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Hyundai Ioniq 6, the ovoid wagon


NEW – Inspired by the Prophecy concept, the Korean firm’s electric cruiser will make an impression with its very aerodynamic silhouette.

The main Achilles heel of the electric car is its range, especially on the highway. Past 110 km / h, due to air resistance, consumption soars. The best way to delay stopping at the charging station is to take care of efficiency by relying on the most aerodynamic bodywork possible. These considerations guided the development of Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 electric sedan. To save energy and ensure satisfactory autonomy, the designers endeavored to outline lines that reduce aerodynamic drag. Hyundai has come as close as possible to the ideal so-called ovoid shape for the Ioniq 6 sedan, the second model in its new family of electric cars.

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Close to the Prophecy concept, this vehicle will be talked about with its smooth silhouette like a pebble and whose arc-shaped roof seems drawn in one line. The Korean manufacturer is for the time being careful not to announce the technical data and in particular the radius of action, but everything has been thought out to achieve a category record. Thanks to clean lines, a streamlined underbody, reduced wheel arches, the use of active air flaps and digital exterior mirrors (optional), Ioniq 6 achieves the feat of lowering the Cx aerodynamics at 0.21. The treatment of the rear part with the double fin represents the other originality of the design.

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Although very different from the Ioniq 5 crossover launched last year, Ioniq 6 shares the same E-GMP platform and the same dashboard. The length of 4.85 m including 2.95 m for the wheelbase will benefit the rear habitability.

The Ioniq 6 sedan will go on sale at the end of 2022. Next year, the Korean brand will introduce the Ioniq 7, the third element of its electric offensive, to the market. This family vehicle will take the form of an SUV. Like Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, Ioniq 7 will have its own character. His style will not be governed by a logic of scale.

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Our selection of frugal cars to drive without breaking the bank


THE FIGARO SELECTION – Faced with soaring fuel prices, motorists are tempted by more frugal vehicles. Here are some food for thought around the five most prominent categories on the market.

“At 10 francs a litre, we will leave the car in the garage”, prophesied the French at the very beginning of the 2000s. Not only has history shown that this was not the case, but this ceiling has been largely exceeded since. With the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the question resurfaces. The price of fuels has, in fact, flared up to a level that until now was believed to be inconceivable. Experts believe that a scenario comparable to the oil shock of 1973 is now possible. The rise in the price of a barrel of oil is already being felt at the pump. While the average price per liter of super unleaded observed at the start of the week is close to 2.05 euros and diesel is around 2.10 euros, the bill is soaring for many households.

Unless you live in the city, where there are many alternative mobility solutions, it is difficult to do without the car. In the countryside, where the public transport offer is almost non-existent, the car is not a luxury but a…

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Hydrogen, a real solution for the automobile


DECRYPTION – The world record for autonomy set by a hydrogen vehicle on the ice circuit of Val Thorens shines the spotlight on a technology that will play an essential role in the decarbonization of transport.

Almost two hundred and sixty-eight cubic meters. This is the volume of air purified during the endurance record set last December by a Hyundai Nexo on the Val Thorens ice circuit. This corresponds to a saving of CO2 of 26.5 kg and the daily breathing of nearly 18 adults. At the wheel of this hydrogen-powered SUV shod with studded tires at the front and thermo rubber at the rear, endurance driver Adrien Tambay, son of the former Formula 1 champion, covered 190 laps in six hours, a distance of 152 km, of the Alpine circuit on the way to becoming a center of excellence for the technologies of the future. The Nexo will have consumed 3.1 kg of hydrogen per 100 km. Its tank holds 6.3 kg.

A fervent defender of hydrogen, the explorer and adventurer Bertrand Piccard came from Switzerland on purpose to follow this event, which contributes to the promotion of this energy vector which could become one of the keys to tomorrow’s mobility. In 2019, the aeronaut had traveled…

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Electric vehicles: a forced charging network


The number of electric charging stations and high power stations is increasing at high speed. But city centers are still the poor relations of the network.

The stakes are high. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing fleet of rechargeable battery cars, the charging network must change size. The Volkswagen group has estimated the needs at 300,000 charging points in the public domain in 2025, against only 49,000 at the end of this year.

In five years, the fleet should reach nearly 2 million electric vehicles in France. According to some studies, the number of charging points should even reach 11 million in 2030. A scenario that shivers down your spine but which is based on a fleet of 8 million units at the end of the present decade. All the players in the sector are therefore mobilizing to ensure that the recharging infrastructures change dimension. Not a single week goes by without a network announcing the installation of new charging stations.

This is how the European network Ionity, resulting from a consortium bringing together the BMW and Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia, Porsche, Mercedes and Ford groups, decided …

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Car of the Year 2022, the seven finalists


NEWS – Sign of a paradigm shift, six finalists run on electric power. France is represented by two models.

A phenomenon that was still unthinkable a few years ago but which testifies to the paradigm shift that the European Commission wants to impose on us, six of the seven vehicles qualified for the final of the Car of the Year election are electrically powered. As for the seventh, the Peugeot 308, it will be available in a 100% electric version in 2024. In the meantime, the compact Lion sedan produced in Mulhouse is available in thermal (petrol and diesel) and plug-in hybrid versions.

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The 61 European journalists taking part in this election, including a member of the editorial staff of Le Figaro, have, for the 59th selection of this institution that is the Car of the Year (Coty), overwhelmingly gave their votes to electric vehicles. If one of the six EVs in the field wins, it won’t be the first time the Coty has recognized this technology. It was in 2011 that the Coty awarded its trophy, for the first time in its history, to a zero-emission model, the Nissan Leaf. It will take eight years for a second vehicle, which runs on electric power (Jaguar i-Pace), wins the election. For the past two years, the Coty has rewarded vehicles that offer electrified versions – Peugeot 208 and Toyota Yaris. Can history repeat itself in 2022 and once again reward an electric model?

The supreme reward will not escape an electrified vehicle anyway, the Peugeot 308 having in its catalog of plug-in hybrid versions. Usually giving pride of place to city cars, the 2022 selection has only one vehicle in this category, the Cupra Born, the cousin of the Volkswagen ID.3. This is the second time that the young brand from Seat has reached the final of the election. Among the finalists, the Skoda Enyaq is based, like the Born, on the VW group’s MEB platform. Korean brands, who dream of winning the cup, present two vehicles in the final, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. As for Ford, which has not been on the podium since the 2012 Focus, it hopes to chase away bad luck by hoisting the Mustang Mach-E on the top step of the podium, an electric SUV that has no Mustang other than the name.

Unless the surprise comes from the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric which will be launched next year and whose price is already announced around 36,000 euros at the entry level.

The seven finalists will be the subject of a (last) confrontation during the month of February, before the final vote. The results will be delivered on Monday February 28 in Geneva.

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Our list of the best electric cars under 40,000 euros


EXCLUSIVE – We have ranked the 34 most affordable 100% electric models available on the French market, according to their performance.

Driven by the ecological transition, 100% electric vehicles are sweeping the French market. Difficult to navigate in the kilowatt-hour jungle. However, fans of the thermal car will have to take an interest in it sooner or later. The sale of diesel, gasoline and hybrid cars is scheduled for 2035, but some large cities want to take the plunge long before.

SUVs, family cars, city cars or road cars … Manufacturers are offering models at increasingly lower prices. They also promise wonders when it comes to their engines: more range, charging speed, more performance and energy savings. To find out who are the good (and bad) students of this new generation of vehicles, Le Figaro decided to compare

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Correlation of sales of automobile manufacturers in Vietnam


VinFast is the largest car seller in the market in September, and accumulated from the beginning of 2021, Toyota reclaims the throne from Hyundai.

The Vietnamese auto market entered the last quarter of 2021 with many optimistic signals when the Covid-19 epidemic cooled down in many provinces and cities, and car business gradually resumed. The previous 9 months recorded a 46% decrease in sales compared to the same period in 2020. The sales rankings of the firms also changed a lot.

Toyota with 37,905 vehicles, returning to the number one position in Vietnam’s auto market in terms of passenger car market share after 9 months of 2021, but the gap is only 59 vehicles compared to rival Hyundai, which is distributed by TC Motor. In the same period of 2020, Hyundai is the market leader when selling 3,237 more cars than Toyota.

The B+ CUV model, Toyota Corolla Cross rolled in Binh Thuan. Photo: Toyota

For the Japanese automaker, the weakness of key models such as Fortuner and Innova is offset by the stable and largest attraction of Corolla Cross in the market. The Vios sedan is still the best seller in the B-segment sedan segment, but the market crown is difficult to keep before the power of VinFast Fadil.

Hyundai, in terms of total vehicle sales (including passenger cars and commercial vehicles), is the market leader. The race for market share of cars sold between the Korean automaker and Toyota has been fierce from the beginning of 2021 until now.

Hyundai’s great advantage that was once in 2020 is no longer maintained against its Japanese rival. After 9 months, Hyundai sold 37,846 vehicles. B-class sedan, Accent is the company’s main product when selling 11,644 cars.

That is the popular car brand with the most impressive sales growth, 35%, in contrast to the decline in market share of most brands. No other car company has achieved such good business results as Kia, not including Peugeot with small sales.

Kia Sonet, a rookie CUV class B- was launched on October 9 in Quang Nam.  Photo: Dac Thanh

Kia Sonet, a rookie CUV class B- was launched on October 9 in Quang Nam. Photo: Dac Thanh

27,595 cars sold after 3 quarters of 2021 put Kia in the top 3 car brands with the largest sales in the market. The company has just launched a series of new cars in early October such as Sonet, Carnival (Sedona), K5 (Optima).

VinFast for the second month in a row selling the most cars in the market. In September, the Vietnamese car company had a total of 3,497 cars delivered to customers. Accumulated from the beginning of the year, VinFast sold 25,527 cars, ranking fourth in the list of firms with the largest market share.

Fadil continues to be the golden egg laying hen of VinFast with sales of more than 2,500 vehicles in September. Accumulating from the beginning of the year, the A-size hatchback model sold 17,668 vehicles, leading the entire Vietnamese market.

Mitsubishi sales decreased slightly by about 1% over the same period in 2020. The company sold 16,978 vehicles after the first 9 months of 2021. The Japanese automaker’s product range has almost been upgraded in 2021.

An Xpander model at a dealer in Hanoi.  Photo: Mitsubishi

An Xpander model at a dealer in Hanoi. Photo: Mitsubishi

Xpander is still the sales star of the company with a market share of more than 53%, reaching 9,093 vehicles after 3 quarters of 2021. Particularly in the MPV segment priced at less than a billion dong, Mitsubishi Xpander continues to be the best-selling name.

Mazda share the same roof as Truong Hai, but the sales are different from Kia. The Japanese brand has 16,420 cars to customers after 9 months. Compared to the same period in 2020, Mazda sales decreased by 16%.

Ford and Honda all have sales of less than 15,000 vehicles after the first 3 quarters of 2021. Ford relies heavily on its flagship product Ranger, a pickup model that will be assembled in Vietnam from the second half of July. While Honda depends on the B-class sedan, City also assembles domestically.

New generation City in a test drive event for the media in Hanoi, December 2020.  Photo: Luong Dung

New generation City in a test drive event for the media in Hanoi, December 2020. Photo: Luong Dung

Suzuki Yes, XL7 is currently the sales star of the company, but the sales level in the overall segment is still small. Accumulated to September, the Japanese automaker sold 4,510 cars, 163 more cars than the company ranked behind, Peugeot. With Isuzu, two models classified as passenger cars, including D-Max and mu-X, sold only 190 vehicles, contributing about 3% of the Japanese automaker’s overall sales.

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Hyundai is about to launch the smallest SUV named Casper


The Korean automaker’s smallest SUV is expected to be launched later this year, possibly with both internal combustion engine and electric motor versions.

Hyundai’s SUV line will have a “youngest brother”, with the name possibly Casper and has been registered by the company. Initially, the car will be sold in Korea and India but in the future, the Casper is likely to come to the European market.

Codenamed AX-1, Casper was caught a few months ago during a test run and was still in tight disguise. But you can see the round LED headlights and the honeycomb taillight design. Compact appearance and rounded lines.

Hyundai’s new small SUV model on the test track in Korea. Photo: Korean Car Blog

Casper will be smaller than even Bayon – crossover versions of i20 hatchbacks – Creta, Venue and Kona – small SUVs sold in many different markets around the world. Based on the K1 platform being used for the Hyundai i10, the Casper can be 3,600 mm long, while the 2021 i10 is 3,805 mm long. Rivals can include Suzuki Ignis, Renault Kwid and Tata Punch – with the shortest car being 3,700 mm.

According to leaked documents, local media reports that the Casper could be sold in South Korea with versions of the turbo and one-litre engines, ranging from 75-99 hp. While in India, Casper includes a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

Round headlights with LED trim, while honeycomb taillights. Photo: Hyundai

Casper could also include an electric version when in August, BorgWarner – an auto parts supplier based in Michigan, USA – confirmed that a new Hyundai electric vehicle would start production in mid-2023. It’s clear whether it’s a small city car or an SUV, but the information seems to be related to Casper.

Hyundai Casper internal combustion engine version is expected to be introduced before the end of 2021. Production will be ready in September in South Korea, and launch in India in 2022.

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Our 10 favorite electric vehicles


SELECTION – What will be your next car? Maybe an electric model. City cars, sedans, SUVs or limousines: depending on your needs, the zero emission offer is already developed.

The market now has more than fifty 100% electric models. An offer revised upwards every week, thanks to the launches of new models. And this is only the beginning since, since July 14, the European Commission approved the end of the heat engine in 2035. Manufacturers have already announced that they will only launch electric vehicles by 2024- 2025.

The cheapest: Dacia Spring

Overpriced electric models? At 16,990 euros or 12,403 euros, ecological premium deducted (27% of the purchase price, or 4,587 euros), the Dacia Spring twists the neck with preconceived ideas. At this price, the low-cost brand of Renault offers you a copy of the Renault K-ZE city car produced and marketed in China. To its basic crossover line (3.74m long), the Spring adds counted interior space, basic equipment and low-end plastics. With the Spring, Dacia puts the electric car of all budgets. Thought like

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Hyundai Bayon, the missing link


TEST – Despite a size close to the Kona, the Korean manufacturer’s fifth SUV plays a different score, reflecting a strong personality and adjusted prices.

Hyundai has an ogre appetite. In addition to being one of the rare manufacturers to deploy all engine technologies (gasoline, diesel, hybrid, electric, hydrogen), he has taken it upon himself to increase the number of SUVs, the preferred silhouette of consumers. This is how the Korean firm detected a space below the Kona for the Bayon (pronounce “bayonne”). Although it is barely 20mm shorter and 50mm lower than its sibling, this new model does not duplicate. It targets the entry level of the city SUV segment, which is confirmed by the base price (€ 17,850 for the 84 hp version).

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Unlike the Kona, the Bayon was developed specifically for the European market from the i20 city car from which it borrows the platform, technology and dashboard. It is based on rigid plastics but the ergonomics are well thought out and the endowment rich. From level 2 (Intuitive at € 22,300), the Bayon has digital instrumentation and an 8-inch central screen associated with shortcut keys. If the habitability is close to the Kona, the cargo volume is 37 liters (411 l) greater but the rear seat does not slide.

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Under the hood, apart from the 1.2-liter, the Bayon relies on a sparkling 3-cylinder turbo with light hybridization 48 V. This system, which combines a 0.46 kWh battery and a 10 kW starter-alternator, saves a few drops of gasoline. To be chosen preferably with the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (+ € 1,300) more in tune with the traffic rather than with the manual gearbox not very pleasant to handle (clutch travel and lever travel), the Bayon freewheel as soon as you lift your foot. Flexible, the suspension favors comfort without this affecting the behavior, more agile than that of the Kona.

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Technical sheet

Engine: 3 cyl. turbo gasoline,

998 cm3, 100 hp, 171.6 Nm

Transmission: Traction, 6-speed manual

Dimensions: L. 4.18, l. 1.77, h. 1.50 m

Consumption: 5.2 l / 100 km

CO emissions2: 118 g / km

Speed: 183 km / h

Price: from 20 150 €

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