Mobility

Hyundai models, displays its smart mobility ecosystem in miniature

Hyundai has displayed the model in its headquarters, but will soon showcase it worldwide.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

When architects set about on a large-scale project, they create a miniature model of their creation in order to ascertain proper scope and impact, as well as show the project's funders a vision. Hyundai Motor Company is doing something similar, showing off a smart mobility ecosystem in miniature in the lobby of its headquarters.

Through June 12, the 1:8-scale model on display is a miniature version of the exhibit Hyundai showed at CES 2020. It includes the integration of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM), purpose built vehicles, and mobility transit base smart mobility solution that are envisioned as part of a dynamic, human-centric future cityscape.

Hyundai smart mobility ecosystem model city In the model, Hyundai is showcasing human-centric design.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

That human-centric bit is a big deal. While some futurists are predicting mass robot takeover, Hyundai is still basing its future planning around the most intelligent species on the planet.

"Hyundai's UAM Division is leading necessary technological developments and working towards realizing the introduction of Urban Air Mobility, which has been people's dream for decades," said Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai's Urban Air Mobility Division. "S-A1 Personal Air Vehicle concept on display shows our dedication to bring forth Urban Air Mobility for the benefit of humanity."

Hyundai describes the model:

"The miniature model demonstrates Hyundai's vision of a future mobility ecosystem in urban use. The UAM is shown with its rotors tilting, enabling vertical take-off and landing and rotating horizontally for flight. On the ground, PBVs can be seen running on the road, traveling around the Hub, becoming part of the building when connecting to the Hub's docking station. The Hub is not only a space that connects UAM and PBVs, but also serves as a new concept for connecting people, reflecting Hyundai's determination to give people more quality time while providing seamless freedom of movement and the opportunity to enjoy diverse experiences."

Mirrors have been installed on the ceiling of the exhibition space to allow viewers to see the exhibit from numerous angles. Videos of a future city that has been transformed through mobility solutions such as those offered in the model are playing on adjacent walls.

"For our smart mobility solutions, we considered what truly matters in cities and in people's lives. UAM, PBV and Hub will revitalize cities by removing urban boundaries, giving people time to pursue their goals, and creating a diverse community. Our goal is to help build dynamic human-centered future cities and continue our legacy of progress for humanity. CES 2020 is just the start and we will continue to realize this vision," said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group during CES earlier this year.

Hyundai, like Toyota, is betting big on hydrogen. Hyundai has recently outlined the company's strategy for transitioning away from fossil fuels. Toyota is going big with plans to build a 145-acre prototype city at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Once its run at Hyundai HQ is up, the company has plans to take the model across the globe to show it off.

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The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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It's small, but the Santa Cruz can do plenty of truck stuff like the big guys.

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Looking at American trucks over the years, it's hard to ignore their growing size and price, but 2021 might just be the year that bucks that trend. Earlier in the year, Ford announced the compact Maverick pickup truck, and after months of rumors, Hyundai did the same. The Santa Cruz will be a small unibody pickup designed in California and built in Alabama. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the upcoming vehicle.

Pricing for the Santa Cruz starts at $23,990, which after the $1,185 destination charge comes to $25,175. That reasonable sum buys the base SE trim, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Hyundai estimates that the base engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the available turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Other standard features include:


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz rides on a unibody frame, which gives it a better ride than most trucks.Hyundai


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Driver attention warnings
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Leading vehicle departure alerts

Despite its size and unibody construction, the Santa Cruz does offer traditional truck capabilities. With the base engine on board, the vehicle is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with the turbocharged engine that number increases to 5,000 pounds. The unibody setup also gives the Santa Cruz a more car-like ride and handling, which improves comfort. It's a configuration that is also used by the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick pickups.


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz has a useful bed that can be configured a few ways.Hyundai


Hyundai started building the Santa Cruz at its Montgomery, Alabama factory in June. The automaker says that its production will eventually add 1,200 jobs to the facility, and notes that the vehicle will go on sale sometime later this summer. We're heading out to drive the new Santa Cruz in early August, so stay tuned for a first-drive review in a few weeks.

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