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People's choice: Greatest automotive icons of all time

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A new survey sponsored by Hyundai has determined the top 10 greatest automotive icons of all time. It's no surprise that the list is full of actors that have played James Bond, popular television personalities, and heroes of the silver screen.

Two thousand Brits were surveyed to get the results as part of a larger survey about what petrolheads will be doing to keep themselves busy while sheltering in place.

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No. 10 - Jason Statham

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Jason Statham has been the star of some of the most popular vehicle-centric films of the 2000s:

  • "The Transporter" (2002)
  • "Transporter 2" (2005)
  • "Transporter 3" (2008)
  • "The Italian Job" (2003)
  • "Death Race" (2008)
  • "Crank"(2006)
  • "Fast & Furious 6" (2013)
  • "Furious 7" (2015)
  • "The Fate of the Furious" (2017)
  • "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (2019)
His smooth demeanor and brooding good looks, in addition to his impressive driving skills no doubt played into helping him get onto this list.

No. 9 - Roger Moore

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Roger Moore played James Bond seven times. Though he considered himself to only be the fourth best actor to have played the role, many regard the dapper actor as the one of the best Bonds ever. In "The Spy Who Loved Me" Moore starred alongside an iconic Lotus Esprit. In "The Saint", a television show he starred in prior to his stint as Bond, Moore drove a Volvo P1800 and the widely panned film "Crossplot" featured Moore alongside a 1967 Opus HRF.

No. 8 - Daniel Craig

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The Blonde Bond was a controversial choice to assume the iconic 007 role. His driving, fighting, and dressing style have won him fans the world over and made him into one of the most beloved Bonds ever. In the movies, Craig has been known as a fan of Aston Martin products having driven a DB5 in "Skyfall", DBS in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace", and a DB10 in "Spectre".

No. 7 - Paul Walker

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Paul Walker may be gone but he is not forgotten. As Brian O'Conner in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, he inspired a generation of vehicle enthusiasts who stepped away from the conventional concours and were able to express their love for unique models from America, Japan, and beyond.

No. 6 - James May

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He's a fan of technology, the history of flight, wine, and classical music. The interest James May is best known for is cars. As one of the hosts of "Top Gear", followed by a stint on "The Grand Tour", May plays the stiff yet knowledgable Captain Slow to co-star Richard Hammond's speed-hungry self and Jeremy Clarkson's brash masculinity.

No. 5 - Sean Connery

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Bond. The original James Bond. Actor Sean Connery starred in seven James Bond films, giving life to Ian Fleming's womanizing, fast-driving, mischievous antihero. In the movies he drove dozens of vehicles including a Ford Mustang Mach 1, Aston Martin DB5, 1935 Bentley 3.5-liter Drophead Coupé Park Ward, 1937 Bentley 4.5-liter Gurney Nutting Three-Position Drophead Coupé, and Ford Galaxie 500. Those movies, however, are Connery's only foray into a vehicle-centric film during his illustrious career.

No. 4 - Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel has earned his action star chops in a wide variety of movies, but it's clearly the "Fast and Furious" franchise that ccemented his place on this list. As main character Dominic Toretto in the movies, Diesel played a street racer and auto mechanic who drives a 1970 Dodge Charger. The Charger has become nearly as popular as the movies, earning its own Lego model in 2020.

No. 3 - Richard Hammond

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The second of three "Top Gear" turned "The Grand Tour" hosts on this list, Richard Hammond has a penchant for speed and a habit of crashing. That doesn't mean that fans don't love the Hamster. They just fear for him. He's a big car fan, having owned more the two dozen in his life including a 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Supercharged, 1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Mk1, 1963 Opel Kadett, 1987 Land Rover Defender-110, 2009 Morgan Aeromax, and a Volkswagen Type 2.

No. 2 - Steve McQueen

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He was Thomas Crown in "The Thomas Crown Affair" driving a dune buggy around to impress Faye Dunaway. He played Frank Bullitt, the justice-seeking police officer who can't be corrupted but can navigate San Francisco's streets at high speed like a champ in "Bullitt". He was the gentleman racer in "Le Mans". Steve McQueen played car-loving men in the movies but in real life, he was an even bigger fan. He owned four of the Porsches and a Ford used in "Le Mans", a 1956 Jaguar XKSS that now is at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, three Hudsons, and a 1969 Chevrolet Baja Hickey race truck among a host of others.

No. 1 - Jeremy Clarkson

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There seem to be two camps when it comes to Jeremy Clarkson - people either tremendously love him or they virulently hate him. Any others just likely have no idea who he is. Clarkson, the "Greatest Automotive Icon of All-Time" as voted, is the final third of the "Top Gear"/"The Grand Tour" trio serving TV viewers as host extraordinaire for decades, first on the BBC then on Amazon. Though he's rather useless when it comes to most mechanics, bullheaded during challenges, and curmudgeonly on a good day, Clarkson has become a heralded part of modern car culture, no matter how you feel about him.

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The 2022 IONIQ 5 will feature futuristic styling.

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 was announced earlier this year, but today we learned quite a bit more about the new EV, including that it will sport some impressive charging figures. As the automaker's first dedicated electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 rollout is an important one, and will take place in stages across late 2021 and early 2022.

Hyundai will offer the Ioniq 5 with two different electric motor options. The base configuration includes a single motor that produces 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with two-wheel drive. This configuration will be capable of up to 300 miles of range per charge. The upgraded model will come with a dual-motor system and all-wheel drive. It derives a total of 320 horsepower from its motors and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in five seconds. The speedier Ioniq 5's range will reach up to 244 miles on a charge.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 The IONIQ 5 is Hyundai's first dedicated EV.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Ioniq 5's most impressive specs, however, are in its charging speeds. The vehicle supports 800-volt charging and can run 400-volt charging without the need for additional adapters or hardware. Hyundai says it's the first patented technology that uses the motor and inverter to boost 400 volts to 800 volts, which will equate to blazing charging speeds. The Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes, and can regain up to 68 miles of range with just a five minute charge using a 350-kW fast charger. The car can fully recharge in 6 hours and 43 minutes using Level 2 charging.

To provide juice for that fast charging, Hyundai is working with Electrify America to provide over 600 charging stations to owners of the Ioniq 5. Hyundai will also give buyers free charging across the Electrify America network with unlimited 30-minute sessions for two years following the date of purchase.

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EVs are increasingly offering the ability to provide power for other things, which is a trick that the Ioniq 5 will be able to pull off. Hyundai says that it will have the ability to recharge any electric device, including scooters, bicycles, or camping equipment, and notes that it will even be able to provide power to another EV. The function is called V2L, or vehicle-to-load, and provides up to 1.9 kW power using a standard 120-volt outlet. The Ioniq 5's charging port provides power through an available accessory adaptor.

The Ioniq 5 will start hitting dealers' lots this fall, but availability will vary depending on where you live. Buyers in states that are California EV-compliant will get the vehicle first, with others to follow at some point in 2022.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Two 12-inch displays grace the IONIQ 5's dash.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Hyundai Motor Group is expanding its technology investment footprint.

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Spending $7.4 billion is no small task. A new release from the Korean automaker details just how the company is going to spend the money by 2025. Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) includes the Kia, Hyundai, Ioniq, and Genesis brands.

HMG intends to make the spend to "enhance overall product competitiveness" in the area of future mobility technologies including electrification and hydrogen. Hyundai and Kia will invest in growing its electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing footprint to scale and production and satisfy U.S. market demands. Market conditions and U.S. government EV police will dictate what next steps are taken.

Hyundai Motor will offer a suite of American-made electric vehicles to U.S. consumers starting next year. This includes the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5. Additional Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, and Ioniq models are in the works with debuts coming in the near future.

"One key element of Kia's transformation is transitioning from internal combustion engine to electrification. With our strategic investment in the United States to produce EV models, we are making huge strides to lead the EV market but also increase our contribution to the economies where we do business," said Sean Yoon, President and CEO of Kia North America.

HMG also intends to expand the U.S. hydrogen ecosystem in collaboration with local private and public partners. There are numerous governmental and filling station hurdles that must be overcome before widespread hydrogen sees usage in the U.S. HMG is committed to the natural fuel, which is used to power electric motors in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

HMG is committed to working with the government and other business partners to expand the U.S. hydrogen energy ecosystem. New business opportunities are likely to emerge from that. Hyundai Motor Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy in February 2020 to cooperate in hydrogen fuel cell technology innovation and global expansion.

Later this year, Hyundai will demonstrate its fuel cell electric trucks ahead of their commercialization. Hyundai previously made an agreement with Cummins Inc., an U.S. based company which specializes in advanced powertrains, to accelerate deployment of fuel cell electric systems in the U.S. market.

Additionally, HMG will invest in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), robotics, and autonomous technologies. The company, along with SoftBank Group Corp. has agreed to a deal that would have HMG gain a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics, a robotics company perhaps best known for making dog-like robots that monitor Singapore's parks and help Ford map out its factories.

HMG will launch a subsidiary in Washington D.C. to spearhead the Group's UAM businesses and work to create an ecosystem that supports what HMG is calling a "revolution of the mobility experience".

HMG and Aptiv, a U.S. mobility technology firm has created Motional, a joint venture aimed at commercializing driverless cars. The new company has already obtained the industry's first driverless license in the state of Nevada and plans to commercialize robotaxi service in 2023 along with its partner Lyft. Motional has started testing the new Ioniq 5 equipped with advanced autonomous driving technology on public roads.

"I am excited to make this announcement on behalf of the Hyundai Motor Group. This investment demonstrates our deep commitment to the U.S. market, our dealers and customers. Hyundai will lead the future of mobility in the United States and around the world. Our efforts are proof positive that Hyundai will continue to pursue excellence in our current and future product line-up," said José Muñoz, Hyundai Motor Company's Global Chief Operating Officer and President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America.

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