New Van

Hyundai reveals first look at its Staria multi-purpose vehicle

The Hyundai Staria will officially debut later this year.

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Kia has a new multi-purpose vehicle so it makes sense that its sister company Hyundai would be getting one as well. Just whatever you do, don't call them vans.

The Hyundai Staria is slated to premiere in the first half of 2021 and the company says that it will take families and businesses to the next level as a mobility solution that makes time in transit more "accommodating, productive and worthwhile". Additionally, Staria will be a preview of the innovative use of space that will be available through the company's upcoming purpose built vehicles for the mobility era.

Hyundai has teamed up with Canoo, which recently debuted a pickup truck of its own, to create platforms for their upcoming lineup of purpose built electric vehicles.

Hyundai Staria

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Like Honda does with its vehicles, Hyundai has designed the Staria with its inside-out approach, doing the interior design work first then expanding to the exterior. The shift comes as Hyundai's research shows customers now prioritize the use of interior space.

The exterior of the model is meant to look spaceship-esque. with a streamlined silhouette that is complete with a fluid curve running from front to back. At the vehicle's face are horizontal daytime running lights and a positioning lamp. Its strong grille faces a unique facade. Headlamps are set low and to the sides of the grille. The vehicle appears monochromatic as the company uses the same body color for all frontal parts.

A cleanly designed rear features vertical taillamp and a wide rear view. Its rear bumper is lowered to help passengers easily load and unload the cargo.

Hyundai will sell the Staria in a base and Premium model. There may be more options, but the company hasn't revealed those yet. The Premium grade's grille features a mesh pattern while a chrome line surrounds the cube-type, full-LED headlamps. The tinted brass chrome applied to the Hyundai emblem on the front, wheels, side mirrors and door handles is designed to highlight the vehicle's styling and give it the air of sophistication. The Staria Premium rides on 18-inch wheels with diamond patterns and graphics.

The interior of the vehicle takes its inspiration from a cruise ship. There's a 10.25-inch front display screen, touch-based center fascia, and a button-type electronic shifter. The digital instrument cluster is located on top of the dashboard.

Storage space is available on top of the overhead console, bottom of the cluster, and top and bottom of the center fascia. The center console box is equipped with cup holders, USB ports, and additional storage space for both driver and passengers.

Hyunda will offer the Staria in a number of seating arrangements from two to 11 seats. The Staria Premium has seven, nine, or 11 seats. The seven-seat model features a one-touch relaxation mode on its second-row premium relaxation seats, automatically reclining to a seat posture that comfortably disperses the passenger's weight and improves overall body balance. The nine-seater version has the added ability to swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.

The model is complete with its 64-color ambient mood lamp as well as indirect lighting that can be aimed at the cockpit, floor console, and door and luggage trims.

More information about the world premiere of the Hyundai Staria will be revealed soon.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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