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Hyundai Monday morning in South Korea announced the formation of a new dedicated electric-vehicle brand, called Ioniq.
The brand follows a formula that Hyundai followed just a few years earlier, with Genesis: take a strong nameplate that applied to several things already, and refocus it. For Genesis, that focus was luxury; for Ioniq it’s “customer-centric EV experiences.”
In a press release issued with the announcement, Hyundai said that the creation of the brand “is in response to fast-growing market demand” for electric vehicles.
Hyundai Prophecy concept
It’s part of the automaker’s strategy to sell 1 million battery electric vehicles annually by 2025—so as to become the global leader of EVs. Of those sales, Hyundai aims to have 560,000 of those—including Ioniq—while Kia is vying for 500,000 annually by that time.
Hyundai says that the brand will aim to offer “customer centric EV experiences centered on connected lifestyle solutions.” That includes a lineup of vehicles built on its modular EV platform, called E-GMP.
For these, Hyundai promises something that could conceivably one-up Tesla: ultra-fast charging—expected to include fast charging at up to 350 kw, enabled by an 800-volt architecture. It also suggests a reimagined vehicle interior that’s a “smart living space” with highly adjustable seats, wireless connectivity, and a glovebox designed as drawers.
Hyundai 45 concept
Hyundai plans three new dedicated-EV models within the next four years under the brand, including the Ioniq 5, a crossover based on the 45 concept originally shown at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, and the Ioniq 6, a sedan based on this year’s Prophecy concept. Those vehicles will arrive in 2021 and 2022, respectively—including the U.S.—and a larger Ioniq 7 SUV will arrive in early 2024.
Hyundai Prophecy concept
The brand doesn’t make a completely fresh start, of course. It starts with the name of Hyundai’s affordable Prius rival—a hybrid, without a charge port, in the vast majority of its sales.
Hyundai Motor America confirmed that current electric vehicles sold under the Hyundai name, like the Kona Electric, will continue unchanged, and that the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will continue on. And perhaps in a nod to lessons learned when Hyundai tried to establish a distinct set of retail spaces for Genesis, Hyundai confirmed that Ioniq will continue using “existing Hyundai distribution channels.”
With the first of these vehicles—the Ioniq 5 crossover—due in the U.S. starting in fall 2021, that’s a lot more to ramp up than just production lines.
Gordon Murray’s spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 was finally revealed this week, and it’s safe to say the legendary road and race car designer has beat all expectations. Called the T50, the car weighs less than 2,200 pounds, seats three, and features a naturally aspirated V-12 mated to a 6-speed manual.
Bugatti Divo customer deliveries begin – August 2020
Another car relevant to shoppers in the seven-figure bracket that made headlines this week was the Bugatti Divo. Customer examples are now being delivered and the first three were shown at Bugatti’s factory.
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante chassis number 57502
Some classic Bugattis also made headlines this week. A trio of the pre-war era cars is headed to auction next month. One of them is a rare Type 57S Atalante. Another is an even rarer race car that was once owned by European royalty.
Cadillac Lyriq concept
Cadillac’s set to launch an electric crossover SUV based on General Motors’ third-generation EV platform. The Tesla Model X rival is called the Lyriq, and it’s coming in 2022 with a range of over 300 miles. A thinly veiled concept version was shown this week.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee-based 3-row SUV spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
A new generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is due for the 2022 model year, and this time there will be a three-row variant, a prototype for which was spotted this week.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
We also spotted a prototype for the next Ford F-150 Raptor. It’s due out soon and will feature radically different suspension to the current generation.
2020 Ford Shelby GT350SE
Shelby American decided to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the launch of the original Ford Shelby GT350 with an upgrade package for the modern Mustang Shelby GT350. The upgrade package costs $9,995 and is limited to the first 100 customers.
AC Cobra 378 Superblower Mark IV
And finally, the United Kingdom’s AC Cars announced a V-8 option for the modern replicas of its Ace sports car, essentially a modern AC Cobra. Strangely, the company didn’t go with a Ford V-8 but one from General Motors.