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Hyundai Motor Group Tallies 11 Wins at the 2023 Newsweek Autos Awards

17 Nov 2023
  • What did Hyundai achieve in the 2023 Newsweek Autos Awards?

Hyundai Motor, Kia and Genesis have clinched a total of 11 accolades in the 2023 Newsweek Autos Awards. This achievement builds on the success of the 2022 event, where Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) brands earned eight wins.

“We are honored to receive these awards, which reflect our commitment to excellence,” said Yong Wha Kim, President, and Chief Technology Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “We are dedicated to driving the transition to the new era of electrification, and core to this ambition is the continuous delivery of cutting-edge, customer-centric sustainable mobility solutions that offer advanced technologies and unmatched appeal across the HMG brands.”

11 Wins at the 2023 Newsweek Autos Awards for Hyundai

11 Wins at the 2023 Newsweek Autos Awards for Hyundai

Hyundai Motor was recognized as the winner in two categories. The Hyundai Santa Cruz was named as the 'Best Small Pickup,' while the brand itself was selected as the 'Best Brand for Your Buck’ for the second time in a row. This latter distinction underscores Hyundai's impressive blend of high product quality and its generous offering of premium features across its entire range of models.

Kia amassed a remarkable total of eight honors, receiving an award for 'Most Innovative Vehicle Brand,' a testament to the brand’s forward-thinking approach, and for the 'Best SUV Lineup'. Individual vehicle awards further emphasize Kia's strong performance. The Kia Carnival, for the third consecutive year, was crowned the 'Best Minivan.' The Kia Seltos earned the titles of 'Best Small SUV’ and ‘Most Improved Vehicle,’ while the Kia Sportage was named the 'Best Two-Row SUV,' following the model’s ‘Editor's Pick’ win in 2022. The much-anticipated Kia EV9, which will be available in Q4 2023 across the MEA region, was recognized with the 'Best Premium SUV' and 'Best SUV Interior' awards.

The Genesis Electrified GV70 also secured the 'Vehicle Editor's Picks' accolade for its technology and pioneering product features. This prestigious category recognizes vehicles for their overall appeal, regardless of specific category wins.

Now in its third year, the Newsweek Autos Awards continues to highlight the industry's standout vehicles and brands, recognizing brand lineups based on the Newsweek editors’ findings on packaging and price. Vehicle interiors are evaluated against all models in the category, with experiential testing covering comfort, style, materials quality, layout, seamlessness of technology display and use, unique features, overall visual appeal, and sound deadening efforts.

Individual vehicle honors are awarded based on how each model compares to its competition in regard to physical features and packaging, which accounts for 60 per cent of the evaluation. The remaining 40 per cent of the score is attributed to driving impressions. Eligibility for premium and luxury vehicle categories is determined by price point and positioning within the market, ensuring that the vehicle meets the required criteria.

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Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

16 Apr 2024
Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

In a surprising turn of events, Alfa Romeo has announced that it will be changing the name of its recently unveiled Milano SUV to "Junior" after facing pressure from the Italian government. This decision comes amidst criticism from Italy's industry minister, Adolfo Urso, who expressed concerns over the marketing of a foreign-manufactured vehicle bearing an Italian name.

Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

16 Apr 2024
Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

At and around Auto China 2024, Mercedes Benz underlines its commitment to delivering dedicated products and technologies to Chinese customers. As the largest single automotive market in the world, China plays an important role in the long-term strategy of Mercedes Benz. Running up to the show, the company will maintain its leadership position in this market, headlined by the world premiere of the all-new electric Mercedes Benz G Class.

China is home to the company’s largest production site and the most comprehensive R&D hub outside Germany, playing a significant role in Mercedes Benz’s global R&D network. In recent years, Mercedes Benz strengthened its R&D capabilities in China, particularly in electrification and digitalisation. In 2021, the company opened the new R&D Tech Centre China in Beijing, equipped with state-of-the-art testing labs, including E drive, battery, charging, NVH, and more. In 2022, Mercedes Benz established the new R&D Centre Shanghai, focusing on connectivity, automated driving, plus software and hardware development. This April, a new building will be added with advanced hardware and software facilities designed to accelerate local development in cutting-edge digital innovations. Besides the R&D Centre, the existing Design Centre will continue to promote the digital dimension in Mercedes Benz designs.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

16 Apr 2024
Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.