Blue Hybrid Concepts Reveal Hyundai’s Direction

The 2010 Paris Motor Show has offered a number of interesting first time reveals, vehicles just now hitting the market and others planned for release over the next 3-4 years. Major auto shows are always good indicators where the market is headed and which vehicles we’ll be driving a few years out.

Korea’s Hyundai Motors is on a tear, rising from the eleventh largest automaker in the world in 2000 to the fourth largest manufacturer in 2010. The company has improved its image and has expanded its product lines, building cars which offer more content and are priced slightly less than what its competitors are offering.

Paris Motor Show

In Paris, the two vehicles creating much of the buzz for Hyundai are a pair of concepts. Concept vehicles are just that — ideas — with no firm plans to build them. Yet, Hyundai has indicated previously that several models they’ll be showing at auto shows this year and next will provide an excellent indication where the automaker is headed.

The two concepts offered at the Paris Motor Show are the ix20 Blue and ix35 hybrid models which are expected to become part of the company’s existing leading edge Blue DriveTM program. These vehicles are part of Hyundai’s effort to advance environmentally conscious technologies and assume fuel efficiency leadership worldwide.

Gas and Diesel

Some of Hyundai’s new models will utilize Hyundai’s all-new 1.0-liter Kappa gas and 1.7-liter U2 diesel engines. Likely not in the U.S., in Europe, Asia and wherever else small gas engines and diesels are likely to be embraced. However, that may soon change as far as the United States and Canada are concerned.

Each engine features several environmental enhancements including the use of high-performance, low-friction engine oil to improve combustion efficiency, optimize the gear ratio and increase engine efficiency.

Stop and Go

Also revealed at the Paris Motor Show is Hyundai’s new Idle Stop & Go (ISG) system. This particular engineering innovation turns off the engine when the car is at a standstill and the gearbox disengaged, such as at a traffic light. When power is needed, the engine instantly restarts the moment the clutch pedal is depressed. Hyundai claims that this technology is especially effective at reducing emissions and fuel usage in city traffic.

Along with ISG, Hyundai is including an alternator management system to maximize energy regeneration while braking in a bid to provide good acceleration performance by decreasing the alternator workload.

Other Changes

Hyundai is also making good use of underbody panels on at least one model, the i30 Blue, in an effort to cover the drag-inducing areas found on vehicles which adversely impact fuel economy. Some Hyundai models offer reductions on brake pad drag on the discs in addition to wheels fitted with low rolling resistance tires, which are inflated to a higher pressure.

Yes, Hyundai is continuing its relentless push upward. Though they are far from having the sales numbers enjoyed by the current Big 3 — Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen — the company has its eyes set on being number one, a possibility that was unthinkable just a few years ago.

Steal a Look at Volvo’s Upcoming All-New C30

The new Volvo C30, which is the latest car of Volvo Car Corporation, will be officially released this September at the prestigious Paris Motor Show. In preparation for said grand event, Volvo has recently released the official photos of its new car.

Volvo C30′s design is evocative of the C30 Design Concept which was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show early this year. Said car retains the sporty and aggressive character of Volvo. It also features an exceptional frameless glass tailgate, solid stance and the broad shoulders that have become Volvo’s hallmark.

According to Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, “the new C30 is an ambitious new car for Volvo. It is a car that aims for a group of young singles, or couples, with intense urban lifestyles. These people prioritize excitement in design and driving characteristics, and this car should suit their varied tastes perfectly.”

“The new Volvo C30 plays an important role in our push towards a volume of 600,000 cars a year. We are broadening our model program to make it possible for new, younger customers with an intense, urban lifestyle to choose a Volvo with the right appeal as early as possible,” Arp added.

In addition, Steve Mattin, design director of Volvo noted, “the C30 has plenty of muscles in a sporty and compact package. Anyone who recalls the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car) or the classic P1800ES will recognize the exclusive and convenient rear tailgate. The distinctive tail lamps ensure that no one will be uncertain about which car they are following.”

All-new Volvo C30, which is the smallest in Volvo’s model range, has 218 horsepower to the front wheels. It is powered by a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that produces 236 pound-feet of torque. It also has four sport bucket seats positioned comfortably inside the car, 160-watt stereo system, and other Volvo car parts and accessories that imply Volvo’s excellence and style.

Customer Service in Auto Detailing Discussed

The business of automotive detailing is alive and well and there is no doubt about that. Americans love their cars and some more than their own kids or family. Generally one’s car is the second largest investment they will make and they will wish to keep it up and protect it. What a better way than to protect the paint and have it professionally cleaned and detailed? Well as a retired businessman of 27 years in the industry that works for me and I am perfectly okay with that concept and have learned a lot about customer service.

Customer service is essential in the auto detailing business and it starts before the job, as you must explain to the customer what you can and cannot do to help their car. Some times large scratches down to the metal cannot be repaired by simple detailing and that must be explained to eliminate false expectations. In auto detailing you want to over deliver on expectations and thus continue to get great referrals. This is why the pre-service customer service is so vitally important, but what about the post-service customer service?

Well after the service it is important to walk around the car with the customer and show them every thing you had cleaned and how it was done. Additionally it is important to leave a little something such as a rose or a mint on console for the customer with a little car thanking them, with a little notation telling them that any future referrals from them will lead to a discount on future services. Consider all this in 2006.