http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-review ... ic-review/
Hyundai has made a habit letting the Japanese lead, then following with superior cars, at lower prices.evnow wrote:Would creating a brand new product that beats your competitor's 5 year old model a good strategy exp. with the next gen coming out in a year or so ?edatoakrun wrote:This review of the GB BEV model compares it favorably overall with gen 1 LEAF:
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/hyundai/io ... car-review
We'll find out - but won't be surprised if this is just a compliance car (just sold a little more widely like FFE than Fit EV).
I believe the Ioniq was primarily intended as, and is a real threat to Toyota's market dominance, both as a hybrid and PHEV.
A few years ago, Hyundai management probably noticed that Americans seem to want their BEVs to look like ICEVs (as Tesla has capitalized on) so they figured why not just utilize the Ioniq as a BEV?
As long as gas prices stay low in the USA, no manufacturer will be making much money on BEV sales here, whether sold in large numbers or not, and this is why the LEAF is being produced and sold here at a reduced fraction of its world sales, in not much more than compliance numbers.
I am hopeful that Nissan will make major improvement whenever it sells the gen 2 LEAF, or (if CARB allows it to) a BEVx that might work even better for me.
Meanwhile, within a few months, the Ioniq looks to be available at lower price, longer range than a ~30 kWh LEAF.
And its ~300 Lb. lower weight suggests it will probably have efficiency and fun-to-drive advantages over the LEAF in my mountain driving.
So I'm still interested.