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People's choice: Greatest automotive icons of all time

Television presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May cross Tower Bridge on a military vehicle on September 1, 2008 in London. The trio took part in the stunt to promote a live travelling show version of their popular TV series Top Gear.

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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 Hyundai Tucson takes what you know about the model and kicks it up more than just one notch.

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Hyundai sells more Tucsons than any other model, and not just in the U.S. The global best-seller has been reborn with striking new looks and high-tech innovation that, on the surface, squarely put it at odds with the budget-conscious most of the models it competes against.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be sold in short- and long wheelbase models worldwide.

Designers continues the Sensuous Sportiness language first put forth in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and continued in the 2021 Hyundai Elantra in the new Tucson. At its front are Parametic Hidden Headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights and their housing into the grille of the vehicle. Here, it's realized as a "T" shape the that is similar to the new fascia on the refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe. The automaker says that the lights are only visible when they are illuminated.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Numerous creases are featured on the body of the car.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The crease-heavy body styling continues from the hood and down the sides of the compact SUV giving the model looks beyond your typical jellybean-shaped mommy hauler.

At the rear, a body-width taillight incorporates half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit. The Hyundai logo has been moved from its traditional place and and is now integrated into the rear glass. In turn, the wiper is now hidden under the car's spoiler.

Hyundai will sell the gasoline-powered versions of the model in seven paint colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Gray, Amazon Gray, Flame Red, and Intense Blue, six of which are new for Tucson. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models offer the following four colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, and Intense Blue, three of which are new for Tucson.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hyundai's new Tucson design is sleek yet sharp.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Tucson will be powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It achieves 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. These figures give the engine more horsepower than either of the two engines in the 2020 model and 31 pound-feet more torque than that year's base 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

A more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder will be available. That same 1.6-liter engine is also able to be matched with hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology. Each engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 1.6-liter hybrid engine alone achieves 178 horsepower. When coupled with the battery and elector motor, the overall output increases to 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, far surpassing anything offered in the last-gen Tucson.

Hyundai will employ its first-in-class E-Handling technology for HEV and PHEV models. All-wheel drive is available on the Tucson and comes with a number of drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Smart, Sport, Mud, Sand and Snow (not available in all markets).

2022 Hyundai Tucson The car features very distinct design lines.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The roster of safety technology on the Tucson is impressive. It includes: highway driving assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot view monitor, blind-spot collision warning, surround view monitor, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning. Blind spot collision avoidance assist with rear cross-traffic alert and assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and safe exit warning are also available.

Hyundai designers strived to give the 2022 Tucson a serene and spacious interior. Like in the Nissan Ariya, the model was crafted to seamlessly blend space, technology, and information. The layered waterfall effect of the dashboard combines traditional horizontal lines with curves to draw the eye upward and downward without the feeling of space segregation. This space is marked by twin silver garnish lines that flow from the center fascia to the rear doors. Sixty-four color ambient mood lighting is adjustable in 10 levels of brightness.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Angular taillights are a unique design highlight.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The center stack houses twin 10.25-inch touch screens with split-screen and multi-tasking capabilities in the top Tucson trim level. A multi-air ventilation system and a hoodless digital gauge cluster are also present. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. A Bose Premium audio system is available.

Hyundai has given the Tucson its Digital Key technology, which uses an app to turn a user's smartphone into a smart key. This technology also debuted on the 2020 Sonata.

The company's car-to-home functionality allows customers to control smart home appliances from their car. Similarly, Tucson's new Multi-Command function allows customers to "warm-up the car"— including heating system, heated steering wheel and seat warmers—with a single voice command while at home.

2022 Hyundai Tucson A wraparound dashboard gives the model a sense of spaciousness.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Tucson is the first Hyundai vehicle to have the company's new air conditioning technology.

Hyundai engineers have designed the Tucson's second-row seats to feature fold-and-dive functionality. This allows for 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space. This is about the same amount as the cavernous Honda CR-V.

The first deliveries of the Tucson will happen in Korea in September. The U.S. will have to wait until the first half of 2021 for the model.

Hyundai has plans to introduce a Tucson N Line model globally at a date to be announced.

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A new Hyundai smart TV app will host the debut of the redesigned 2021 Tucson later this week.

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There's a lot going on at Hyundai these days. From hydrogen powertrain innovation to a rapid cycle of new vehicle launches and numerous partnerships and sponsorships, there's pages of company activities to keep up with. To help its brand enthusiasts keep tabs on it all, Hyundai has launched a smart TV channel.

The new smart TV app, called Channel Hyundai, features multimedia content and a digital interface as a way to introduce potential buyers to the brand and introduce automative enthusiasts to efforts by the company to further their footprint in the industry.

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"Channel Hyundai is our solution to the growing need for enhanced digital experiences amid the global pandemic," said Wonhong Cho, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai Motor. "Our hope is that watching content on the big screen will bring family members together for a shared digital experience, since digital experiences can often feel isolated."

The app features three categories: Live, TV, and Models. There are plans to add more modules in the future. The Live category features product launches and presentations. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be revealed via the app on September 15.

The TV category will feature videos covering a wide range of lifestyle topics. I addition to shared original content, the company will produce content exclusively for the channel.

Using the Models category, users can browse and learn more about Hyundai vehicles. This section also includes a virtual interactive showroom.

Downloading the app is free.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Company

The app is available exclusively on LG and Samsung smart TVs manufactured in 2017 or newer. LG models must have webOS 3.5 or higher.

The content is currently just in English, with subtitles and other languages available soon.

The app can be downloaded under the search words "Hyundai" or "channel Hyundai" on LG Content Store or Samsung TV App Store. All content can also be viewed on the Channel Hyundai website at http://channel.hyundai.com.

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