Designed at Hyundai's Design Center in Russelsheim, the QarmaQ is more than just a design concept: it can be seen as a proof-of-concept for over 30 technologies that will be incorporated into future Hyundai models. Each has a positive effect on safety, environmental impact, performance, or-In many cases-all three at once.
The focus of these technologies is on lowering the vehicle's weight without compromising other aspects of its performance, thereby reducing fuel consumption and reducing its carbon footprint. The QarmaQ is lighter yet stronger than any CUV currently available.
The upper canopy uses a translucent composite covered by a glass skin for a 50% weight savings over glass alone. Composite body panels allow an Elastic Front safety system that reduces the chance of pedestrian injury. The composite materials are not only 50% lighter than steel, they can also be shaped in ways that conventional steel or glass panels cannot.
Instead of taking a conventional gasoline-powered car and adapting it to be powered by fuel cells, a team of designers from Japan and Korea started with a blank-slate approach to take advantage of the fuel cell's unique drivetrain components. One example: They housed the fuel cell stack below the floor of the vehicle, rather than in the traditional engine compartment or behind the rear axle. This creates a 50:50 weight distribution, long held as the ideal weight balance for handling and maneuverability.
Hyundai creates a new vision for the future of the premium crossover and hints at a possible design direction for the next-generation Santa Fe with the Nuvis Concept. The Nuvis Concept also showcases Hyundai's all-new proprietary Hybrid Blue Drive architecture. This system has an all-electric mode and a parallel drive mode, so that the wheels are turned by power directly from the gasoline engine of the electric motor, or both together, as conditions demand. And the Nuvis Concept uses lithium polymer batteries, which are more durable and space-efficient than current bulkier hybrid batteries.
The Curb concept is a compact Urban Activity Vehicle (UAV) with an evolved design and technology suited for city environments. Style and strength rule the exterior design, while the purpose of the interior is to connect passengers to each other and the world around them. This vehicle was also conceived as a test bed for Blue Link, Hyundai's in-car safety, convenience and entertainment technology system. Over 30 Blue Link features debut in the Curb, such as: Location Sharing, which sends your vehicle location to your friends and followers on social networking sites so they can keep track of your urban adventures.
Inspired by the Top Fuel drag racers of the '60s, the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Gator is the answer to this question: what might a drag racer look like if it wasn't powered by traditional fuels or dictated by traditional packaging constraints?
The Gator's alien shape is rooted in pure function: the main fuselage incorporates roll protection, and the center spline houses the fuel cells themselves. The driver controls the Gator using a side-stick control and a heads-up display incorporated into his or her helmet, all while seated below the vehicle's main body in a seat sling.
The two-seat HCD-1 sports car combines retro styling with advanced technology and high performance. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine capable of producing 150 horsepower. Safety features abound, from dual airbags (a sophisticated option at the time this car was unveiled) and disc brakes on all wheels to antilock brake and traction control systems. The removable Targa roof covers a power rear(glass) window that can be completely retracted. The unique styling approach is bold and exciting, with a muscularity reminiscent of the human form. The anti-cab-forward design on a classic speedster blends a retro feel with an aggressive stance.
The HCD-2 is equipped with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine that cranks out 150 horsepower and high torque, even at low rpm in 4-wheel drive. Safety features include dual airbags up front, anti-lock brake system, traction control system and disc brakes on all four wheels. In a complete departure from conventional body design concepts, the boldly styled HCD-2 exudes muscularity. A short overhang, large wheels, large wheel arches and an anti-cab-forward design combine to make a great-looking sports car. Meanwhile, the interior is loaded with extras that include a premium audio system, self-regulating climate control system, electronic chrome mirror that automatically adjusts to the reflection factor, and a cellular phone.
The California Design Studio completed the technical and artistic design work for the HCD-3 after a year of research. Hyundai engineers made a radical departure from conventional automotive design concepts to craft a bold styling statement. The 4-seat HCD-3 has dual airbags in the front and comes with an anti-lock brake system. Placed in the centre of the gauge cluster, the computer-controlled Navitac displays the driver's desired destination on-screen with the press of a button. It is also equipped with an advanced car audio system, CD player, heater and air conditioner. The HCD-3 is powered by a 2,000cc, 16-valve DOHC turbo engine that can generate up to 240 horsepower.
A switch adjusts the suspension system height and cushion strength to fit the road conditions. Thus, the ride remains equally enjoyable on paved roads and rugged off-road terrain.
The HCD-5 was developed by the Hyundai California Design Studio as a 4-seat multi-purpose sedan with an emphasis on station wagon and SUV functions. Powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine, this crossover car combines the advantages of an SUV and a sedan, and exudes both a retro and sporty feel. There is no B pillar, so the doors open wide to the left and right for easy entry and egress. The A and C pillars are also made as slender as possible so that the driver's view is left unobstructed. The interior is divided into three spaces. The driver's space features mobile office functions with online access. The back seat is fashioned for ease and comfort, while the roomy rear space is for carrying leisure items.
Hyundai, the car company with a reputation for making high-value cars affordable, has aimed its sights at the two-seat roadster market. Making its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show (February 2001) is the new, Hyundai HCD-6 roadster, dubbed the "affordable exotic car." "This concept car provides a strong indication of where Hyundai is going in the sporty car market," said David Weber, Vice President, Marketing at Hyundai Motor America. " The HCD-6 is a car that is fun to drive, fun to look at and fun to own. When you can just look at a car and have it put a smile on your face, it's a winner." The Hyundai HCD-6 is aimed at those drivers who are young at heart and use their vehicles as an expression of freedom. "We feel the HCD-6 will appeal to young people and to baby boomers who enjoy driving with the wind in their hair." Weber added.
The Hyundai HCD-6 Roadster was styled by the talented team at the HATCI California Design studio in Fountain Valley, California, located near the famed shores of Newport Beach. The two-seat open top roadster has many unique design features including detached, floating front and rear carbon fiber bumpers, a clear, see-through engine cover and high-mount exhaust. "The most striking feature is a deeply sculpted side air intake system," said HCD Senior Designer Dragan Vukadinovic who led the exterior design team on the HCD-6. "The entire side of the car serves as ducting to the engine. This design also improves aerodynamics by taking normally turbulent wheel well air, smoothing it out and using it for engine cooling.
The HDC-8 is the first concept vehicle to come from Hyundai's $30 million Design and Technical Center in Irvine, California.
The Hyundai HCD8 sports tourer was designed to address the sporty car market and still meet the values and needs of today's consumer. The design team used marketing research from Hyundai Motor America to design a sporty vehicle that offers more flexibility, more usable space and easier access for passengers and cargo.
Highlighting the exciting design elements is the Ballistic Yellow tri-color paint from Nippon. The body color is complemented with anthracite color ground effects trim and road wheels. The exterior trim is polished nickel. The interior is finished with two-tone Vapor Gray leather seating surfaces accented by wood flooring and wood and aluminum accented steering wheel rim and shift lever knob. The aluminum trim is accented with a nickel finish.
To increase accessibility to the rear seat, the design team lengthened the door apertures and by increasing the height of the rear profile and optimizing storage space, they were also able to add interior utility. The designers also stretched the Day Light Opening (DLO -- a designer's term for the side glass) for increased side and rear visibility. They also increased the wheelbase by 100mm (in the dash-to-axle dimension) to achieve classic sports car proportion. Overall, the styling combines soft flowing surfaces with crisp, taut lines.
The HCD-8 with its supercharged 2.7-liter V6 engine, 6-speed manual transaxle and tuned dual exhaust provides performance to match its styling. For real world driving, the driver can adjust the ride height a total of four inches through the air suspension. The vehicle can sit low for high-speed touring or can be raised to handle inclement weather, avoid parking wheel stops, handle a car wash or any other situation where additional ground clearance is needed.
NEOS 3 offers the utility of a 4WD, but thanks to its unibody construction and opulent appointments, it retains the feel of a luxury sedan.
The sleek, aerodynamic exterior looks as impressive as it performs. Spindle-shaped character lines run the length of the car adding an innovative design touch. Door-integrated side mirrors auto-dip in reverse gear and help improve downward visibility. NEOS' rear aerodynamic design minimizes the drag coefficient while keeping the bodywork simple and clean.
The front grille and headlights incorporate advanced features for safer driving. These include pre-crash sensors and proximity control using Extended High Frequency radar. Forward cameras provide extended visibility to the left and right. Headlight-integrated technologies include an infrared night vision system plus adaptive front lighting that automatically directs the headlight beam in the steering direction.
Inside, the large display is packed with information technologies, while control switches are clustered in the center console. Under the hood is a newly developed 4.6-liter 32-valve V8 engine mated to an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic gearbox.
NEOS' interior features a three-zone design. The front seats are the "excitement zone" for pure driving enjoyment. Second-row seats are the "comfort zone" for enjoying travel as if being transported in a private jet. The third-row seats are the "versatile zone" that accommodate both passengers and luggage. Adding a new dimension to the vehicle interface is a Heads-Up Display and a trackball that offer centralized control of the climate regulation, navigation and entertainment systems. Readouts including night vision and rear camera images are displayed on a large 11-inch LCD screen in the center stack. A multi-meter module tracks critical vehicle functions allowing the driver to be constantly informed about vehicle status and driving conditions.
The Frankfurt Design Centre spent about three years (from 1996) and approximately 643,000 to develop the EURO-1. The open-top, 2-seat roadster is a classic sports car with 6-speed transmission. Aimed at the European market, the mid-engine EURO-1 has rear-wheel drive and a 2.0 beta power plant. The tailpipe is positioned in the middle, giving the rear a strong triangular look. The EURO-1 measures 3,725mm long, 1,760mm wide and 1,150mm high, and the wheelbase is 2,500mm. The platform is a honeycomb-sandwich structure of carbon fiber and epoxy material, so the main chassis weighs only 50 kilograms. The platform is light but extremely rigid. The driver shifts the gears of the 6-speed semi-automatic transmission by simply twisting on a lever attached to the steering wheel rim. Some of the gauges are placed on the door trim on the driver's side.
Embodying pure prestige and uncompromising luxury, the SLV (Super Luxury Vehicle) reaches for the pinnacle of the automaker's art and craft. For the VIPs, business tycoons and royalty of tomorrow, the SLV could well represent the ultimate in luxury motoring. With an overall 5630mm length, 1980mm width and 1580mm height, the SLV is able to offer a generously-sized interior which can do double duty as a fully functional mobile office or as a relaxation space. While the styling concept adopts the classic 3-box design, the lines and curves sweep dramatically to create a breathtaking futuristic silhouette with distinctive retro-styling elements that echo classic limousine design of years past. The SLV wears a fiber-reinforced polymer skin and features the fullest imaginable array of sophisticated convenience including a power-operated door, a rear-vision display system and state-of-the-art telecommunications.
Hellion's architecture was inspired by a tough, hardshell backpack that uses ribs to provide structural and visual strength. To support this, Hyundai used three ultra-lightweight structural ribs to create Hellion's safety cage. These ribs connect to a suspended surfboard-shaped spine. Hellion's ribcage not only provides protection for its occupants, but also adds visual rigidity and shape. By stretching the sheet metal skin away from the common body surface, the ribs give Hellion a new kind of organic ruggedness.