The 2018 Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid and Hybrid models were honored with four awards by the Automotive Science Group (ASG), including Best All-Around Performance, Best Environmental Performance for the Plug-in, Best Economic Performance for the Hybrid and Best 5 All-Around Performance.
“In just the second year of the platform, Hyundai’s IONIQ sets an impressive standard for value and performance, sweeping the full-size car class to win all accolades in a hyper-competitive 2018 segment,” said Colby Self, managing director of ASG. “With the Hybrid model claiming the lowest cost of ownership and the Plug-in Hybrid claiming the smallest carbon footprint in its class, the IONIQ is breaking barriers in fuel economy and value.”
ASG’s all-around performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic, environmental and social performance indicators across a vehicle’s life-cycle, and in relative comparison to all 485 large cars across all classes assessed in ASG’s 2018 study.
“We are proud to receive not just one but four awards from ASG which highlights Hyundai’s commitment to excellence in all aspects of performance and the overall customer experience,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “As we continue to push the boundaries of bold, eco-friendly technologies, Hyundai is committed to making cars that excite customers and deliver the best in quality and value.”
The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid and Hybrid both feature a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which boasts best-in-class transfer efficiency through the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil, and is able to achieve a unique mix of driving performance and fuel efficiency for a spirited and fun-to-drive character. This is an important differentiator from the majority of other Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid cars, enhancing the car’s fuel efficiency and dynamic driving characteristics.