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Hyundai to Commercialize a Diesel Hybrid Car Around 2011

Korea Times. The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group plans to add a diesel hybrid to its liquefied petroleum gas and gasoline hybrid offerings.

The nation’s largest carmaker said that it would commercialize a hybrid edition for one of its diesel models, at a forum on clean diesel held at the National Assembly, Monday. “Commercialization will be established around 2011,” said Kim Hae-jin, Hyundai-Kia’s managing director.

When it comes to green cars, the carmaker said its focus would be on diesel hybrids rather than electric vehicles in the short term. “Electric cars will be produced in 2011 as well, but it will take five or six more years to churn them out. So the company will concentrate more on diesel hybrid models,” Kim said.

Hyundai has released hybrid editions of the Avante and Forte sedans, and plans a hybrid version of its Sonata gasoline sedan.



Ten years after the PNGV program produced three diesel hybrid prototypes from three U.S. automakers, someone finally gets around to producing one. All of those prototypes got over 70 mpg and used every trick in the book for mileage. The car companies said they could not produce them at a price people would pay. We will see how this one turns out...back to the future.


What Hyundai plans Hyundai does.


The US auto companies were part of the pressure groups to get PNGV cancelled.  Now that cancellation has allowed even Hyundai to eat the future markets.

The death certificate of the US auto industry will read "Cause:  suicide".


EP - Good assessment.

What could the Big-3 do to compete and regain market share? More chrome, horse power, accelleration and pounds dont sell any more.

He who masters lower cost electrified vehicles may become the winner.

Can we produce $4K e-Nanos for inner-city traffic and extended range $10K e-minis for longer range?

Can we ever adapt to common sense size vehicles after decades of 3 to 4 tonnes extravagances?


With the VW diesel hybrid concept to follow, Hyundi could do worse than make a special effort it would certainly be posible to jump a few positions.

As a new(ish) player on the world stage, this suggestion is a high bar.

I am somewhat disappointed with Hyundi's lpg hybrids spec's esp (All) the gas fueling systems are not achieving anywhere near potential.

Again, it is not practical to clear the standouts but points for playing. It will certainly focus the other players.

Maybe the increasinly diesel / gas aftermarket systems we are increasingly seeing would be another option.
Should be good for 120 mpg US.

Or diesel, gas dual fuel options?


Unless GM gets in the battery business (again) and does a better job, I don't see how they can make it with the Volt, let alone the EV market. Verical integration may not work with all things, but with batteries for EVs it does. They were dependent on the oil companies to supply cheap gasoline for their SUVs and that got them into trouble. If a key component is batteries and you do not control that, all you have is contracts and those expire.


As long as they come out on top of the battery shakeout (or have several options.)



"even Hyundai" isn't something you can say anymore. They are the 6th biggest car manufacturer worldwide (if you count in Kia), way in front of PSA, Fiat, Chrysler and many others.
They have shown now that they can make quality cars and sell them.
They want to become the third largest maker, behind VW and Toyota and up to now, they have done what they have said they would do (see kelly's post)


Hyundai is the only automaker to fleet average over 30 mpg:

The only auto disappointments are state side.


Simodul, where was Hyundai in 2001, when GM asked the Bush administration to cancel PNGV?  I rest my case.


What do you mean Engineer-Poet, PNGV was for the big three only. Honda and Toyota wanted to participate but they were denied. After all the money thrown into PNGV, the big three said hybrids weren't feasable. Then Toyota (on their own) proved them wrong. Hynudai wasn't involved whatsoever.


Something obviously missed in translation?


Since my meaning isn't as obvious as I hoped:

  • In 2001, GM, Ford and Chrysler decided that they didn't want to build PNGV cars.  Direct-injection gasoline engines would have sufficed if diesels could not meet NOx limits, but they decided to quit instead.
  • Since 2001, the Big 3 have shrunk radically.
  • Hyundai has not only grown immensely, it is going to build what amounts to PNGV cars.
Do I have to quote "The road not taken", or have I been sufficiently clear?


Ease up mate,
It's not that this a 'colonial' can't figure your clues to the internal workings of American politics, rather be patient as some or many of the readers will have 'English' as a second (or third) language.

I'm have a limited grasp of 5 - only one (native) non technical.

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