Auto News for June 13 – Kona Coffee & Now Hyundai Kona


Say hello this morning to Kona, a new sub-compact SUV from Hyundai that will go on sale in Korea later this month followed by North America in the first quarter of 2018.

 A 2.0-liter, 147 horsepower four, and a 1.6 liter, 175 horsepower four will be the engine choices. The 2.0 will come with a six speed automatic, while the 1.6 gets a seven speed. Four wheel drive will be optional.

 Kona’s place on the Hyundai family tree will be below the Tucson and Kia will offer a similar sized vehicle to be called the Stonic.

 The new SUV is said to offer an elevated seating position and a two level cargo floor claimed to make loading easier.

 “With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,” said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.”

 The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2017 Volvo XC60 are the only models available with good-rated headlights among the 19 midsize SUVs and 18 midsize luxury SUVs evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Twelve SUVs are available with headlights rated acceptable, while 23 aren’t available with anything other than marginal- or poor-rated headlights. It said new midsize SUV headlights are improving when it comes to visibility, but many still need to do a better job of lighting the road ahead while limiting glare. Engineers measure how far light is projected from a vehicle’s low beams and high beams as the vehicle travels straight and on curves. Glare for oncoming vehicles also is measured from low beams in each scenario to make sure it isn’t excessive.

 The load will still stink, but the exhaust will be sweet. In fact there won’t be one. California’s first all-electric garbage truck is headed to Sacramento. The city aims to run the ERV on residential and recycling routes and expects to save as much as 6,000 gallons of fuel per year.

 One new study estimates the amphibious vehicle market will be worth $3.7 billion by 2022. Float that one around the water cooler.








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