2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line Debuts Sporty Look, Upgraded Suspension

Source: Motor1

2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line

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 previews hot-rodded Kona N in Christmas-themed Instagram posts

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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.

Hyundai will have at least 10 electrified cars in its US lineup by 2022

Source: Green Car Reports

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

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. 

Hyundai announces Ioniq brand dedicated to EVs
Hyundai announces Ioniq brand dedicated to EVs

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.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

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.

Pricing announced for 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup, including the first hybrid

There’s a manual-transmission base model under $18,000, a $27,000 N Line and more!

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Hyundai surprised and delighted fans when it announced the 2021 Elantra would be fresher than a mid-cycle refresh and receive the full new-generation treatment. 

This week the South Korean automaker slapped price tags on the lineup, including the first-ever hybrid Elantra and first-ever N Line Elantra. 

The base Essential MT model, which rides on an almost entirely new platform and uses the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder as its predecessor, will go for $17,899 for the manual transmission; and $19,799 for the automatic in Canada. That engine makes 147 horsepower and 132 foot-pounds of torque, churning the front wheels via a CVT.

Trimming up the sedan from the Preferred ($21,899) to the Preferred with Sun and Tech ($23,399) to the Ultimate ($25,599) to the Ultimate Tech ($28,299) doesn’t change the powertrain performance until you get to the N Line ($27,599) and pop the hood to find a 1.6L turbo with seven-speed double-clutch transmission. That’ll push 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which can be harnessed even more directly thanks to performance-enhancing engineering that makes it stiffer and more stable, especially in the available sport mode.

Over in hybrid land, prices start at $24,699 for the HEV Preferred; and $26,999 for the HEV Luxury. Power, in this case, comes from a 1.6L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque working in concert with a 43-horsepower electric motor that adds another 125 lb-ft of torque for a total output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Elantra HEV’s combined average fuel economy is 4.7 L/100 kilometres.

Every Elantra save the base MT comes stock with Hyundai’s SmartSense system including auto-braking with pedestrian detection, lane-follow assist, drowsy-driver monitor, adaptive cruise control and more.

Watch for the seventh-generation Elantra later this autumn, followed by the N Line early in 2021.

2021 Hyundai i30 N sports new look, dual-clutch transmission

2021 Hyundai i30 N

Source: Motor Authority

Hyundai sells a hot version of the Elantra GT overseas known as the i30 N.

It’s a close relative of the Veloster N which was just updated for 2021. Now, it’s the i30 N’s turn to receive some updates.

Hyundai hasn’t pulled any surprises here. The updates to the i30 N largely match those made to the Veloster N and include the addition of a dual-clutch transmission to the options list, new wheel patterns, lightweight bucket seats, and styling tweaks.

The powertrain remains unchanged and consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 normally rated at 246 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An optional Performance Package increases output to 276 hp and 289 lb-ft, which is up 5 hp and 29 lb-ft from before. With the latter, owners can expect a 0-62 mph time of 5.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 155 mph for both versions.

Drive is to the front wheels only, making the i30 N a good alternative to cars like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Performance Package adds a brake-based limited-slip differential to improve handling at the limit. It also adds bigger brakes, which at the front axle now features 14.2-inch rotors.

Previously, the only transmission for the i30 N was a 6-speed manual. Now buyers can opt for an 8-speed, paddle-shifted dual-clutch transmission. The transmission is exclusive to the Hyundai N performance division and features programming designed to enhance the fun factor. For example, the engineers have added an NGS (N Grin Shift) program. This combines two elements: improved transmission response for about 20 seconds coupled with a temporary 7% boost in peak torque, which can be handy when passing.

2021 Hyundai i30 N

There are also NPS (N Power Shift) and NTS (N Track Sense Shift) programs that optimize the shifts for acceleration and dynamic driving respectively. NPS is activated when the throttle is depressed more than 90%, while NTS detects when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving and activates automatically.

Other updates to the i30 N included revised styling front and rear that mirrors tweaks made to the rest of the i30 range for 2021. We won’t see those styling tweaks on the Elantra GT as the model will be dropped from local showrooms after the 2020 model year.

2021 Hyundai i30 N
2021 Hyundai i30 N

For the interior, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats have been made available, and a performance data recorder is included as standard. There are also lightweight bucket seats available for the driver and front passenger. These help save about 4.4 pounds compared to the standard seats and feature an illuminated N logo on the upper side of the backrest, as well as Alcantara inserts. They also provide more support during cornering.

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.