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Hyundai looks to build a >300-mile-range electric car

Enlarge / Signage for an electric car charging booth is displayed at Federation Square car park in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, April 28, 2017. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images)

On Thursday, Hyundai said that it intends to produce a long-range electric vehicle by 2021 that will be capable of traveling 310 miles on a charge. That vehicle, a luxury Genesis sedan, will follow an electric version of the Kona sport utility vehicle that the Korean automaker hopes to release in the first half of next year. The electric Kona should have a range of 243 miles, Reuters noted.

Along with affiliate company Kia, Hyundai announced eight electric cars and two fuel-cell vehicles coming to market in the near future—a significant jump in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) that the company has planned to bring to market in years prior. Hyundai, like Toyota, has boosted the fuel cell vehicle for years. Fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen as fuel and emit water as a byproduct. But the compressed hydrogen that runs fuel cell vehicles is hard to store and hard to transport, so it has been slow reaching the market, although fuel cell vehicles do have the advantage of being fast to refuel, unlike electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota has also recently shown signs that it’s pouring more resources into mass-producing a long-range electric car as well. In July, an article in The Wall Street Journal noted that the Japanese automaker was working on building a battery with a solid electrolyte that would go into production in 2022. With Tesla and Chevrolet rolling out moderately priced EVs with long-range capabilities, other automakers known for moderately priced cars seem to be ready to get in the ring as well.

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Hyundai Extends CarPlay Support to More 2015 and 2016 Vehicles


Hyundai announced on Monday that it is extending CarPlay and Android Auto support to additional 2015 and 2016 Hyundai vehicles. Owners of 2016 Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Veloster, and 2015 and 2016 Azera models can now install the free, manual software update via the company’s MyHyundai site.

Hyundai Extends CarPlay Support to More 2015 and 2016 Vehicles

Hyundai has helpfully supplied a video and manuals on how to install the update yourself. To complete the software upgrade, owners will need their VIN number and the SD card from their Navigation system. If you’re not up to it, your friendly Hyundai dealer will be glad to install it for a fee.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, the South Korean auto maker has also announced its new 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now include CarPlay, as will the rest of its 2017 models with compatible in-dash systems.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand the availability of multimedia system updates to the owners of these additional vehicles,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. “Delivering the update through the owner website has proven to be an effective way to support Hyundai owners.”

Earlier this month, the company announced CarPlay support for its latest vehicles, including 2017 Sonata and Tuscon models. Models that already support the update include 2015 and 2016 Sonata and Genesis models, 2016 Elantra GT and Tucson models, and the 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models.

(Via 9to5Mac)

Hyundai Expands CarPlay to Azera and Veloster Models

Hyundai USA has expanded CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2016 Azera, Veloster, Sonata Hybrid, and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, in addition to the 2015 Azera, via a free software update available now on the MyHyundai website. The automaker has now completed the rollout of smartphone integration across its 2017 model year lineup.

Hyundai customers can install the CarPlay update themselves by watching the do-it-yourself video below, or a Hyundai dealership can perform the update for an installation fee. The process can take between 1 and 4 hours to download and upload the CarPlay update, depending on your network speed, according to the company.

Azera and Veloster are first-time CarPlay vehicles, joining Hyundai's growing lineup of vehicles that support Apple's car-based software, including the 2015 Genesis Sedan, 2015 Sonata, 2016 Elantra GT, 2016 Genesis Sedan, 2016 Sonata, 2016 Tucson, 2017 Elantra, 2017 IONIQ, 2017 Santa Fe, and 2017 Santa Fe Sport.

Apple periodically updates a list of available CarPlay vehicles on its website, but it has yet to add newly-supported BMW 2 Series models.

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Hyundai wows New York with Genesis “New York” Concept

Hyundai unveiled a gorgeous new concept car at the New York International Auto Show this week, the Genesis “New York" Concept. It not only hints at future design direction; it will also result in a real car within the next 18 months, according to Hyundai insiders.

Sized in between typical D-segment and E-segment cars (3-series and 5-series BMW sedans, for example), the New York is decidedly not a moonshot that dares to redefine design. Rather, its proportions and form factor follow the well-understood "three-box" convention (a hood, a cabin, and a trunk). But, as with anything worthwhile, the devil’s in the details and we think Hyundai’s beaten the devil.

Hyundai is spinning off its Genesis cars into a new brand—think Nissan/Infiniti, Honda/Acura, or Toyota/Lexus. The Genesis brand currently has but one car production car, the G90, and is aiming for BMW’s M division with its own N division. Judging by the New York Concept, the competition should be on alert.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Joins List of Cars With CarPlay Support – Launches Later This Month


Hyundai has announced that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, hitting showroom floors later this month, will offer support for Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Joins List of Cars With CarPlay Support - Launches Later This Month

The feature will be available in models sporting a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Drivers will be able to command Siri or Google voice commands by hitting a button in the steering wheel. CarPlay requires a Lightning cable connection ott he vehicle’s console, so Hyundai will include a second USB port for charging other mobile devices.

Hyundai says pricing for the 2017 Elantra yet, but s$17,150. The car maker will be announcing details on other vehicles that will also offer CarPlay and Android Auto support soon.

(Via AppleInsider)

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