Hyundai Unveils New 2006 Accent Hybrid

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  1. CoasterToasterXB

    CoasterToasterXB Well-Known Member

  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: Hyundai i30: 2007 Green Car (and Car) of the Year

    I saw something about this car a while back -- too bad we won't ever see it here. :(
     
  3. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    Hyundai will begin its first mass production hybrid with the compact-sized Avante.

    [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/avante.jpg[/xfloat]Reid Stewart - CleanMPG - March 24, 2008

    Hyundai Motor Company plans to mass produce Hybrid Electric Vehicles starting next year, opening a new era for environmentally-friendly cars.

    While accompanying South Korean President Lee Myung Bak on a Kia Motors´ plant tour on March 21, Hyundai-Kia Chairman Chung Mong Koo said the automobile company will begin mass producing environmentally-friendly cars in 2009 to create new jobs and develop the industry into a next-generation value-adding growth engine.

    "The importance of developing futuristic, environmentally-friendly cars is increasing for sustainable growth," Chairman Chung said. "Therefore, technology for advanced cars, like the hybrid, is imperative. We also plan to produce a small fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles for 2012."

    In accordance with this plan, Hyundai will begin its first mass production with the compact-sized LPG model, the Avante (Elantra) LPI (Liqufied Petroleum Injection) hybrid, a car that uses both Gas and electricity. In 2010, Hyundai plans to introduce mid-sized hybrids that use gasoline and LPG.

    Currently, Hyundai provides Verna (Accent) hybrid models to government agencies as pilot projects. The plan is to expand the line-up to mid-sized sedans and beyond for mass production starting in 2009.

    Hyundai entered the environmentally-friendly auto market in October 2004, when it supplied the government with 50 Click (Getz) hybrid cars. Hyundai and Kia supplied the government with 350 hybrid cars in 2005, including the Verna model. This number increased to 730 cars in 2006 and 1,682 cars in 2007, totalling about 2,800 cars so far.

    Hyundai is also kicking its development plans into full gear with the aim to mass produce Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) beginning in 2012. Hyundai plans to expand a demo fleet of FCEV´s to 500 units by 2010, including mid-to-large size SUV´s, then establish a small production system to begin mass production in 2012.

    The mass production of hybrid cars in 2009 will be a turning point for Hyundai, which will increase its competitiveness in the environmentally-friendly car sector, an area automakers worldwide are counting on for their strategic survival in the next-generation.
     
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  4. Earthling

    Earthling Trying to be kind to Mother Earth

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    "The importance of developing futuristic, environmentally-friendly cars is increasing for sustainable growth," Chairman Chung said. "Therefore, technology for advanced cars, like the hybrid, is imperative. We also plan to produce a small fleet of fuel cell electric vehicles for 2012."

    A very sensible statement from the leader of a car company. Would be nice to hear Luddite Lutz say something similar, and mean it.

    Harry
     
  5. pdk

    pdk Beacon of Sanity

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    I didn't expect Hyundai to throw their hat into the ring. Well, more players and more competition is a good thing.

    Do you know the mileage numbers for the Verna?
     
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    I'm watching this with interest; my Elantra has been a solid performer with outstanding reliability and still drives like a new car even after amassing nearly 100K miles. I can't fault it on those attributes, and the price was definitely right... but it just can't compete on efficiency standards with either the Civic or the Corolla.

    I asked about hybrids at the dealership a couple of years ago and was told that originally Hyundai wanted to introduce a hybrid Accent in '07 but delayed plans two years to refine the system. They had originally planned to hybridize the smallest vehicle in their fleet because they thought "the public would be more accepting of slow performance from a smaller car."

    I would like to see them do well in the FE arena -- I like my Elantra and the new offerings are a step above it.

    PDK, the last time I checked the Accent was rated at a single mpg better than the Elantra. I see the '08 shows 27/33 City/Highway
     
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  7. jsmithy

    jsmithy Well-Known Member

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    They've really come a long ways since the late eighties. I remember my cousin's early Hyundai. It reminded me of a Yugo my buddy had in high school.
     
  8. pdk

    pdk Beacon of Sanity

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    A marked contrast to GM.

    I was wondering about the hybrid version. I should have been more specific...B'oh.
     
  9. Bruce

    Bruce cheapskate

    Re: Hyundai to Mass Produce Hybrid Cars Starting in 2009

    If that's the case, they could wind up designing a car that would get Insight-like FE without the relatively hefty price tag or subsidization. A poor man's Insight, as it were.
     
  10. swoon

    swoon Well-Known Member

    Hyundai Accent Automatic easily good for 40+mpg

    I am thrilled to post my 2nd tank today getting an 8mpg improvement over the last tank (42 mpg v. 34 mpg). I wasn't sure how much improvement I could get using with an Auto, but this improvement was easy. I had what I thought were some poor segments due to traffic mostly so I am pretty sure 45mpg can be coaxed out of this car, if not 50mpg.

    I attribute the improvement due to tire pressure increase from 44psi to 50 psi, improving FAS, DWB, DWL, monitoring the SG for efficient acceleration during P&G and learning how DFCO works with the Accent. I believe this is where the SG really can pay for itself by helping to figure out how to accelerate efficiently.

    Thank you everyone for sharing your techniques to help me make this possible.
     
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: Hyundai Accent Automatic easily good for 40+mpg

    Hi Swoon:

    ___It appears as if you are doing very well indeed! Do not stop whatever you are doing because whatever it is, it appears to be working very well :D

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  12. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Re: Hyundai Accent Automatic easily good for 40+mpg

    Swoon, very good number! You must be a natural, and you must really know your car. What weight oil are you using? What's your work commute like, back roads, city, highway, freeway?
     
  13. swoon

    swoon Well-Known Member

    Re: Hyundai Accent Automatic easily good for 40+mpg

    Thanks kwj. I use 5W-30 synthetic oil, although if I see some 0W-30 next time at Wal-Mart, I will get it. My commute is mostly 4-lane freeway with hills. I'd say it is about 18 miles on the freeway and 4 miles city (about 6 stoplights and a couple stop signs). I have a flexible schedule, so I try to avoid rush hour traffic. Out of all the techniques, my best mileage comes when I catch a ride with my colleague;)

    I can't say I knew my car as well as I do now that I have the ScanGuage and I am still learning.
     
  14. kwj

    kwj I hypermiled this

    Re: Hyundai Accent Automatic easily good for 40+mpg

    For your commute, that is exceptional MPG. You are doing so much, and it all adds up, event to the extent of being able to avoid rush hour. I like your "best mileage" trick.
     
  15. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Hyundai: Powertrains will take us halfway to mpg target

    Hyundai will boost fuel economy by adding Electric power steering, six-speed automatic transmissions, and direct-injection gasoline engines.

    [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/avante.jpg[/xfloat]Rick Kranz - AutoWeek - May 7, 2008

    Hyundai's plan to boost U.S. vehicle fuel economy significantly in the next decade is a 50-50 strategy.

    About 50 percent of the increase will come from changes to vehicle structure and equipment--efforts such as lighter vehicles and energy-saving technology such as LED lighting.

    The rest will evolve from improved powertrain efficiency, Timothy White, senior manager of the powertrain department at the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, said at a press event late last month.

    Hyundai has "a number of incremental technologies for fuel economy improvement," White said. "There is really no home run out there."

    Under proposed federal fuel economy regulations announced last month by the Bush administration, Hyundai's cars will be required to average 37.5 mpg by the 2015 model year. Its trucks will need to hit 31.0 mpg. Hyundai's 2007 car line averaged 32.4 mpg, while the truck side averaged 25.5 mpg, according to the automaker....[rm]http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080505/FREE/263522891/1023/rss01&rssfeed=rss01[/rm]
     
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  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: Hyundai: Powertrains will take us halfway to mpg target

    Hyundai bears watching. They have good quality, dependable vehicles (I love my '02!) but they just aren't competitive in the FE arena. I'm hoping they are able to ramp up more than what this article suggests...
     
  17. jsmithy

    jsmithy Well-Known Member

    Re: Hyundai: Powertrains will take us halfway to mpg target

    Hyundai has come a looooong way since the early 90's model my cousin owned. I think they are in a postion to gain some market share from the American companies. I thought they had a hybrid model in the pipeline.
     
  18. -mr. bill

    -mr. bill Senior Member

    Re: Hyundai: Powertrains will take us halfway to mpg target

    "The exception will be Hyundai's smallest models, which will be upgraded to five-speed automatics within four years."

    FWIW, I totally agree this is a huge win.

    Can anyone name a company that already has CVT, or a choice of 5A and 5M (or 6M) fleet wide? (Currently USA5, will be USA4 soon....)

    (FSP slinking away....)

    -mr. bill
     
  19. Earthling

    Earthling Trying to be kind to Mother Earth

    Re: Hyundai: Powertrains will take us halfway to mpg target

    Some serious innovation is required of all automakers to meet the CAFE standards, and that's what is needed.

    The engineers need to get to work on downsized motors with superchargers or turbo's, light weight structures, clean diesels or direct gasoline injection, auto-stop at lights, low-drag shapes, more efficient power steering and air conditioning, etc., etc. and *gasp* full hybrid powertrains.

    example: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/05/antonov-pursuin.html#more



    Harry
     

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