhance vehicle response and deliver the best possible cornering performance. Suspension can be adjusted by the driver using the 8-inch touchscreen, with settings across a wide range, from comfort-oriented daily driving to high-intensity track work.

New i30 N’s Electronically controlled mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) not only ensures maximum power is delivered to the road but also increases cornering speeds by up to five per cent. The new i30 N also features an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system with optional ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport+’ modes. Sport mode allows drivers to explore their abilities with a wider safety net, while Sport+ deactivates ESC altogether and allows for left foot braking.

Everyday Sports Car

The i30 N is an everyday sports car suitable for comfortable commuting on weekdays and track day performances at the weekend. By offering a great variety of customisation options, the i30 N is a well-balanced hatchback, offering performance and practicality. There are five drive modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel.

The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), exhaust sound, steering feel and rev-matching.

The driver can use the rev-matching button on the steering wheel to turn rev-matching on or off, a function which automatically blips the throttle when shifting from a higher to a lower gear, matching engine speed to road speed, and helping to stabilise the car under braking, while the car’s Launch Control helps to launch the car as easily as possible by controlling engine speed and increasing boost pressure prior to launch.

The N car’s powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 202kW at 6,000rpm and 353Nm from 1,450rpm to 4,700rpm. It also has a turbocharger overboost function, lifting maximum torque to 378Nm from 1,750rpm to 4,200rpm for up to 18 seconds. The powerplant offers direct response with a linear power delivery.

Drive is via the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission which has been strengthened and fitted with carbon fibre synchromesh rings to reduce shift effort and make gear changes smoother and faster.

Track Ready: No Options Required

Durability and race track performance were key elements in i30 N’s development, with cars undergoing over 10,000 kilometres of testing on the Nürburgring Nordschliefe race circuit. i30 Ns have also twice competed in the grueling ADAC 24-hour, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, on the famous German circuit.

The brakes have been developed to withstand plenty of punishment, with an extra cooling function through the front bumper air intakes. The car features a strong clutch, while the precise six-speed manual transmission has short travel to enhance fast shifting. The already-stiff body has been made even more rigid with additional chassis bracing and a removable body-stiffening bar which fits discreetly behind the rear seats.

Anyone taking an i30 N out for the day can have full confidence in the car’s performance and endurance.

AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT

To provide Australian customers with the best possible product, the i30 N has had its chassis tuned to suit our challenging local conditions.

“Australia’s pot-holed and speed hump-riddled urban centres, along with our constantly bumpy and patchy mountain roads, proved challenging during our pre-production testing,” said Andrew Tuitahi, HMCA’s Senior Product Planning Manager and lead test driver. Our counterparts in Korea and Germany endowed i30 N with incredible dynamic ability and a playful character that very clearly positioned it as a class-leading hot hatch. We fully supported the plan to have one global state of tune, a tune that was forged on the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and surrounding roads, but Australia’s unique conditions forced us to reconsider that position.

“The goal was to introduce a little more suppleness into the way the car moves, to better cope with jagged pot-holes, square edges, and continuous rolling bumps, while retaining the car’s core character,” said Tuitahi. “It is softer than the European tune, has a little more body roll, but maintains absolute control in all conditions. Across three separate tuning sessions – two based out of our Nürburgring Technical Centre, and one here in Australia – we designed, built and tested eleven different front dampers and nine rear dampers. They’re also complemented by a bespoke Australian logic tune for the electronic control.”

“The suspension setup for Australian-delivered i30 Ns has been verified on the Green Hell and approved. We’re very proud of the final product. It is a testament to the abilities of our global engineering teams and proves that the fun nature of i30 N has been engineered into the car from the ground up,” Tuitahi said.

DESIGNED FOR THE PURSUIT OF PERFORMANCE

The i30 N is fully focused on performance and sports a number of unique aerodynamic design elements, including aggressively-styled front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a large rear spoiler, all working in harmony with the timeless design of the new PD i30. With form following function, N designers worked closely with aerodynamic specialists to find the right balance between downforce, drag and cooling.

The lowered ride height – 8mm lower than the standard i30 – and new aerodynamic features combine to give i30 N a strong stance and sporty silhouette, at the same time enhancing on-road balance and high performance race track capabilities.

Exterior Design

The i30 N features larger wheel arch openings to accommodate the new 19-inch alloy wheels and low-profile sports tyres. The ‘N’ logo is engraved in each wheel rim and is also present on the striking red brake calipers that clamp the big, ventilated brake rotors – 345mm diameter front, 314mm diameter rear – as well as on the Cascading Grille and side skirts.

At the front, the i30 N’s aggressive appearance is enhanced by black headlamp bezels. Air inlets are fitted on either side of the bumper to not only enhance brake cooling and aid aerodynamics but also as the focal point for the horizontal LED daytime running lights positioned above.

Additional air curtains are mounted behind the Cascading Grille and add to the car’s performance by enhancing airflow and reducing wind turbulence in the wheel housings, while increasing engine cooling at the same time. The front splitter and rear spoiler work to create performance-enhancing downforce while giving excellent aero balance. Dual exhaust openings also underline the car’s eye-catching looks.

At the rear, the triangular high-mounted brake light completes the car’s signature look.

Interior Design

The interior is focused on connecting the driver with the car at all touch points.

The exclusive “N” steering wheel ensures that the driver is in control of all performance functions directly by hand. On the left side of the steering wheel, drivers can use a blue switch to select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, the driver uses the blue chequered flag N button for N-mode or N Custom.

For better engine control during gear shifting, drivers can activate the rev-matching control system by using the dedicated ‘REV’ button on the right steering wheel spoke above the N button. The steering wheel design incorporates unique ‘N’ blue stitching and features an ‘N’ logo at the base of its vertical spoke. The gearshift boot also features unique blue stitching and the ball-shaped shift knob bears the ‘N’ badge.

The electronic instrument cluster is specifically designed for driving enthusiasts. The gear shift timing lights are positioned atop the instrument cluster, indicating when to shift gears for optimal driving performance. The redline of the variable LED rev-counter varies with the engine’s oil temperature.

The i30 N also features heavily bolstered, cloth-upholstered sports seats featuring blue stitching and the ‘N’ logo stamped on the back rest. Seats featuring suede inserts and leather bolsters are available with the optional Luxury pack.

N colour range

Hyundai’s i30 N comes in a range of six exterior colours, headlined by Performance Blue, which became part of Hyundai’s ‘N’ DNA when it was introduced to the World Rally Championship team’s i20 WRC cars in 2014. Other colours available are: Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. Colour enhancements include black side sills and gloss black exterior mirror shells.

Inside, high-quality materials and inserts painted in the N Dark Metal finish underline the car’s elegant character and amplify its motorsport character.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE FEATURES

When it comes to sharp performance and driving excitement, the i30 N is all about precision, safety, control and durability. Here are its key features:

Motor-Driven Power Steering system

The i30 N brings a new level of precision to its steering with a Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering System (R-MDPS) which gives the driver extra feel for the road and makes it instantly responsive at all speeds.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

The Electronic Stability Control System progressively stabilises the car during cornering manoeuvres and can be switched off completely to allow full exploitation of the chassis.

Launch Control

The i30 N’s Launch Control System manages engine torque, speed and turbo boost for standing start acceleration. Whilst in N Drive mode, with the ESC in Sport mode, the clutch disengaged and first gear selected, releasing the clutch on full throttle within five seconds launches the car cleanly and quickly.

Rev Matching

Rev Matching automatically adjusts engine speed and ‘blips’ the throttle when the driver downshifts. Different drive modes alter the aggression of the downshift ‘blips’ and this function can be altered independently in N Custom mode. The ‘REV’ button is easily accessible on the right side of the steering wheel to switch this function off and on as required.

Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS)

The Electronically Controlled Suspension allows the suspension to be adjusted by the driver to suit different driving conditions or handling preferences. It hones the suspension’s damping force, ride, handling and vehicle stability using a solenoid valve to guarantee immediate and precise damper control, with damping force adjusted up to 100 times a second.

Changing suspension modes alters the character and intent of the car through three distinct and very different phases: Normal, Sport and N. The two harder settings give a racier, more aggressive feel, with N mode especially suited to fast, smooth race tracks.

Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD)

The i30 N’s strong cornering ability is achieved using new performance features including an Electronically-Controlled Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD). The E-LSD allows the driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying varying torque loads to each one depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front wheel.

Wheel slip in damp or slippery conditions is reduced, and understeer while cornering is minimised. E-LSD also increases the car’s maximum cornering speed by up to five per cent.

Electronic Sound Generator (ESG)

To give i30 N’s occupants a true, high-performance experience, a sporty engine sound is produced by the Electronic Sound Generator, which is mounted in the bodywork at the base of the windscreen to add an extra acoustic element. No sound enhancement is emitted by the audio speakers.

Active Variable Exhaust System

Drivers are able to select different exhaust sounds of varying intensity and drama by actively controlling the exhaust valve. The sound varies according to the size of the valve opening and the twin-outlet active exhaust has several settings, allowing the noise to be increased incrementally from ‘normal’ to ‘impressively powerful’ to ‘hard-core’, with race track- inspired ‘crackle and pop’ in the ‘Sport+’ setting.

N Driving Mode System

State-of-the-art high performance technologies, which can be chosen individually by the driver, are the key features of Hyundai’s first ‘N’ model and combine to extract the car’s full handling potential, at the same time giving a smooth, controlled ride. The level of driver adjustability for chassis and drivetrain betters that seen in some supercars. This breadth of character lies at the core of the N car experience.

Drivers can choose between five individual driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom – all activated using two dedicated steering wheel-mounted buttons. The different modes change the car’s character by adjusting the car’s damper, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Limited Slip Differential, engine sound, engine response, steering and Rev Match parameters.

In N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each high-performance element to set the car up for driver preferences and road conditions. For example, for spirited driving on a favourite twisty road, the driver may prefer lighter ‘normal’ steering, and the softest possible suspension to absorb bumps, but combine this with full sharpness from the engine, aggressive diff and rev match settings and full ‘noise’ from the exhaust.

This kind of personally-tuned setting is easily programmable in N Custom mode, avoiding the pitfall of the car being ‘locked in’ to certain modes that are not customisable.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and continuously variable valve control. The engine develops 202kW and 353Nm (378Nm with overboost). Maximum speed is 250km/h and i30 N accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.

The six-speed manual transmission is mated to the Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), driving through the front wheels. The i30 N comes exclusively with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N brake calipers and large brake discs (345mm front and 314mm rear).

CONNECTED AND COMFORTABLE

The i30 N’s driving modes can be displayed on the 8-inch touchscreen with information on power output, torque and turbo boost. It also has built in lap time, G-force and acceleration timer functions. The specific N Mode screen menu has customisable settings for the engine, suspension, steering, differential, transmission, Rev Matching, exhaust sound and stability control.

In addition to the standard factory Satellite Navigation system, the i30 N has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a wireless inductive charging pad for mobile phones (Qi standard) on the Luxury Pack option.

SMART SENSE SAFETY PACKAGE

i30 N features the latest active safety systems, including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB): Operates in three stages using camera sensors. The first stage is a visual and audible driver warning. The second stage controls braking in accordance with the collision danger and the third stage applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage if a collision is unavoidable. (Note: pedestrian recognition is not currently available for i30 N)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA): Monitors driving patterns and detects reckless or fatigued driving to prevent potential accidents.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Senses the car’s position and alerts drivers to movements toward the lane edges at speeds above 60km/h with audible and visual warnings given before initiating steering corrections to guide the car

N: BORN IN NAMYANG, HONED ON THE NURBURGRING

i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car to use the ‘N’ name, which stands for both Namyang – the company’s Global R&D Centre in Korea where the idea was born – and the Nurburgring, home of Hyundai’s European Test Centre. The close connection between these two distant locations created the foundation for ‘N’, with the single goal to deliver cars with pure driving enjoyment.

Nürburgring Test Centre

The Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit, home to Hyundai Motor Company’s Nurburgring Test Centre, is 21 kilometres long and has 73 corners. The Hyundai test centre occupies 3,600 square metres and is operated by Hyundai Motor Europe to run accelerated durability testing at the Green Hell. Each car competes between 420 and 480 laps, simulating up to 180,000 kilometres of hard driving in just four weeks.

Namyang R&D Centre

Opened in 1995, the Namyang R&D facility – i30 N’s birth place – covers 3.3 million square metres of land and employs 13,000 researchers. It has design and engineering centres, an aero-acoustic wind tunnel and an environmental research centre. Powertrain and performance testing is also done there.

Namyang has 70 kilometres of test roads including a Belgian cobble-stone paved section and a 4.5-kilometre high speed track.

European production for i30 N

The new i30 N is built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing in Nosovice, Czech Republic. The plant opened in 2008, has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars and meets the highest quality standards. Its 3.3-kilometre open test track means every vehicle is tested for dynamic properties, noise and functions as soon as it leaves the production line. Vehicles also get a full underbody check for correct assembly.

i30 N: Pricing & Aftersales

Engine Transmission i30 N
2.0L Turbo-GDi 6 speed manual $39,990

Option Pricing  
Metallic / Mica Paint $495
Luxury Pack $3,000
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof $5,000

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

Lifetime Service Plan

The recommended service intervals are 12 months / 10,000 kilometres

Warranty

Standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, which also covers race track use for non-competition events, including the fitment of track orientated tyres.

i30 N: Specification Overview

i30 N Performance - Key Specifications  
N performance features SmartSense™ including;
- Active variable exhaust - Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Electronic Controlled Suspension - Driver Attention Alert
- Electronic sound generator - Forward Collision Warning
- Electro-mechanical LSD - Lane Keeping Assist System
- Launch control 7 airbags
- N Drive Mode System Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- N race computer Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Overboost function Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Performance brake package Auto dusk sensing headlights
- Rear stiffness bar Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Rev matching function Rear park assist system
N exterior styling enhancements Rear view camera
- 19” alloy wheels LED daytime running lights (DRL)
- Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres LED headlights and front indicators
- Front & rear bumpers LED side repeaters in mirrors
- Front grille LED tail lights
- Gloss black exterior mirrors Temporary space saver spare wheel
- Headlights 8” satellite navigation system
- Rear spoiler with brake light DAB+ digital radio
- Side skirts Apple CarPlay compatibility
N sports interior Android Auto compatibility
- Alloy sports pedals Bluetooth connectivity
- Black headlining Cruise control
- N Dark Metal painted trim inserts Dual zone climate control
- Performance Blue stitching Driver’s seat cushion extension
- Sports front seats Driver’s seat 4-way power lumbar
- Leather appointed steering wheel Height adjustable front seats
- 4.2” TFT colour Supervision cluster Tilt & telescopic steering column
Front & rear power windows; Luggage power outlet
- One touch auto up/down windows Rear seat centre fold-down armrest

Options Packs
Luxury Pack  
- Front park assist system - Front passenger seat cushion extension
- LED courtesy & puddle lights - Power front seats – 12-way
- Power folding exterior mirrors - Electro-chromatic interior mirror
- Rain sensing wipers - Heated front seats/steering wheel
- Solar control windscreen glass - Luggage net
- Driver’s seat memory system - Smart key & push button start
- Sport front seats with suede inserts and leather bolsters* - Wireless charging pad (Qi)
- Rear privacy glass
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof
- All Luxury Pack features - Panoramic glass sunroof

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has begun placement of the new IONIQ Hybrid to select fleet customers in Australia.

The new battery-electric hybrid vehicle, launched globally to critical acclaim in 2016, is now in service with Australian Red Cross, the South Australian Government and Northern Alliance Victoria. A total of 70 vehicles are now on the road (34 with Australian Red Cross, one with Australian Red Cross Blood Service, 28 with the South Australian Government and seven with Northern Alliance in Victoria) and these have covered many thousands of kilometres over the last two months.

The cars are proving popular with drivers and fleet managers alike. Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer Scott Grant said: “We had an opportunity to import a small number of IONIQ Hybrids in advance of the full launch mid-year, so we placed them with fleet customers to get real-world feedback about the cars’ performance and practicality.

“The fleet customers are leasing the cars at a special trial rate and so far the program is going extremely well. The car is well liked and is proving cost effective, reliable and comfortable to drive, with users averaging around 4.0l/100km in everyday urban driving. Feedback so far is very positive.”

All three IONIQ drivetrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric – will come to Australia later in the year and will be launched together. Pricing and full specification details will be announced closer to the launch date. The petrol-electric IONIQ Hybrid produces 104kW from its 1.6-litre engine and electric motor, matched with a useful total of 265Nm of torque. Its official combined fuel consumption is 3.2 l/100kms.

‘Already the IONIQ is proving to be cost efficient and the safety features are on par with what we’d expect from a higher cost vehicle,” Australian Red Cross fleet manager Greg McClure said. “Overall we’re getting about 3.5L/100km and we’ve recorded about 900km to a tank. For the staff and volunteers using these cars this means fewer trips to fill up and more time in the communities we serve.”

“We’re always trying to save costs, become more efficient and environmentally friendly, and having the latest technology for our fleet has been a great boost.’

“Hyundai Motor is already leading in future mobility solutions,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By launching our All-New Kona Electric, we are pushing our ambitious eco car strategy forward. It's a car of no compromise – combining an SUV body type with electric-mobility. It represents Hyundai’s progressive character. With Hyundai Motor, the future is now!”

Established SUV brand with a progressive mind set

The All-New Kona Electric is the latest addition to the successful family reinforcing the company’s leadership in the eco-car segment. It merges the strengths of SUV with the power of electric powertrains. Hyundai is the first automotive brand in Europe to make a fully-electric small SUV available to everyone. By already offering the broadest range of powertrains, Hyundai is at the forefront of eco-mobility. The company marketed the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell, and recently introduced its successor, the All-New NEXO. Additionally, the IONIQ is the first car available with three different electric powertrains in one body type. Winning several prestigious accolades from media and industry organisations, the IONIQ is one of the most awarded eco-cars in Europe. The success story of Hyundai’s SUV range began 17 years ago with the launch of the Santa Fe. Since 2001 Hyundai has sold more than 1.5 million units of Santa Fe, Grand Santa Fe, Tucson and All-New Kona in Europe. They all carry the dynamic, progressive style of Hyundai and make it an established brand in this still-growing segment.

A car of no compromise

The All-New Kona Electric enables customers to combine the two fastest growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style and carries the same expressive design and functionality of the regular Kona. The fully-electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who benefit from great fun-to-drive and the low environmental impact of a fully-electric car. The completely new platform of the Kona enables a space-saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the roominess.

The power of All-New Kona Electric

The All-New Kona Electric features two different powertrain versions, offering customers one of the most powerful electric motors. The long-range battery version provides driving range of up to 470km*, delivering a maximum output of 150kW. With a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh, the basic version drives up to 300km* on a single charge with the motor delivering 99 kW. With 395Nm of immediate torque and an acceleration of 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, the All-New Kona Electric provides a fun-to-drive experience.

Progressive design

The All-New Kona Electric adopts the expressive-looking and powerful front from the regular Kona. The key design differentiator is the closed grille which gives a clean and stylish appearance, while also enhancing aerodynamics. Another characteristic element of the front design is the Composite Light enhancing the visual impact, with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The Kona Electric’s two-tone roof and the choice of seven distinctive exterior colours underline the personal style of its driver.

Electric drive feeling

A special feature of the All-New Kona Electric is the shift-by-wire operation gear control which enables an intuitive operation of the electric powertrain. The adjustable regenerative braking system allows the driver to adjust the intensity of the regenerative braking by using the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. The system recuperates additional energy when possible. Drivers also benefit from the large seven-inch supervision cluster, which displays key information about the car’s driving performance and, in addition, the combiner head-up display shows relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight.

Connected and caring

The All-New Kona Electric offers a wide range of connectivity features, such as the infotainment system which integrates navigation, media and connectivity features, e.g. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well as Wireless Charging. The new eco-model in Hyundai’s line-up is equipped with the company’s latest active safety and driving assistance technologies, called SmartSense: Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.

Design

The All-New Kona Electric is the next SUV in Hyundai’s product line-up which links up with the new SUV family appearance while adding the progressive character to the small SUV segment. With this upcoming electric SUV, Hyundai is taking the next major step towards making advanced technology and modern design accessible to everyone.

Exterior Design

The All-New Kona Electric is characterised by its distinctive high-contrast fender cladding and the muscular surfaces atop a stable, wide stance. The key design elements at the front are the closed grille as well as the Composite Light. They create the car’s progressive appearance with LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. To enhance the progressive SUV look of the front, it features a distinctive lamp bezel and front bumper. Lateral air curtains at the front bumper enhance the aerodynamics by reducing turbulences in the wheel arch area.

The profile of the All-New Kona Electric reflects an eye-catching and agile character. The sleek profile with short rear overhangs and wing-type bumpers underline the forward motion of the car. The roof rack enhances the sleek roof line and supports the active lifestyle of customers, for example by mounting a roof carrier. To further enhance the refined character, the All-New Kona Electric features silver side sills, adding a slightly elegant touch to the sporty SUV.

The design theme of the front is picked up at the rear with the rear bumper and a lamp bezel on the slim LED rear lights. Wrap-around claddings with integrated indicator and reversing lights additionally emphasise the progressive design of the All-New Kona Electric. The rear spoiler features an integrated LED brake light. With the width of 1,800mm and low stance of 1,570mm (+20mm compared with the regular Kona), the All-New Kona Electric has a bold appearance on the road, further enhanced by the dedicated 17’’ alloy wheels. The car’s stance is further supported by its length of 4,180mm (+15mm compared with the regular Kona) and a wheelbase of 2,600mm.

The All-New Kona Electric is available with a two-tone roof, offering a wide variety of individual choices to match the customer’s style. Seven exterior colours in total can be combined with three roof colours for a total of 21 stylings. The roof and exterior mirrors can be chosen in Phantom Black, Dark Knight and Chalk White. The exterior colours are available in Chalk White, Dark Knight, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red, Acid Yellow and All-New Galactic Grey.

Interior Design

For the interior, customers can choose Black, available in woven, a combination of cloth and leather or pure leather. As an option, there is the three-tone Blue and Grey interior colour available with cloth and leather or leather. Most prominent is the dedicated centre console in the All-New Kona Electric, which combines all the buttons to facilitate operation of the car intuitively with the shift-by-wire gear control. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console.

The new high-resolution seven-inch supervision cluster displays the different gauges, such as the speedometer, battery charge level, energy flow and driving mode to the driver. Depending on the selected drive mode, background colour and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. In addition, the head-up display (HUD) projects the relevant driving information directly to the driver’s line of sight. This allows faster processing of information while keeping attention on the road ahead.

With a projected image size of eight inches at two metres distance and a luminance of more than 10,000 candela per square metre, the new head-up display guarantees optimal visibility in different light conditions. The angle and height of the head-up display can be adjusted to ensure ideal visibility for individual needs. Once activated via the button beside the steering wheel, the HUD deploys vertically and disappears into the dashboard when not in use. While driving, the HUD supports safe driving by displaying information, such as speed, navigation commands and fuel level as well as safety-related warnings from assistance systems, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function and Driver Attention Warning. Information about the audio mode and radio are also projected.

The All-New Kona Electric offers several features for maximum on-board comfort, such as the power front seats with 8-way electric adjustment for optimal seating positions for each front passenger. The driver benefits from an additional 2-way electric lumbar support system. Furthermore, the front seats have a 3-step ventilation and 3-step heating system for a convenient drive in different weather conditions. Another convenience feature for cold weather conditions is the optional heated steering wheel.

Plenty of space is offered to both passengers and luggage. The legroom in the first row is 1,054mm, while passengers in the back seat benefit from 850mm of legroom. The headroom accounts for 1,006mm in the front and 948mm in the rear. Luggage space totalling 332l, including storage of the charging cable (373l without), offers generous roominess, making it suitable for everyday needs.

Driving Performance

Driving the All-New Kona Electric is an uncompromising statement about a clean mobility – an objective Hyundai is highly committed to - by remaining true to oneself through driving a stylish, bold SUV. The choice of two different powertrains again strengthens the uncompromising character of the car. Hyundai decided to use a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for the All-New Kona Electric instead of conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity and excellent charge and discharge efficiency, along with outstanding maximum output.

Powertrains 

The All-New Electric offers pure e-mobility with two different powertrains. The long-range version with the 64kWh battery provides an electric range of up to 470km* and an energy consumption of 15.2kWh/100km (internal target under WLTP regulations). The electric motor delivers an output of 150kW, accelerating the All-New Kona Electric to 100kph in impressive 7.6 seconds.

With a battery capacity of 39.2kWh, the basic version drives you up to 300km* on a single charge with the motor delivering 99kW and an energy consumption as low as 14.8kWh/100km (internal target under WLTP regulations). Both powertrain versions deliver 395Nm of immediate torque, offering the driver of Kona Electric great fun-to-drive, having the full power available from the first second, providing a maximum speed of 167km/h.

The shift-by-wire gear control system enables operation of the car simply by pressing buttons to switch driving modes. It also eliminates the routing space required for housing the mechanical linkages between a normal shifter and the transmission, providing additional storage space in the front of the car.

The fully-electric small SUV made by Hyundai also features an electronic parking brake (EPB) at the command of the driver’s fingertips. Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes about 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger. With the 7.2kW on-board-charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 40 minutes for the long-range battery pack and 6 hours 10 minutes for the shorter-range battery pack. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located in the vehicle’s front next to the Hyundai logo.

Connect and Caring

To suit customer’s varied lifestyles, the All-New Kona Electric contains advanced connectivity and navigation features. To enhance seamless integration of the driver’s smartphone, making operation more intuitive and safe while driving, the car is equipped with the Display Audio system, which is available with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth connectivity. This way, users can control their music, telephone or navigation functions on the seven-inch capacitive colour LCD touchscreen, while remaining focused on the road.

The Display Audio system also includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines. Additionally, the seven-inch information screen is located in the centre of the instrument cluster between the two dials – a standard for Kona Electric. Customers also have the option to choose the eight-inch navigation system, offering the same connectivity features with Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth.

Wireless inductive charging

To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the All-New Kona Electric also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones. The phone’s charging status is visualised with a small indicator lamp above. To ensure that the phone will not be forgotten inside the car, the central display in the instrument cluster shows a reminder when switching off the car.

For further connection of devices, the All-New Kona Electric comes standard with a USB port and an AUX jack.

High-end sound system by Krell

Today’s customers like to listen to their favourite soundtrack in their car, for this reason the All-New Kona Electric offers a high-end sound system by audio manufacturer Krell, featuring eight speakers including two 20mm tweeters, four 160mm woofer speakers, one 100mm centre speaker and a 200mm subwoofer speaker. The eight-channel amplifier delivers 45W per channel to maximise the audio experience inside the car.

Hyundai SmartSense: Highest level of active safety

The All-New Kona Electric features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies, to comply with the highest European safety standards: Cruise Control - Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go function, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.

Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go

Using front radar sensors, Smart Adaptive Speed Control with Stop & Go keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking. If traffic comes to a halt, the Stop & Go system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear. If the vehicle stops for longer than three seconds, the driver has to activate the system again with the steering wheel controls or by briefly pressing the accelerator pedal. The system operates from 0 to 180 km/h.

Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

The All-New Kona Electric is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, braking automatically if required. Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger level, and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The system is activated when a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, operating at speeds of 8km/h or above.

Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) 

The Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keeping Assist alerts the driver in unsafe movements at over 60km/h by sensing the car’s position. The Lane Departure Warning System sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, grey and blue lines as well as cats eyes on the road, while the Lane Keep Assist warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

Lane Following Assist (LFA)

The system assists the driver to keep the centre of the lane by controlling the steering. It works from a standstill up to speeds of 150km/h on both highways and inter-urban roads.

Blind-Spot Detection (BSD)

Also using radar, the Blind-Spot Detection (BCD) monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators, an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to lane change situations in which a vehicle is detected.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Using the rear corner radar, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross traffic, RCCW alerts the driver visually and audibly.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) 

The Driver Attention Warning (DAW) raises safety and convenience to an entirely new level by continuously monitoring and analysing driving patterns through data inputs, such as the steering angle, steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane. When a pattern of fatigue/distraction is identified, DAW gets the driver’s attention with an audible alert and pop-up message suggesting a break.

Speed Limit Information Function

The Speed Limit Information Function uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to identify road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is displayed in both the navigation system display and the TFT cluster.

High Beam Assist

The headlamps are available with state-of-the-art LED technology, pairing daylight-like illumination with a long lifetime and significantly lower energy consumption than halogen lights. When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night, and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beam. The static cornering lights turns additional cornering lamps on and off according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.

Highest Passive Safety

The All-New Kona Electric benefits from superior rigidity through the application of high strength steel, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion, in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

Thanks to an enlarged area for the appliance of hot stamping and a ring-shaped cabin shell structure with ultra-high-strength steel, the safety zone has been enlarged for top crashworthiness. The multi load-pass structure of the cabin disperses energy in various directions in the event of a collision and reduces the impact.

Around the interior of the Kona Electric a total of six airbags are installed (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row, protecting both driver and passengers).

Note:

*CO2 emissions and fuel consumption based on internal targets under WLTP regulations.
All vehicle specifications and technical data relate to the European market.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) announces pricing and specifications for the i30 N, its first high-performance car. The i30 N will be offered in a single 202kW ‘Performance’ model (equivalent to i30 N ‘Performance Package’ vehicles sold globally) with prices starting at $39,990 MLP.

Customers will be able to choose their desired level of luxury via two available option packs. The i30 N marks a new era for Hyundai Motor – it is the first model to launch under the exciting N performance line and is a car built to deliver exhilarating driving pleasure for everyone. The car is now on sale, with first deliveries targeted for mid-April. To secure one of the first 300 cars arriving in April, customers should contact their local Hyundai dealer or fill out the online registration form.

Key specification and pricing details are given below.

“We’re confident in the i30 N," said HMCA Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee. "We’ve set the MLP at $39,990 to ensure there are no excuses! We encourage every genuine enthusiast in the hot hatch market to drive it and make their mind up based on the product’s merits. Given the way i30 N looks, sounds and drives, we believe it will make a compelling case against its strongest competitors, regardless of price."

“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package,” said Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division. “With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine. That’s why we measure high-performance in BPM, heart beats per minute instead of only RPM.”

Pricing

Pricing

Engine Transmission i30 N Performance
2.0L Turbo-GDi 6 speed manual $39,990

Option Pricing  
Metallic / Mica Paint $495
Luxury Pack $3,000
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof $5,000

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

Specification Overview

i30 N Performance - Key Specifications  
N performance features SmartSense™ including;
- Active variable exhaust - Auto. Emergency Braking – City
- Electronic Controlled Suspension - Driver Attention Alert
- Electronic sound generator - Forward Collision Warning
- Electro-mechanical LSD - Lane Keeping Assist System
- Launch control 7 airbags
- N Drive Mode System Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- N race computer Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Overboost function Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Performance brake package Auto dusk sensing headlights
- Rear stiffness bar Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Rev matching function Rear park assist system
N exterior styling Rear view camera
- 19” alloy wheels LED daytime running lights (DRL)
- Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres LED headlights and front indicators
- Front & rear bumpers LED side repeaters in mirrors
- Front grille LED tail lights
- Gloss black exterior mirrors Temporary space saver spare wheel
- Headlights 8” satellite navigation system
- Rear spoiler with brake light DAB+ digital radio
- Side skirts Apple CarPlay compatibility
N sports interior Android Auto compatibility
- Alloy sports pedals Bluetooth connectivity
- Black headlining Cruise control
- N Dark Metal painted trim inserts Dual zone climate control
- Performance Blue stitching Driver’s seat cushion extension
- Sports front seats Driver’s seat 4-way power lumbar
- Leather appointed steering wheel Height adjustable front seats
- 4.2” TFT colour Supervision cluster Tilt & telescopic steering column
Front & rear power windows; Luggage power outlet
- One touch auto up/down windows Rear seat centre fold-down armrest

 

Options Packs
Luxury Pack  
- Front park assist system - Front passenger seat cushion extension
- LED courtesy & puddle lights - Power front seats – 12-way
- Power folding exterior mirrors - Electro-chromatic interior mirror
- Rain sensing wipers - Heated front seats/steering wheel
- Solar control windscreen glass - Luggage net
- Driver’s seat memory system - Smart key & push button start
- Sport front seats with suede inserts and leather bolsters* - Wireless charging pad (Qi)
- Rear privacy glass
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof
- All Luxury Pack features - Panoramic glass sunroof

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.