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  1. Hyundai has announced that is has developed the world's first road noise countering active noise control system.  While active noise control is available in many makes and models, it is limited to when the noise is constant and predictable. 

    Hyundai's new system is able to analyze noise at a much faster pace. The digital sound processor can respond to a noise in 0.002 seconds. Cabin microphones constantly monitor road noise and then the speaker system emits sound waves that cancel out drone or engine roughness.  Hyundai says they are able to decrease cabin noise by up to 3dB. That means that noise is cut nearly in half as compared to running without RANC. In EVs that can make the ride almost completely silent.  

    The first application of this will be applied to an upcoming Genesis model, likely the Genesis SUV.


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  2. 2020-kia-k5-kdm-spec (1).jpgAfter a fairly clear teaser image last month, the South Korean market Kia K5 has been unveiled. Kia hopes to make the same splash that Hyundai did with the mechanically similar 2020 Sonata.  While this K5 is in Korean domestic market spec, we're fairly certain that the North American Optima will look virtually identical to this K5.

    The K5 may look like a hatchback similar to the Volkswagen Arteon or Buick Regal, but it is still in fact a sedan, the swoopiness of the car accentuated by the frameless windows.  The new K5 is bigger than the outgoing Kia Optima by about 2 inches in length, and widened nearly an inch.   Wheelbase has also been lengthened about 1.8 inches. 

    In Korean spec, the base model will come with 16-inch wheels while 17, 18, and 19-inch upgrades are available. The interior hasn't been revealed yet, but a concept sketch shows a more upmarket interior with large LCD screens. 

    Powertrains for the U.S. will likely mirror those of the Hyundai Sonata with a 191 horsepower 2.5 liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder or an upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbo-direct-injection with 180 horsepower and a wide torque band maxing out at 195 lb.-ft. 

    The K5 goes on sale in the Korean market in December.


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  3. 12 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    The American market never got this car? 

    Not that it was a big loss if you guys did not get it. It was a pure GM badge job like GM done back then. But Im surprised if GM did not sell this car in the US market just the same.


    We got it badged only as the Chevy. 

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  4. 7 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Look at the first few years versus the last few years. Again, I’m not disagreeing with the notion that they could have kept selling them but when you look at that sales history you posted, it’s easy to see why the bean counters said “no”. 

    Tahoe’s and Silverados got more expansive too but they keep selling. Still a shame they gave it the ax though. 

    Everything went up of course...but Avalanche, suburban, and Tahoe jumped about $10k in a single model year change. 

  5. 7 minutes ago, ykX said:

    I have friends in IT (mostly working in financial sector) and I didn't hear about big cuts.

    That's great that you can work in almost any field.  I have pretty specialized job, that's why my commute is so long, and if I loose my job, there only few places remaining in my area where I can work. 

    In other parts of the world, energy isn't doing so hot right now.  In the US, it's sort of in limbo.  It has nothing to do with I.T..

    I imagine financial sector is doing pretty well for the moment. 

    What do you do ykX?

  6. On 11/9/2019 at 1:34 PM, balthazar said:

    Feds are putting the finishing touches on the law requiring all EVs to emit a measured, artificial 'engine' sound up to 19 MPH.
    Of course- much above that most factory passenger vehicles only emit wind & tire noise; just like electrics.
    There's not going to be much measurable difference once the mandate is in place, other than in park/at idle.

    Still nothing to shift by ear by. 

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