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Hyundai adding 13 new products by 2022

Hyundai is adding to its lineup with 13 new products set to debut by 2022.

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Hyundai has announced that it will add 13 alternatively fueled vehicles by 2022. That number includes six sedans and seven SUVs.

"As the automotive industry evolves to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and environmentally-aware society, we will continue to provide alternative-propulsion options in a variety of product choices," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "For consumers seeking forward-thinking and eco-friendly personal transportation options, Hyundai's product line-up meets these criteria and more."

The first of those 13, the refreshed 2020 Ioniq Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The Ioniq is already American's most fuel-efficient car. The 2019 Ioniq Hybrid gets 57 mpg and starts at $22,400. Hyundai's 2019 Ioniq EV has a 124-mile range and starts at $29,815. The 2019 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the most impressive with 630 miles of combined electric and gasoline range. It has a starting price of $25,350.

2022 Hyundai New Vehicle Plans Hyundai is adding 13 vehicles to its already-expansive portfolio.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Additionally, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be launched next year. AutomotiveMap has already driven the new Sonata, albeit with the car's traditional gasoline-powered engines, and found it to be technologically advanced and finely appointed, especially at its low $23,400 starting MSRP.

Other sedans in the Hyundai lineup include the Elantra and Accent. Hyundai's SUV lineup includes the Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, and Palisade.

In 2018, Hyundai announced plans to introduce eight new CUVs by 2020 saying that the vehicles would be powered by a variety of current and future Hyundai engines, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells with both gasoline and diesel-powered engines. The already-launched Kona, Venue, and Palisade fit into those plans.

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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