Features on new Hyundai/Kia vehicles: fuel-thrifty engines and start/stop systems

Increasing availability of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM); starting telematics services in US

2011/06/09

Summary

 Hyundai-Kia Group (Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation) released eleven new models (newly introduced models and fully redesigned models) in 18 months following the fall of 2009 (including Kia Rio slated for launch in the fall of 2011). Their market share grew to 7.7% in 2010 in the U.S. (from 7.0% in 2009), to 4.8% in Europe (from 4.5%) and to 7.2% (from 6.9%) worldwide.

 Reported below is an overview of the availabilities of engines, transmissions and major equipment on the eleven new models from Hyundai/Kia.

New models launched by Hyundai/Kia in and after the fall of 2009

Segment Brand Model Remarks
A Kia New Picanto
(Korean name: Morning)
 A compact hatchback in five- as well as three-door configuration. Designed by European design division. Released for sale in January 2011 in Korea and in April in Europe.
B Hyundai ix20  Compact MPV and a sister model to Kia Venga. Designed and developed by European R&D center located in Germany. Released for sale in Europe in November 2010.
New Accent
(aka Verna)
 Available in two types (four-door sedan and five-door hatchback). Released for sale in China in August 2010, in Korea in November of the same year, and in North America in January 2011. Launched in Russia in September 2010 under the model name of Solaris.
Kia Kia New Rio
(aka Pride)
 Shares platform with Hyundai Accent. Five-door hatchback planned for launch in Europe in the fall of 2011 and three-door hatchback in early 2012, and four-door sedan in the United States in the fall of 2011 and five-door hatchback in early 2012.
C Hyundai New Elantra
(Korean name: Avante)
 Compact sedan, released for sale in Korea in August 2010 and in the U.S. in November of the same year. Vehicles for U.S. are produced by the Alabama plant.
Veloster  A new model representing a fusion between hatchback and coupe. First model to debut under the new brand slogan of "New Thinking, New Possibilities." Released in Korea in March 2011 and to be released in Europe in the first half of the year and in the U.S. in the second half of the year.
Kia New Sportage  Small crossover SUV and a sister model to Hyundai Tucson. Released in Korea in March, Europe in July, U.S. in August, and China in October 2010.
D Hyundai New Grandeur
(aka Azera)
 Mid-sized luxury sedan. Released in Korea in January 2011 and to be released globally in 2012.
New Sonata  Mid-sized sedan. Released in Korea in September 2009, in U.S. in early 2010 and China in early 2011. A European version, i40, developed on the basis of the new Sonata's platform, will be released in the summer of 2011.
Kia New Optima
(Korean name: K5)
 A sister model to Hyundai Sonata. Released in Korea in April 2010, in U.S. toward the end of 2010, and Europe in 2011.
Cadenza
(Korean name: K7)
 A luxury sedan and a brand-new D2 segment model. Successor to Opirus/Amanti. Released in Korea in November 2009, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Asia in March 2010, and China in June.

Hyundai/Kia passenger car sales by the market

  New car sales (units) Market share
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2009 2010
Korea 837,322 851,689 897,605 887,394 1,115,430 1,144,077 80.0% 78.1%
The US 730,863 749,821 772,482 675,139 735,127 894,496 7.0% 7.7%
Europe 619,694 645,781 821,402 811,654 799,575 839,983 4.5% 4.8%
China 349,459 411,154 345,317 451,775 862,570 1,117,475 6.3% 6.2%
India 156,261 186,174 200,412 245,397 289,863 356,717 12.8% 11.7%
Others 264,844 252,832 310,133 354,580 423,835 707,303 2.7% 3.9%
Total 2,958,443 3,097,451 3,347,351 3,425,939 4,226,400 5,060,051 6.9% 7.2%

Source: Each nation's automakers' association, JATO Dynamics, MarkLines Data Center, etc.
(Note) Statistics for U.S. include light trucks with GVW of 3.5t or lighter. Statistics for China are sales results of Beijing Hyundai Motor and Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors. Those for Europe are results in 22 countries including Western and Central Europe.



Introducing direct-injection engines and direct-injection turbocharged engines; increasing availability of start/stop systems

 Hyundai-Kia Group's first internally-developed direct-injection engine, 2.4L GDI, was used first on Sonata and later on Hyundai Grandeur, Veloster, Accent and Kia Optima. The 2.0L Turbo GDI, combining the company's direct-injection and turbocharge technologies, is available on the new Sonata. Both engines contribute to lowering emissions.

 As for the transmissions, the new Veloster became Hyundai's first vehicle equipped with the Dual-Clutch Transmission.

 Among driving stability features of increasing availability are the VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) that gives coordinated control over ESC and power steering, and Hill-Start Assist Control. As for collision safety, side airbags for rear seat occupants and driver's knee airbags are increasingly available especially on high-end models.

 As for driving and parking assists, advanced smart cruise control, smart parking assist and other advanced features are found on the high-end Grandeur cars. The start/stop system that contributes to higher fuel efficiency is available on an increasing number of European and other models. Among the visibility features, Auto-dimming rearview mirror and Rain-sensing front wipers are receiving increased availability.

 As for riding comfort and convenience, Dual automatic air conditioning that provides separate climates for the driver and the front seat occupant is becoming more available. Hyundai has begun using Blue Link telematics system in the United States.

Advanced systems available on Hyundai and Kia's new models and fully redesigned models

  Hyundai Kia
Driving stability Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) Grandeur, Veloster, Elantra, Accent Sportage, Picanto
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) ix20, Accent Optima, Sportage, Picanto
Collision safety Rear side-impact airbag Grandeur, Sonata Cadenza
Driver's knee airbag Grandeur  
Front active head restraints Sonata, ix20, Accent Optima, Sportage, Rio
Driving & parking assist Emergency stop signal Grandeur Sportage, Rio, Picanto
Advanced smart cruise control Grandeur  
Smart parking assist system Grandeur  
Intelligent stop-and-go system (ISG) ix20 Sportage, Rio
Visibility Auto-dimming rearview mirror Sonata Optima, Sportage
Rain sensing front wipers   Cadenza, Sportage
Comfort and convenience Dual automatic air conditioning Sonata Cadenza, Optima, Sportage
Push button start Sonata Cadenza, Optima, Elantra
Telematics system Grandeur, Veloster  
Eco-shift indicator ix20 Sportage, Rio

 



D segment: Advanced driving assist systems on Hyundai Grandeur, a mid-sized high-end sedan

 A set of nine airbags is standard on Grandeur, a mid-sized high-end car from Hyundai. The available advanced driving assist systems include Advanced Smart Cruise Control that automatically maintains distance from a car ahead and stops and starts the car on congested roads, and Smart Parking Assist System that completes parallel parking almost automatically.

 Hyundai Sonata/Kia Optima, mid-sized sister sedans, are equipped with standard Front active head restraints that prevent whiplash injuries, and available Rear view camera and Auto-dimming rearview mirror.

D segment: Engines and transmissions on Hyundai Grandeur, Sonata and Kia Cadenza, Optima

Features for Korea on Grandeur, for Middle East on Cadenza and for the US on two other models are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
Grandeur Sonata Cadenza Optima
2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder (Theta II)    
2.4L GDI DOHC 4-cylinder with D-CVVT (Theta II)  
3.0L GDI V6 (Lambda II)      
3.5L V6 with D-CVVT (Lambda II)      
2.4L DOHC engine + Electric motor (Hybrid)   ◎ (Note 6)   ◎ (Note 6)
6-speed manual transmission    
6-speed automatic transmission    
6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC    
Source: Hyundai Motor US/Korean official web sites, Kia Motors US/UAE official web sites, press releases on new models
(Notes) 1. The 2.0L Turbo GDI, available on Sonata, is an engine included in Hyundai's "Blue Drive" strategy addressing high fuel efficiency (also used on Kia Optima). The engine's twin-scroll turbocharger has the exhaust passage divided into two; one is used in low engine-speed ranges and both are used in medium to high ranges, thereby regulating the exhaust gas pressure while increasing response and power in low speed ranges. Sonata is Hyundai's first model having a direct-injection and turbo-charged engine with the EPA highway mileage of 34 mpg.
2. D-CVVT stands for Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, a mechanism that allows the opening/closing timing of the intake and exhaust valves to be controlled independently to minimize emissions while increasing power.
3.  The 2.4L GDI is Hyundai's first gasoline direct-injection engine with a maximum power of 200 hp, one of the highest among the four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engines, and maximum torque of 25.5 kg-m (186 lb-ft). Sonata powered by this engine gives EPA highway mileage of 35 mpg.
4. The Korean version of Grandeur is powered by one of the two direct-injection engines. The model with the 2.4L GDI engine gives 12.8km/L and the one powered by the 3.0L GDI engine gives 11.6km/L fuel efficiency.
5. The 3.5L V6 engine on the Cadenza has maximum power of 290hp and maximum torque of 34.5kg-m (338 Nm).
6. Hyundai/Kia have their first hybrid versions available with Sonata and Optima, respectively, that were released in the U.S. in the first half of 2011. The parallel hybrid system is powered by a 2.4L gasoline engine in combination with a motor which takes electricity from lithium polymer batteries. The system has overall power output of 209 ps.

D segment: Main features on Hyundai Grandeur, Sonata and Kia Cadenza, Optima

Features for Korea on Grandeur, for Middle East on Cadenza and for the US on two other models are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
Grandeur Sonata Cadenza Optima
Driving stability ESC/Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) (Note 2)
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) (Note 3)      
Traction Control System (TCS)  
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) (Note 4)  
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)      
Brake Assist System (BAS)      
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)  
Collision safety Advanced driver and front passenger airbags
Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags
Front and rear side-curtain airbags
Rear side-impact airbags  
Driver's knee airbag      
Front active head restraints    
Driving & parking assist Emergency Stop Signal      
Advanced Smart Cruise Control (Note 5)      
Smart parking assist system (Note 6)      
Electric parking brake (Note 7)      
Rear view camera
Back warning system      
Visibility HID headlights with auto levelling      
Daytime running lights      
Side mirrors with turn signal indicators    
Heated dual power mirrors    
Front fog lights
Auto-dimming rearview mirror    
Rain sensor & automatically activated windscreen wipers      
Auto defog system (Note 8)    
Seat Power driver's seat (14 directions)      
8-way power driver seat   ○△
Driver power lumbar support ○△    
4-way power passenger seat    
Integrated Memory Seat (IMS) System      
Heated front and rear seats  
Cooled/Ventilated front seats    
Comfort & convenience Dual automatic temperature control   ○△
Solar control glass (Note 9)    
Hydrophobic glass      
Telematics system (Note 10)      
Keyless entry system  
Button starter & smart key
Navigation system with touchscreen display    
HomeLink integrated transceiver (Note 11)     ○△
Bluetooth hands-free phone system  
Advanced trip computer with custom settings (Note 12)      
Audio remote control on steering wheel    
Large overhead room lamp      
Electric rear curtain      
Cooling glove box      
Active Eco System (Note 13)      
Source: Hyundai Motor US/Korean official web sites, Kia Motors US/UAE official web sites, and press releases on new models
(Notes) 1. The features on Grandeur are taken from Hyundai's new model announcement released in January 2011.
2. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is Hyundai's terminology for Electronic Stability Control.
3. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system coordinates electric power steering and ESC (including TCS, ABS and other active safety systems) to an optimal control to stabilize the vehicle and prevent accidents.
4. The Electronic Brake-force Distribution system balances braking forces at each wheel by electric control according to the changes in the vehicle's dynamic loading and deceleration.
5. The Advanced Smart Cruise Control automatically maintains distance from another car ahead and stops and restarts the car as applicable on congested roads.
6. The Smart Parking Assist System uses sensors to detect necessary space for parallel parking and automatically performs steering maneuvers.
7. The Electric Parking Brake automatically gives optimal control of the parking brake when the driver presses the button and eliminates the conventional pedal operation or hand brakes. Brakes are cancelled automatically when the gear is shifted and the accelerator pedal is pressed.
8. The Auto defog system uses a windshield-mounted sensor to detect an increase in humidity and blows hot air to the windshield as needed to maintain a clear view.
9. The Solar control glass blocks ultraviolet rays from entering the compartment.
10. The Telematics system being adopted on Grandeur in Korea offers all the ordinary telematics features plus door locking/unlocking and remote engine starting using smartphone applications.
11. The HomeLink integrated transceiver uses a transmitter built into the rearview mirror to open/close the garage door or gate, turn on the lights, operate the security system etc., according to the pre-set codes.
12. The Advanced trip computer with custom settings displays the average vehicle speed, average fuel efficiency, instantaneous fuel efficiency, drivable distance, etc, and also performs pre-set operations, such as automatically lock the doors when the vehicle reaches a given speed, set the gearshift lever movement, and the time during which the headlamps remain on after parking.
13. When the ECO button is pressed, the Active Eco System puts the powertrain and air conditioner in ECO mode to assist fuel-efficient driving.

 



C segment: Hyundai's new model, Veloster, making a U.S. debut with telematics features

 Veloster, Hyundai's first model reflecting the company's new brand slogan "New Thinking, New Possibilities," is a three-door coupe that combines a hatchback and a coupe. The car has a door in the driver's side and two in the opposite side for greater ease of entry and exit. It will feature Blue Link, a telematics system being introduced in the United States in the summer of 2011.

 Kia's small crossover SUV, Sportage, will have Front active head rests, Emergency stop signal and other safety features. The start/stop system is a standard feature on certain versions.

C segment: Engines and transmissions on Hyundai Veloster, Elantra and Kia Sportage

Features for the US on Veloster and Elantra, and for Europe on Sportage are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
  Veloster Elantra Sportage
1.6L GDI 4-cylinder with D-CVVT (Gamma)  
1.8L DOHC 4-cylinder with D-CVVT (Nu)    
2.0L Petrol    
1.7L Diesel (CRDi) (U2)    
2.0L Diesel (R)    
6-speed manual transmission ○△
6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters    
6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC    
6-speed automatic transmission    
5-speed manual transmission    
Source: Hyundai Motor US official web site, Kia Motors UK official web site, and press releases on new models
(Notes) 1. The 1.6L GDI on Veloster is a newly-developed direct-injection engine. The Veloster has an EPA highway mileage of 40 mpg maximum.
2. The 1.8L Nu on Elantra has an aluminum-made cylinder block that contributes to a 30% weight reduction and 18% improvement in highway mileage compared to the older-generation engines. Combined with 6-speed MT or AT, the engine gives EPA highway mileage of 40 mpg each maximum.
3. The 1.6L Petrol (GDi) on Sportage is Kia's first direct-injection engine. Combined with 6-speed MT, the engine gives European combined fuel consumption of 44.1 mpg with 149g/km CO2 emission.
4. The 1.7L Diesel (CRDi) on Sportage was developed by Kia R&D Center located in Germany on the basis of the 1.6L engine used on cee'd. Combined with 6-speed MT, the engine gives European combined fuel consumption of 54.3 mpg with 135g/km CO2 emission.
5. The 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on Veloster is Hyundai's first Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) and contributes to 5-6% improvement in fuel efficiency and 3-7% improvement in acceleration compared to the 5- or 6-speed AT.
6. The 6-speed automatic transmission on Elantra was developed internally and 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai's global 5-speed automatic transmission. Elantra is Hyundai's first compact car with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
7. The 6-speed manual transmission on Elantra is also a newly-developed item.

C segment: Main features on Hyundai Veloster, Elantra and Kia Sportage

Features for the US on Veloster and Elantra, and for Europe on Sportage are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
Veloster Elantra Sportage
Driving stability Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
Traction Control System (TCS)  
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)    
Downhill Brake Control (DBC)    
Brake Assist (BA)  
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)    
Motor driven power steering    
Intelligent all-wheel-drive system    
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)    
Collision safety Advanced driver and front passenger airbags  
Twin front airbags    
Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags
Front and rear side-curtain airbags
Front active head rests    
Driving & parking assist Rear view camera
Reversing sensors    
Adaptive brake lights (Emergency stop signal)    
Intelligent stop-and-go system (ISG) (Note 1)    
Visibility Daytime running lights  
Automatic headlights  
Side mirrors with turn signal indicators  
Heated dual power mirrors  
Front fog lights
Cornering lights    
Rain sensing front wipers    
Front wiper de-icer    
Auto-dimming rearview mirror    
Comfort & convenience Dual auto air conditioning    
Cooled glovebox function    
Heated front & rear seats (Note 2)  
Solar control glass   ○△  
3rd door on passenger side (Note 3)    
Eco-shift indicator (Note 4)    
Proximity key entry with push button start    
Bluetooth hands-free phone system ○△
BlueLink (Note 5)    
XM Satellite Radio  
Steering-wheel-mounted audio control   ○△
7-inch navigation system with high resolution display (Note 6)
Source: Hyundai Motor US official web site, Kia Motors UK official web site, and press releases on new models
(Notes) 1. The Intelligent stop-and-go system (ISG) is a start/stop system used on Sportage and gives an approximately 12% improvement in fuel efficiency.
2. The heated front & rear seats are standard on certain Elantra models. Elantra is the first model in the compact segment with that feature.
3. The third door on passenger side is the door behind the front passenger's seat. Veloster has three doors, one by the driver's seat and two in the opposite side, for greater ease of entry and exit.
4. The Eco-shift indicator tells the driver when to shift gear to maximize fuel efficiency.
5. Blue Link is Hyundai's telematics system being installed on its cars released in the United States starting in the spring of 2011. It will be incorporated on all models by 2013MY. Among a broad range of functions, the system automatically communicates with the emergency operator in an event of accident and sends a rescue team to the site as needed. In an event of a car theft, Blue Link cooperates with the local authorities to locate and retrieve the car. When the driver leaves the ignition key in the car, the system will remotely unlock the door.
6. The 7-inch Touchscreen may be used for navigation systems, email and telephone calls, photo uploads, music selection, etc. When parked, the screen may be connected to a video player for movie entertainment.

 



A, B segment: Hyundai Accent and Kia Picanto with VSM, a driving stability system

 Hyundai and Kia offer a broad range of driving stability and safety systems in their compact vehicles. The VSM, standard on Hyundai Accent and Kia Picanto, implements coordinated control of electric power steering and ESC. Hill-Start Assist Control is available on these cars. The Front active head rests are standard on Hyundai ix20, Accent and Kia Rio.

 The start/stop system is standard on certain Hyundai ix20 versions. The system is available with Kia Rio and, when combined with diesel-fueled engines, reduces CO2 emissions to up to 85g/km.

A, B segments: Engines and transmissions on Hyundai ix20, Accent and Kia Picanto, Rio

Features for the US on Accent, and for Europe on the other three models are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
  ix20 Accent Rio Picanto
1.0L Petrol engine with D-CVVT (Kappa)      
1.25L Petrol engine with D-CVVT (Kappa)    
1.4L Petrol engine with D-CVVT (Gamma)      
1.4L Petrol engine      
1.6L Petrol engine      
1.6L GDI 4-cylinder engine with D-CVVT (Gamma)      
1.1L Diesel engine with turbo (U2)      
1.4L Diesel engine with turbo (U2)      
1.4 CRDi      
5-speed manual transmission  
6-speed manual transmission  
4-speed automatic transmission  
6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC      

Source: Hyundai Motor US/UK official web sites, Kia Motors UK official web site, and press releases on new models (Note) The 1.6L Gamma GDI (direct-injection) engine on the Accent, combined with 6-speed MT/AT, gives EPA highway mileage of 40 mpg, an 18% improvement from the previous MT model. The Accent is the first vehicle powered by a direct-injection engine in the sub-compact segment in the United States.

A, B segments: Main features on Hyundai ix20, Accent and Kia Picanto, Rio

Features for the US on Accent, and for Europe on the other three models are shown. ◎=Standard, ○=Standard on some grades, △=Optional
  Hyundai Kia
ix20 Accent Rio Picanto
Driving stability Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)    
Traction Control System (TCS)      
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)  
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)  
Brake Assist (BA)    
Electric power assisted steering    
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)      
Motor driven power steering    
Sport-tuned steering      
Collision safety Advanced driver and front passenger airbags      
Front airbags  
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch  
Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags
Front and rear side-curtain airbags
Front active head rests  
Emergency stop signal (Note 2)    
Driving & parking assist Intelligent Stop & Go technology (ISG) (Note 3)    
Reversing sensors      
Visibility Daytime running lights    
Automatic headlights      
Electric headlight beam levelling    
Electric folding door mirrors  
Electric heated door mirrors    
Side mirrors with turn signal indicators    
Front fog lights ○△  
Rear fog lights      
Rear window defroster      
Comfort & convenience Heated front seats    
Remote keyless entry    
Steering-wheel-mounted audio control ○△  
Bluetooth hands-free phone system ○△
Eco Drive Indicator      
Active Eco System (Note 4)      
Glove compartment with cooling function      
Welcome light      
Source: Hyundai Motor US/UK official web sites, Kia Motors UK official web site, and press releases on new models
(Notes) 1. Features on Kia Rio are taken from the press release for Geneva Motor Show held in March 2011.
2. When the driver brakes hard, the sensor of the Emergency stop signal detects the pedal operation and the brake light goes on and off three times automatically to warn other drivers.
3. The Intelligent Stop & Go technology (ISG) (start/stop system) is standard on ix20 MT model and available on Rio. The Rio with the ISG feature gives CO2 emissions of 85g/km.
4. The Active Eco System is associated with AT and controls the engine and transmission to improve fuel efficiency. An in-house test by Hyundai proved the Active Eco System contributes to a 7% improvement in fuel efficiency.

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