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Hyundai-Rimac Electric Sports Car Will Blow Our Minds

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The hot-rodded EV will be a game-changer and visually distinct from internal-combustion cars.

Hyundai has bigger plans for its partnership with Croatian electric sports-car maker Rimac than originally thought. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Thomas Beurkle, the Korean automaker’s head of European design, revealed that their jointly developed performance EV will influence the entire company’s engineering, design and marketing thinking.

“You could say it is a marketing instrument on the outside but it’s also a game changer on the inside,” he said .

Hyundai will make the EV visually distinct from internal combustion cars so that you know it’s an electric car and will target it at buyers “who want to be advanced, who want to lead in terms of taste and style,” buyers who have no problem owning an unconventional sports car.

“It will be a real challenge for the design department to work on this,” Beurkle added, falling short of providing any details on the the car’s looks, performance or price.

Rimac is best known for electric hypercars like the C_Two, which produces around 2,000 horsepower, so the sky is the limit as to how crazy Hyundai’s electric sports can turn out.

What are you hoping to see from Hyundai and Rimac?

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New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV Looks Like A Winner For Hyundai

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The Venue has the style, content and substance to be a big sales winner.

Unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the all-new Hyundai Venue is a small SUV that’s dressed up to win, offering buyers plenty of style inside and out, a comprehensive suite of safety and convenience technologies, and the everyday versatility SUVs are known for, and all at an affordable price.

The Venue comes with an all-encompassing suite of advanced safety technologies to help keep driver and passengers safe on the road. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Collision Cross-Traffic Warning all help to ease the anxiety of driving in heavily congested areas, while Lane Keeping Assist and a Driver Attention Warning system detect when you’re not paying attention or suffering from fatigue, helping ensure you’re alert alert and in the right lane.

The tech features extend into the Venue’s interior, which comes with an 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3.5” TFT instrument cluster display, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and real-Time Traffic when you opt for the available navigation system.

Models equipped with remote-start benefit from Hyundai Blue Link integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to remotely start the car and operate climate control functions by simply inputting your Blue Link Personal Identification Number into either app.

The Venue is powered by Hyundai’s fuel-efficient Smartstream Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Dual-Port Fuel Injection engine received several design changes to increase fuel efficiency, including an Integrated Thermal Management System, Maximized Thermal Efficiency, and Cooling System Optimization.

The engine can be mated to either an Intelligent Variable Transmission automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission, and Hyundai estimates a combined city / highway fuel economy of up to 33 miles per gallon in the United States.

New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV, cargo area

Seeing as the Venue is an SUV, expect lots of cargo space for a car its size. Each version of the Venue comes standard with a 60/40-split flat-folding backseat that makes it easy to make room for extra luggage or that cute piece of furniture you’re trying to bring home. The cargo area floor also features two levels — one is flush with the base of the seats and the other sits at a lower position to allow you to fit taller items. A rear covering shelf keeps your valuables hidden from prying eyes.

Curious as to why Hyundai gave their latest SUV the name Venue? We asked our friends at Winner Hyundai (Dover, DE) and they said that “a venue is typically somewhere people want to be seen in” and the all-new 2020 Venue is definitely ‘the place to be’ while you’re on your way to your next destination.

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Hyundai, Kia Invest In Rimac To Build Electric Sports Cars

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The Croatian electric car upstart will help the South Korean automakers develop two hot-rodded EVs.

Hyundai and Kia have invested a total of 80 million euros (~ $90 million at the current exchange rate) in Rimac in exchange for its unique expertise.

Rimac will assist Hundai’s N division in developing a production version of the mid-engined, Veloster-like midship sports concept that debuted in 2014. Unfortunately, the agreement made no mention of a precise powertrain or performance levels.

The three companies will also work together on a high-performance fuel cell vehicle that could very well buck the trend of odd-looking FCEV from Toyota (Mirai), Honda (FCX Clarity) and even Hyundai (Nero).

“We want to build high-performance vehicles that are not only fast and powerful but also meet the highest expectations of our customers as the car of their dreams,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Product Division. “Our goal is to popularize electric vehicles and to create social value through world-class technology and innovation in performance.”

We will learn more about both vehicles once development work begins in 2020. In addition to building its own cars, notably the 1,900-horsepower Rimac C_Two electric hypercar (pictured), Rimac is also working with Porsche on a number of projects. Porsche happens to own a 10-percent stake in the company.

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New Hyundai Venue Is Hyundai’s Smallest, Cheapest SUV

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Hyundai’s SUV and crossover family welcomes their smallest and most affordable member.

The all-new, 2020 Hyundai Venue is a new entry-level SUV for the masses. Designed to appeal to millennials, it is the smallest and most affordable utility vehicle offered by Hyundai.

The Venue is actually five-inches shorter than the Kona, but a taller, more upright profile makes it appear bigger and even more substantial.

Exterior design is in line with Hyundai’s latest SUV design language, with highlights including the brand’s cascading grille and squarish headlights placed below razor-thin daytime running lights and turn signals.

Inside, the 2020 Venue gets an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and rearview monitor. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity are also available.

Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic, delivering fuel economy of up to 33 mpg combined.

Despite its small size, the crossover can be had with many of Hyundai’s latest safety technologies including forward collision assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic warning, driver attention warning, and blind-spot detection.

The Hyundai Venue appears to have the substance to go with its spunk. Sales begin in the forth quarter of 2019.

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