The all-new 2020MY Hyundai Sonata is ALG’s mainstream redesign of the year award winner. Exemplifying a whole new design direction for what a midsize sedan can be, the new Sonata sports an aggressive coupe-like stance that evokes a luxury sedan with Hyundai’s new “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, and is lower, wider, and longer than the previous generation. The new Sonata provides a slew of premium technology upgrades including Hyundai’s digital key to unlock and start the engine from a smartphone, remote smart park and wireless cell phone charging. The upscale accompaniments also extend to the interior with an available 12.3” digital instrument cluster and 10.25” infotainment display, alongside a button-based gear selector and premium materials throughout the cabin. The all-new Sonata elevates the standard midsize sedan onto another level.
Chevrolet showcases the true meaning of a sportscar by introducing the redesigned 2020 Corvette with a mid-engine. The 2020 Corvette’s new exotic design allows for a more aggressive wedge shape that was previously reserved for the upper echelon of other sports car manufacturers while maintaining Corvette’s unique styling characteristics. Furthermore, its interior receives a completely driver-focused experience dressed in the finest leather. The bold steps taken by Chevrolet to redesign the Corvette for its eighth generation garners it the 2020 ALG Redesign of the Year.
Hyundai finds success with the redesigned Santa Fe in one of the largest and most competitive segments in the industry. The exterior moves away from its slab-sided predecessor, boasting a more aggressive front fascia with bold lines carrying to the back of the vehicle. The interior receives a full makeover breathing fresh air to the cabin with a larger center display, refined instrument cluster, and an optional panoramic sunroof. Hyundai’s overall degree of change and execution warrant Santa Fe the ALG Redesign of the Year.
The all-new 2019 Volvo S60 finds inspiration in sleek and simple, yet seductive, Scandinavian design. Volvo is in the midst of a total reinvention, with the S60 showcasing not only new design language, but the brand's new Scalable Platform Architecture. The interior evokes a mix of organic forms and materials that are thoughtfully combined around a large touchscreen display full of modern conveniences. The vehicle’s overall sophisticated appearance and current technologies position the S60 as winner of the ALG Redesign of the Year.
Exemplifying the best in automotive design, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is ALG’s 2020 winner for design innovation. With a sophisticated, yet rugged exterior design language on par with luxury utility vehicles, Telluride has commanded attention in one of the most crowded and competitive segments in the industry. In addition, the sense of luxury extends to the interior with available quilted nappa leather, faux open pore wood finish, and dual panoramic moonroof, amidst superior material quality. With a 10.25” touchscreen display, captain’s seating and USB chargers available for every row of seats, the Telluride proves that practical family utility can be had with luxury styling, all at a value that Kia has been proven to bring time and time again.
Since its introduction in 2004, the Escape Hybrid has claimed several firsts for Ford. Not only was it the first hybrid SUV to hit the North American market, but it was notably the first hybrid offered by an American manufacturer. Ford fully leverages its hybrid powertrain experience with the all-new Escape Hybrid, targeting best in class MPG while providing uncompromised drive dynamics. The 2.5L I4 engine boasts an impressive 198hp and 209 lb/ft of torque, delivering punchy acceleration with remarkable smoothness. Proving to be much more than just an efficient alternative, Escape’s hybrid variant shines as the showcase within the lineup. A true standout among the competition, the Escape Hybrid solidifies its legacy and earns ALG’s 2020 Powertrain Innovation of the Year Award.
The all-new GLS includes a new feature that makes prepping your vehicle for the car wash just a button press away. The newest feature aptly named Carwash Mode, conducts all of the necessary checks to optimize exterior cleaning, while ensuring the interior stays dry. The GLS will close the sunroof, turn on climate recirculation mode, pauses the rain sensing wiper, and activates the exterior camera, all while raising the vehicle's air suspension to thoroughly wash the undercarriage. The mode is automatically deactivated once the vehicle reaches 20 km/h. The Carwash Mode is a convenient and innovative function that gives drivers a more luxurious and seamless car washing experience.
General Motors is changing the towing game with unique technology offered through an integrated camera system. The all-new 2020 trucks use eight available cameras to provide up to 15 unique views, including a surround view, bed view, and the first ever transparent trailer view. The transparent trailer view uses the standard backup camera and an accessory camera mounted on the trailer to stitch together a wide-angle view behind the trailer, making the trailer appear “invisible”. The numerous camera views are seamlessly integrated in the 8” infotainment screen and provide increased safety while making towing a less daunting task.
GMC's new Multi-Pro tailgate will redefine what truck buyers expect in pickup functionality. Fully deployed, it serves as a staircase for easy access into the truck bed. But multiple hinges reveal a host of additional options such as a standing desk, a backstop for extra long cargo, the ability to create tiered cargo or simply gain closer access to the bed. Competitors will be scrambling to match the innovation presented by GMC, who has completely reinvented the pickup truck tailgate.
The all-new Ram 1500 wins the 2019 ALG Design Innovation Award for its segment leading interior features and execution. With an available 12-inch touchscreen and generous use of high quality materials, the Ram 1500 has become a leader among luxury truck offerings. It boasts more than six unique interior designs, tailored for each of its trim grades, and adds rear passenger seating comfort with reclining seats and optional dual pane panoramic moonroof. The exceptional craftsmanship combined with versatile storage solutions and super-sized infotainment display are just a few reasons Ram 1500 takes home this year's ALG Design Innovation Award.
While alternative fuel and electrification are trendy topics, internal combustion is still the dominant engine choice worldwide. Infiniti engineers are proving there is still room for innovation with the introduction of the variable compression, "VC"-Turbo engine. The ability to adjust compression ratio unlocks optimal power or efficiency depending on driver inputs. The result is an innovative engine with enhanced flexibility and applications.
Mercedes-Benz debuts its all-new MBUX infotainment system concentrated on the user experience in the A-Class and Sprinter. MBUX encompasses artificial intelligence to form an emotional connection between the vehicle, drivers, and passengers. A high-resolution widescreen cockpit including augmented reality technology at the core along with “Hey Mercedes” native intelligent voice control and over the air updates, make Mercedes-Benz the winner of the 2019 ALG Innovation Technology Award.