A Hyundai Tucson has recently hit the spotlight in Taiwan when on May 24, 2019, at 7:30 in the evening, a couple was driving their Hyundai Tucson during heavy rains at Suhua Highway in the eastern part of Taiwan. As it traversed through the highway, a boulder weighing around four to five tons smashed the Hyundai Tucson. Yes, the boulder itself is heavier than the crossover SUV. Despite the fatal impact, the couple managed to escape with only minor injuries.
As a matter of fact, the injuries were so minor that the driver called his sales agent that sold him the Hyundai Tucson and said: “This car has saved our lives, and we are ready to buy another Hyundai.”
It’s easy to give the credit to the Hyundai Tucson’s structure, but this only highlights another factor that gives Hyundai an edge over all other car manufacturers. Believe it or not, Hyundai is the only car manufacturer in the world that makes its own steel. Whereas all other brands outsource their steel, Hyundai has its own steelmaking division called Hyundai Steel, which also happens to be the world’s second-largest steel producer. Because of this, Hyundai has the capability to keep vehicle manufacturing costs affordable and at the same time manage quality control with their own hands.
Hyundai utilizes what they call Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) which provides strength exceeding 550 MPa, making its vehicles strong and extremely rigid without the added weight. For the Hyundai Tucson, 51% of its body utilizes AHSS, which are placed in key areas such as the pillars and side sills. One may ask why AHSS isn’t used 100% throughout the car, and that’s because of how difficult it is to form into shapes and curves. However, through numerous new manufacturing techniques, Hyundai is able to increase the utilization of AHSS in its newer range of vehicles. For instance, the new Hyundai Palisade is mostly made up of AHSS at 69%.