Such a Tease

Interior of Hyundai's Ioniq 5 revealed ahead of Feb. 23 debut

The full interior of the Ioniq 5 will be revealed on February 23.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle to be produced under Hyundai Motor Group's new branding strategy for electric vehicles. Ahead of its debut on February 23, the automaker has released two pictures of the interior of the car that show off its fresh, modern, high-tech design.

"IONIQ 5 is a statement of design that offers an optimistic look at what customers can expect in the new EV era," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Centre. "The long wheelbase is translated to a new dimension of space. We designed this special space as a perfect place to recharge - your home away from home."

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 The front seats feature leg rests and are configurable.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Like the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model 3, the Ioniq 5 appears to have a minimalistic interior. Instead of the Tesla way of doing business with one large central screen, the 5 has a large centrally located screen with multiple screen faces while piano black-faced buttons for climate controls, infotainment system main pages, a volume knob for volume control, and a radio station tuning scrolling control make up the area below the screen at the center of the dashboard. An ignition button is visible on the left of the climate controls.

Some features of the interior cannot be seen in the photos but are described in a release provided by the company. The car has been designed so that its driver and passengers can "freely enter and exit the cabin on either side when parked in a narrow spot, because the flat floor allows the centre console to slide back and forth." They're calling it the 'Universal Island', and it replaces the traditional console.

Two cup holders are prominently placed in the center console with a split between the head unit and the console that is very much like the Chrysler Pacifica's. A multi-layer console storage space and arm rest splits the front seat passengers from each other.

The center console is moveable so passengers can enter and exit from either side of the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

Zero-Gravity seats have leg rests and appear to be edged with a leather-like material and have cloth inserts. Hyundai says that the vehicle is appointed with sustainable materials and textiles. According to the automaker, "The seats are clad in an eco-processed leather that is dyed and treated with plant oil extractions from flaxseed. Other soft furnishings throughout the cabin consist of textiles derived from sustainable fibers such as sugar cane bio components, wool and poly yarns, as well as material woven from fibers made from recycled PET plastic bottles."

The wheel, which features contrasting stitching, also has contains flat controls and some buttons. The windshield wipers stick sets to the back right of the wheel while a gear selector stick sits below that. Surfaces including the dashboard, switches, steering wheel, and door panels are coated in a polyurethane bio paint composed of oils from rape flowers and corn.

A special edition Project 45 launch model of the Ioniq 5 will be available on a first-come, first-served basis following the world premiere. There's a catch. The model is only available in the U.K. and other select European cities.

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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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