Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada & Hyundai Canada announce Youth of the Year

Source: NewsWire

National initiative will provide a platform to amplify youth leadership and advocacy

TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2020 /CNW/ – Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, in partnership with Hyundai Canada, is thrilled to announce a national Youth of the Year initiative that celebrates youth leadership and achievement at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country.

“Young people are actively building our collective future. Across the world, we have seen young community leaders raise their voices about issues that impact all of us,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “We are grateful to Hyundai Canada for helping us create a platform that gives young leaders at Boys and Girls Clubs an opportunity to represent young Canadians, to advocate for issues that matter to kids and teens, and to give back to their communities.”

Beginning in September, Club youth ages 15 – 18 can apply for Youth of the Year by submitting a written essay and video that showcases their achievements, service, and leadership to their Club, their school, and their community. Applications will close in November and six Regional Youth of the Year will be selected in February by a judging panel. After participating in leadership training sessions, including public speaking, media training, and networking, the six Regional Youth of the Year will then be asked to complete a second submission. The second round of judging will determine one final winner, who will serve as Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s National Youth of the Year.

In addition to leadership training, the six Regional Youth of the Year will each be awarded a personal laptop and a $2,000 scholarship to apply to their post-secondary education, while the National Youth of the Year winner will be awarded an additional $8,000 scholarship. The Boys and Girls Club of each winner will also receive funding towards youth leadership programming.

“The future of our communities relies on the strength, creativity and dedication of the next generation’s leaders. It’s important for us to empower and support them in achieving their goals,” says Don Romano, President & CEO, Hyundai Canada. “We’re proud to partner with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada on this incredible program and help young people recognize and achieve their leadership potential.”

Both Regional Youth of the Year and the National Youth of the Year will make a two-year commitment to serve as ambassadors for Boys and Girls Clubs on a local and national level, which will include both digital and in-person participation in speaking engagements, media interviews, and networking opportunities.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Community-based services. Positive relationships. Life-changing programs. As Canada’s largest child- and youth-serving charitable organization, Boys and Girls Clubs provide vital programs and services to over 200,000 young people in 775 communities across Canada. During critical out-of-school hours, our Clubs help young people discover who they are, what they can do, and how they can get there. Our trained staff and volunteers give them the tools to realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, mental health, leadership, and more. Since 1900, Boys and Girls Clubs have opened their doors to children, youth, and families in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities. If a young person needs it, our Clubs provide it. 

Hyundai Canada Offers Discount for Health Workers

Source: The News Wheel

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Hyundai Canada is offering a major discount to first responders and health care workers

Canada’s first responders and health care employees have made enormous sacrifices and endured serious risks during their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hyundai Canada recently instituted a discount program to thank these workers.

Hyundai Canada is now giving eligible health employees exclusive dealer invoice pricing when they buy, finance, or lease a Hyundai vehicle. This discount can also be paired with other offers.

Paramedics, firefighters, hospital staff, long-term care workers, corrections officers, and others on the front lines of pandemic response are among those who qualify for the discount.

The dealer invoice price is the amount the dealership pays to the manufacturer for the vehicle, before markups, fees, and other charges are added. It’s usually significantly less than what customers normally end up paying.

“Our first responders and health care workers have shown immense strength, resilience, and compassion during this pandemic. Giving back to those who have given so much to our communities is undeniably the right thing to do,” said Don Romano, the president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “We’ve created this program to show our appreciation and offer a heartfelt thank-you for their remarkable work.”

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Hyundai Canada has already stepped up in a variety of other ways since the beginning of the pandemic.

A few months ago, the automaker donated more than 150,000 gloves and 100,000 masks to the Markham Stouffville Hospital in Ontario so employees could continue safely treating virus patients.

Before that, Hyundai Canada also donated $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to help the organization provide emergency relief and weather the disruption in funding brought on by COVID-19.

According to Hyundai, the dealer invoice discount will be available for eligible customers through the end of July at dealerships across the country — giving Canada’s health care workers another five weeks or so to take advantage.

Hyundai Motor Group to get electric vehicle batteries from LG Chem

Source: The Guardian

Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Hyundai Motor and its sister company Kia Motors has picked LG Chem as one of the battery suppliers for its upcoming new electric vehicles, a group spokesman said on Wednesday.

Details of the supply contract including the electric vehicle (EV) model and the full amount of the deal, which are yet to be decided, will be confidential, the spokesman said.

Hyundai Motor said last year it would launch 16 EV models by 2025 with an aim to boost EV sales to 560,000 by then.

Hyundai Canada becomes first automaker to offer vehicle rentals to consumers

The pilot project will begin in early March at select Ontario dealerships.

Source: Canadian Manufacturer

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Hyundai Canada is introducing Hyundai for Hire, an industry-first pilot project that will offer short-term vehicle rentals to customers directly through select dealerships.

Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., spoke with Canadian Manufacturing about the initiative at the Canadian International AutoShow.

Romano explained that consumers will be able to rent cars for however long they wish, “for a week, a couple of days, a month,” and said they can expect to pay a lot less than they would at a traditional car rental firm. “We don’t have that overhead. We make the cars.”

According to Romano, the service is ideal for consumers who don’t want to commit to a lease or finance purchase, indecisive prospective buyers, university students, condo dwellers and newcomers to Canada who might not have credit yet.

The automaker says anyone who uses the service is eligible for its loyalty discount towards the purchase of a new vehicle, which in most cases will cover the rental fee.

“We’re just bringing new people in to get to know the Hyundai family and portfolio and it just gives them an option,” said Romano.

Romano said Hyundai went with the rental model over a subscription model, in which consumers pay monthly or yearly to have access to a number of different cars, for a few different reasons. “With a subscription, you are depreciating a number of different cars.” He said it can also be a pain to switch cars once you’ve become comfortable with what you are driving. In addition, “The cost is high, the challenges with the customer are high.”

Insurance is provided through Aviva, and financing and billing are done through Scotia Bank, with Scotia paying the dealers for the rental cost.

The cost of each rental will be inclusive of insurance and maintenance – the driver only needs to add gas. “We wanted the experience to be ‘here’s the keys, here’s the contract, we’ll see you when you come back,’” Romano said.

The pilot project will begin in early March at select Ontario dealerships. Additional details about the program including booking information, pricing and product availability will become available at that time.




Hyundai Canada continues record-breaking streak into December for fifth consecutive month

Source: NewsWire

Hyundai Canada announced December sales of 7,914 units, a 14.4% increase over the same month last year. This marks the fifth consecutive month of record sales for Hyundai Canada, consistently outperforming the Canadian market.

Overall in 2019, Hyundai sold 133,207 total units, which is up 4.2% from 2018. Notably, Hyundai reclaimed its position as the third-largest automobile import brand in Canada. In a declining market, the brand was able to capture an additional 0.6% of total market share, bringing it up to 7.0% from 6.4% in 2018.

In addition, Kona remains the clear leader in its segment, capturing 20% market share in 2019. Kona outsold the second place Kicks by nearly 700 units in December. Tucson saw a significant increase of 44% and outperformed its segment in the month of December.

There was unprecedented consumer demand for the brand’s eco models with Hyundai’s electric vehicle sales more than tripling in 2019, for a total of 5,005 units, due in large part to the success of the new Kona electric. The Kona and Kona electric were both named and awarded the 2019 North American Utility of the Year by the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards.

The effective launch of the new Palisade and Venue SUVs also contributed significantly to Hyundai’s successful 2019, as well as sustained demand for the Tucson and Santa Fe. SUV sales hit record numbers in 2019 with 78,980 units sold, up from 67,171 units in 2018.

Equally impressive was Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, which set its third consecutive record-breaking performance, increasing YTD sales by 5.8% versus the previous year, while European luxury makes declined by more than -6%.

This year, Hyundai Canada reached many milestones and accomplished notable achievements such as being named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces™ in Canada by Great Place to Work. Furthermore, Hyundai received the Gold Award for brand building from the Canadian Marketing Association in 2019.

“This past year was a turning point for the brand. The automotive market is contracting, yet Hyundai’s retail sales were up significantly resulting in record market share gains,” noted Don Romano, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada. “We were honoured to have our performance recognized by our parent company, Hyundai Motor Corporation, with the Platinum Award for Excellence for 2019, an award bestowed on the top-performing country globally.”

Many stand-out accomplishments have led to a successful year for the brand and will lead to increased momentum in the new year.

  • Kona awarded AJAC’s Best Small Utility for 2019
  • Kona and Kona electric were both named and awarded the 2019 North American Utility of the Year by the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards
  • Hyundai Canada won the 2020 AJAC Best Safety Innovation Award for its Blind View Monitor system
  • Veloster N won the 2020 Road & Track Performance Car of the Year
  • Palisade won the prestigious Red Dot Award for design excellence
  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded the ALG Residual Value Award for Best Redesign of the Year
  • Kona won the 2019 and 2020 Guide de l’Auto Best Small Utility and the 2019 Best New SUV of the Year
  • Genesis Mint Concept won the 2020 Guide de l’Auto Best Concept Car
  • Kona won the 2020 Auto123.com Best Subcompact SUV of the Year
  • Hyundai Canada was named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces™ in Canada by Great Place to Work
  • Genesis Motors received the Silver Award for customer experience from the Canadian Marketing Association in 2019
  • Hyundai received the Gold Award for brand building from the Canadian Marketing Association in 2019
  • Hyundai Motor Corporation awarded Hyundai Canada with the Platinum Award for Excellence for 2019

Hyundai now using VR to design new cars and SUVs

Source: Driving.ca

Hyundai and Kia have introduced a new virtual reality design evaluation system that allows up to 20 people to work on the same project at the same time. 

Debuting at the companies’ global HQ, the Namyang Research and Development Center in South Korea, the system enables the brands’ engineers and anyone else wearing the headsets to view and, thanks to 36 motion tracking sensors, engage with the simulations in real-time.

This means design concepts can be reviewed early on in the process, and simulations of interior and exterior details, lighting, colours and finishes can be mocked up and experienced more easily.

“The virtual development process is a necessary step for responding quickly and reacting with agility to the needs of customers and paradigm shifts within the automotive industry,” said Albert Biermann, Head of Research and Development Division for Hyundai Motor Group, in a press release.

Through reinforced virtual processes, we will enhance quality and profitability, ultimately increasing investment in R&D to secure competitiveness in future mobility.

Hyundai’s Vision T Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept Showcases Future Design

Source: Car and Bike

The Vision T side profile conveys a continual sense of speed and forward motion. The long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs reflect a ready-for-anything dynamic character.

At the 2019 LA Auto Show, Hyundai showcased the Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept which gives us a peek into the company’s new design language. The Vision T is the seventh in a series of Hyundai Design Centre concepts and the SUV concept sees a matte-green exterior finish and comes powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Vision T side profile conveys a continual sense of speed and forward motion. The long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs reflect a ready-for-anything dynamic character. In contrast to prevailing compact SUV designs, Vision T uses crisp geometric angles and edges to create a striking contrast between a sleek silhouette and masculine wedge lines. In fact, from the looks and dimensions we can almost see what the next-gen Tucson will look like. 

Two derivative sub-themes of the dynamism fundamental design concept are Parametric Fantasy and Transcendent Connectivity. In these sub-themes, all parametric surfaces are connected from the body to either light or trim features. It features seamless connectivity free from distinct design boundaries. Ambient light reflects off these concave and convex lines creating an extreme sense of tension. Charisma is added with the evolution of a Hidden Signature Lamp derived from the Le Fil Rouge and Grandeur Face Lift. At higher speeds, the Parametric Air Shutter is an original developmental feature that actively adjusts both aerodynamics and design appearance.

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The Hyundai Vision T Concept SUV gets a long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase.

SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre said, “We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through sensuous sportiness design language,”

A closer look at the front and you see that when stationary, the grille is closed and static. Once in motion, each individual cell of the grille design continues to move in a prescribed sequence. This dynamic character includes the functional effect of controlling airflow to the powertrain, optimising aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

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Hyundai Vision T Concept sees two derivative sub-themes of the dynamism fundamental design concept are Parametric Fantasy and Transcendent Connectivity.

When the powertrain is started, the dark-chrome matte hue of the integrated hidden signature headlamp system features a half-mirror system that has a chromium appearance which transforms into functional lighting on demand. The side window design is ultra-clean and seamless, with a futuristic frameless daylight opening and a satin chrome garnish. The oversize satin chrome alloy wheels feature ample voided area with dark orange brake calipers visible within the split-five-spoke wheel design. The beveled sides of the wheel spokes feature a matte-gray finish descending into the voided areas, highlighting the brilliance of the satin chrome spoke faces. From above, a special glass pattern is embossed within the roof glass structure. These dynamic effects carry into the Hyundai logo design.

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Hyundai Vision T Concept gets a charging port that features a sliding cover.

The Vision T charging port is located on the passenger side rear quarter panel and features a sliding cover. When charging, “Blue Drive” is illuminated, indicating the system is actively charging. The battery state of charge is also visually indicated externally in a metered, circular light cluster, creating a complete circle appearance when fully charged.

Hyundai Canada CEO: Future of auto retail is online

Source: CTV News

The head of Hyundai Canada says the future of car buying is online, up to a point.

President and CEO Don Romano says the company, which launched its Genesis line of higher-end cars as an online only option in 2016, learned that many buyers still want to walk through a showroom.

Romano says the company, which also introduced fixed prices with the Genesis line to eliminate haggling, has since partnered with agents with physical showrooms to appeal to those who want to browse in person.

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The logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on its car at the company’s showroom in Seoul, South Korea on July 26, 2012. (AP / Ahn Young-joon)

Speaking at the Elevate tech conference in Toronto, Romano said that while dealerships will still play a role, the company is working to move much of the car buying process online to improve a process that the vast majority of car shoppers dislike.

Hyundai has been an early mover among major auto companies to shift shopping online, though Telsa Inc. has been selling vehicles online for years and others are moving more into the space.

The company launched a new online portal across Hyundai Canada last year that allows customers to build and price their model as well as get a firm quote on a trade-in value, go through an online credit application, and book a test drive.

2020 Hyundai Palisade loads up on content

Source: The Chronical Herald

COUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Hyundai has topped off its crossover vehicle lineup with the 2020 three-row Palisade. The largest vehicle ever produced by Hyundai; the Palisade is named after a series of cliffs in California and aimed at consumers in their peak years of transporting children.

“This vehicle is for those who need a three-row vehicle. To them, space, versatility and premium features are important,” Lawrence Hamilton, director of marketing for Hyundai Auto Canada, told us here during the reveal of the company’s new flagship.

The Palisade is considerably larger than the Santa Fe XL, which it replaces. Built on an entirely new platform it shares with the Kia Telluride, it is 7.5 cm longer, and rides on a wheelbase that has grown by 10 cm. It is also 9.1 cm wider and five cm taller.

That extra space has been allocated to the second and third rows, which boast exceptional head and legroom — and plenty of space for child seats. The Palisade seats eight with its standard second-row bench seat, seven with a pair of captain’s chairs in that location.

The third row actually accommodates adults, two in comfort. There are belts and space for three smaller individuals. It can be accessed through a single button that causes the second-row seats to tilt and slide forward. There is also a grab handle on the C-pillar to aid third-row entry. On upper trim levels, the third-row seat can be reclined or powered up/down from the cargo area.

 Built on a new platform it shares with the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade is 7.5 cm longer and rides on a wheelbase that has grown by 10 cm. It is also 9.1 cm wider and five cm taller. - Richard Russell
Built on a new platform it shares with the Kia Telluride, the Hyundai Palisade is 7.5 cm longer and rides on a wheelbase that has grown by 10 cm. It is also 9.1 cm wider and five cm taller. – Richard Russell

These are just a few of the many examples of how the development team designed the Palisade to be the modern-day equivalent of the minivan — family-friendly to the extreme. There is a driver talk mode that amplifies the driver’s voice through the rear speakers so they can tell the rear occupants to, for example, quit fighting and quiet down. If they do so, the rear speakers can be muted, so the little ones can sleep.

Family friendly? There are USB plugs in all three rows, seven in total. Clever placement includes the sides of the front seats for second-row occupants and high up in the third row. There is wireless charging, a 115-volt outlet and 14 to 16 cup holders, depending on the model. A number of storage pockets provide space for large objects like purses and tablets in the centre console. There is underfloor storage in the cargo hold and two speeds for the liftgate.

Safety is a major consideration for all of us, but Hyundai knows parents place extra emphasis on this when considering a new vehicle. The Palisade has thus been loaded with a full array of active and passive safety features. It all starts with the increased use of high strength steel and a significantly stiffer structure. Among the standard equipment, depending on trim level, the Palisade comes with: lane keep assist, blind spot/collision avoidance assist, surround view monitor, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and both front and rear park distance warning. The side view monitor uses cameras to display the scene in the instrument panel when the signal lever is activated.

Over on the technical side, the top two trim levels come with three years of Hyundai’s BlueLink Connected car system, at no charge. Through an app on their phone, the owner can locate the vehicle, lock or unlock it, start it remotely and activate the HVAC system, and conduct diagnostics. The 26-cm wide navigation screen can display various content and two phones can be connected, one for audio and one as a phone

There are three different instrument clusters, depending on trim level.

 The Palisade will be available in Essential ($38,499), Preferred ($45,499), Luxury ($50,199) and Ultimate ($53,999) trim levels. All but the base Essential include all-wheel drive. - Handout
The Palisade will be available in Essential ($38,499), Preferred ($45,499), Luxury ($50,199) and Ultimate ($53,999) trim levels. All but the base Essential include all-wheel drive. – Handout

On the road, the Palisade is extremely smooth and very quiet. The standard (and only) engine is a 3.8-litre V6. It produces enough power to lend this big ute an unexpected sense of urgency when pressed. The eight-speed automatic has a gear for all occasions and shifts are imperceptible. The selection is a shift-by-wire arrangement through buttons on the centre console the sophisticated AWD system utilizes input from 50 sensors, processed 100 times every second, to determine how much power to send to the front or rear wheels.

There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, but I’ll bet that 90 per cent of Palisade drivers will never use them. Similarly, after the new wears off, I think the vast majority of drivers will never use the ability to choose between Smart, Comfort, Sport and Eco drive modes. Nor will they select sand, snow or mud from the terrain. I’d suggest Comfort or Sport depending on your driving style and snow if you encounter a particularly nasty situation.

The Palisade will be available in Essential ($38,499), Preferred ($45,499), Luxury ($50,199) and Ultimate ($53,999) trim levels. All but the base Essential include all-wheel drive. It is available on the base model for $2,000. Preferred is expected to account for 42 per cent of sales, Luxury 38 per cent, and Essential and Ultimate 10 per cent each. At the various steps on the trim ladder, the product planners have ensured the Palisade has an advantage over the competition in equipment levels. 

Hyundai sees the Palisade going up against the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and VW Atlas primarily, with the Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9 as secondary combatants. The Palisade joins the hot-selling Kona and the Santa Fe in the company’s crossover lineup. Next up? The Venue at the other end of the size spectrum, will appear later this year. Hyundai says it is being developed to appeal to the young and older single females.

The specs

Model: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Luxury AWD 7P

Engine: 3.8-litre, V6, 291 horsepower, 262 lb.-ft. of torque

Transmission: eight-speed automatic, full-time all-wheel drive

NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 11.9/8.8

Length: 4,980 mm

Width: 1,976 mm

Wheelbase: 2,900 mm

Weight: 1,910 kg

Price: $38,499, $50,199 as tested