While world leaders at the G20 summit are discussing the value of Chinese currency and other wide-ranging global banking issues, somewhere in Seoul, South Korea, there will be a contingent of “auto repair supporter teams” to ensure that the transportation needs of the heads of state are met.
It probably will be a needless suspenders and belt precaution since I can’t imagine that any of the 172 vehicles described in a Korea IT Times article wouldn’t be in the best operating order. The lineup provided by Hyundai-Kia Motors includes the Equus limousine, Mohave, Grand Starex, and Grand Carnival. If you don’t recognize the Mohave, it is a Kia luxury SUV that used the alias Borrego in North America.
The host country and Hyundai-Kia Motors will be showcasing to the world their commitment to green car technology with the use of 32 environmentally friendly cars. There will be 10 Hyundai BlueOns at the G20. This is the EV that was unveiled 60 days ago. The Korean car maker hopes to produce 2500 copies of this electric vehicle by the end of 2012.
Fourteen of the Mohaves on the site will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, another Kia initiative that is expected to go into full-fledged production in 2015. The zero-emission vehicle is slated to carry a $50,000 price tag. Kia has been testing them in the field since December, 2009.
Four electric buses, three hydrogen fuel-cell buses, and one Aero Town will also be on hand to move the participants to various venues at the G20 summit.
When the vehicles were delivered to the G20 site at the end of October, the head of the Korean Presidential G20 Committee praised Hyundai-Kia Motors for meeting the transportation needs of the G20. A Hyundai vice president remarked that the company, “is very proud that Hyundai-Kia Motors could provide the automobiles for such a national event."[Korea IT Times & Auto Blog]