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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the perfect place to unveil the new Hyundai Veloster N, the high-performance version of the company’s 3-door compact sports car. The new N model line-up is geared to make a driver’s heart beat just a little bit quicker and his or her smile grow just a bit wider when behind the wheel. Exciting cornering ability, great acceleration and phenomenal driving capability are just some of the attributes of this new entrant into the Hyundai family. “Veloster N takes Hyundai to a new level of purchase consideration for true driving enthusiasts in the U.S. Market,” according to the head of Hyundai’s performance division, Albert Biermann. “The Veloster N is another example of Hyundai Motor’s capabilities, creating an exciting sports car with thrilling dynamics combined with a compelling affordability equation is key to the N high-performance concept.” Look for the new Veloster N as part of the 2019 model lineup at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Comes With Turbo Power

The new Hyundai Veloster N comes packed with power, with an available 275 horsepower coming out of a 2.0L turbocharged motor. With up to 260 pound feet of torque, you’ll definitely feel the G force as you launch off the line, whether you’re at the track or off to get your morning coffee. A two stage induction system reduces the familiar turbo lag, providing plenty of oomph across all RPM ranges. The engine is matched with a sporty 6-speed manual transmission, with a short throw to help you zip through the gears. A double-layer clutch disc helps you achieve increased launch ability with added torque. A multi-mode exhaust system delivers a spirited crackle whether you’re shifting up through the gears or down.

Delivers Head-turning Style

The exterior of the Veloster N maintains the familiar 3-door style that is both unique and functional, offering easy back access. A special “N” front grille is a departure from the traditional Veloster look, with dedicated front air vents to help keep the engine cool. Special rocker sills and 19-inch wheels with a stunning star design make the N model different from other Veloster models. The Veloster N also has a unique rear spoiler, sitting above a special rear fascia with an integrated diffuser and sporty dual high-flow exhaust. Move to the interior and you’ll notice the extra bolstering on the sport bucket seats, designed to keep you in place as you test your driving skills. Special N logo badging and a sport instrument design cluster all scream sports machine. A shift indicator ensures you get the maximum performance out of each gear range. Stay in touch with Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale to be among the first to take the Veloster N for a test drive.

For those of you who have put self-driving cars in the same “gee that’s nice but it will never happen” category as the flying cars you’ve been promised for years, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Hyundai recently went into partnership with Aurora, one of the leaders in self-driving technology, and promise to have a vehicle in production by 2021. That’s only three years away, or about the time that new lease you just entered into will expire. “We know the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology needs to be proven in the real-world to accelerate development in a safe and scalable manner,” according to Hyundai Vice Chairman Dr. Woong Chul Yang. “Combining our advanced vehicle technology that embeds the latest safety features with Aurora’s leading suit of Level 4 autonomous technology will advance this revolution in mobility in a leadership position.” Stay in touch with Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for the latest news on the autonomous revolution.

Level 4 Still Requires Some Oversight

To get technical, Hyundai and Aurora are promising a vehicle that has Level 4 automation, where the vehicle can operate by itself in some conditions without human oversight, but still needs a person behind the wheel in other instances. Aurora has spent the last 20 years perfecting the software and hardware required to produce a vehicle that can operate on busy roads without human supervision. The Level 4 testing in real world situations is the next step on the road to totally autonomous driving. “Aurora is excited to partner with Hyundai Motor to make the social benefits of self-driving available globally,” said Aurora CEO Dr. Chris Urmson. “This partnership combines Hyundai’s strengths in vehicle design, safety and manufacturing with Aurora’s expertise in self-driving technology to make a positive difference in the world.”

Fuel-cell Vehicle First in the Hopper

The first vehicle to test the autonomous driving hardware and software is the latest generation of Hyundai’s fuel-cell vehicle, which is currently on display at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show. Autonomous driving requires a tremendous amount of power to support the communication and hardware necessary to make the vehicle respond quickly. Hydrogen fuel-cells provide the power without concerning drivers about driving range.

Sharing a Vision

Both Aurora and Hyundai share a vision of a world where driving is safer and more efficient. The two teams of engineers and support staff bring the needed experience and skills needed to take the vision and implement it into a vehicle the general public can not only afford, but want to drive. Both companies share a common goal of implementing autonomous vehicles across the globe in a quick and safe manner. Remember to keep an eye on the technology coming out of Hyundai as they continue to test the boundaries of the traditional auto industry. The best place to do that is by taking an occasional test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.