COVID-19

Hyundai doubles coronavirus drive-thru testing center donation to support 22 hospitals

Testing is not open to the general public or family members at this time. Each is a certified test center for the state.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai is doubling the amount of coronavirus drive-thru testing centers it supports in conjunction with Hyundai Hope on Wheels. The $4 million in grants now covers 22 hospitals in 16 states.

According to a release, the company also announced an in-kind donation of 65,000 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests developed by Seegene, a South Korea-based global leader in multiplex molecular diagnostics. Hyundai's headquarters is in South Korea. Seegene's test can simultaneously detect three different genes (N, E and RdRP) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Children's National Covid 19 coronavirus testing centerEach center is following CDC guidelines for testing eligibility: patients with a doctor order, must have clinical factors of at-risk populations (like children with cancer), or work as health / child care professionals.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

"As a global automaker, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and its potential harm to the U.S. and beyond," said José Muñoz, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America. "A best practice that was crucial in South Korea's handling of the coronavirus was drive-thru testing. This approach protects the healthcare workers and patients from the potential spread of the virus, while diagnosing those most in need."

Phase 1 hospitals that received Hyundai COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing grants included:

  • The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's, Orange, CA
  • UH Rainbow Babies and Children's, Cleveland, OH
  • Children's National Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Dana Farber / Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Columbia Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Joseph's Children's Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Children's Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX
  • University of Alabama Children's, Birmingham, AL

The second phase of donations is earmarked for the following medical centers, government institutions, and organizations:

  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation, Oakland, CA
  • UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
  • LSU Health Sciences Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • City of Detroit Department of Health, Detroit, MI
  • Monroe Carell Children's Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • City of Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

"The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has tragically impacted hundreds of thousands of lives with disease and millions more who are quarantined in the U.S.", said Dr. Helen Cha Roberts, President, Seegene Technologies. "By supporting testing, Hyundai has stepped up as a global leader to provide an invaluable resource that will serve impacted Americans at this most critical time while also assisting to prevent further spread of the virus."

Hyundai and its over 825 dealers have also provided support to local institutions with financial assistance, food donations, face mask headband production and loaned vehicles.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

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Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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Ford will split into two separate businesses by 2023

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Ford Motor Company is splitting up, though not in the negative way you might be thinking. Today, the automaker announced that it is creating separate and distinct businesses, one to house its electric vehicles and the other for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Ford says the move will help it accelerate innovation and streamline its operations.

The newly created divisions get fancy names, too. Ford's EV business will be called Ford Model e, and will focus on delivery of "breakthrough electric vehicles at scale." The unit will also be heavily involved with software and connected vehicle technologies. Ford Blue will handle ICE vehicles, and will focus on cost reductions, quality improvements, and operational efficiencies. The two new businesses join Ford Pro, the automaker's commercial vehicle division, and Ford says all three should have separate finances by 2023.

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The moves come in the middle of Ford's shift to electric vehicles. The automaker says it plans to produce two million EVs annually by 2026, and notes that it wants EVs to represent half of its global volume by 2030. Ford's current electric offerings include the Mustang Mach-E, which has earned good reviews and offers strong range and performance. There's also the E-Transit, a commercial van available in several configurations.

Ford is gearing up for the release of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. The hotly anticipated pickup promises incredible capability and a load of advanced tech. Ford has taken tens of thousands of reservations for the new truck, so it's likely to be in high demand for quite some time.

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