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Old 11-20-2008, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Hyundai goes green with ‘Blue Drive’

In keeping with the all-things-green theme that seems pervade the modern car industry, Hyundai announced more details of its alternative-fuel strategy at the Los Angeles auto show.

Hyundai is calling its green plan--ironically--“Blue Drive,” and it includes hybrids, extended-mileage vehicles and a crossover powered by a turbocharged direct-injection engine. It’s aiming to meet a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2015, beating government regulations by five years.

The Korean automaker’s first hybrid, a gasoline-electric version of the Hyundai Sonata, is to arrive in North America in 2010. It will use a parallel-hybrid drive system and lithium-polymer battery technology.

The hybrid will have a 2.4-liter engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. They will work with a 30-kilowatt electric motor.

The crossover shown by Hyundai, the HED-5 i-Mode, was seen at Geneva, and it has room for six passengers. It has been green-lighted for the United States. The engine it was shown with can make 286 hp and get more than 30 mpg on the highway, and it will be used in other U.S. products.

In other news:

-- Hyundai showed its Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, which recently completed a 4,300-mile cross-country trek.

-- The company said it plans to participate in a program to offset the carbon-dioxide emissions of its new luxury sedan, the Genesis, by preserving a tropical forest in Brazil.

-- Next year, Hyundai said it will launch “Blue” versions of the Accent and Elantra, which have low-rolling resistance tires, recalibrated engines and other fuel-efficient technology.
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