It is a true honour to have two of our all-new eco-friendly engine applications receive this prestigious award as it underscores Hyundai’s momentum toward having the industry’s most diverse SUV powertrain lineup. The endless hours of research, evaluation and real-world analysis by our engineering community has effectively raised the bar for alternative fuel applications. We are very proud of what has been achieved in this highly competitive marketplace. We are committed to providing smart, alternative fuel solutions for car buyers, and look forward to continue growing our eco-vehicle portfolio.
The NEXO is Hyundai’s flagship vehicle and improves upon the ix35/Tucson FCEV. NEXO (in Europe, WLTP) has an estimated combined cycle driving range of 666kms (414 miles) for an efficiency rating of 0.95kg of hydrogen per 100kms.
The fuel-cell race is heating up and Hyundai’s fun-to-drive NEXO leads the pack with a range of up to 666kms, fuel tank packaging that does not compromise legroom or cargo space and a component strategy that will enable Hyundai to scale up production volumes at lower cost in the future.
Hyundai finds success with its all-new 2019 Kona Electric featuring a leading 449kms of range in 64kWh spec, 289kms in 39.2kWh spec. The new electric SUV offers youthful design, sporty driving character, leading safety technology and advanced infotainment features in an affordable, compact footprint along with an abundant suite of standard safety equipment. Additionally, the Kona’s electric battery is covered by Hyundai’s industry leading Lifetime Battery Warranty.
The Hyundai Kona’s neck snapping power and torque make it a blast to drive, whether accelerating from a stoplight or passing on the expressway. And with 449kms or 289kms of WLTP all-electric range, the Kona is among the longest-range, non-Tesla battery-electric vehicle available, making it attractive to those who want gasoline-engine-like range in a popular crossover body style. The icing on the cake is it’s very affordable.
This is the 25th year for WardsAuto 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling that they help sell the vehicle. This year, 34 entries were competing for the prestigious recognition and were chosen from 2018 and 2019 model year vehicles. To be eligible, a new or significantly modified engine or propulsion system must be on sale in a production vehicle during the first quarter of 2019, with a base price capped at US$64,000 (€57,700 at time of this release).
WardsAuto 10 Best Engines is the ultimate list that defines the industry’s outstanding powertrains. Since the list began in 1995, Hyundai has been honored ten times: the Tau V-8 was in 2009 (4.6-liter), 2010 (4.6-liter) and 2011 (5.0-liter); the Gamma I-4 in 2012; the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2015; the Nu (2.0-liter plug-in Hybrid) in 2016; the four-cylinder Turbocharged DOHC (1.4-liter); and the (3.3-liter) in 2018. The 2019 awards ceremony will take place at a banquet during the North American International Auto Show on January 16, 2019, in Detroit.