June 28, 2017 – Hyundai Motor’s Sonata and Elantra GT were recognized as finalists in the 2017 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for their striking and bold design. IDEA® highlights outstanding and unique design in a wide range of categories such as transportation sporting goods and much more.
Sonata builds on the success of previous generations of the car while introducing a number of dramatic design changes that are aligned with Hyundai Motor’s evolving design philosophy. The progressive design results in a more sophisticated exterior with precise lines and distinctive style. At the front of the sedan, the new grille combines with the vertical LED daytime running lights and the narrower headlights, which are engulfed by the sculpted hood, for a sportier and more purposeful appearance.
From the side, the car’s designers have created a more dynamic attitude in the side profile by enlarging the trunk lid to counterbalance the lower, wider front radiator grille, making the hood appear longer and sleeker. Inside the new Sonata, the center console stack has been enhanced with larger features to create a more visually-striking appearance. Revised audio and ventilation controls are given ‘rocker’ buttons, enhancing the car’s premium feel.
Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance, an attention grabbing new cascading grille design and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics. The design combines precise, tensed lines and refined rich surfaces. Excellent functionality such as roominess, good visibility and comfort is complimented by a sensuous and confident expression of design. The clean and intuitive interior now features a horizontal layout that conveys an elegant and airy impression. Chrome detailing and high-quality interior materials create a calm and sophisticated atmosphere.
“We are building a variety of charismatic characters for each segment to make Hyundai Motor to be the most loved brand in the automotive industry,” said Sangyup Lee, Head of Hyundai Styling. “Hyundai Motor will keep developing more distinctive and creative design.”
IDEA® is a premier international design competition, recognizing and promoting design excellence across a wide array of industries and disciplines conducted annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDEA judging is based on the following criteria of Design Excellence: Design Innovation, Benefit to the User, Benefit to the Client, Benefit to Society and Appropriate Aesthetics.
About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2016 sold 4.86 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.
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