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Kia promises a hydrogen fuel cell car by 2020

Hyundai and its sister company Kia haven’t done more than dip toes into the pool of hydrogen fuel cell technology. But that’s on the verge of changing.

Kia will debut its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by 2020, Automotive News reports, citing a conversation with Lee Ki-sang, senior vice president of the Eco Technology Center, which develops eco-friendlier cars for both Hyundai and Kia.

However, some other events need to transpire first. In 2018, Hyundai will show off its next generation of hydrogen powertrains with a vehicle carrying a Hyundai badge. This is keeping in line with a timeframe initially offered in June 2016.

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The Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept from Geneva is the first step in Hyundai’s forthcoming hydrogen efforts.


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It’s doing this because staggering the launch is better for Hyundai’s limited resources, and because starting with its more expensive brand means it can better recoup (and eventually lower) costs by the time the tech heads to Kia, which produces more affordable vehicles.

While not much is known about Kia’s fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai gave us a hint to its next-gen fuel cell vehicle at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The FE Fuel Cell Concept boasts a whole lot of lines, no grille and a futuristic interior. It promises a massive range improvement over its current powertrain, thanks to an improved cell stack density.

Hyundai’s first fuel cell vehicle was the Tucson Fuel Cell, a modified Tucson crossover available in the US, albeit only in California. It promises a 265-mile range, and in late 2015, it picked up a world record for the fastest production hydrogen fuel-cell crossover with a 94.6-mph run across a dry lake bed.

New hydrogen models from Hyundai and Kia will arrive at just the right time. Toyota already has its Mirai fuel cell vehicle on sale. Honda and GM recently announced a joint venture where the two automakers hope to produce a next-generation fuel cell system by 2020. Daimler is reportedly getting in on the action with a hydrogen-powered GLC-Class crossover, as well, although it also contains a port for more traditional charging.

Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept

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Take a trip through time in the Jaguar E-Type Reborn

Samsung Galaxy S8’s major makeover

This year’s flagship phone gets a sexy new design and Bixby, a house-made digital assistant.

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Dive deep into the Ford GT’s five different drive modes

To make sure Ford GT owners get the most from the supercar in every condition possible, the automaker says, it packs five different modes.

For your average driver going about a somewhat standard routine, Normal is the mode to select. In Normal mode, the GT has about 4.7 inches of ground clearance, which should keep the car from eating itself alive on bumpy roads. Traction and stability control cannot be adjusted, and the rear wing comes out at 90 mph.

If you take your expensive supercar out in the rain, Wet mode is the way to go. It gives you the same steering calibration as Normal, but it dials back the throttle response to cut down on wheel slip. The ride height is the same, and like Normal mode, the traction and stability control systems can’t be adjusted. Safety first!

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The only thing that stinks about driving the Ford GT is that you’re not able to stand outside and admire it.


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Both Normal and Wet modes also feature a comfort setting for the suspension, which ratchets up the damping to help make even the worst roads (many of which are located in the GT’s home state of Michigan) somewhat palatable.

Head on over to Sport mode if you want a sprightlier on-road demeanor. The throttle and transmission calibrations are sharper, the comfort suspension option is removed, and the traction and stability control finally become adjustable. It can permit additional oversteer, although drifting on public roads is very much frowned upon. Sport mode also activates the GT’s antilag feature, which keeps the turbochargers spooled for more immediate response. The active rear wing now engages at 70 mph, as well.

That’s it for the modes you can use on the street. Ford is adamant that the two following modes are only for track use.

Track mode takes the changes in Sport and turns the dial up to 11. The ride height drops to just under 2 inches, and the spring and damper rates are cranked to the maximum. The rear wing is permanently deployed for better aerodynamics, and as before, traction and stability control can be tweaked for a bit more slippage.

If you don’t care about turns, or you happen to own a very long runway, you’ll want V-Max mode, which is concerned with top speed and top speed alone. In order to minimize drag, the wing stays stowed, with most other settings similar to Track mode. However, it removes the adjustability from the traction and stability control systems, in order to keep the car pointed in the right direction under all that power.

With 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque coming from its 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6, the GT is ready to party, no matter what sort of party you’re after.

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The Nissan GT-R Track Edition is a Nismo-lite

iPhone 8: Everything we know so far

This is all the iPhone 8 reports and rumors in one place. From a 5.8-inch OLED display, reports of wireless charging and even a 3D scanner for facial recognition, it’s all here.

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The RS badge might be coming to a Ford crossover near you

It’s unlikely that the Focus RS would be the only Ford to grace the road wearing an RS badge, but would you believe that one may end up on a crossover?

Ford might be working on RS variants of its crossover lineup, Car Dealer Magazine reports, citing a conversation with Ford performance boffin Dave Pericak. Pericak referred to the idea of an RS crossover as “an opportunity” that could benefit both the automaker and the consumer.

“I think customers love performance. I think the definition of what that means for an SUV might be different than what it means for a Focus or for a Fiesta,” Pericak told Car Dealer Magazine. “[T]hey like sporty, they want the power and pick-up and engine improvement, so I think the answer is yes. SUV customers would appreciate performance, for sure.”

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Just imagine this, but with an Escape.


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Car Dealer Magazine believes the most likely crossover to receive the RS badge is the Kuga, which is known in the US as the Escape, as “its underpinnings [are] especially capable of a performance upgrade.” Other vehicles in the running include both the Edge and EcoSport, the latter of which is soon to go on sale in the US.

Pericak told the magazine that he doesn’t believe that many automakers have really nailed the idea of a performance crossover. Sure, you’ve got some high-horsepower models like Mercedes-AMG’s lineup and Audi’s SQ vehicles, but Pericak says that are “no real credible [performance SUVs].”

Considering both of those performance crossover lineups are actually pretty fun to drive, any sort of RS-branded crossover will have to possess something that the others don’t. That might mean additional track capabilities, but it’s anybody’s guess.

Right now, the only Ford bearing an RS badge is the Focus RS. It’s a beast of an economy hatchback, boasting a 350-horsepower turbocharged I4 engine and all-wheel drive. We tested one against the M2, one of our favorite new BMWs, which shows you just how high the Focus is swinging. Any car to earn this badge would really have to earn it.

2016 Ford Focus RS

Shootout: BMW M2 vs. Ford Focus RS

It’s German rear-wheel drive against American all-wheel drive in a battle for bragging rights.

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