Hyundai Says It Can Reach US 2020 CAFE Requirement of 35 mpg by 2015; Hybrid Santa Fe Concept to Debut at Paris Show
|Hyundai will introduce a concept hybrid version of the Santa Fe SUV at the Paris Motor Show. Hyundai says the prototype offers combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.2 L/100km (38 mpg US).|
Hyundai Motor Company believes it will be able to meet the new US Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 35 mpg by 2015, five years ahead of the federally mandated deadline of 2020. Hyundai Senior Executive Vice President Park Seong–Hyon outlined the company’s approach in a presentation at the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference in Chicago (3-5 September).
Hyundai plans on continuous refinement of its gasoline engines; the introduction of more sophisticated transmissions; the application of next–generation hybrids; and new technologies such Integrated Stop and Go. Turbocharging, gasoline direct injection (GDI), dual continuously variable valve timing and eight–speed automatic transmissions are among the other fuel–saving technologies that will be applied according to vehicle type and size.
Hyundai will highlight some of its approaches at the Mondial de L´Automobile in Paris in October, and at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, including details on Hyundai´s new Hybrid Blue Drive technology. Earlier this month, the company confirmed its plans to introduce a Sonata Hybrid with Li-ion battery pack to the US market in 2010, with the prototype to be shown in November. (Earlier post.)
At the Paris show, Hyundai will showcase a concept hybrid Santa Fe, as well as premiere the new i20 and a low-emissions i20 i-blue concept.
Santa Fe Hybrid. The Santa Fe Gasoline-Electric Hybrid concept maintains the overall design of the existing Santa Fe, but features a new parallel hybrid drive system which mates the current 2.4-liter Theta gasoline engine to a six-speed automatic transmission and a 30 kW electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. Projected fuel economy is around 38 mpg US (6.2 L/100km), with CO2 emissions of 148 g/km.
In November 2007, Korea-based LG Chem won an order to exclusively supply lithium-ion polymer batteries to Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors. (Earlier post.) Hyundai Motor also has formed an alliance with LG Chem, SK Energy and SB LiMotive to develop battery packs for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). (Earlier post.)
i20. Set to be launched early 2009, the new i20 replaces the Getz and will be an important addition to Hyundai’s i-range. Designed at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the new five-door has a longer wheelbase than the existing Getz, and is both bigger inside and more dynamic in appearance.
Based on the all-new i20, the i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai’s new 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 89 hp (66 kW) and generates 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. To further improve economy, it drives through a six-speed manual gearbox instead of the car’s usual five-speed unit. The i20 i-blue has an estimated fuel economy rating of With a CO2 output of just 99 g/km and a fuel consumption figure of 57 mpg US (4.1 L/100km) and CO2 output of 99 g/km.
The i20 i-blue car concept incorporates a number of modifications, including full-length under floor covers, a 15 millimeter reduction in ground clearance, changes to the front and rear aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tires and high performance, low friction engine oil.