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Hyundai Ioniq debuts at Detroit Motor Show

All Headlines 13:35 January 10, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said Tuesday it has introduced the Ioniq hybrid and electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit just weeks ahead of their release in North America.

Hyundai Motor also displayed the Ioniq self-driving electric vehicle at the show at the Cobo Convention Center just days after a successful demonstration at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.

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The Ioniq hybrid model shows higher fuel efficiency with 58 MPG, compared to the third-generation Toyota Prius model's 56 MPG, the South Korean automaker said, citing statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Ioniq self-driving vehicle is the first Hyundai vehicle to have met all the requirements of the U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers for Level 4 automation that certifies the car as a de facto self-driving vehicle.

Powered by a smart cruise control system combined with light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and a lane keeping assist system to enable highly automated driving that requires no human control, the Ioniq is Hyundai's first dedicated electric vehicle that has a maximum driving range of 191 kilometers on a single charge.

Hyundai did not introduce new vehicles at this year's Detroit Motor Show, just showing one Ioniq self-driving electric car, three Ioniq eco-friendly vehicles, nine Sonata sedans and several recreational vehicles.

Also displayed were the Genesis G80, the G80 Sport and the G90 luxury sedans.

The G80 Sport is the latest of three vehicles introduced so far under the luxury, standalone brand of Hyundai Motor that was launched in 2015.

The Genesis G80 began North American sales in August last year, followed by the launch of the G90 luxury sedan late last year. The G80 Sport is expected to hit the U.S. market early next year.

The G90 has been named one of three finalists for the 2017 North American Car & Truck of the Year Award.

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