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Hyundai’s Aggressively-Styled Kona Put To The Test By Consumer Reports 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Videos, Reports, reviews, video on 01 4th, 2018


The subcompact SUV segment is getting more crowded by the day, but Hyundai believes that there’s room for one more, its very own Kona.

With an aggressive styling that should be appreciated by most consumers, two engine options, and four-wheel drive system as an option, the Kona will lock horns with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 and Ford EcoSport.

This is one of the smallest subcompact SUVs in the segment, and you can tell by checking out the rear bench, which is cramped even for average-sized adults, who will immediately notice the lack of head and knee room.

Plastic is the dominant material up front, but thanks to its minimalistic design, the Kona looks modern. It also gets a 7-inch touchscreen as standard, or an optional 8-inch system with navigation on higher trim levels, and some of its extra features, such as the power operated driver’s seat, head-up display, and heated steering wheel, are not very common in this niche.

Moreover, the Kona comes with a plethora of driver assistance systems as well, which has earned it extra points in ConsumerReports’ review, who will soon buy one for a long-term test.

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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017


The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.

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Hyundai Workers Resume Kona Production In South Korea 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Korea, Reports, SUV on 11 30th, 2017


Production of the Hyundai Kona has resumed in South Korea following a two-day long workers strike.

Hyundai originally intended on increasing output of the Kona and building it on a second assembly line at a domestic factory. However, workers were concerned that this move could result in job losses due to the automaker’s desire to add more automation to the production line and outsourcing work to parts manufacturers.

In protesting against the proposed changes, workers at the factory disrupted the production of roughly 1,230 Kona models.

For now, Hyundai has halted its plans to increase Kona production and doesn’t believe the delay will affect the vehicle’s arrival in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018.

Hyundai is currently in talks with the labor union to come to an amicable solution, Auto News reports.

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2018 Hyundai Kona Wants To Give Nissan Kicks A Run For Its Money 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Videos, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017


The US-spec Hyundai Kona made its debut at this year’s LA Auto Show, bringing its quirky looks to a segment that appears to be growing by the second these days.

The exterior styling remains pretty much unchanged, meaning a compact muscular shape defined by its plastic cladding on the sides and the unusual headlight setup, making the new Hyundai Kona a very different proposition indeed.

Based on a brand-new platform, the Hyundai Kona is designed to offer good ground clearance, generous interior space and a commanding driving position. The underfloor layout is optimized to reduce central tunnel intrusion. The optional all-wheel drive system is also cleverly packaged.

Customers in the U.S. will be offered two choices: an entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol than runs on the Atkinson cycle and produces 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque and the turbocharged 1.6-liter with direct injection which makes 175hp and 195lb-ft of torque. 2.0-liter models are paired to a six-speed automatic while the more powerful turbocharged Konas are fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Hyundai claims that the Kona was developed to offer “enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance”. Front-wheel drive models get a rear torsion beam suspension while all-wheel drive ones are fitted with a multi-link rear.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist along with Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are part of the Hyundai Kona’s available safety kit.

The interior features an eight-inch infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio and Blue Link LTE connectivity services. There’s also a wireless charging pad for smartphones, a heads-up display and more.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2018, with pricing details to be announced closer to its market launch.

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Hyundai Kona Production Pauses As Korean Workers Protest Ahead Of U.S. Launch 28
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports on 11 28th, 2017


Hyundai workers in South Korea have stopped building the Kona SUV as a protest against the company, with the labor union claiming there are plans to lay off people working on the assembly line.

This protest comes a week ahead of Hyundai’s scheduled U.S. launch, with the union warning the carmaker for a wider strike. Hyundai workers are also in annual talks with the management over pay, Reuters reports.

Hyundai has been negotiating with its labor union since October over Kona’s production plans. The Korean company’s new sub-compact SUV is a key model to their plans to reverse a U.S. sales slump.

The union labor argues that Hyundai wants to add more automation and outsource more of the assembly of key sections. Hyundai on the other hand says that the union is making “irrelevant demands”, such as adding extra windows in the factory as part of the discussions.

Union leader Ha Boo-young said that the carmaker’s decision to start production of the Kona on a new assembly line was made without consultation from the union and that’s unacceptable. He also added that a wider strike is still on the cards “should there be another provocation by the management”.

Hyundai Motor president Yoon Kap-han said that it was regrettable that the labor union is disrupting the production of a high-demand model at a time when most of their plants are “suffering from the worst sales slowdown”.

So far, the assembly line remained closed for two days this week which is equivalent to 1,230 units, according to Hyundai.

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Hyundai Kona Production Pauses As Korean Workers Protest Ahead Of U.S. Launch 28
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports on 11 28th, 2017


Hyundai workers in South Korea have stopped building the Kona SUV as a protest against the company, with the labor union claiming there are plans to lay off people working on the assembly line.

This protest comes a week ahead of Hyundai’s scheduled U.S. launch, with the union warning the carmaker for a wider strike. Hyundai workers are also in annual talks with the management over pay, Reuters reports.

Hyundai has been negotiating with its labor union since October over Kona’s production plans. The Korean company’s new sub-compact SUV is a key model to their plans to reverse a U.S. sales slump.

The union labor argues that Hyundai wants to add more automation and outsource more of the assembly of key sections. Hyundai on the other hand says that the union is making “irrelevant demands”, such as adding extra windows in the factory as part of the discussions.

Union leader Ha Boo-young said that the carmaker’s decision to start production of the Kona on a new assembly line was made without consultation from the union and that’s unacceptable. He also added that a wider strike is still on the cards “should there be another provocation by the management”.

Hyundai Motor president Yoon Kap-han said that it was regrettable that the labor union is disrupting the production of a high-demand model at a time when most of their plants are “suffering from the worst sales slowdown”.

So far, the assembly line remained closed for two days this week which is equivalent to 1,230 units, according to Hyundai.

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America’s Hyundai Kona Teased For The Los Angeles Auto Show 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, LA Auto Show on 11 22nd, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off next week and Hyundai has released the first teaser image of the US-spec Kona crossover.

The company is keeping details under wraps but the model should closely resemble the Kona that is sold in overseas markets. As a result, we can expect the a boldly styled crossover which features a prominent grille, plastic body cladding, and a unique front lighting system that mimics the Jeep Cherokee.

Detailed specifications will likely be announced on November 29th but the UK-spec model can be equipped with premium features such as leather upholstery and heated / ventilated front seats. Other options include an automatic climate control system, a wireless smartphone charger, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display.

There’s no word on what will power the US-spec model but the Kona is offered with an assortment of different engines in the United Kingdom including a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that produces 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm (127 lb-ft) of torque. A more likely candidate is the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which develops 177 PS (130 kW) and 265 Nm (196 lb-ft) of torque. With the latter engine, the Kona can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h).

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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Hyundai Eyeing Entry-Level Crossover, Kona EV News Coming Soon 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Santa Fe, Reports on 11 8th, 2017


According to a recent report, Hyundai is considering a new compact crossover.

Wards Auto says the company is exploring the possibility of creating an A-segment crossover which would have boxy styling that is somewhat similar to the larger Kia Soul. Hyundai Motor America’s Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, Mike O’Brien, told the publication the crossover would likely need all-wheel drive and that would make the model more expensive than the Accent.

As he explained, “You can’t design two totally different platforms – one that’s just a two-wheel-drive platform and another that’s an AWD platform.” Instead, automakers develop one platform that supports both configurations but this has several downsides as it requires components – such as the front wheel hubs – to be stronger than if they were just going to be used on a two-wheel drive model.

Besides talking about a possible A-segment crossover, O’Brien revealed the Kona could arrive at U.S. dealerships sooner than expected. The model will celebrate its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and there’s a chance that the crossover could go on sale before the end of the year.

O’Brien went on to say the next-generation Santa Fe will be” more suitable for the U.S. market” and news about the Kona EV is coming “very soon.”

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Mercedes CLS Confirmed For L.A. Debut, Will Be Joined By 4 New Porsches 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nissan, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Saleen, TOYOTA on 11 7th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show has confirmed several new vehicles will be shown at the event which kicks off on November 27th.

The show confirmed BMW will have two world premieres and they are likely the i8 Roadster and the X2 crossover. The organizers also confirmed we will see the new Mercedes CLS as well as the North American debuts of the Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo as well as “three more sports cars.” There’s no word on specifics but likely candidates include the 718 GTS and 911 Speedster.

Toyota is planning to introduce a new vehicle as well as make an announcement regarding a “new hydrogen infrastructure project.” There’s no word on the latter but the mysterious Toyota will be joined by a new vehicle from Lexus.

Nissan will show its “newest entry” in the crossover segment as well as an assortment of Star Wars inspired vehicles to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chevrolet, on the other hand, will have both global and North American debuts.

Last but not least, Saleen will unveil its latest vehicle which is being billed as a “result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing, and racing.”

Photo Credits: Manufacturers and CarPix for CarScoops

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Scoop: Electric Hyundai Kona To Offer Up To 310 Miles Of Range* 19
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Scoops, Scoops on 10 19th, 2017


These are the first spy shots of the much awaited EV version of the Hyundai Kona, the second all-electric model of the Korean car maker after the Ioniq EV.
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Hyundai Kona Tries To Impress In First Reviews 17
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 10 17th, 2017


There are plenty of choices in the ever-crowded subcompact crossover segment, with one of the latest additions coming from Hyundai and their brand-new Kona.
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Hyundai Kona Tries To Impress In First Reviews 17
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 10 17th, 2017


There are plenty of choices in the ever-crowded subcompact crossover segment, with one of the latest additions coming from Hyundai and their brand-new Kona.
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2018 Hyundai Kona Is Ready To Land In UK, Pricing Starts At £16,195 16
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, new cars, prices, UK on 10 16th, 2017


Hyundai will open the order books for the new Kona subcompact SUV on November 2 in the United Kingdom, with official pricing and range details going public.
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