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The latest vehicles to earn membership into the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2010 Top Safety Pick Award club are Volkswagen, Audi and Hyundai.
Earning the highest rating possible from the non-profit research organization are the 2010 Audi A4 and Q5, Hyundai Tucson, Lincoln MKT, and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. Also making the list are the 2010 Ford Flex and Fusion.
Vehicles that are recognized with this award perform best when it comes to protecting passengers in the IIHS’s front, side, and rear crash test evaluations, as well as roof-strength test evaluations. These vehicles must also come standard with electronic stability control.
Says Mark Barnes, COO, Volkswagen Group of America, about their win: “From the initial vehicle designs in Germany, all the way to the production plants, Volkswagen upholds safety to the highest level of importance. To have such a distinguished group as the IIHS recognize the 2010 Jetta SportWagen with the Top Safety Pick award is a realization of the care, safety, and precision we strive for with every Volkswagen we build.”
In order to earn membership into this exclusive club, vehicles must earn “Good” (the IIHS’s highest rating in testing) for roof strength in rollover crashes. To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle’s weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes. Good rated vehicles have roofs that can withstand a force equal to at least 4 times the vehicle’s weight. For comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.
Hyundai has just announced that the all-new 2010 Tucson will be priced starting from $18,995, with range-topping Limited models starting at $24,345. A base GLS model with a six-speed automatic will start at $19,995. The Limited trim level with AWD and the Premium package will top out the lineup at $28,695.
A base GLS model will come standard with Hyundai’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 176-hp and 168 ft-lbs of torque, a six-speed transmission (manual or automatic), AC, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, a tilt steering wheel, 17-inch wheels, stability and traction control, six airbags, ABS, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a six-speaker AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, as well as iPod auxiliary and USB jacks.
A $1,700 Popular Equipment Package adds a telescopic steering wheel, auto up/down driver’s power window, cloth/letherette seats, a leather wrapped wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control and more.
Limited models get all the GLS equipment, along with everything in the Popular Equipment Package, plus 18-inch wheels, leather seats with heated from seats and a power drivers seat with lumbar support, dual-zone climate control and more. An added Premium Package ($2,850) adds a panoramic sunroof, Navigation with a 6.5-inch screen, rearview camera and a premium audio system.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson arrives in dealerships this month.
GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Tucson Debut in LA
Official release after the jump:
Hyundai's compact crossover takes a huge leap forward
Hyundai has just unveiled the all-new 2011 Tucson compact crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Tucson gets a complete list of upgrades including a more powerful and fuel efficient 4-cylinder engine, as well as several new features and an all-new look.
Powering the Tucson is an improved version of the company’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, that now makes 176-hp and 168 ft-lbs of torque. Fuel-economy has also taken a huge leap forward, with a rating of 23/31 mpg (city/highway), which Hyundai says puts it ahead of both the RAV4 and CR-V. Interestingly, this revised engine makes roughly the same power as the old 2.7-liter V6 and at the same time gets 20 percent better fuel economy than the previous 4-cylinder.
Part of the reason for this is the car’s light weight, tipping the scales at just 3,203 lbs it’s the lightest vehicle in its class. And yet Hyundai says it’s also the widest compact crossover on the market, boasting even more room than a BMW X3. Rear passenger room is also good thanks to sculpted front seatbacks to make room for even longer legs.
Hyundai also promises an improved ride, with a sportier feel thanks to stiffer sway bars all around.
Additional highlights include items like a downhill brake control, hillstart assist, a backup camera and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson will be offered as a GLS and Limited model in both front and AWD. In total just 10 different models will be offered to keep the buying process simple. Sales are schedule to start this month.
GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai introduced its new Tucson SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The new Tucson, named the ix35 in Europe, is an example of what Hyundai calls its new “fluidic” design language with its sweeping, curved lines.
Hyundai lowered the overall height of the new Tucson while still promising extra legroom and headroom. A new dual-panel panoramic sunroof with ultraviolet blocking also works to create a feeling of spaciousness.
North Americans will have a choice of two engines, a 2.0l Theta-II plant rated at 161hp and weighing 22 lb less than the Theta-I. A 2.4l Theta-II will also be available. European regions will have the option of a new diesel engines, a 2.0l and a 1.7l plant, as well as the 2.0l Theta-II and a 1.6l GDI engine with ISG stop-start technology.
Gallery: Hyundai Tucson
Along with an electric version of the company’s tiny i10, Hyundai will also unveil an innovative hybrid CUV concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just over a weeks time.
As a part of Hyundai’s Blue drive initiative, the ix-Metro is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. Designed for Europe, this model is particularly interesting as it is a sub-compact crossover. It also gets a state-of-the-art six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As for the electric i10, it will get a 65hp (49 kW) electric motor with a range of 100 miles.
In addition to these Blue Drive vehicles, Hyundai will also have on hand the Elantra LPI Hybrid and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept vehicle.
Production vehicle debuts include the 2010 Tucson and the updated 2010 Santa Fe.
GALLERY: Hyundai ix-Metro Concept
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Hyundai has just released two renderings and a teaser image of the upcoming 2010 Hyundai Tucson. We have already had a good glimpse of what the car will look like thanks to a lone spy photo, but the renderings give us an ever better idea of the car from all angles, including the large hexagonal grille.
Along with the renderings is a lone teaser photo, which, according to PR rep Dan Bedore, gives us a whole bunch of misinformation. While the 2010 Tucson is set to be called the ix35 in Europe, it will keep the Tucson name in North America. Additionally, just under the”ix35″ badge are the letters “CRDi” indicating that this is a diesel model. The diesel version will, however, not be offered in North America.
We do expect to get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, however, and there are rumors that a dual-clutch transmission will be available.
We’ll have to wait for the Frankfurt Auto Show unveiling on September 15th for more info.
GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Tucson
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Thanks the the prying eyes and quick fingers of one amateur spy photographer in Sydney, Australia, we have this single image of the upcoming second-generation Hyundai Tucson. Driving alongside a truck with a full camera rig, Hyundai was apparently filming either a commercial or some promotional video.
And while we now know what the SUV looks like (at least from one angle), what still isn’t clear is what the crossover will be called. It’s known as the ix35 is most markets, but Hyundai might keep the Tucson name for North America.
With an overall shape that reminds us of the Nissan Rogue, the front end design is much nicer with Hyundai’s new hexagonal grille. This optioned-out model also has a sizable set of wheels and chromed roof rack bars. Overall, it’s actually quite close to the ix-onic concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show last March.
Details of the powertrain are exciting as we’ve already learned the next-generation Tucson will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. We just don’t know if that engine/transmission combination will be offered in North America.
The production model as shown here is expected at this Fall’s Frankfurt Auto Show as either a 2010 or possibly a 2011 model.
Five new models expected in next two years
Hyundai is planning to release five new models between now and 2012, according to a company info obtained by Autoweek.nl. Three of the five models are expected to make their way to North America.
The first model is the next generation Tucson, which will be based on the ix-ONIC concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show last March. It is expected to use a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and make 140hp. We captured a few spy photos (like the one above) of the new Tucson testing in California.
After the Tucson, will come two MPV versions of the i20 and i30, for sale in Europe and Asia.
In 2011, Hyundai is then expected to reveal the new Sonata (also known as the i40 in some markets). As well as a sedan, Hyundai is reportedly readying a wagon version of the car.
The final product will emerge at the end of 2011 and will be the “replacement” for the Tiburon. In fact, it won’t be much like a Tiburon at all and will actually be considerably smaller. Based on the Veloster concept, the car will feature a unique layout with two passenger doors but just one driver’s door and will be a hatchback. Power will come from either a 140hp turbocharged 1.6-lite four-cylinder or a 172hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
[Source: AutoWeek.nl via WorldCarFans]