NEW YORK/SEOUL – Hyundai Motor Company today tallied a grand total of six prestigious accolades, including the Gold Award, at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2023, organized by the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).
Hyundai Motor clinched the prestigious Gold Award in the Automotive and Transportation category with its N Vision 74 high-performance hydrogen hybrid ‘Rolling Lab.’ It also garnered featured finalist honors for its IONIQ 6 all-electric sedan, GRANDEUR flagship model, all-new KONA SUV and two Plug and Drive (PnD) robotic mobility concepts.
Winning the IDEA Gold Award stands as a remarkable milestone for N Vision 74, which has also secured the world’s other two major design accolades, the iF Design Award and Red Dot Award.
Since its introduction in 2022, N Vision 74 has been acclaimed as a continuation of the bold spirit of Hyundai’s Pony Coupe Concept, which debuted at the Turin Motor Show in 1974. Most recently, N Vision 74 made a splash at the renowned classic and concept car exhibition Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este held in May at Lake Como, Italy. Through this showcase, the company highlighted the technological prowess, design innovation and unwavering spirit of innovation that connects its heritage to its bold vision for driving fun in a sustainable future.
“N Vision 74 is a tribute to our past efforts and a declaration of our future, carrying forward the bold spirit of the Pony Coupe Concept into a futuristic design that realizes the dream of our engineers to create Korea’s first sports car,” said SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “With N Vision 74, we are building on the heritage of Hyundai and strengthening the brand identity.”
In addition, Hyundai’s IONIQ 6, GRANDEUR and KONA production models also garnered recognition as featured finalists, further solidifying the brand’s reputation for outstanding product design.
IONIQ 6 stood out for its ingenious and distinctive exterior design, along with a serene and balanced interior layout. The electric streamliner’s sleek silhouette achieved an impressive drag coefficient of 0.21, making it Hyundai Motor’s most aerodynamic vehicle to date. Moreover, IONIQ 6 differentiated itself with a comfortable and spacious interior, creating a user-centered space that sets it apart.
The seventh-generation GRANDEUR (badged as AZERA in export markets) was another standout, noted for building on the flagship sedan’s design heritage while setting a course for the future of mobility with innovative styling cues, high-tech details and interior use of premium and sustainable materials.
The all-new KONA builds on the legacy of its previous design while delivering a more robust and futuristic look. In particular, the Seamless Horizon Lamp, a horizontally connected LED lamp that integrates with the smooth yet voluminous upper front section, creates a futuristic impression.
In addition, two mobility models that incorporate Hyundai Motor’s core robotics technology, namely the Plug and Drive (PnD) Mobility and PnD L7 micro-mobility, were distinguished as featured finalists. First unveiled at CES 2022, the PnD modular platform is an all-in-one mobility solution that combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric drive and suspension hardware.
PnD Mobility makes use of shared self-driving units, which can be reserved and operated remotely through smart devices. The innovative rotating seating arrangement facilitates effortless entry and exit from the vehicle, catering especially to those with mobility challenges and the elderly, thereby significantly enhancing their travel possibilities. On the other hand, the PnD L7 offers the flexibility of customization to meet various logistics needs. Its units are proficient in self-driving within grouped formations, with the added option of manual driving using the detachable driver’s seat.
“These honors are the culmination of substantial endeavors set in motion by our valued customers to bring boundless imagination and inspiration to life,” said Lee. “By listening to our customers, we will continuously push our boundaries as we strive to establish ourselves as a beloved brand that resonates with a wide range of lifestyles.”
Since 1980, IDEA has been regarded as one of the top three design awards in the world along with Germany’s iF Design Award and Red Dot Award and is North America’s premier design honor. Every year, IDEA’s distinguished panel of judges evaluates designs from around the world in various categories by assessing criteria, such as Design Innovation, Benefit to User and Benefit to Society.
Nissan Reveals Retro-Inspired Hardbody Edition to Their 2024 Frontier Truck Lineup
Nissan unveils 2024 Frontier with retro-inspired Hardbody Edition, combining nostalgia and modernity in a rugged truck lineup.
Nissan has always been known for its rugged and reliable trucks, and the 2024 Nissan Frontier continues that tradition. This fall, Nissan is set to release their highly anticipated new Frontier, showcasing a blend of modern technology and retro-inspired design. One particular edition that stands out is the Hardbody Edition, paying homage to the iconic Nissan Hardbody pickup trucks of the 1980s. This limited-edition package is sure to capture the hearts of truck enthusiasts across generations. Let’s dive into the exciting features and details of the 2024 Nissan Frontier lineup.
The Frontier Hardbody Edition:
The 2024 Frontier Hardbody Edition embodies the spirit of Nissan’s 1980s truck heritage. Available exclusively on the Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×4, this edition features a range of design elements that harken back to the original Hardbody pickup. The retro-inspired decals, heritage-styled 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, sport bar, and black exterior trim create a distinctive and eye-catching appearance. Priced at $3,890, the Hardbody Edition adds a touch of nostalgia to the Frontier’s lineup.
Enhanced Features and Grades:
In addition to the Hardbody Edition, the 2024 Frontier offers an array of features and grades to cater to various customer preferences. The new SL grade on Crew Cab models combines luxurious elements such as LED lighting, leather-appointed seating, and a Fender® 10-speaker audio system. This highly equipped midsize truck reflects Nissan’s commitment to meeting the demands and desires of its customers.
Upgraded NissanConnect® Services:
Nissan has also enhanced the connectivity and convenience features of the 2024 Frontier. The available NissanConnect® Services now come with a three-year trial, providing an extended period for customers to experience the benefits. This telematics feature integrates with the MyNISSAN smartphone app and offers functions like remote door lock/unlock, remote engine start/stop, vehicle health reports, emergency calling, and Nissan Skill for Amazon Alexa®. These advanced features further enhance the Frontier’s appeal in the modern era.
Versatility and Customization:
The 2024 Nissan Frontier offers a wide range of options to suit individual needs. With various bed lengths, drivetrain configurations, and grades, shoppers can customize their Frontier according to their requirements. Whether it’s the PRO-X and PRO-4X models designed for off-road adventures or the King Cab and Crew Cab variants with different bed lengths, the Frontier provides versatility and flexibility for every kind of truck enthusiast.
Pricing and Availability:
Nissan has announced the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2024 Frontier, starting at $29,770 for the base Frontier S King Cab 4×2. The pricing varies depending on the model, trim, and drivetrain configuration. Interested buyers can visit the Nissan website or local dealerships for detailed pricing information.
With the introduction of the 2024 Nissan Frontier and the special Hardbody Edition, Nissan pays tribute to its rich truck heritage while incorporating modern features and design elements. The Frontier’s combination of ruggedness, technology, and customization options make it an appealing choice for truck enthusiasts. Whether you’re nostalgic for the 1980s Hardbody trucks or seeking a well-equipped midsize truck for your adventures, the 2024 Nissan Frontier is worth considering. Stay tuned for the release of this exciting lineup and experience the perfect blend of retro charm and contemporary innovation.
A Nostalgic Footnote:
When I was a young man fresh out of my teenage years and eager to explore the world, I remember seeing the new Nissan Hardbody truck being introduced. It was during a late winter day in 1986 in Southern California when my Dad, who owned a Datsun truck himself, took his vehicle for servicing at Gardena Nissan. It was there that I stumbled upon a stack of brochures and picked one up to read while we waited for Dad’s truck to be serviced. I remember telling my Dad that I would soon own one of these trucks, and by May of the following year, 1987, I indeed purchased a sleek, black E model.
Have you had a chance to read the article in Road & Track?: https://www.roadandtrack.com/news/a45140451/2024-nissan-frontier-hardbody-edition/
Hyundai 2024 Santa Cruz: Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com
“Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Cruz named Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com, blending adventure with practicality.”
Hyundai’s 2024 Santa Cruz has been named the Best Urban Pickup by Cars.com in their Pickup Truck Buying Guide. The Santa Cruz impressed Cars.com’s editors with its ability to combine adventure and practicality, as well as its range of desirable features. Ricky Lao, the director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America, expressed gratitude for the recognition and emphasized the brand’s commitment to innovative design, powerful drivetrains, driver convenience, and advanced safety features.
According to Aaron Bragman, Cars.com’s Detroit Bureau Chief, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is the ideal truck for urban environments. Its sleek and compact design, lockable hard-top tonneau cover, and comfortable ride make it a dream for city dwellers. Additionally, its Surround View Monitor makes parallel parking on narrow city streets a breeze.
To receive a Cars.com Top Pick designation, vehicles must demonstrate solid fuel economy, capability, and value. For pickup trucks, payload and towing capacities are also considered. Moreover, practical attributes that cater to family needs are taken into account, as many pickups are used for this purpose.
Cars.com Inc. is a leading automotive marketplace platform that connects car shoppers with sellers through digital solutions. Hyundai Motor America focuses on “Progress for Humanity” and offers a technology-rich lineup of cars, SUVs, and electrified vehicles to U.S. consumers. In 2022, Hyundai’s dealers sold over 724,000 vehicles in the U.S., with a significant portion produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. For more information, visit www.HyundaiNews.com.
2024 Nissan Sentra: Refreshed Styling & Premium Features at $20,630
“Discover the 2024 Nissan Sentra with refreshed styling, improved fuel economy, and premium features starting at $20,630.”
Introducing the 2024 Nissan Sentra: Fresh Style and Enhanced Features at an Affordable Price
Nissan has unveiled the refreshed 2024 Sentra, and it’s better than ever. With updated styling, improved fuel economy, and additional premium features, the new Sentra is ready to impress. Starting at just $20,630, this compact sedan offers great value for money.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the 2024 Sentra is its striking design. The front fascia has been reshaped, featuring a new interpretation of Nissan’s iconic V-motion grille. The headlights have been updated, and there’s a new 16-inch alloy wheel design. For those seeking a sportier look, the SR grade boasts red SR badges, a new 18-inch alloy wheel design, and dark chrome trim for the V-motion grille.
Under the hood, the Sentra is equipped with a smooth and responsive 2.0-liter inline-four engine. Combined with a new Xtronic CVT and the integration of Idle Stop Start technology, the Sentra delivers improved fuel efficiency. The S and SV grades achieve an impressive EPA-rated 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined, while the SR grade gets 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.
Safety is a top priority for Nissan, and the 2024 Sentra comes equipped with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard across all grades. This comprehensive suite of active safety technologies includes features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, and Rear Automatic Braking.
In terms of premium features, the SV Premium Package now includes an eight-speaker Bose Premium Audio system, Intelligent Around View Monitor, and exterior mirror turn signal indicators. These additions make the package even more appealing to Sentra buyers.
With a starting price of $20,630, the 2024 Nissan Sentra offers a range of options and upgrades to meet individual preferences. Whether you opt for the S, SV, or SR grade, you’ll find a sedan that combines style, efficiency, and advanced safety features.
To learn more about the 2024 Nissan Sentra and explore its full specifications, photos, and videos, visit the official Nissan website. Stay connected with Nissan through their social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for the latest updates on their products, services, and commitment to sustainable mobility.
Read the original press release: Sporty refresh and new technology for 2024 Nissan Sentra
Source: NISSAN Motors
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