Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid has been named the ‘Best Hybrid Car’ at the inaugural Qatar Car Award for 2018.
The award was organised by two of the leading automotive magazines in the Middle East, Maqina and Arab Motors.
Hyundai vehicles are available in Qatar at Skyline Automotive, the official distribution partner for Hyundai Motor Company in the country.
The Qatar Car Award is the country’s only recognised automotive award ceremony, focusing on selecting vehicles that perform best in Qatar’s environment. It honours segment-leading vehicles in several categories, including Best Luxury Coupe, Best Supercar, Best Compact SUV and Best Luxury Crossover, among others.
The winners were chosen based on the quality of design, interiors and engines, as well as test-drive performance.
“Hyundai Motors has ambitious plans for low- or zero-emission cars and is quickly establishing itself as a leader in this sector. Adapting a flexible approach that aims to provide a realistic transition towards clean mobility that fits the different needs and markets, the Ioniq Hybrid is the first step towards a full range of electric cars in Qatar,” said Paiman El Malla, general manager of
“Skyline Automotive has been the official distribution partner for Hyundai Motor Company in the country since early-2017 and we are proud to be offering some of the best and most diverse cars available in Qatar to our customers,”
Internationally, Hyundai Motor Company has a “wider range of drivetrains than any other company, including fully electric, plug-in, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell”, according to a press statement. Current production models, include electric versions of the Ioniq – which is also available as a plug-in and a hybrid, the Kona compact SUV, the Nexo, and the Le Fil Rouge concept car that was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2018.
The Ioniq Hybrid has “rewritten the rules for fuel-efficient vehicles and is a response to consumer demand for greener automobiles that deliver exceptional driving experiences”, the statement adds. “It is a physical example of Hyundai’s commitment to lead the automobile industry’s sustainability agenda, both in Qatar and around the world.”
The Ioniq Hybrid combines two engines – a 32kW electric motor and a Kappa 1.6-lire Atkinson GDi engine – which alternate seamlessly through a highly advanced predictive energy management system that collects and analyses data based on travel routes, driving style and individual driving habits, to optimise energy storage in switching between electric and gasoline propulsion modes to improve overall fuel efficiency.
The Ioniq emits 79g/km of CO2 compared to around
118g/km in the normal vehicle.
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