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The week's top news stories, April 15

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks...

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2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback spied
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2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback spied

The upcoming Hyundai i30 N Fastback has been spotted again this week doing rounds at the famed Nurburgring in Germany. For the first time the four-door i30 has dropped the heavy black sheeting and false body panels concealing most of its design details, giving us a closer peek at the final look – despite the black-and-white wrap...


2018 Hyundai i30 SR long-term review, report three: interior comfort and practicality
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2018 Hyundai i30 SR long-term review, report three: interior comfort and practicality

Our long-term 2018 Hyundai i30 SR is one very well-loved hatch amongst the CarAdvice team. For a lot of us, we have a long commute to work, so a car that is comfortable on the daily grind is important. That it's reasonably quick certainly doesn't hurt, either... The Hyundai's interior is a decent step up from its predecessor...


2018 Hyundai i30 pricing and specs
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2018 Hyundai i30 pricing and specs

Local details for the upgraded 2018 Hyundai i30 range have been announced this week, bringing wider availability of the company's active safety technologies, and the option of petrol power for Elite and Premium models. Key changes include a set of new models in the form of the petrol-powered Elite and Premium – starting at $27,790 and $32,790 before on-road costs respectively...


2019 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe spied
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2019 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe spied

Hyundai's upcoming full-size SUV replacement for the Grand Santa Fe offered overseas has been spied again, ahead of a likely reveal in the next 18 months. Believed to be a twin-under-the-skin to the production Kia Telluride three-row SUV, the full-size Hyundai crossover will sit above the new Santa Fe in the company's global line-up and likely target the North American market...


Hyundai: Same-same family design is "boring"
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Hyundai: Same-same family design is "boring"

It isn't uncommon to see manufacturers designing a similar-looking range of cars across model lines, but it's a move Hyundai's head of design is strongly against. It takes a trainspotter to tell a Mercedes-Benz C-Class from an E- or S-Class, or even a BMW 3 Series from the 5 and 7 Series – a type of confusion Hyundai is keen to avoid...


2017 Hyundai Santa Fe recalled for steering fix
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe recalled for steering fix

Hyundai Australia has issued a recall for the 2017 Santa Fe SUV over concerns the steering wheel and column could separate. The Korean manufacturer reports 2945 vehicles could be affected by the manufacturing fault, which could cause a loss of steering control and increase the risk of an accident. Affected Santa Fe units were sold from 15 June 2017 through 28 December 2017...


Genesis Essentia: Our chat with designer Sasha Selipanov
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Genesis Essentia: Our chat with designer Sasha Selipanov

Unveiled at the 2018 New York motor show, the Genesis Essentia is one of the most eye-catching, exciting concept cars we've seen this year. It has a pure-electric powertrain good for a 3.0-second 60mph (97km/h) sprint, buried under a classically-proportioned exterior...


New York motor show: 10 past concepts worth another look
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New York motor show: 10 past concepts worth another look

At this year’s New York auto show, Genesis wowed the crowds with its first electric supercar concept, Mini went old school for its own EV dreams, and Volkswagen dipped a toe in the pickup pond – but New York has delivered plenty of concept delights in the past. Here are ten of the best from the last 20 years deserving of a second look...


Genesis: No performance sub-brand like N division
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Genesis: No performance sub-brand like N division

With a local brand launch debut set for May this year, Hyundai's luxury arm Genesis will stick to one model line and bypass the sub-performance brand setup like its parent's N division. Speaking with media at the 2018 New York motor show last week, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice that the brand's aim is to deliver one quality, high-performing product line...


Hyundai Kona Electric coming late 2018/early 2019, long-range the priority - UPDATE
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Hyundai Kona Electric coming late 2018/early 2019, long-range the priority - UPDATE

UPDATE: News story now updated with preview video from the 2018 New York motor show. Hyundai Australia says the hotly-anticipated Kona Electric should be touching down locally late this year, or early in 2019. According to the company, our compact electric SUV will be sourced from Korea when it arrives...


2019 Hyundai Tucson revealed - UPDATE
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2019 Hyundai Tucson revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Now with brief preview video from the 2018 New York motor show. Hyundai has pulled back the sheet on its facelifted Tucson, with a sharper exterior, a new transmission, and a comprehensively overhauled interior...


30 Mostly Excellent Things You Want To Know About Hyundai i30 N - VIDEO
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30 Mostly Excellent Things You Want To Know About Hyundai i30 N - VIDEO

The 2018 Hyundai i30 N, the Korean marque's highly anticipated foray in the global hot hatchback arena, has finally lobbed into Oz. So what do you want to know about it? Well, we went to our Facebook page just prior to the local launch and we asked you. In return, you bombarded us with an avalanche of mostly excellent questions...


Genesis Essentia concept revealed
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Genesis Essentia concept revealed

The Genesis Essentia concept has been unveiled at the New York motor show this week, previewing the company's future vision for "product performance and technology". Featuring a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque construction, the Essentia is the Korean marque's first battery electric vehicle...


2018 Hyundai i30 N review
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2018 Hyundai i30 N review

“Hey, Tony. The i30 N. Mate, you were bang on,” I blurt out in Anthony Crawford’s direction, moments after my return from the upstart hot hatch’s local launch.


Hyundai i30 SR long-term review, report two: infotainment
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Hyundai i30 SR long-term review, report two: infotainment

As you'll soon learn, the Hyundai i30 SR has a well laid out, logical interior. That same user-friendliness extends to the infotainment system, which is shared with the wider i30 range. Central to the system is a freestanding 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard...


2019 Hyundai Tucson heading to New York
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2019 Hyundai Tucson heading to New York

The facelifted Hyundai Tucson has been confirmed for a debut at the New York motor show week. Hyundai's North American arm has posted a placeholder for its live feed, captioned "New 2019 Santa Fe, refreshed Tucson & Kona Electric at the New York International Auto Show"...


Hyundai i30 N: DCT confirmed for 'late-2019'
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Hyundai i30 N: DCT confirmed for 'late-2019'

Hyundai has confirmed the i30 N hot hatch will gain a dual-clutch transmission option in late-2019, potentially accompanied by the entry-level variant not currently offered in Australia. According to Andrew Tuitahi, senior product manager for Hyundai Australia, described the decision to launch with only the Performance-spec i30 N as a "statement of intent", but said the range will continue evolving...


Hyundai i30 N track warranty announced
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Hyundai i30 N track warranty announced

Hyundai Australia has confirmed it will include cover for track use as part of the five-year warranty program on its i30 N hot hatch. The first product to launch under the Korean manufacturer's new N performance sub-brand arrives in Australia from $39,990 before on-road costs, in high-output 202kW/353Nm 'Performance' specification...


2018 Hyundai Ioniq Premium hybrid review
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Premium hybrid review

The Hyundai Ioniq is a compelling Toyota Prius rival that goes without the polarising design. However, the imminent PHEV and EV versions are the real tech showcases...