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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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Hyundai released pricing for the Ioniq 5 today.

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The first of Hyundai's Ioniq-branded electric vehicles is almost here, and the automaker finally released pricing information. The Ioniq 5 starts off at a reasonable price and reaches deep into premium territory, but it's got the capability and the equipment to justify its price tag.

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Pricing for the line includes:

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard range with 168 hp and RWD: $40,925
  • SE single motor with 225 hp and RWD: $44,875
  • SE dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $48,375
  • SEL single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $47,125
  • SEL dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $50,625
  • Limited single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $51,825
  • Limited dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $55,725
All prices include a $1,225 destination charge. It's also worth noting that the Ioniq 5 is eligible for up to $7,500 in government tax credits, though the size of the final tax rebate depends on the customer's individual situation. Range estimates for the Ioniq 5 span from 220 miles for the SE Standard Range to 303 miles for other single-motor models. Hyundai's party trick with the new crossover is its charging system, which is claimed to replenish the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Standard features for the Ioniq 5 include 19-inch aero wheels, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with EV information, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot monitoring with safe exit assist, lane keeping assist with lane following assist, parametric pixelated LED headlights, flush door handle, and more. To ease customers' transition into EV life, Hyundai partnered with Electrify America to provide unlimited 30-minute charting sessions for two years following purchase.

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Hyundai offers complimentary maintenance for up to three years or 36,000 miles, which includes tire rotations and other services. The car's battery and electric system are covered by a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Ioniq 5 is scheduled to go on sale this month.

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The Ioniq 5 can return over 300 miles of range.

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Hyundai's EV lineup is growing, and its first Ioniq-branded vehicle is almost here. The Ioniq 5 is a compact EV with sharp, pixelated styling, exciting functionality, and the longest wheelbase in Hyundai's U.S. product line. Today, the automaker announced EPA range estimates for the Ioniq 5, which are strong enough to make the EV a heavy hitter.

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The single-motor rear-drive Ioniq 5 can return up to 303 miles on a charge. It features 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The dual-motor all-wheel drive version can travel 256 miles per charge, but it delivers much more power and better acceleration. The dual-motor vehicle offers 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque for a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds.

The Ioniq 5's EPA ratings come as the EV is being handed to journalists in the United States for the first time. The 303-mile estimate is solid, but it's the car's quick charging abilities that should get everyone excited. Using the proper charging tech, the vehicle can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. It can also act as a small generator to power computers, power tools, or recharge mobile devices, making it an ideal camping vehicle.

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Hyundai hasn't elaborated on price yet, but we know that the automaker is giving away free charging to buyers of the Ioniq 5. The automaker has partnered with Electrify America to provide 250 kWh DC fast charging at over 700 stations nationwide. Owners have unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years from the purchase date of their new vehicle. Hyundai Kona Electric owners are also included in the deal, which will become even more valuable over time, as Electrify America will expand with more fast chargers and charging stations soon.

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