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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe looks and feels like a million bucks

As with passenger comfort and high-quality trimmings, there’s no shortage of available tech in this vehicle. Lower-end models now gain an 8-inch infotainment screen (1 inch larger than before), but fancier variants come with a 10.3-incher that also features embedded navigation. Limited and Calligraphy trims are graced with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, though this is optional on the midrange SEL trim. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range, though counterintuitively, they only connect wirelessly on the Santa Fe’s more basic grades. The up-level infotainment system is easily one of the better offerings available today, being both easy on the eyes and speedy. The user interface is also extremely intuitive and the system promptly responds to inputs, almost never stuttering or lagging. Really, there’s nothing to gripe about here, though the same can’t be said about the drivetrain.

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Hyundai Abandons Diesel Engine Development: Report

Hyundai 2.2-liter diesel Smartstream engine
Hyundai 2.2-liter diesel Smartstream engine

Existing diesels will be updated, but there won’t be any next-gen oil burners.

As the automotive industry is shifting towards electrification due to increasingly stringent emissions regulations, diesel engines are the most vulnerable to face extinction. The aftermath of Volkswagen Group’s messy Dieselgate has accelerated the oil burner’s gradual demise, and while it’s still somewhat popular in Europe, sales figures have shown hybrids and EVs are now more popular than diesels.

For these reasons, it comes as no surprise we’re now hearing Hyundai has basically abandoned the development of new diesel engines. Citing South Korean industry sources and local reports, Korea JoongAng Daily says Hyundai halted the development of diesel engines in the second half of 2020. While next-generation engines are not in the pipeline, the current diesels will be updated in the years to come. In other words, it will be a while before

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Hyundai Palisade, Genesis GV80 Production Stops Due To Lack Of Parts

This isn’t the first production stoppage for the automaker.

Production of the Hyundai Palisade and Genesis GV80 stopped earlier this week because there weren’t enough parts. The report from Just-Auto.com doesn’t specify why production stopped on Monday, June 15. However, the publication did note that the Palisade and GV80 production stoppage comes after three assembly lines – two at Hyundai’s Ulsan 2 plant and one at Ulsan 4 – were shut down after a parts supplier employee passed away from what’s believed to be the coronavirus.

Production stoppages have plagued the South Korean automaker since the pandemic began. Back in February, production ground to a halt due to a shortage of wiring harnesses. At the time, the Chinese suppliers struggled to meet demand due to the pandemic, and disruptions appear to be continuing. As governments ease restrictions and employees return to work, the coronavirus is still spreading, causing such hiccups.

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