As the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 inches closer to production (and is on-pace for the originally scheduled North American delivery later this year, even though they are off the pace a little in Europe), the manufacturer has shed some more light on both its range and its size, among a few other tidbits.
Of course, when it comes to talking about EVS, range is most often issue numero uno for buyers, so Hyundai has taken the wraps off their range claims now that they’ve completed their North American range tests, which are a little more stringent than other markets.
You can probably guess which is going to be their bigger seller; if you said the AWD version, you’d be right as the manufacturer is looking at about a 60 per cent take rate for the AWD model. That’s roughly the same take rate as their gas-powered (ICE) CUVs and SUVs that offer both two-wheel and all-wheel-drive powertrains.In North America, Hyundai is claiming 480 km of range for the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) version of the Ioniq 5, and 435 km in long-range all-wheel-drive (AWD) form, as that version gets more power than does the RWD model as it is a dual-motor set-up, and that plus the added weight does affect range. That’s the RWD Long Range figure, there’s also an RWD standard-range version that provides 345 km on range. Power for the full-chat dual-motor AWD version comes in at 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque, enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint of under five seconds.
Size-wise, with a wheelbase of 3,000 millimetres the Ioniq 5 actually has the longest wheelbase of any vehicle in Hyundai’s North American line-up including the full-size Palisade, whose figure the Ioniq beats by just 100 mm. The goal of this is to offer as airy a cockpit as possible, which is complimented by a movable center console that can slide back and forth through 140 mm, so the rear seat occupants can make use of some of its features, such as its cupholders. While the 5 is only a little taller and wider than the new Tucson, there’s more room inside than there is in the Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Volkswagen ID. 4.
“How do we make it so people have the car work in (owners) every day lives?” said Olabisi Boyle, VP of product planning and mobility strategy at Hyundai. Add the numerous creature comfort features found inside – wireless charging, shift-by-wire gear selector, thin front seats for more second-row space, once-piece glass roof and centre console with enough room for a large handbag, and you can see that the Ioniq 5 isn’t slated to be some flash-in-the pan EV that appeals to those that just want an EV, but to those who may be considering a change from their ICE as well.
In addition to the qualities outlined previously, the Ioniq 5 will also be able to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes on a 350-kw charger, and thanks to its fold-flat front seats, you can have a nap in there while you charge. Or, if you prefer, the Ioniq can spread some charging love of its own; it’s been developed to offer vehicle-to-load capability, so you can use it to power various electronics while camping or electric bikes and scooters.
It should come as little surprise that a vehicle that people are considering because it will lower their carbon footprint is full of many interior bits constructed from sustainable materials including plastic bottles and plant-based yarns. Eagle-eyed observers may have seen that there is no Hyundai logo on the wheel hub; according to Hyundai, that’s in an effort to reduce clutter and make for an airier feel. That may be the case, but it’s also an indication that Hyundai really does see Ioniq as a proper sub-brand that can stand on its own four tires. If you’ll recall, a similar thing happened at Genesis; before it was its own brand, you could choose to have unique Genesis badging on your vehicle as opposed to Hyundai badging. You can see now where this will eventually led.
It was also revealed today that if you are considering one of these, Hyundai will be opening the pre-reservation books in a couple of weeks for prospective owners.
No pricing has been announced; expect that closer to the Ioniq 5’s release later this year.
- Hyundai Diversity Scholarship sponsors a total of three students across two-year programs
- Hyundai Canada pledges $60,000 to Centennial College
- Applicable to two automotive programs in the School of Transportation
MARKHAM, ON, June 16, 2021 /CNW/ – Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. (HAC) and Centennial College announced today a new scholarship to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the automotive sector in Canada. The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship aims to foster the recruitment and advancement of Black students applying to the School of Transportation at Centennial College. The scholarship in full covers $60,000, which will be pledged to six Black students over three years.
Centennial College’s School of Transportation will be awarding the Hyundai Canada Diversity Scholarship to students who identify as members of the Black community. Additionally, recipients of the scholarship will receive greater access to employment opportunities at a Hyundai dealership, post-graduation. The scholarship is applicable to students in two automotive programs at Centennial College: Motive Power Technician and Automotive Service Technician.
“At Hyundai Canada, we believe change in the name of inclusion and equality happens with action. Therefore, it is of great importance to us to provide this scholarship program in order to help foster diverse talent and cultivate the next generation in the auto industry,” said Kirk Merrett, director of human resources and administration at Hyundai Canada. “We are proud to be investing in the future of students with Centennial College while also realizing Hyundai’s vision of progress for humanity.”
Centennial College enrols approximately 2,000 students in the School of Transportation – the largest in Canada – due to its highly skilled faculty and state-of-the-art training equipment. As Hyundai Canada continues to lead the industry with the latest smart road technology and its vision towards an electrified future, there is a long-term focus to bridge the gap in between market demand and talent development.
“Centennial College has a long history of welcoming and preparing diverse students for careers in Canada’s transportation sector. With the support of the newly created Hyundai Diversity Scholarship, our mission is further bolstered to serve the Black community and help more young Black men and women access rewarding careers in the automotive sector.” said Alan McClelland, Dean of Centennial’s School of Transportation. “Our sincerest thanks to Hyundai Auto Canada for recognizing the need to open more doors to robust, rewarding careers in the automotive industry.”
Hyundai Canada has previously partnered with Centennial College to offer vehicle loans to train young apprentices on the latest Advanced Diagnostics, Hybrid and Alternate Fuel Training technologies, and build practical skillsets outside of automotive labs.
The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship will be available for fall 2021.
Source: News Wire
Who knew one car could provide such freedom and support?
After a tumultuous year, filled with unstable living conditions and difficulty accessing resources throughout the pandemic, 360Kids will be able to provide more support and mobility to its members with a new vehicle: a 2021 Sante Fe donated by Hyundai Canada.
The new vehicle will save 360Kids time and money, reducing the need to rent vehicles, and it will improve access to essential resources — one less barrier to supporting youth in their community.
Developed to address the needs of at-risk youth, 360Kids provides a wide range of supports and now serves over 3,500 youth, ages 13-26, each year from every municipality in York Region. 360Kids serves the community through housing, employment, education and various health and wellness programs.
With Ontario imposing a stay-at-home order and declaring a third state of emergency, community support like this is needed now more than ever. The vehicle will be used to serve youth and their families by:
• allowing 360Kids staff to drop off supplies such as non-perishable food items and hygiene products;
• picking up and delivering donations (including personal protective equipment);
• transporting youth to essential appointments.
This will be the second vehicle donation made by Hyundai Canada, who also made a donation in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic.
Hyundai Canada is making a bold and powerful commitment to Georgian and the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) by investing more than $250,000 over seven years to support Black and Indigenous automotive students. This fall, they will begin giving entrance awards to eligible students via the Hyundai Canada Entrance Award Suite.
The partnership aligns with Hyundai’s continued efforts to tackle underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous individuals in the automotive industry, and with Georgian’s ongoing work to seek out and welcome diversity across the college. This donation will fuel an innovative and critical initiative designed to grow the number of students in this demographic studying the automotive industry and who will later join the sector’s workforce.
The announcement was made by Don Romano, President and CEO, Hyundai Canada at a special event last evening. The event – Auto Connect: Opportunities for Black Youth – featured Romano as the keynote speaker, as well as Oumar Dicko, Chief Economist, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association and Joe Lauzon, Marketing Officer, ABSC. Joyce Tshiamala, District Customer Service Manager, Hyundai, moderated a panel of three industry professionals who represent different sectors of the industry.
“It is our duty as industry leaders to build a successful path for our future generations in the automotive industry. Our partnership with Georgian College is an important investment to help form an automotive business community that attracts a pool of talent reflective of Canada’s diversity,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “Facilitating ways to ensure equal opportunity and equitable representation in the industry is a collective effort, and we are very proud to be part of the solution with Georgian College.”
The Hyundai Canada Entrance Award Suite will offer $1,000 renewable entrance awards that will be given to each student who self-identifies as Black or of Indigenous ancestry and is accepted into the Automotive Business (co-op) diploma program or the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management) (co-op) program. The $1,000 award is renewable for each year of their program.
The award will directly help increase the opportunity for Black and Indigenous students to access a quality education studying automotive business at Georgian.
“This partnership strongly aligns with Georgian’s continued efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion and will augment the good work we’re already doing and re-affirm our commitment about the type of organization we are striving to be,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “It’s incredibly important to have awards for underrepresented groups and it’s wonderful to have corporate donors such as Hyundai Canada supporting our students in this way.”
Georgian recently announced it will create a Centre for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to help identify and overcome systemic barriers that impede the career advancement, recruitment and retention of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.
The partnership builds on past collaboration between Georgian and Hyundai that includes hiring co-op students, sponsoring and participating in the Georgian Auto Show, and funding other innovative scholarships for Georgian students, including the Hyundai Canada Diversity Scholarship and Women in Automotive Scholarship.
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. (HAC) is proud to announce that it has been named on the 2021 list of Best Workplaces™ for Women. Hyundai Canada is the only automotive industry company to receive this designation in Canada after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.
“This is a great testament to our efforts in the diversity and equality space. Being on the list of the greatest places to work for women reflects the importance of diversity and the strides we take to remove barriers and ensure equity within our organization and our industry. Not only does this make us a better community, but a great environment that caters to all of our consumers on that front,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Canada.
Hyundai Canada has been working hard to close the gender gap and have an equitable workplace every day. As women currently represent 35 percent of the workforce in Hyundai Canada, the company has centred its efforts to create equal opportunity and build a culture that creates a more productive work environment.
Furthermore, women at Hyundai have formed a dedicated employee resource group called Women at HAC to promote dialogue for change and the empowerment of female team members, customers and partners. Through mentorships, volunteering, and professional development, team members have been collaborating within the organization and surrounding community to challenge perceptions while creating and strengthening connections and awareness of women in business.
The Best Workplaces™ for Women list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work®. The data has a 90 percent confidence and a plus or minus five percent margin of error.
To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year, headquartered in Canada and have a minimum of 15 female employees, and at least 90% of employees must agree that people are treated fairly, regardless of their gender. Great Place to Work® determined the best based on the overall Trust Index score from female employees.
Hyundai Canada was recognized for being one of the Best Workplaces™ in Canada in 2018, 2019 and 2020. It was named Best Workplaces™ for Mental Wellness in 2020, and listed for Best Workplaces™ for Women in 2019. The Organization was certified as a Great Place to Work in 2017.
IONIQ 5’s unique exterior design is characterized by clean and sharp lines,
creating a sleek and sophisticated look.
IONIQ 5’s distinctive and innovative design provides a unique experience
that can only be enjoyed in dedicated BEVs, suggesting a fundamental shift
in design approach.
Its front end is adorned with arrays of pixel-inspired lights suggestive
of the digital technology within.
It should be just as comfortable in Normal mode as the regular Tucson while offering a more engaging drive when the Sport mode is turned on. Hyundai claims the N Line’s steering feels significantly different depending on the selected driving mode as a result of optimizing the suspension. The damping force is controlled on each individual wheel, which pays dividends in terms of reducing roll, pitch, and vertical motion.
Beyond the trick suspension, the 2021 Tucson N Line has a slightly more aggressive look, courtesy of a beefier body kit, dual exhausts, and 19-inch wheels. The amped-up crossover is finished in a Shadow Gray paint exclusive to this version and optionally available with a Phantom Black roof. The latter can be had with four other main body paints (Dark Knight, Sunset Red, Engine Red, Polar White), while the single-tone finishes are Shimmering Silver and Phantom Black.
Hyundai also made some changes inside where there are N-badged front seats with greater lateral support and red stitching you’ll also notice throughout the cabin for a sportier vibe. The Tucson N Line also gets a black headliner and a glossy black finish on some surfaces, while metal pedals, footrest, and side sills complete the look.
There are no changes underneath the hood where customers will be able to get the Tucson N Line with a turbocharged 1.6-litre gasoline engine with or without mild hybrid technology and a choice between either 150 or 180 horsepower. There’s also a 1.6-litre mild-hybrid diesel rated at 136 hp, joined by a hybrid 1.6-litre gasoline powertrain with 230 hp and a stronger 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid producing 265 hp.
While rumours have suggested there would be a fully-fledged Tucson N, it remains to be seen whether that will actually happen. In the meantime, the Kona N will debut shortly to sit on top of the already revealed Kona N Line.
Hyundai announced its next high-performance N-tuned car is right around the corner in a series of Christmas-themed Instagram posts. It didn’t identify the model, but it looks like the firm is giving us a peek at the Kona N.
“These days, being a reindeer is all about performance,” the first post announces. It shows an antler mounted between the window and the door frame of a model that’s relatively tall and fitted with a roof rail. In other words, we’re not looking at a sedan, or at a quicker variant of the Veloster. The second post shows a Santa hat on a racing helmet, and it reminds the firm’s followers that “even Santa’s gotta be safe.” Look closely at the variations in the hood’s surface, and you’ll see the creases are perfectly aligned with those seen on the face-lifted Kona.
Finally, the third post is a video whose caption goes straight to the point by announcing that “a new N model is coming to town.” Here again, the video reveals little about the crossover, and it asks more questions than it answers. It shows someone opening a present to find a delicious-looking cake that has a Y-shaped crack going through it. Are we to understand that the Kona N will land with a cake-splitting amount of power? Or, that it will be the naughty member of the Kona range, and that the normal, nice variant would have kept the cake intact? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, the social media campaign suggests we’ll see the next N soon.
Hyundai is painstakingly developing the Kona N as a full-blown performance model, like the Veloster N and the i30 N sold overseas. It won’t be merely a fast-looking family trucklet with a sporty body kit and a wheezing, miserably underpowered lump of an engine under the hood. Earlier rumours claim the model will get either the 2.0-litre turbo four that powers the aforementioned Veloster or a 2.5-litre turbo four designed for Hyundai’s midsize sedans. Its output will lie between 250 and 290 horsepower, and we’re guessing all-wheel-drive will come standard.
Transmission options remain under wraps; an automatic is a given, but Hyundai could surprise us by making a six-speed manual available. Bigger brakes and numerous suspension modifications will keep the power in check.
Hyundai will unveil the Kona N during the first half of 2021, and sales will start for the 2022 model year. It will slot above the N Line trim as a range-topping model likely priced in the vicinity of $30,000.
Source: Green Car Reports
With an electric-vehicle sub-brand on the way starting next year, Hyundai has given another note of assurance that its mainstream models in the U.S. won’t be overlooked in the company’s latest push to electrify its vehicles.
It’s worth running through the roadmap of what’s anticipated, and that they’re mostly versions of popular family models, not niche vehicles. The lineup of electrified models in 2022 will include hybrid versions of the Elantra Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid sedans, Santa Fe Hybrid and Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid SUVs, and Tucson Hybrid and Tucson Plug-In Hybrid SUVs.
In addition to the Nexo fuel-cell vehicle and the Kona Electric hatchback, there are also two other battery-electric models that were confirmed for the U.S. in August: the Ioniq 5 crossover, arriving in fall 2021, and the Ioniq 6 sedan, arriving in 2022. Both of these Ioniq models will be sold under an electric-vehicle-focused Ioniq sub-brand that hasn’t yet been detailed.
The tally did include at least one surprise: the absence of the current Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric models. Although Hyundai Motor America could confirm that they’ll still be available in 2021 for the 2022 model year, it’s unclear as of yet whether these hatchbacks will bow out for a short time before a second generation or whether they’ll finish their run entirely.
Demand for Hyundai’s only long-range electric vehicle, the Kona Electric, was significantly outpacing supply, as evidenced by dealer markups of $3,000 or more last year. But it appears that Hyundai has increased availability in recent months.
Hyundai didn’t leave any hints on how dramatically it intends to scale up sales of plug-in models. Expect the ramp-up to be conservative, however; Hyundai Motor America confirmed that while hybrids will be available nationwide, plug-in models will remain focused toward California EV-mandate states.