Hyundai Motor Europe top 10 news stories of 2016

- With a host of product launches, 2016 has been one of Hyundai's most exciting years. The All-New IONIQ, for example is influenced by factors as diverse as eco-friendly driving and vacuum robots.

This has been a big year for Hyundai Motor. Some major strategy decisions were made to shape the future of the company, from setting up the Project IONIQ Lab to assess the future of mobility and drive future innovation, to the company's commitment to green driving with the launch of the IONIQ. Hyundai Motor Group also announced that they plan to launch 28 eco-friendly models by 2020. As 2016 draws to a close, here are the top ten news stories from the last 12 months on the Hyundai Europe Newsroom.

10. Car safety: only trust your own sensors

Our tenth most popular article was about the rise of automatic safety features in modern cars, and how they are revolutionising the way we drive. Driver-assisting systems like lane departure warnings are becoming the norm, and it’s likely that one day we’ll wonder how we lived without them for so long.

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Advanced Lane Keeping assist system helps prevent collisions

9. High-performance Hyundai N concept revealed at Paris Motor Show

Back in September, Hyundai Motor unveiled its latest N concept with the world premiere of the RN30 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The RN30’s power is supplied by a high-performance 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which was inspired by motorsport and based on the New Generation Hyundai i30.

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8. Record-breaking: new milestones for Hyundai Motor fuel cell rally

This feature charted Hyundai Motor’s epic drive from Bergen to Bolzano with the ix35 Fuel Cell. This record-breaking journey was the longest fuel cell trip through Europe, using only hydrogen filling stations. The car also set a new speed record for a fuel cell vehicle, clocking 170 km/h when it arrived in Germany.

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From Bergen to Bolzano

7. What can electric cars learn from vacuum robots?

The Hyundai IONIQ won awards for its innovation and design this year. This article examines why some pioneering technologies become widely accepted and others fail, including a video interview with Sascha Martini, CEO Razorfish Germany.

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6. 7 apps and 7 trip ideas for your next tour

This article does exactly what it says on the tin, recommending seven of the best travel apps as well as seven different trips around scenic parts of Europe, including Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Germany’s Black Forest. These apps are also the perfect companions for winter holidays. Go pack!

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5. Electric car technology: battery, plug-in or hybrid?

We’re now into the top five, and with electric cars becoming increasingly popular as they reduce emissions and offer drivers the chance to upgrade to the latest automotive technology, this article considers the different types of electric vehicle available, focusing on the IONIQ’s three innovative powertrains.

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4. The New Generation i30: designed to be a car for everyone

This feature about the New Generation i30 outlines why it will become Hyundai’s DNA car in Europe, with in-depth information about its design, including the brand new Cascading Grille at the front, which incorporates chrome-plated dots, as well as a video trailer of the vehicle.

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3. Stay connected with these essential Android Auto apps

With in-car entertainment systems becoming increasingly inter-linked with our smartphones, this article profiles the must-have Android Auto apps to keep drivers connected to the digital world at all times – even when behind the wheel. Apps like Google Maps, Spotify and TuneIn have usurped traditional forms of in-car services and entertainment such as satnav, CDs and FM radio.

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2. Live blog: Hyundai Motor at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

Our second most popular article this year was the live blog of the Hyundai Motor press conference at Porte de Versailles during the 2016 Paris Motor Show. During the event, Hyundai unveiled the New Generation i30 and New i10, showcased the IONIQ and its three innovative powertrains, and teased audiences with the RN30 concept and Hyundai Motorsport’s 2017 WRC challenger.

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The New Generation i30 unveiled to the world's press

1. Have you seen these 7 stunning Hyundai rally videos on YouTube?

Finally, our top Hyundai Newsroom Europe story of 2016 featured seven videos showcasing the thrills, spills and emotional moments of the Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Championship team, which each one boasting spectacular terrain. These videos included some of the team’s best highlights from recent years, including the best jumps, snowy Sweden and the best of drift on sandy surfaces.

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