was not the first automaker internationally to deploy a system based
on Microsoft Auto, the OS underlying SYNC (that honor goes to Italy's
Fiat SpA), and it seemed unlikely that it would be the last.
Now after over
a year of preparation and discussions with Microsoft, South
Korea's Hyundai Kia Automotive Group is getting a similar
Microsoft and Hyundai Kia announced
a new system called UVO (for "your voice") that should be
soon incoming to vehicles according to Engadget. Similar
to SYNC, the system will likely fulfill a variety of infotainment
Even as Ford prepares to announce
new SYNC features at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, next
month, Hyundai Kia and Microsoft are expected to have a showcase
announcement for UVO as well.
Details are currently scarce
about the new system. It should be interesting to see how it
stacks up against the latest iteration of SYNC. If the 2000's
could be called the decade of horsepower wars, it appears that the
upcoming decade may be called the decade of car-tech wars.
quote: It's a damn shame that some people are still stuck in the past when it comes to Hyundai though.
quote: unfortunately this works only for visuals - they never seems to get the mpgs adequate to the size of their vehicles
quote: Hyundai Tops the EPA’s 2009 CAFE Results While a struggling economy has delivered a devastating gut-punch to most of the auto industry, Hyundai has been a stand-out over the past year with a relatively steady stream of progress and positive news. The Korean automaker has just received one more reason to smile—the results of the EPA’s 2009 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) reports—proclaiming it the most fuel-efficient auto manufacturer in the U.S.Taking the top spot with an overall fuel economy average of 30.1 mpg—making it the only manufacturer in the report to surpass 30 mpg—Hyundai bests the traditional leaders Honda (29.7 mpg), Volkswagen (29.6 mpg), and Toyota (29.4 mpg). Meanwhile, holding down the bottom of the list are Ford (25.7), GM (24.5), and Chrysler (23.2).Set to be unveiled at the L.A. auto show this week, the 2011 Sonata—with the company’s new direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine—and the redesigned Tucson are expected to only improve on Hyundai’s current fuel-economy average.
quote: Kia should be similar as they share much of the parts/chassis
quote: Kia's still at the bottom of the list in long term reliability. Hyundai, on the other hand, is MUCH better. I expect Hyundai to rival Buick and Lexus in the next 5 years.
quote: Kia is owned by Hyundai, thus any developments in quality will reflect in both brands.