What Could Apple’s Future Role in Autonomous Vehicles Be?

Apple has made many false starts getting into the autonomous vehicle market—they continue their efforts both by themselves and through potential partnerships.

Many believe that Apple’s future as a tech giant will be to expand beyond phones and computers, which they have conquered already. Some believe that either a role in self-driving cars or in improving health care are their best bets.

Hyundai has made a public confirmation that they have been talking to Apple about the two companies working together in some form. Hyundai’s role could be in manufacturing and with battery technology. A product could be available as soon as 2024.

Additionally, Apple sought and received the OK from California regulators to test self-driving cars on city streets. They have a handful of vehicles equipped with a variety of sensors including radar and lidar which have been spotted on the roads of Silicon Valley.

Lastly, Apple has been hiring and invest in their own business even amongst staff cuts, leadership changeups and new strategies.

Hyundai Rolls Out New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck

Hyundai is no doubt becoming one of the emerging heavy investors in next-gen vehicle tech. They are focusing on many eco-friendly options like EVs, hydrogen or their very new hydrogen fuel cell truck, the Xcient

Only just available in Europe, the Xcient is powered by a 190kW hydrogen fuel cell system which includes a dual 95xW fuel cell stacks. The Xcient also employees 7 hydrogen tanks that can hold about 32kg of hydrogen.

This adds up to a driving range of about 400km and a refill time of about eight to twenty minutes for the Xcient. This also means incredibly reduced CO2 emissions to its diesel equivalent. Hyundai also says that the Xcient’s new powertrain will not hinder load bearing claiming that it will haul what an equivilant diesel can.

Hyundai delivered the first seven Xcient trucks to Switzerland and they’ll send out another fifty by year’s end. Hyundai expects to roll out Xcients across Europe, N. America, China and New Zealand.

Hyundai Earns Red Dot ‘Brand of the Year’ 2018

This honor adds to Hyundai’s praises this year for its imaginative and pioneering design. The Red Dot Award is one of the esteemed international design competitions the world over. The Brand of the Year Award is given to an auto maker that has demonstrated advanced and inspired design. t.

This summer Hyundai won several Red Dot Awards for other models. These models included their Solati Moving Hotel, Hyundai Pavilion, Genesis Gangnam, Genesis Sound Design, Pioneer Film and Safety Hologram. These innovations won Red Dots in all kinds of categories.

Hyundai was also recognized for its effort in other areas including Retail Design, Sound Design, Spatial Communication, Film and Animation and Interface and User Experience Design.

The Korean automaker has been recognized by other organizations. Hyundai is also among the best global brands according to Interbrand 2018. Interbrand is a brand consultancy. Hyundai, overall, is ranked 36th among the world-wide brands. It is ranked 6th among the top 10 automotive brands.


Hyundai Announces i30 Fastback N

Hyundai has affirmed the i30 Fastback N will make its introduction at the Paris car show in October. Official pictures have demonstrated models experiencing last testing at the Nürburgring, where the organization has its European Test Center.

The smooth five-entryway Fastback N is the third execution auto to originate from Hyundai’s youngster N division, following the i30 N hatchback and US-just Veloster N.

The Fastback N will utilize the same mechanicals, powertrain and twin-leave debilitate framework as its hatchback siblings, and could be seen moving on the same 19in wheels in our prior covert agent shots. That implies it will offer two power yields from its turbocharged 2.0-liter motor: 247bhp for the standard variation and 271bhp for the adaptation furnished with the discretionary N Performance Pack, which we drove in model shape not long ago.

The two variations will be front-wheel drive and are relied upon to accompany a six-speed manual gearbox, similar to the current hatchback demonstrate. In spite of the adjustment fit as a fiddle, the fastback’s execution will probably be close indistinguishable to the hatchback’s, which means 0-62mph time of around 6.1sec for the 271bhp variant.

Hyundai Still Hot for Hydrogen

According to Car and Driver blog writer Clifford Atiyeh Korean automaker Hyundai are still chasing hot on the trail of hydrogen vehicles. Hyundai has just revealed a preview of a completely new, fuel cell powered SUV. This new model, yet to be named, will replace the few, silent Tucson fuel-cell vehicles quietly zipping around Southern California.

The old generation Hyundai fuel cell would take a Tucson about 265 miles (two tanks). The new version, employing three tanks with a range “so ridiculous we won’t even cite it.” Horsepower gets increased to 161 (that’s +27HP) boosting fuel efficiency by 60%. The new design will also allow cold starts down to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hyundai hasn’t confirmed the mechanical basis of the new fuel-cell SUV. It is developing a “dedicated architecture for pure electric vehicles” that will include an EV with an estimated 311-mile range. The fuel-cell vehicle is likely to use a dedicated chassis that will give rise to a range of alternative power trains to lower production costs for all alternative fuel models.

Hyundai will sell the new SUV in South Korea in time for the Winter Olympics in Seoul in February 2018.

Hyundai Santa Cruz – nice!

The Victor Crew at the New York International Auto Show:

Hyundai has built a cute little concept crossover truck called a Santa Cruz. It’s compact size makes it adorable (if you can say that about a truck)! They wanted to build something that would be better on gas but have the cargo space people wanted. It was reminiscent of the “Brat” made a number of years ago by Subaru but cleaner looking.

It has a 2-liter turbo diesel engine, 190 hp. Fuel is estimated in the high 30s highway driving. It has all-wheel drive. The cargo bed is expandable to a size almost as long as a midsize truck.

Rumor has it this concept vehicle may become a reality in November. (At least Hyundai is pushing for it!)

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Black Friday Car Deals

Curious if what has become known as “Black Friday” affects car sales, the Victor crew set about to find out what kind of deals there were out there. Here is what we found:

Houston, TX: Sterling McCall Toyota is slashing prices by thousands of dollars for their “Slicer Sale” and some hopefuls may drive away with a car as low as $1. There will be 3 sold at this price. Some people arrived early and camped out hoping for this deal.

GM: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC have deals being promoted. Cadillac is offering Black Friday cash discounts, and GMC truck is taking off $5000 on Sierra 1500 Crew Cab for example. Watch for promotions on TV.

Ford: Ford’s website has a promotion called “Black Friday Survival Guide” on their website. You can get up to a $1000 prepaid MasterCard to use toward your purchase or keep for your Christmas shopping.

Hyundai: Their Black Friday special is offering 0% financing for 72 months on four of their Elantras this week.

Totally unrelated to Black Friday, Victory Honda in Monroe Michigan is refunding the price of all Toyotas bought there between now and the big game of MSU vs OSU IF the Wolverines can shut out Buckeyes completely!

~ Joe Victor

For the economy-minded: Here are the 10 Coolest Cars under $18,000

Kelly Blue Book has a list of the 10 Coolest cars under $18,000.

  1. 2013 Chevrolet Spark
  2. 2013 Honda Civic
  3. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta
  4. 2013 Fiat 500
  5. 2013 Mazda MAZDA3
  6. 2013 Dodge Dart
  7. 2013 Honda Fit
  8. 2013 Kia Soul
  9. 2013 Ford Focus
  10. 2013 Hyundai Veloster

(When you go the Kelly Blue Book site (link above) you will be asked for your zip code so you will get the current pricing for your area.)

~ The Victor crew

Joe asks Jody Victor: 10 Best Values In Used Cars, 2012

If you are in the market for a used car, you may have trouble finding one. Here’s Jody Victor® telling us about it from an article by Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger.

Jody Victor®: Hey, Joe, sometimes a used car is the way to go, no matter what kind of vehicle you are looking for. But since the Great Recession, used cars have not been around – people are hanging on to their older cars longer. Here’s a list, in two parts, from msn.com  that will give you something to go on.

2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Price when new: $19,545 (automatic)
Dealer used price: $9,902
Private-party price: $8,731
Certified used price: $11,480
MPG (city/hwy): 21/30

Hyundai’s Sonata offers a thrifty 2.4-liter engine, standard stability control and six airbags. Plus, it keeps ownership costs low — the brand’s 5-year/60,000-miles new-car warranty and five-year no-charge roadside assistance transfer to new owners (they get the remainder of both). The famed 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, however, doesn’t transfer.

2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i sedan

Price when new: $18,190
Dealer used price: $12,191
Private-party price: $10,967
Certified used price: $12,859
MPG (city/hwy): 20/27

Engaging driving dynamics and Subaru’s always-standard all-wheel drive are only part of the Impreza’s appeal. It garnered a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and has side and side-curtain airbags. If a collision causes the front airbags to deploy, smart technology protects the driver and front-seat passenger. Sensors measure the driver’s proximity to the steering wheel, as well as the passenger’s weight (to determine whether a child or an adult is occupying the seat), and adjust the airbags’ force accordingly.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT

Price when new: $23,225
Dealer used price: $13,114
Private-party price: $11,937
Certified used price: $14,141
MPG (city/hwy): 22/33

With its 2008 redesign, the Malibu garnered a lot of accolades: Kiplinger’s Best New Car and Best in Class awards were just a cherry topping to the industry’s prestigious North American Car of the Year award. But to play it safe, we recommend buying a redesigned vehicle in the second year of production — the first year’s examples often have kinks to work out. For 2009, stability control became standard across the trim lineup, along with side and side-curtain airbags.

2009 Nissan Rogue S

Price when new: $21,020
Dealer used price: $14,971
Private-party price: $13,435
Certified used price: $16,123
MPG (city/hwy): 22/27

After a 2008 redesign, when we named it Best New Small Crossover, the Rogue ascended to Kiplinger’s Best in Class award for 2009. Its stylish exterior complements the value it holds inside — including a peppy 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, stability and traction control, and six airbags. Plus, it was rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

2008 Honda CR-V LX

Price when new: $21,370
Dealer used price: $15,135
Private-party price: $14,089
Certified used price: $16,402
MPG (city/hwy): 20/27

A perennial Kiplinger’s Best New and Best Used pick, the CR-V keeps its value throughout its lifespan. It boasts fuel economy on par with a midsize sedan, but it has more than twice the cargo capacity (36 cubic feet behind the rear seats). Its standard stability control and six airbags helped win it a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Thanks, Jody! More next time.

Joe Victor