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17th October, 2013
Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest car maker, has announced that
its ‘HTRAC’ all-wheel drive system will be made available for the first time on the all-new Genesis, the second generation
of Hyundai’s first premium rear-wheel drive sedan, set to make its world debut in its home market later this year.
The ‘H’ stands for ‘Hyundai’ indicating its brand heritage, and ‘TRAC’ is a shortened form of the word ‘Traction,’
which represents technical attributes of the all-wheel drive system. The advanced HTRAC system electronically controls
torque split between the front and rear axles depending on road and driving conditions, offering greater stability on
slippery roads and in corners.
“Hyundai Motor’s HTRAC system has secured best-in-class durability and driving performance through strict tests
carried out in various locations worldwide, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany, the Yeongam F1 circuit in Korea
and in severe winter tests in Europe,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D
Centre. “We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped
with the HTRAC system.”
Unlike mechanical AWD system with limited torque split between front and rear wheels, Hyundai’s HTRAC system allows
drivers to select driving modes for a sophisticated and tailored driving experience.
Starting with the second-generation Genesis, Hyundai plans to apply the HTRAC system to more of its models and aims to
strengthen its brand image by continuing brand efforts such as featuring the HTRAC badge on the boot lid of the Genesis.
The next generation Genesis vehicles will be produced in RHD, with the Genesis coupe confirmed for the local market.
Timing is yet to be announced. The Genisis sedan is still under consideration for the Australian market.