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‘Smart Stream’ Powertrain Development Promises More Efficiency

Hyundai revealed its plans to develop a more efficient engine with reduced emissions at a recent gathering of more than 1,200 industry scientists and engineers during the International Powertrain Conference in South Korea. Hyundai exhibited four new engines and two new transmissions from its “Smart Stream” lineup of powertrains that incorporates advanced technology to increase gas mileage and lower each vehicle’s carbon footprint. You’ll be seeing a more efficient lineup of Hyundai cars and SUVs as a result of these efforts in the coming years at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Engine Components Getting Smaller

Hyundai’s new philosophy of Smart Stream technology includes reducing the size and weight of many engine components to increase fuel mileage and maximize thermal efficiency by as much as 50 percent. One example is the new continuously variable valve duration technology that times the opening and closing of the cylinder valves depending on how you’re driving. This not only results in improved fuel efficiency for those who are taking it easy on the throttle, but also delivers more performance for those times when you want to put your Hyundai through its paces. A new 8-speed dual clutch transmission pairs with the new engine choices to make the most out of each power range before shifting. Hyundai has a goal of producing 10 new Smart Stream gasoline engines, six new transmissions and six diesel engines by the year 2022.

Look for More Electrified Vehicles

Although Hyundai firmly believes that internal combustion engines will continue to be a strong player in the auto industry for the next decade or so, the company is also committed to providing consumers more of a choice when it comes to electrified vehicles. The company will continue to expand its choices of electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid options over the next decade, with an emphasis on increasing battery storage and expending the range of all-electric vehicles. Hyundai already leads the industry in the production of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and will continue to invest in that technology.

Hyundai Ioniq Only Triple Powertrain Threat

One example of Hyundai’s innovation is the new Ioniq that comes in an all-electric, regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid version. It is the only vehicle with three separate powertrains. The Ioniq electric is only available in California right now, but delivers 124 miles of range on a single battery charge. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, which is available for a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, delivers 59 mpg on the highway and a whopping 57 mpg in the city. The plug-in hybrid will be coming to the showroom floor at Chapman Hyundai later this fall.

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