Hyundai plans for ISG and eight speeds

  • 31-Dec-2008 02:43 EST
Kia's Cee'd gets ISG to upgrade fuel efficiency and provide real-world benefits to those driving in heavy-traffic urban conditions.

­As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group’s efforts to upgrade fuel efficiency and real-world benefits to those driving in urban heavy-traffic conditions, Kia was to begin producing its Cee’d cars armed with ISG (idle stop and go) beginning in mid-December at its Slovakia plant, said Seong-Hyon Park, Senior Executive Vice President, at the Power Train R&D center of Hyundai-Kia at the company’s 8th Advanced Diesel Engine Technology Symposium held at Hyundai-Kia Namyang R&D Center near Seoul.

Park said ISG will be installed on cars to be sold in South Korea sometime in the second half of next year, but Hyundai-Kia will have to decide on when Kia will be selling ISG cars in the U.S. market in consideration of different road traffic conditions in each region.

“We will be selling ISG cars in the U.S. in the future—step by step—but we haven’t decided exactly when, probably in 2010,” said Park, adding ISG cars for the U.S. market isn’t a priority for Hyundai-Kia for now.

As the automotive group moves to provide more conveniences to drivers, Hyundai has recently announced an agreement with Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions (LBS), to mark Hyundai’s global locations on its maps through the Tele Atlas Brand Icon Program.

On-the-go consumers will now be able to find the nearest Hyundai office or service center worldwide online, on their personal and in-car navigation systems, and on wireless phone and GPS devices.

“Hyundai Motor consumers and users of Tele Atlas maps can now enjoy instant, convenient access to our dealers, service centers, and other locations all across the globe,” said James Choi, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor’s Sales & Planning Division. “Agreements with such renowned and trustworthy brands like Tele Atlas show how far the Hyundai Motor brand has evolved. We will continue to work together with world-class, innovative companies to boost our brand image.”

Hyundai joins leading consumer brands such as Bank of America, Hilton, McDonald’s, Sofitel, Starbucks, Texaco, and Wal-Mart, which have partnered with Tele Atlas through its Brand Icon Program to deliver branded points of interest for the most popular food, petrol, lodging, recreation, and retail locations. Hyundai is the first Korean company to join the program.

As for transmissions, Park said Hyundai-Kia is in the process of developing an eight-speed transmission on top of its current four-, five-, and six-speed transmissions. He said the eight-speed transmission will be installed in 2010 on the next models of Hyundai’s top Genesis and Equus sedans.

Noting that Hyundai-Kia won’t try to produce engines stronger than the current V8 Tau engine in view of fuel efficiency, a 5.0-L V8 will be installed on the next Equus and the 5.5-L V8 will be used for the Korean government vehicles in the future.

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