N-branded vehicle will show off the company's technical prowess
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Albert Biermann, the recently appointed head of research and development for the Hyundai Motor Group, told reporters the company was planning a "surprise" at next week's Detroit motor show.

Speaking at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Biermann told Motorgraph and other outlets the company's Detroit unveiling will be an N-branded vehicle because "the basic purpose of the N brand is to raise the brand image of the Hyundai Motor Company and to raise its technical capabilities".

He then strongly hinted it would be a hydrogen-powered sports car, asking: "If not Hyundai, who will make a high-performance hydrogen electric car?"

Biermann claimed Hyundai had the "most advanced technology" for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

The company launched its Nexo fuel-cell crossover at last year's CES, which is powered by a 120kW/395Nm electric motor hooked up to a small lithium-ion battery pack and a hydrogen fuel-cell.

The fuel-cell generates electricity and water exhaust by combining atmospheric oxygen with stored hydrogen. Hyundai claims the Nexo's 156-litre hydrogen tanks are good for a range of around 600 kilometres.

The Nexo is currently on sale in a limited number of markets, with availability constrained largely by price and limited refuelling infrastructure.

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