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Hyundai launches dealership cleanliness guidelines

The automaker's Clean Assurance guidelines are aimed at providing reassurance to customers and dealers.

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As shelter in place orders begin to lift and more individuals are heading to dealerships to buy cars, the cleanliness of dealerships have, understandably, come into question. Hyundai has launched Clean Assurance guidelines to aid both dealers and shoppers achieve a level of comfort during the car shopping process.

The Hyundai Clean Assurance guidelines include cleaning protocols, social distancing measures, and dealer training:

  • Cleaning protocols - Hyundai has partnered with Bioesque Solutions to equip interested dealers with disinfectant cleaner for facilities and vehicles, and developed comprehensive steps for expanded cleaning and sanitization processes
  • Social distancing measures - Hyundai dealerships follow the guidelines recommended by their state, county and city health officials, including social distancing and managing the flow of customers and employees in both showroom and service facilities
  • Dealer training - Hyundai has created training materials for dealerships and distributed best practices with recommendations for staffing, sales and service operations, customer communications, social distancing protocols, and cleaning and sanitization procedures
Additionally, Hyundai will continue to offer digital and remote options for customers in the areas of sales and service including:=
  • Online retail sales: Leveraging Shopper Assurance and Click to Buy, digital retailing is available on most Hyundai dealer websites, allowing buyers to select a vehicle, calculate payments, apply for credit, value a trade-in, and complete the paperwork online; customers can also arrange flexible solo test drives at participating dealers with the vehicle brought to a customer's home for evaluation
  • Home delivery: Most Hyundai dealers, depending on participation and local franchise laws, will deliver new vehicles directly to the customer's home
  • Service pick up and drop off: Hyundai owners can have their vehicle picked up for service and repair, and dropped back off once the work is completed at most dealerships

Customers are encouraged to contact local Hyundai dealers in their market for more details on the health measures implemented at individual dealerships.

Hyundai Clean Assurance | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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Ford is teasing Bronco news leading up to the July 13 reveal date.

Photo by Getty Images; Smartphone content courtesy of @FordBronco, Instagram

The Ford Bronco Instagram account let a bit of news slip out today. We now know what the face of the 2021 Ford Bronco will look like.

In a short video teaser, a CGI version of the Bronco sits in the dark. Crickets chirp in the background. Then, a thrust of sound. The headlights turn on. Whamo, blamo, that's the Bronco. Watch it for yourself below.

Here's what AutomotiveMap's team noticed.

The headlights and circular with horizontal lines of high beams that run through the center. It's hard to see the model coming with anything other than standard LED headlights with that dynamic a signature.

The "Bronco" is across the grille, perfectly spaced. The lettering itself doesn't look illuminated but it does appear silver and sit on a black grille, which isn't perfectly rectangular.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Photo courtesy of @FordBronco, Instagram

Then we scrolled down. Below the new video on @FordBronco, there's another image. Flanking a vintage Bronco are photos of the front right and left of the model. Here you can see knobby tires, flared fenders, black housing around the headlights, and extended folding black mirrors. The lighting is able to be seen a little better in these photos and is almost certainly all-LED.

The body appears like spy photos have been showing for years - upright and square-like - exactly how you'd want a Bronco to be.

The wait to see the Bronco is nearly over. The model now debuts on July 13 after a bit of a brouhaha surrounding its original debut date and its link to O.J. Simpson. Stay tuned to AutomotiveMap for more teaser analysis leading up to the big day.

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It looks like it's the end of the line for Byton.

Photo courtesy of Byton

Lucid, Faraday Future, Byton, Rivian. One by one electric vehicle companies debuted over the last few years promising big innovation and a revolution to the mobility industry. Now, another one looks like it's biting the dust.

Byton recently announced that it is suspending operations for the next six months and letting go most of the staff that remained after they laid off about half of its 450 U.S.-based employees in April.

Byton M-Byte The electric vehicle market is getting increasingly competitive.Photo courtesy of Byton

Byton spokesman Dave Buchko told TheDetroitBureau.com, "The company is going to suspend operations on July 1 for six months ... the board of directors and top management are looking to find a way to move the company forward."

The company was founded in 2017 by a group of former Nissan and BMW executives. More than $800 million was eventually raised for the venture from three rounds of funding efforts, much of it coming from China. Byton recently completed their assembly plant and was given a license to produce vehicles by the Chinese government.

The company made its biggest industry waves when it debuted an all-electric vehicle at CES in 2019 that featured a 48-inch video display that ran from driver to passenger across the dashboard. In 2020, they showed off an electric utility vehicle at the same event.

Despite a diversified portfolio of investors from global markets, Byton looks to not have been able to sustain the company in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Byton M-Byte The company's 48-inch screen made waves when it was revealed.Photo courtesy of Byton

Byton was already facing an uphill battle in the marketplace. The industry's heaviest hitters are looking to infuse the global market, and especially the Chinese market, with a bevy of battery electric vehicles in the coming year.

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