Hyundai IX35 (TUCSON) awarded for environmental credentials

Published on September 21st, 2010

Hyundai has been awarded a brace of international certificates in recognition of the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes behind the Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) compact SUV.

German-based organisation TUV NORD presented Hyundai with LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and DfE (Design for Environment) certificates after stringent inspection of the group’s design operations and manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia. It is the first time that an SUV has been awarded such certification, and it is only the second Korean car to receive such a high level of recognition.

Designed and developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the ix35 (Tucson) has been specifically tailored to the unique requirements of European drivers. The ix35 Blue is the latest iteration of the award-winning SUV, and it will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month. It runs a super-efficient 1,7-liter diesel engine and emits a 
lowest-in-class 135g/km of CO2.

Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “To be awarded two international environment certificates by TUV NORD is an outstanding achievement. This is testament to Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to becoming global leader in the field of environmental technologies.

“We already knew that we had a great car on our hands when the ix35 (Tucson) was recently awarded a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, and this pair of awards just shows that Hyundai can offer the best in terms of safety and environmental performance. The addition of the ix35 Blue to the range will further enhance the car’s appeal.”

LCA (ISO 14040) examines the environmental impact of both the car and its overall manufacturing process throughout the course of its lifetime, taking into account choice of materials, engine exhaust emissions and measures taken to help reduce fuel consumption.

DfE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental credentials integrated into its design and development, such as Hyundai’s decision to use water-soluble painting processes to reduce hydrocarbon emissions.

As a precursor to earning the DfE certificate, the group’s Žilina factory was certified in 2007 as an ‘environmentally-friendly’ facility, earning an ISO 14001 international certificate of environmental management. The plant employs cutting-edge technology to ensure that production and waste-management have a minimal impact on the environment.

The Hyundai ix35 (Tucson) is one of only a handful of cars to have achieved both DfE and LCA certificates in recent years, as well as a five-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests.

words & pix: Hyundai Motors

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