Intrado, unveiled at the Hyundai press conference at Geneva, shows the company's optimistic vision of a future where mobility is more enjoyable and more relevant.
Far more than a styling exercise, Intrado demonstrates Hyundai's belief that advanced vehicle technologies and intelligent design can combine to engage more effectively with driver and passengers. The car's use of lightweight materials, radical construction methods and advanced powertrain raises efficiency, while the design focus inside and out is on meeting the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles.
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Intrado takes its name from the underside of an aircraft's wing – the area that creates lift. The car's advanced materials and technologies also draw inspiration from aircraft, such as the removal of all unnecessary weight, logical solutions to complex challenges, inspired by a purity of purpose, and a highly efficient powertrain.
The distinctive exterior shape of Intrado is dictated by the need to be aerodynamically efficient; it is free of unnecessary adornments and features minimal detailing. The body panels are made of advanced super-lightweight steel from Hyundai Motor's steel plant. Its interior is defined by a focus on usability and adaptability, and draws attention to its advanced materials and radical construction. The seals of opening panels shut directly against the central carbon frame, showcasing the carbon fibre whenever doors, hood or trunk are opened. Components that are usually concealed are highlighted, including the 'see-through' air vents and exposed frame onto which the seats clip directly.
The super-lightweight structure of Intrado demonstrates Hyundai's desire to produce lighter, stronger cars that are even better to drive and simpler to repair. The central carbon frame structure is constructed using new manufacturing and joining techniques that together have the potential to change the way cars are made. The strength and rigidity of this central structure also allow body panels to be constructed from any material, giving designers greater flexibility and aiding repairability. Lightweight steel impact structures further enhance crash performance and repair times.
Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Namyang R&D Centre, commented: "Intrado reflects our innovative efforts in the area of advanced materials, while demonstrating the close collaboration between designers at Hyundai Design Centre Europe and engineers at HMC Namyang R&D Centre. The result is Intrado – a vision of how eco-friendly cars will deliver delight to our customers."
Intrado is powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that utilises a Li-ion 36 kW battery. Refuelled in just a few minutes, Intrado has a range of more than 600 kilometres and emits only water. In addition to increased range, Intrado promises more responsive and agile driving dynamics, thanks to the reduced weight and greater efficiency of its powertrain.
Intrado is the first Hyundai to have been developed under the direction of Peter Schreyer, who became President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group in January 2013. He commented: "Effortless and sensual, Intrado reflects the open-mindedness and constant renewal of the Hyundai brand. It also shows that Hyundai wants its customers to rediscover the joy and freedom that should be associated with personal mobility. That's why this car has such purity of purpose – it's logical, lovable and liveable."
The result of close collaboration between Hyundai Motor's design and engineering teams in Europe and Namyang, Korea, Intrado was styled at Hyundai Motor European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany – as indicated by its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design-9). Hyundai also worked with two preeminent carbon fibre producers. The parts supplied for Intrado by Lotte Chemical include the central beam, and the company's unique carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been applied on the concept's interior fabrics and exterior panels. Hyosung supplied its high-performance TANSOME® carbon fibre, considered to be among the world's best in terms of strength and flexibility, for Intrado's frame.
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