Back in September, Hyundai showed us the new, fourth-generation 2022 Hyundai Tucson in all of its geometric glory, sporting new tech and an airy interior. With its arrival at dealerships fast approaching, we now have an idea of how much it’ll cost.
On Monday, the automaker announced that prices for the new Tucson will start at $24,950 for the front-wheel drive, 2.5-liter engine SE trim. There will be a total of 15 different trim combinations, with the range-topping Limited HEV hybrid version starting at $37,350.
All prices exclude the $1,185 destination and handling fee.
You can see a full rundown of the new Tucson’s prices below.
Last year, the automaker unveiled the latest version of its globally best-selling model and its most popular SUV in the US. It comes with a “jewel-like” front grille made up of “half-mirror type daytime running lamps that are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille” and are “only revealed when illuminated.” Neat!
It’s the same story from the back: the new Tucson has full-width tail lights that have half-hidden triangles on them that you can only see when they’re lit. These design elements make the Tucson unlike all of the other cars in the saturated SUV market.
Engine options include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, good for a claimed 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Then there’s the 1.6-liter, turbocharged hybrid or plug-in hybrid option. That engine makes a claimed 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque combined. There’s also a sportier N Line performance version of the new Tucson that’ll start at $30,600.
The Tucson will have available all-wheel drive, including on the N Line model. Previous versions of it had eco, comfort, smart, and sport driving modes. The newest version has mud, sand, and snow conditions added in certain markets.
Inside, the Tucson appears quite spacious indeed. The dashboard is kept low relative to the window line, which will hopefully improve visibility. Similar to Mercedes-Benz, the interior will now come with 64 different colors of ambient lighting that have 10 levels of adjustable brightness.
There are two stacked 10.25-inch full touch screens that house controls for the navigation system, infotainment, and climate. If you’re someone who likes buttons, this might not be the interior for you. Hyundai even made it a point to say that the screens are “exempt of hard buttons.”
There’s also a feature called Car-to-Home, which lets you control your smart home appliances from the car. Hyundai said with Car-to-Home, you can turn on the air conditioner at home before you get there, for example.
There’s also a full suite of safety features that include forward collision-avoidance assist, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot view monitor, surround-view monitor, and reverse parking collision-avoidance assist.
And, as mentioned previously, the 2022 Tucson will be available in two different-length wheelbases, depending on the market. The car is for sale already in Korea as a 2021 model. In the US, it will be available in the first half of 2021 as a 2022 model.
Tiger Woods remains hospitalized in Los Angeles with injuries he sustained in a rollover car crash this week, an accident the LA County Sheriff’s Office said could have been worse if the golfer hadn’t been cushioned by his SUV’s interior.
Woods was driving a Genesis GV80, the brand’s first SUV. Genesis is a luxury brand sold by Korean automaker Hyundai.
During Tuesday’s crash, the vehicle’s front end and and bumpers were destroyed, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference. But the interior of the car was not severely damaged, helping Woods survive, Villanueva said.
“The interior of the vehicle was more or less intact which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would’ve been a fatal crash,” Villanueva said.
Genesis is the sponsor of the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour tournament that Woods was hosting at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
The company didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment. But, Genesis Motor North America CEO Mark Del Rosso said in a statement Tuesday he was “heartbroken to hear that Tiger was in an accident this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Some of the GV80’s safety features include an omnidirectional anti-collision technology that analyzes driving conditions as they occur, according to the Genesis GV80 website.
Additionally, a 10-Airbag System is installed that includes “a center airbag between the two front seats, to help prevent collisions between passengers and subsequent impact injuries,” it said.
The GV80 is also equipped with a blind-spot collision avoidance technology that evasively steers the car to safety to avoid a collision in case the drive is changing lanes or when another vehicle is changing lanes and is approaching towards the car’s rear, the company said on its website.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t released crash-test results or overall safety ratings for the GV80. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Wednesday on Twitter that the GV80 is currently being tested and results should be announced next month.
The vehicle has a starting price of $48,500 for entry level models. The premier 3.5T Prestige model is priced at over $70,000.
The 2021 GV80 received strong reviews from Car and Driver, with a 10/10 rating. “With a sumptuously appointed and whisper-quiet cabin, the 2021 GV80 is exactly the flagship SUV the Genesis brand needs to be taken seriously by American consumers,” the magazine wrote.
News of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 all-electric SUV on Tuesday was exciting for many reasons, but chief among those reasons was that it has a place to put your freaking purse!
As I scrolled through photos of the airy-looking interior, I came across this one and stopped. Owing to the Ioniq 5’s batteries-along-the-floor design, its passengers can enjoy a far more spacious interior cabin – especially in the footwell.
See that space between the front seats? Behind the upholders? That’s primo purse real estate right there.
I can’t tell you what a drag it’s been all these years, getting into cars and having nowhere to put my purse. Usually what happens is the bag goes in the back seat for longer trips (bad, out of reach) or dumped in my boyfriend’s lap (also bad, because it’s rude).
It’s all been suboptimal, is what I’m saying.
There have been a few attempts to correct this in the past, including in my mom’s old 2000 Lexus RX 300. The car was already great, but what made it a true triumph in automotive design was the little dedicated space between the front seats for bags. There was even a plastic tray to set your things down on.
Subsequent generations of the Lexus RX models did away with that space, and it was a move for the worse.
And then there have been more blatant attempts at marketing cars toward people who carry purses – ones that make a big deal about who certain features are for, all for the sake of advertising.
But here, in all-new, space-age electric Hyundai, you get all of the usability and none of the patronization. You can drop your purse right in between the front seats, which will keep your bag upright so it won’t spill over. The bag itself remains close by, never out of reach. Your phone, wallet, sunglasses, and lip balm are all conveniently right there.
Hyundai hints at that utility rather than screaming it by featuring a photo of a person literally in the act of putting their purse in that little cubby.
Hyundai’s own press release explains it plainly: “The ‘Living Space’ theme runs throughout the interior, most notably embodied by the Universal Island, a moveable center console that can slide back as much as 140 mm. Universal Island, along with the flat floor where the batteries are stored, allows more freedom of movement inside the vehicle.”
This, my friends, is how you market to purse-carrying people. If you want to put thoughtful features in your car that you think women or purse-carrying people will enjoy, then just do it. Present the information in an informative manner, give us some photos of people using it. Move on without any gendered stereotypes.
If you have a genuinely good feature – such as a place for purses – congratulations! You thought outside of the box. Let everyone know it’s there.
Apple has reportedly begun talking to suppliers of lidar self-driving car sensors, as part of its effort to build an electric vehicle, according to Bloomberg.
Common on many self-driving vehicles and prototypes, lidar sensors are used to determine the vehicle’s distance from objects, people, and other vehicles. The technology also is used for other tech, including a few iPhone models.
Apple was talking with several lidar suppliers working on next-gen hardware, according to Bloomberg. The report also said Apple has developed in-house much of the software needed for self-driving vehicles. But a vehicle launch may be at least five years away, Bloomberg reported, citing internal Apple sources.
In recent weeks and months, reports have also claimed Apple was in talks with several car manufacturers about building Apple-branded vehicles.
In January, a South Korean newspaper reported advanced talks with Hyundai, with plans to build a “beta” version of an Apple vehicle within about a year. But Hyundai and its sister brand Kia later denied those talks.
Kia is reportedly seeking a production partner to build Apple’s electric vehicles in Georgia, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apple has reportedly been in talks with Hyundai, Kia’s parent company, about a partnership on the vehicles. Last week, Hyundai executives were reportedly “agonizing” over the deal.
Apple and Hyundai were reportedly close to a deal this week, CNBC reported on Wednesday. But Bloomberg reported on Friday that Apple and Hyundai had “paused” their discussions. It wasn’t clear when they’d resume, the report said.
Apple didn’t return a request for comment on Saturday.
If Kia finds a local partner to build an Apple vehicle in Georgia, it’s unclear how involved Hyundai would be in making the vehicles.
“We are not a company which manufactures cars for others. It is not like working with Apple would always produce great results,” an unnamed Hyundai executive told Reuters last week.
Apple hasn’t publicly acknowledged that it’s been in talks with auto manufacturers, but details have leaked to the press. Hyundai and Apple have been talking about a deal since at least 2018, according to Reuters. And the company is in talks with other manufacturers for smaller parts, the Journal reported.
South Korean media reported on January 10 that Hyundai and Apple planned to sign a deal by March 2021. They were planning to make a “beta” version of an Apple electric vehicle in 2022, then start full-scale production in 2024, according to the report.
If finalized, the EV will be Apple-branded and built at Kia’s assembly plant in West Point, Georgia, CNBC reported.
Sources told the outlet that the deal isn’t done yet, and that Apple may decide to partner with another automaker either instead of, or in addition to, Hyundai.
As for specifics about the car itself, one source told CNBC that Apple’s cars won’t be built to have a driver and that they’ll be geared toward “the last mile,” indicating that the vehicles may be commercial in nature.
Apple’s stock jumped more than 2% on the news in after-hours trading.
Rumors have circulated for years about Apple’s potential plans to build an EV, and speculation has intensified in recent months.
In December, Reuters reported that Apple plans to launch a self-driving electric vehicle as soon as 2024, citing unnamed sources familiar with the tech giant’s plans. Sources told the outlet that the vehicle would not be a commercial vehicle or a self-driving taxi, but a consumer vehicle instead. Instead of competing with robotaxi firms like Waymo, Apple would more likely rival electric carmakers like Tesla and Rivian.
The future vehicle would utilize Apple’s own advanced battery technology, which has the potential to “radically” diminish charging time and increase range, one source told Reuters.
Hyundai declined to comment when reached by Insider. A spokesperson for Apple did immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
It wasn’t that long ago that cars from Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia had a reputation for being cheaply built and horribly unreliable. Buyers conflated their economy pricing with sub-par quality to the detriment of the automakers. But that is no more.
Within the last 15 years or so, Hyundai and Kia shed their crap-can reputations and instead focused on making cars that people actually wanted to buy – quality cars that looked good and were good to drive, too.
Perhaps the most shining example of that is the new Kia Telluride, a midsize three-row SUV named after a posh ski town in Colorado. Kia started selling it in the spring of 2019, and you people went nuts for it.
SUVs in general have enjoyed strong sales here in the US for years. But when it came to the Telluride, things felt different. It felt lavish. Unlike its competitors. Like it belonged in at a higher price point than Kia gave it. The Telluride felt like a crowning moment of just how far Hyundai and Kia have come.
It, plus the other offerings out of South Korea, hopefully symbolize a willingness to commit to what it takes to challenge current industry giants like Honda and Toyota – and if Hyundai and Kia do commit, those giants will be in for a fight.
Selling like hotcakes
Much of the Telluride’s initial coverage focused on how popular it was. It’s called the Kia “Sell-u-ride” internally, Automobile Magazine reported. Dealers couldn’t keep them on their lots because demand was so high, CNN said. Kia couldn’t build the Telluride fast enough to meet the need, The Car Connection wrote.
The best-selling Telluride, CarBuzz discovered, is the top-tier SX trim with the Premium Package. That one runs you at a starting MSRP of $46,390 – or a little more than a base Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The outside of the Telluride is striking. With its big, wide grille, its own name – T E L L U R I D E – stamped in silver lettering across its nose, its stacked headlights and square, orange daytime running lights, the Telluride’s face is not one that blends in with the rather bland SUVs it competes with. The perennially popular Toyota Highlander, conversely, is rolling anonymity.
The Telluride is bold. It demands attention. And it doesn’t look like anything Kia has ever made or currently makes. If you covered up the badge, I probably wouldn’t have even thought it was a Kia at all.
Inside, it’s the same story. High-quality leathers, wood-appearing trim, simulated brushed metal switches and dials. Refinement, spaciousness. Upscale.
Rap on the dash with your knuckles and it doesn’t respond with that cheap, clacky, plasticky response. Toggle the air vents and they slide smoothly in their sockets. Close the doors and they return a satisfying thump.
Fully loaded, my review Telluride came to just under $50,000. It was an incredible amount of car for the price, punching far above its weight and infringing dangerously close to luxury automaker territory.
Building the good cars
This upward trend with South Korean automakers started a few years ago and it might just give them a fighting chance against the Japanese ones – provided they keep investing the time, money, and resources required for maintaining that momentum. Because, so far, the cars have been good.
The Telluride’s biggest draw is that it offers an upmarket product that’s priced lower than many of its competitors.
There still might be a struggle with brand recognition issues over at Hyundai’s new luxury arm, Genesis, but the quality of its cars is undeniable. The G90 and G80 sedans are executive and just as comfortable to ride in as they are to drive. The G70 sport sedan is light-footed and fun, especially when paired with a manual transmission.
You know about the Kia Telluride. But before that, the Kia Stinger sport sedan came bursting out of the gates with a hatch-style trunk and sharp looks, winning Business Insider’s 2018 Car of the Year award.
These cars are proof that style doesn’t always have to command top dollar. In fact, it shouldn’t.
The ascent of South Korean automakers in the US public consciousness only started happening within the last 15 years or so.
A 2004 story in The New York Times reported that new-car buyers ranked Hyundai above any domestic or European automaker in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It was the first time this had ever happened.
The story quoted the agency’s then executive director of quality and customer satisfaction, Joe Ivers, as saying: “A decade ago, as Korean manufacturers struggled with a universally poor reputation for vehicle quality, no one would have predicted they could not only keep the pace, but actually pass domestics and other imports in terms of initial quality.”
That wasn’t the whole story, though. The outlet pointed out that Kia continued to be a “subpar performer in the initial-quality rankings.”
“And in J.D. Power’s most recent study of long-term reliability, which many in the industry consider to be a more important barometer, the Hyundai brand ranks near the bottom of the industry and Kia is dead last,” The New York Times wrote.
In a matter of a few years, the results have almost completely reversed themselves.
Gone are the days when you’d reject a Kia simply because it was a Korean car. Han’s casual dismissal of Hyundai in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” doesn’t hold the same type of punch-down humor it once did.
You do get the sense that Hyundai and Kia are still figuring out a cohesive design strategy – all BMWs look like BMWs, but not all Kias and Hyundais look like Kias and Hyundais yet – but as for what’s underneath? They’ve got that on lock. Based on what I’ve seen in just the past few years, what’s to come can only get better.
There’s still a long road ahead if the brands want to displace industry titans like Toyota and Honda – and even Nissan – of course. Hyundai and Kia account for just 8.1% of the market share in the US, The Korea Times reported in 2019. That was despite the greatly improved products.
That modest market share is also comprised of weak segments – hatchbacks and compact sedans, as well as low-margin cars – so Kia and Hyundai must build up numbers there, too. Headline-grabbing Stingers and Tellurides can’t net all of the sales, after all.
But it’s an optimistic spot to be in all the same. The crap-can reputation is a thing of the past, and that accounts very powerfully for public perception. With the Telluride especially, Kia has shown that it not only can, but will, build, execute, and sell a quality car that people actually want to buy.
The trick is to carry that same energy over to everything else.
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There were 24 people on board during the wreck: 23 crew members and one pilot. Of the rescued, 20 were initially safely removed from the boat according to the US Coast Guard. The remaining four were later rescued, all alive and in “relatively good condition,” according to the Associated Press.
However, after delays from hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic, the first cut was not removed until late November 2020, according to Car and Driver. Shortly after oin December 9, 2020, Car and Driver published a report that found that hundreds of subcompact vehicles were replaced by the heavier Kia Telluride SUV, therefore changing the ship’s balance and causing the wreck.
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The cargo ship Golden Ray capsized and caught fire in September 2019 in St. Simons Sound off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, roughly 80 miles south of Savannah, Georgia.
The US Coast Guard called the wreck “unprecedented,” according to NPR …
The ship was headed to Baltimore up the coast from Jacksonville, Florida.
There were 24 people on board: 23 crew members and one pilot. Everyone was rescued alive.
Before being rescued, the rescue team was communicating with the trapped crew members through a hole the rescuers’ drilled, according to CBS.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources had been monitoring the coastal environmental conditions following the capsizing.
The company thanked the Coast Guard in a statement, and said it would work on “mitigating damage to property and the environment.”
A joint recovery team between the state of Georgia, the Coast Guard, and Hyundai’s contractor, Gallagher Marine Systems, was tasked with pumping the approximately 300,000 gallons of fuel and oil out of the ship’s tank, NPR reported.
The rocks will be removed after the Golden Ray has been completely dismantled.
Marine chemists and salvage operators, pictured below on November 22, 2019, were assessing the oil inside of the wreckage in order to figure out the best way to remove oil without damaging the environment and response crew.
Work barges have been deployed to clean up the tank’s oil, as announced by St. Simons Sound Response on December 4, 2019. Barges provide better access to crew members and equipment.
On December 12, 2019, the St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command finished removing oil from all of the ship’s 26 accessible tanks. Some of the tanks were submerged and had to be oil pumped via diving operations.
Over 320,000 gallons of oil and water were removed.
“This milestone helps ensure the health of the environment and the livelihoods of the people who rely on the St. Simons Sound,” Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s emergency response state on-scene coordinator Jed Hewitt said in a statement. “The removal of fuel from the vessel has significantly reduced the remaining threat to the environment.”
On December 20, 2019, Golden Ray’s rudder and propeller -which weighed a total of 130 tons – were removed to “help reduce stresses to the hull of the wreck,” St. Simons Sound Response wrote in a statement.
A fire was started on board the ship on January 19 when contract welders were working inside the ship. At least one car inside of the Golden Ray caught on fire, but the flames were put out via the contractor’s fireboat, local news reported.
Donjon-SMIT, the former Golden Ray salvage company, filed a lawsuit against the US Coast Guard alleging that the Coast Guard violated federal law by dropping Donjon-SMIT to work with a rival company, News 4 Jax reported.
Donjon-SMIT said the US Coast Guard allegedly violated a 1990 federal law after Donjon-SMIT was dropped as the official salvage response company even though it was already a part of the Golden Ray’s response plan, WABE reported.
On December 9, 2020, Car and Driver published a report that found that hundreds of subcompact vehicles were replaced by the heavier Kia Telluride SUVs, therefore changing the ship’s balance and causing the wreck.