Hyundai’s ‘Smart Stream’ engine
Hyundai unveiled its next-generation drivetrain technology. Alongside the public debut of the high-performance i30 N and the bold, sub-compact Kona SUV, the Korean carmaker also revealed the first in its new ‘Smart Stream’ powertrain line-up, combining a Smart Stream 1.6-litre T-GDi engine and Smart Stream wet 8-speed dual clutch transmission.
The 1.6-litre T-GDi engine incorporates an array of new technologies, including Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD), which continuously adjusts the inlet and exhaust valves’ opening times, optimising the timing to suit all engine speeds and conditions. The technology maximises performance and fuel economy, as well as reducing emissions.
CVVD provides an additional level of efficiency on top of advanced GDi fuel injection, which delivers highly pressurized fuel directly into the combustion chamber, rather than via an inlet manifold, and turbocharging, which uses a turbine to force additional air into the combustion chamber.
Right to Repair SA sees progrees
Following a probe into practices in the motor industry by the Competition Commission earlier this year, Right to Repair SA (R2RSA) says progress is being made on a Code of Conduct that will bring much-needed change.
Gunther Schmitz, vice-chairman of R2RSA, says at the stakeholder workshop hosted by the Competition Commission in May it was agreed that a code would be drafted.
“R2RSA has since then compiled a document containing points we believe need to be considered for the code and submitted these to the Commission,” he says, “Our points are based on European guidelines and have been adapted to the South African context and Competition Act. We are convinced that consumers and the aftermarket industry in South Africa are facing many of the same points challenged by our European counterparts.”
Besides general observations regarding access to repair networks, the submitted document also includes points relating to access to technical information; warranty and motor plans; and telematics.