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Hyundai Wins Four 2020 Good Design Awards

Hyundai Motor Company started off the new year in style, winning 4 Good Design Awards. The award winning concept designs were all EV concepts, and included the 45, Prophecy, all new 2021 Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Hi-Charger which is an ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure. 

“Hyundai’s design vision to provide lifestyle mobility that coexists with people’s lives has been recognized by winning these awards,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “Especially through our EV design, we would like to forge a strong emotional connection between humans and automobiles, giving more value to our customer’s everyday life.”

The 45 EV concept was first introduced at the International Motor Show 2019 in Frankfurt. The 45 is a futuristic homage to Hyundai’s iconic Pony Coupe Concept. The styling of 45 is defined by its monocoque-style form, aerodynamics, light-weight design inspired by aircrafts, and diamond-shaped silhouette. This isn’t the first time the 45 was awarded for its innovative design, the 45 received praise and accolades from other world-renowned design competitions, including the 2020 International Design Excellence Awards, 2020 Red Dot Awards, and the iF Design Award 2020. Such accolades raise expectations of the upcoming release of IONIQ 5, Hyundai’s first dedicated EV in the new IONIQ lineup brand launching next year.

Hyundai Prophecy EV Concept

The 45 isn’t the only highly awaited EV concept as the newly revealed Prophecy is Hyundai’s visionary concept that signifies a direction of future EV styling based on the Sensuous Sportiness design identity. It expands on the era-defining example set by the 45 EV concept that stripped away complexity in favor of clean lines and minimalistic structures. Prophecy won ‘Best of the Best’ in 2020 Red Dot Awards’ Design Concept group, and the concept was also named a finalist for 2020 International Design Excellence Awards.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s success isn’t just tied to far future concept designs, as the currently on the road 2021 Elantra received top marks as well. The seventh generation Elantra which had its debut earlier this year offers a futuristic and innovative look and feel, thanks to its Parametric Dynamics design elements. The vehicle’s exterior design is adorned with unique style features including a parametric-jewel-pattern grille and a H-tail Lamp that creates a Hyundai “flying H” logo-like shape. The interior further complements the Elantra’s overall appeal with a 10-inch information-display cluster and infotainment system.

Hyundai Hi-Charger

Hyundai knows that one of the biggest barriers to entry for new EV drivers is how long your vehicle range is and how long it takes to charge. The Hyundai Hi-Charger demonstrates the brand’s commitment to offer a completely new charging experience to EV owners. The 350kW ultra-fast charger enables users to easily power their EVs without feeling the weight of connectors and cables. The user simply chooses the position of a vehicle’s charging port on a digital screen, and a connector automatically rotates and descends to the selected point for an effortless connection. Earlier this year, the Hyundai Hi-Charger won a prize in the User Experience Design category of the 2020 Red Dot Design Awards.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the GOOD DESIGN Awards program is one of the oldest design competitions in the world. Every year, the program selects a list of products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

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Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

What is Hyundai’s Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)?

There are around 6 million vehicle accidents every year in the United States, 6% of which end in fatal collisions. Hyundai strives to combat this growing problem by developing a set of safety and technology features that can reduce the damage done by collisions or even avoid them completely. With this in mind, Hyundai has deployed the Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) across its 2020 and 2021 models. BCW uses radar sensors located in the rear bumper to scan any vehicles in your blind-spot in conjunction with a forward facing camera to detect the lane markers in front of you.

The Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) system works by scanning your blind-spot area for any approaching vehicles, if the system detects a vehicle a small icon appears on your side mirror to alert the driver that a vehicle is unseen in your blindspot. If you activate your turn signal to the side where the vehicle is in your blind-spot, the system will sound an audible alert to further warn the driver. The Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) works on top of BCW to provide additional safety, and if needed, take control of the vehicle to prevent an imminent collision. The system will brake and steer the vehicle back into its original lane If the driver is unaware of the audio and visual warnings that a vehicle is in your blind-spot.

How Does Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) Work?

Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) are activated in different ways depending on the model you have.

Check out this great video from Hyundai on how to activate and customize the system on various models.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Blind-spot Collision Warning & Collision-Avoidance Assist

Hyundai’s BCW is widely available across all Hyundai vehicles. The collision-avoidance assist option is available on vehicles like the Sonata and the award winning Palisade. Contact Spokane Hyundai today to get more information on Hyundai’s Blind-spot technology, or visit our showroom to try it for yourself on one of our many test drive units.

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Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

What is Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control? (SCC)

American worker commuter times are currently at an all time high, with the average driver spending over 9 calendar days commuting to work every year.  Since you are spending so much time commuting why not make the experience a more enjoyable and relaxing one? Hyundai has answered the call by developing the Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system, making your daily commute, and long road trips a more stress-free experience. SCC works by using a forward mounted radar system to detect the distance and speed of all vehicles in front of your Hyundai.

The system is able to maintain a set speed like normal cruise control but also will slow down to a complete stop or speed up to maintain a certain distance from the vehicle in front of you. This means that when you set your SCC you don’t have to constantly brake and speed up to adjust your speed to match the traffic and vehicle in front of you. You are able to customize the SCC settings to follow closer or further away depending on the traffic you are currently experiencing. The helplessness of being stuck in a bad traffic jam can cause serious stress, Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is an easy way to lessen it.

How Does Smart Cruise Control (SCC) Work?

In order to activate Smart Cruise Control (SCC) you will need to:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is turned and the engine is running.
2. Press the “Cruise” button located on the top right of your steering wheel.

3. To activate SCC press the “Set Speed” button. Reduce or increase the speed by pressing up or down.

4. To adjust the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you press the “SCC” (car icon) button. The system is now on and will adjust speed automatically.

Here is a video from Hyundai explaining how to activate and adjust the system in more detail.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

The Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system is widely available on new Hyundai vehicles including the Palisade and Tucson. Are you ready to feel stress fade away on your daily commute by trying the SCC yourself? Contact one of our sales specialists to arrange a viewing and test drive or simply stop by our showroom to get more information on Smart Cruise Control or any other exclusive Hyundai safety technology.

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Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection

What is Hyundai’s Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)?

Distracted driving leads to over 1.6 million vehicle collisions every year and an astonishing 1 out of 4 accidents in the US are caused by a distracted driver. With these staggeringly high numbers, you will undoubtedly encounter distracted drivers when you are out and about driving in your vehicle. As an industry leader, Hyundai has introduced numerous groundbreaking safety features to combat the effects of distracted driving like the Hyundai Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) system.

Using a combination of radar technology and camera sensors the FCA can detect if you are about to collide with a vehicle in front of you by measuring the speed of vehicles and objects in front of you. The FCA system will provide an audio and visual warning to the driver to alert them they are rapidly approaching another vehicle. If you are still rapidly approaching the vehicle in front of you the FCA system will apply the brakes to avoid the collision. If your Hyundai is equipped with FCA with Pedestrian detection then the system will also detect pedestrians at crosswalks and similarly apply the brakes if need be.

How Does Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) Work?

In order to activate Hyundai’s FCA system you will need to:

Ensure the vehicle is turned on and use the LCD display control button on the right side of your steering wheel to get to the user settings menu.

Continue to the driver assistance menu and select forward safety.

From here you can select which setting works best for you. Active Assist will apply the brakes to slow down the vehicle if need be. Warning only, as it sounds, will only provide the audio and visual warnings and will rely on the driver of the vehicle to brake appropriately.

Check out this video from Hyundai USA for a more detailed explanation.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection

Hyundai’s FCA is a simple and easy way to avoid the true cost of distracted driving. This safety feature is widely available on new 2020 and 2021 Hyundai models including the Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata entry level models. If you have any questions on Hyundai’s FCA system or any other of Hyundai’s exclusive safety technology don’t hesitate to contact one of our product specialists at (509) 944-3600. Or drop by our showroom located on Sprague avenue in the Spokane valley.