2013 Hyundai HND-9 concept.
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Hyundai Motor Co. staged a world-premiere of the HND-9, its latest luxury sports coupe concept that illustrates the company’s future design direction.
“HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai’s future luxury sports coupe models,” said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center. “Representing an evolution of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, the rear-wheel drive sports coupe concept balances high performance with a sophisticated image.” The concept was unveiled at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.
The HND-9 is the ninth concept model developed by the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center in Namyang, Korea. Based on a modern reinterpretation of an elegant, classic premium sports coupe, sophisticated details in every design element of the car reinforce a premium look. The vehicle, with its dramatic, long hood and wheelbase, has an overall length of 4,695mm, width of 1,890mm and height of 1,340mm with a 2,860mm wheelbase.
Equipped with 3.3-liter turbo GDi engine and 8-speed auto transmission, HND-9 delivers a maximum output of 370ps, while its exterior design exudes a befitting image of the powerful performance.
Fluidic yet sleek character lines that stretch from headlamp to trunk, voluminous, powerful car body and a striking, wide hexagonal-shaped radiator grille enhance the vehicle’s high performance image. Moreover, butterfly doors, sculptural rear combination lamps, and dual tailpipes placed on both sides, give the car a sleek, futuristic look. Twenty-two inch alloy wheels – mixed with carbon materials - also contribute to great styling, while lowering its weight.
Like its exterior, the interior styling of the HND-9 was designed to deliver a modern, luxurious driving experience. Three key concepts were embedded into the interior design to realize this goal: spiral sculpture, elegance and high-tech interface.
Based on the spiral sculpture concept - derived from Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy - dynamic and distinctive spiral-shaped metal lines frame the entire interior in a speedy and rhythmical way, creating a unique layout.
The seats are made of sporty yet luxurious mesh, and depending on which angle they are seen from, they project different colors, exuding elegance and mystique. The driver-oriented, high-tech interface is modeled after a cockpit, offering both improved functionality and aesthetics, optimized for dynamic driving.
Including its world-premiere concept, Hyundai exhibits a total of 30 cars and 11 new technologies in 10 specialized zones, including displays for children. Hyundai’s booth, the largest at the show, is based on a theme called ‘Brilliant Moment O.’ The letter ‘O’ represents both Hyundai’s will to strengthen its basics (zero) and its communication with customers (circle).
Furthermore, as part of the company’s continued efforts to realize its ‘Modern Premium’ values, Hyundai introduced a variety of both internal and external collaboration projects. Namely, the ‘i40 Art Car,’ ‘My Baby’ project and ‘Equus by Hermes’ concept car showcase Hyundai’s brand enhancement efforts through design.
“Hyundai Motor has come a long way. However, we will not rest on our laurels, but continue putting forth our utmost efforts to deliver Hyundai’s unique ‘Modern Premium’ values to more customers,” said Choong Ho Kim, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor.
The 2013 Seoul Motor Show runs between March 28 and April 7 at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) under the theme of ‘With nature, for the people.’
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