NY Auto Show: Hyundai Reveals New Design Focus
Today at the NY Auto Show, the company unveiled a new hybrid crossover concept vehicle called the Nuvis. Hyundai has pledged to lead all brands in U.S. fuel economy by 2015 and the Nuvis is built around the companies Hybrid Blue Drive architecture that has some interesting technical innovations.
The design of the vehicle was inspired by the flow of water. The exterior has character lines the sweep along the body side and give the appearance that the vehicle is moving. Inside, the dominant element is a blue center console that flows from front to back and is a visual metaphor for the vehicle’s information system. Each seat is linked via Methode Electronics TouchSense technology.
Underneath the Blue Drive system operates differently from other hybrid vehicles. It is set up so that the fuel-efficient 2.4-liter gas engine and a 30kW electric motor can work in parallel and both power the vehicle at the same time. The system can also operate in an all-electric mode for maximum fuel economy. This gives the driver a choice depending on driving conditions. Also, engine management software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. The engine automatically restarts when pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal.