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My first here ended in a horrific, crash.

That was 22 years Hyundai Motor Company had a dozen journos into looked like a big hanger to a crash test of a 1992 mid-size sedan. The dummy

This was taken at the Fairfield on Fairfield Road in Victoria, is always very busy so is at a premium. I guess this was well aware that a is too big to fit into just one of these CAR spaces so the solution was obviously to use TWO CAR spaces! The Lazy Susan’s to the left was fitting!!

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covered the concrete floor – oil and and transmission fluid – it all looked so the 13th . We inspected the carnage,

Hyundai had brought us to the crash site to show us that Korean car company was obsessed joining the elite of the auto Having world-class crash-testing was central to creating the image of a car company. Unfortunately, the execution short of the intention.

Still, in the big what was true then so today. My most recent to the Hyundai Motor Group’s RD was different in fact but similar in This visit focused on the Kia of the two-brand company, yet the fundamental remains: Kia is a global brand with developing and selling the most advanced cars.

In that means electric So I was there to drive a prototype of the Kia EV (electric vehicle) slated to go on next year. It’s a EV with lithium-ion batteries for a of up to 200 km.

When it goes on sale, it be the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle or BEV – Nissan’s holds that distinction – but it be among the first.

This is not so Hyundai Motor Group, the fifth-largest car company, is a burgeoning with two brands. The company as a is wickedly competitive and the individual are rivals to a fault.

The Group and its brands will stop at to become the best.

How determined? As I sat a richly detailed presentation of “green” initiatives, my thoughts to a conversation I had had with a senior Kia who, 20-odd years was part of a team from assigned to negotiate technology with Japanese car companies.

In those days, Hyundai engine technology from Groups of Hyundai executives travel to Japan to negotiate and they were given of Japanese assembly plants and RD No cameras and notebooks were but Hyundai officials were to observe how their Japanese put cars together, from the lab to the

“We would then return to the and write out our notes, draw of what we’d seen. All memory,” he said. Each of the visiting Hyundai team was a particular area, so that no one needed to recall everything. they made a lot of visits and valuable intelligence.

Those notes and pictures create the foundation for what is a high-tech Hyundai Motor.

all Kia and Hyundai models have excellent scores in the world’s crash tests.

So here I am invited to bear witness to how far Kia and have come. Kia, in was bankrupt 12 years ago, off the scrap heap by Hyundai and turned into the 83rd valuable brand of any kind in the – worth an estimated $4.7-billion

The next big thing for Kia (and as a group) is to compete in EVs. Kia plans to launch the Soul EV year, though Kia has had the Ray EV for sale in since 2011. The Ray, I also drove, is a basic, EV with a 139 km range and indifferent

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The Soul EV, though, will use its battery pack to send 109 hp to the wheels. The batteries can be rejuiced in 25 using a fast-charging station, or recharged in five hours a household outlet. All the usual EV will be on board, including braking.

The Soul EV is quick, 12-second 0-100 km/h Top speed: 150 km/h. And in a nod to pedestrian the vehicle will make an engine noise at low speeds and in

And you can be sure the Soul EV will any crash test.

Type: car

Base price: not available

motor output: 81.4 kW

torque: 285 Nm

Charging: fast in 25 minutes (80 per cent capacity); outlet, five hours; outlet, 24 hours.

Battery lithium-ion

Drive: front-wheel

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