Hyundai and Chrysler Fiat Partnership


News of Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler possibly combining efforts to push the boundaries of the post-fossil fuel automotive era

  On Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy, Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, stated his company was in talks to develop hydrogen-powered engines, as well as advanced transmissions, with South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. Although Hyundai wouldn't fully confirm the possible partnership, they did offer via email, "We welcome the interest from other automakers in our advanced transmissions and hydrogen-powered technologies."  

Hyundai initially led the way with fuel-cell vehicles

  Electric-powered vehicles are currently the predominant alternative fuel choice on the market today. Hyundai initially led the commercialization of fuel-cell automobiles yet fell behind Japan in sales and is now looking to advance the use of hydrogen propulsion in their vehicles. They are now striving to reduce the size of a fuel-cell powertrain, so it is relative in size to a traditional engine and could fit easily into a variety of models, making it a more cost-efficient option.   Fiat Chrysler stepped away from hydrogen earlier in the decade and has limited depth in the electric vehicle market with their 500 model (only available in California) and their hybrid Pacifica. It plans to continue in the direction of electric-powered vehicles, but also believes it is not the only option to a traditionally powered engine, therefore making hydrogen a direction to explore.  

Hyundai hybrid/electric and fuel-cell vehicles are already available in Canada

Hyundai has both the SonataandIONIQhybrid/electric models on the market today, as well as the fuel-cell electric Tucsonthat makes it possible to travel over 400km on a single tank without needing a recharge or producing any emissions. The company is also slated to release a long-range hydrogen-powered SUV next year, making it a viable option for Canadian use. 

Hyundai partnership with Fiat Chrysler benefits both automotive makers


By pairing up their combined interests, Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler can make a significant impact on the fuel-cell vehicle industry. Hyundai could more effectively compete with Japan in this market, and Fiat Chrysler could begin producing their own fuel-cell vehicles to sell, expanding their line up as well. These two automotive makers already work together on the Jeep Compass Patriot, with Hyundai's affiliate company, Hyundai Mobis Co., by providing the Fiat Chrysler model with its six-speed transmission. 

No merger expected in this Hyundai partnership


Working together to expand the use of hydrogen propulsion and advance transmission technology in the automotive industry is the basis for this Hyundai partnership. Fiat Chrysler's Marchionne stated that there is no likelihood of a merger with the South Korean automaker. 

Learn more about Hyundai alternative-fuel vehicles,


Both Sonata and IONIQhybrid and electric models are available at Westend Hyundai here in Toronto, Ontario.If you're interested in doing your part to reduce your carbon, schedule a test drive or find out more information about one of our alternative-fuel vehicles today.
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