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Hyundai Elantra Coupe In The Works

Hyundai Elantra Coupe (rendering)

If we were to believe our colleagues from Inside Line, the Korean automaker Hyundai will bring the coupe version of its beautiful Elantra model to this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Designed to take down the Honda Civic, the coupe version will carry the same engines as its sedan sibling. The 2011MY is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine that produces 148 hp and has a peak torque of 131 lb.-ft.

It seems that Hyundai is also developing the hot R-spec version of the Elantra and we should see it sometime in 2012. Under the hood it will have the same engine as the one which we shall see in the sporty version of the Veloster, packing 208 ponies. This engine will most likely be mated to a 6-speed DCT gearbox.

Aside from borrowing the same engines, the coupe version of the Elantra will feature just about the same equipment as its 4-door brother, which comes in two flavors: GLS and Limited.

PS: The photo is not official, it’s a rendering. Looks great though…

Source: Inside Line | Photo: Edmunds

Hyundai i40 Tourer Gets £18,395 Price Tag In UK

Hyundai i40 Tourer

I’m not a big fan of family estate cars, but this all-new Hyundai i40 Tourer looks great. The Korean automaker announced earlier this week that its new model will have a base price of 18,395 pounds in the United Kingdom, making it a little bit more affordable in comparison to its main rivals: Ford Mondeo Estate (18,955 pounds) and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (19,350 pounds). The car will hit the dealerships this September and later on Hyundai will bring its sedan sibling.

It will be offered in three trim levels: Active, Style and Premium and customers will be able to choose from one of the following engines: a 1.6-liter gasoline unit (we don’t know how much power it generates), a 1.7-liter diesel that produces either 115 hp or 136 hp, along with the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that cranks out 177 hp. All of these engines will come as standard with the company’s start & stop technology.

Hyundai i40 Tourer

Some of the standard goodies that you will get with the i40 Tourer include the 16-inch alloy rims, leather steering wheel that has audio controls, Bluetooth support, electric parking brake, front & rear electric windows, along with electric heated door mirrors that have LED indicators.

If you opt for the Style trim, you’ll also get cruise control, touchscreen sat-nav system (with rear view camera), dual zone climate control and front & rear parking sensors.

Hyundai i40 Tourer

The top-spec Premium trim level adds keyless entry, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, heated leather steering wheel, ventilated front seats, Lane Departure Warning system with Smart Parking Assist, along with the proprietary supervision instrument cluster that sports an LCD color display.

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada Revealed

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada

Hyundai has teamed up with the famous Italian fashion label Prada for this limited edition Genesis Prada which will be available in South Korea, but a “small number” of the 1,200 units will go to China and the Middle East.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada

The Genesis Prada was designed in order to be one of the most luxurious models ever made by Hyundai and will be available in three colors for the exterior: Brown Moro, Blue Baltico and Black Nero. It features a “shark-fin” antenna, bespoke 19-inch alloy rims and dark chrome accents. For the interior, they opted for“Saffiano” leather upholstery, a rear seat entertainment system and a piano black trim.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada

The car is powered by a V8 5.0-liter engine that delivers 424 hp (430 PS / 316 kW) and a peak torque of 376 lb.-ft (510 Nm). This power unit is linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Hyundai says that it allows the drivers to “enjoy the car’s power and driving dynamics to their fullest extent.”

2012 Hyundai Genesis Prada

Source: Hyundai via WCF

Top 10 Cheapest Cars Of This Year

If you live in North America and you are in the market for a very cheap car, here are the least expensive models that you can buy this year. All the prices are MSRP + destination charge:

01. Hyundai Accent GL – Starting From $10,705

Hyundai Accent GL

A little bit more expensive than the previous generation, but still the most affordable car you can buy, the Accent GL (formerly known as the Accent GS Base and Accent Blue) is what you would call a standard car. For the base model, you can forget about the AC system (another $1,000), power windows, automatic gearbox, radio, etc. If you want all of these, prepare to pay $13,415 for the Accent GS, but in this price range, you’ll find better cars. The Accent GL features a 110-hp engine and power steering. You need to know that in crash tests, it didn’t score so well and the safety equipment is quite limited.

02. Nissan Versa 1.6 – Starting From $10,740

Nissan Versa 1.6

If the Accent isn’t your cup of tea, maybe this Nissan Versa will do the trick. You get two more doors, more space inside the cabin and better resale value. The 2011MY comes as standard with door locks and power windows, but you don’t get a stereo or many options for the paintwork: only black, silver and blue. If you add AC, automatic gearbox and antilock brakes, the price tag jumps to less than $13,000. For $15,780, you can get the Versa 1.8 that comes with AC, stereo, cruise control and ESP.

03. Chevrolet Aveo LS Sedan – Starting From $12,685

Chevrolet Aveo LS Sedan

For the entry-level Aveo you’ll get AM/FM radio with MP3 player input jack, OnStar and AC. There are lots of colors to choose from and for $200 more, you can get the hatchback model. On the down side, the Aveo is not a very good car to drive, lacks safety equipment and if you add power windows and a CD player, the price jumps past the $15,000 mark and for that money, there are lots of cars to choose from.

04. Kia Rio Base Sedan – Starting From $12,990

Kia Rio Base Sedan

Just like the aforementioned Hyundai Accent GL and the Nissan Versa 1.6, it comes with a very short list of standard equipment. The engine is quite eager but the car’s non-power-assisted steering feels awful in the curves and you’ll have to work a lot while parking the car. The more expensive Rio LX ($15,690) comes with AC, ABS and a CD player. It does look better than the Accent and the Versa though, but not a very good car to drive.

05. Smart ForTwo Pure – Starting From $13,240

Smart ForTwo Pure

No AC, no power windows or mirrors, not even a stereo for the cheapest ForTwo. You do get automatic gearbox, ABS, ESC and side airbags. If you want the comfort features, prepare to pay another $2,000 for the ForTwo Passion.

06. Toyota Yaris 3-door Liftback – Starting From $13,615

Toyota Yaris 3-door Liftback

It offers a pretty good standard package that includes AC, ABS, ESP, along with an $800 optional automatic transmission. For $300 more, the 5-door version of the Yaris can be yours. It looks really good, it is easy to drive and thanks to its small size, you can squeeze it into small parking spaces.

07. Kia Soul Base – Starting From $13,995

Kia Soul Base

If you are in the market for a funky mini-wagon, the Kia Soul Base might be the solution for you. You’ll get as standard: power windows and locks, ABS, ESP and CD stereo with USB. You can choose from only three colors: black, white and silver. Under the hood there is a 1.6-liter engine that produces 122 hp and it can be mated only to a manual transmission. The car is pretty comfortable, safe and practical.

08. Ford Fiesta S Sedan – Starting From $13,995

Ford Fiesta S Sedan

Same price as the Kia Soul Base, and the latest model in this top. You get four doors, a pretty capable 120-hp engine, ESP, power steering, AM/FM + auxiliary input jack. The Fiesta is known as one of those cars that are very fun to drive and this S Sedan version is no exception. We recommend paying extra for the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

09. Suzuki SX4 Sedan – Starting From $14,244

Suzuki SX4 Sedan

The entry-level SX4 Sedan is a pretty basic car as you don’t get an automatic gearbox, AC, stereo and the only color available is white. However, you do get ABS, power windows and locks and a pretty potent 2.0-liter engine that cranks out 150 hp. It features a pretty big back seat and is very fun to drive. The styling is also quite nice.

10. Nissan Cube 1.8 – Starting From $14,740

Nissan Cube 1.8

The Nissan Cube 1.8 comes with a lot of standard equipment: AC, CD player, ABS, ESP and power windows and locks. The design is pretty cool and you get a lot of space inside the cabin. While some of you will like its cutting-edge style, others will disapprove.

Outside of this top 10 we find the Mazda2 Sport, with an entry-level model that will set you back $14,795; Hyundai Elantra GLS ($15,625); Kia Forte LX ($15,690); Scion xD ($15,765); the Mitsubishi Lancer DE ($15,755); Honda Fit ($15,850); Mazda 3i SV ($16,595); Nissan Sentra 2.0 ($16,270); Honda Civic DX Coupe ($16,355) and the Volkswagen Jetta S ($16,765).

As you can see, there are a lot of cars to choose from if you are looking for something very affordable that will get you from point A to point B. If we were to choose a car from this top 10, it would have to be the recently introduced Ford Fiesta S Sedan as it offers plenty of standard equipment and it looks pretty good. Plus, it probably is the most fun to drive car in this price range.

Source: cars.about.com

Hyundai i40 Sedan Revealed

Hyundai i40 Sedan

Just a few days ago the Korean automaker Hyundai released a sketch of its upcoming i40 Sedan and now they’ve officially unveiled the model at the Barcelona Motor Show. The car follows the company’s “Fluidic Design” paradigm but for this one they’ve took it to another level and I have to say that they’ve did a pretty good job, despite the fact that it looks a little bit like one of its main rivals, the Ford Mondeo.

Hyundai i40 Sedan

Under that hood we should expect to see a direct-injection Theta II 2.0-liter engine that produces 175 hp (177 PS / 130 kW) and 157 lb.-ft (213 Nm). A 1.7-liter diesel will be available in two power output configurations: 113 hp (115 PS / 84 kW) / 188 lb.-ft (255 Nm) of torque, along with a more powerful 133 hp (136 PS / 100 kW).

Hyundai i40 Sedan

The Hyundai i40 Sedan will get clever stuff like a lane-departure warning system, Bluetooth phone connection, rear-view camera (with smart-parking assistance), along with air-ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

Hyundai i40 Sedan

Source: Hyundai via WCF

Aussies Get Hyundai i45 With Smaller Engine

Hyundai i45

The Hyundai i45 is the Australian version of the Sonata mid-size sedan and it has received a smaller engine that becomes the entry-level point for the lineup. We are talking about a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter power unit that produces 162 hp (121 kW) @ 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 198 Nm @ 4,600 rpm. This engine can be linked to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a more comfortable 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Korean automaker stated that this version of the i45 can do 30.9 mpg (7.6 liters / 100 km) when equipped with the automatic gearbox. The more powerful 2.4-liter unit, that delivers 198 hp (148 kW) and a peak torque of 250 Nm, can do 29.8 mpg (7.9 liters / 100 km), with the 6-speed automatic transmission. The model fitted with the 2.4-liter engine cannot be mated to the manual gearbox.

The price for the Hyundai i45 in Australia starts from AU$26,990 (manual gearbox) and from AU$28,590 (automatic gearbox).

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

Hyundai i40 Sedan, First Sketch Revealed

Hyundai i40 Sedan (sketch)

The Korean automaker Hyundai has released the first sketch of its i40 sedan model, ahead of the car’s official debut at the Barcelona Motor Show next week. The 4-door sedan was developed and engineered at the company’s European research and development center in Russelsheim and will hit the UK dealerships at the beginning of next year. The car has borrowed some design cues from the sexy Volkswagen Passat CC, and from the looks of this sketch, it promises to be a real eye-grabber.

Upon launch, the sedan will get the 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine like its estate sibling, offered in two output variants: 113 hp and 134 hp. The only gasoline engine available at first will be a 1.6-liter that produces 138 hp. Later on, more powerful 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines will be offered. In addition, a “Blue Drive” version will also be available soon after launch, featuring a 113 hp diesel engine that will do 54.7 mpg (US) and 113 g/km CO2 emissions.

Source: Hyundai via AutoCar

New York Auto Show – U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

The price of fuel is on an ascendant trend so the sub-compact segment is starting to become more and more attractive to car buyers. One of the newest offerings is the North American version of the Hyundai Accent which was revealed last week at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

It will be offered in both 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles, and promises to deliver 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, the best in its class, with a highway-only driving range of up to 456 miles, according the South Korean car manufacturer.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Wearing the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design outfit, the new generation of the Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter Gamma engine that has direct-injection technology and produces 138 hp and 123 lb.-ft of torque. This power unit can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic gearbox or manual transmissions.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Both of the aforementioned body styles will feature a 101.2 inch wheelbase, making it 2.8 inches longer in comparison to the outgoing model. The overall length of the 4-door version has increased to 172 inches, while the 5-door model measures 162 inches in length. The 2011MY Accent measures 66.9 inches in width, while the new one is 0.2 inches bigger.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

The base price for the 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS (4-door model) is $12,445, while the 5-door GS can be yours for $14,595, without the $750 freight fee.

U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Accent

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

China-only Hyundai Elantra Yuedong and Azera Unveiled In Shanghai

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong

Another automaker that will launch models that are going to be exclusive to the Chinese market is Hyundai. They’ve revealed yesterday at the Shanghai Auto Show, two new models: the Elantra Yuedong and the Azera (aka Grandeur).

The first one is a facelift version of the U.S.-spec 4th generation of the Elantra that has been launched last year. Inside, the Korean automaker Hyundai says that they’ve upgraded the cabin with materials of higher quality, as well as new convenience and safety features, like the smart key / button start, navigation, front side airbag, MDPS – Motor Driven Power Steering, eco-driving guide system and a handy USB port.

The car will be powered by either a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter or a more powerful 1.8-liter plant. Being a compact sedan, the Elantra Yuedong will have to compete in the biggest segment in China. In 2008, people bought 2.11 million compacts sedans; one year later, sales went up to 3.24 million, while last year they’ve reached almost 4 million units. According to industry forecasts, sales figures will reach an incredible 6 million units by 2013.

Hyundai Azera

Moving on, the Azera will be marketed there as a cheaper alternative to the more premium models in the mid-size segment. Under the hood, the car will feature either a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that churns out 180 hp, or a more powerful V6 3.0-liter that develops 250 hp.

Both models are expected to make an appearance in Hyundai’s showrooms within the next couple of months.

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

Hyundai supports YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

Hyundai has found interesting angles for promoting it’s vehicles. Recently, they’ve teamed up with the infamous Youtube in order to promote the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. Motoring seems to go well with music and online, since the night at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay was a success.

The event became a festival with both musical and visual components, in which the new Hyundai Veloster played a main part and made it’s debut on the Australian automotive scene.



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IIHS “Top Safety Pick” – 2011MY Hyundai Equus

2011 Hyundai Equus

The 2011MY Hyundai Equus was well-received by automotive journalist from all over the world who appreciated the car’s luxury refinements and the spacious cabin. In addition, the car looks very good in my opinion, a real step forward for the Korean automaker that used to make rather dull-looking cars.


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Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Under Development?

2011 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is probably the best looking car the Korean automaker ever launched and for those of you that want more than the standard 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine that develops 138 hp, Hyundai has something for you.

2011 Hyundai Veloster

If the rumors are true, a more powerful turbocharged version is under development, packing a 1.6-liter GDI turbo unit that cranks out 208 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm. We know that a little over 200 hp is not that impressive, but combine this power with the car’s 2,600 pounds curb weight; the Veloster Turbo should be pretty quick.

2011 Hyundai Veloster

In addition, if it will feature a 1.6-liter engine, it means that the fuel economy will be very good, not as good as the 40 mpg on the highway of the standard model, but pretty close.

Source: Hyundai Blog via Inside Line via AutoBlog

Hyundai Accent 3D ad – making of

3D stuff still excites us all like candy makes a little kid’s eyes pop. But what’s even more interesting is the story behind a good 3D projection. Hyundai took it to the next level with their 3D ad for Accent when they actually stuck a real car to a wall. Yeah, that was seriously cool stuff!

But here’s what happened behind the scenes, where all the hours of work piled up into a great couple of minutes. Also, it looks like the Hyundai people are expecting feedback from their viewers, so don’t hold back:


Is the new Hyundai Accent ad viral?

Hyundai is trying to give a new spin to its products and keep up with the cool crowd, so it’s taken to 3D projections in order to promote the new Accent. Their current slogan: “New Thinking. New Possibilities.”

Although the main idea is not neccesssarily original, they’ve added a little something that made it pretty awesome: they nailed a real Hyundai Accent to the building they projected cool stuff onto! And some dude dressed in a costumes with lights on walked on the wall, got in the car and drove it through a psychedelic, futuristic city.

Do you think this has the potential to go viral? Outside the automotive world, that is.



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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Delayed > Kia Optima Hybrid Delayed

Kia Optima Hybrid

The hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata was supposed to hit the dealerships in the last month of 2010, but the automaker postponed its launch in order to do some engineering change to boost safety. When the car manufacturer found that that Obama planned to sign a bill that would ban a switch meant to disable a noisemaker that was created for warning blind pedestrians, Hyundai decided to remove this switch. This move delayed the car’s launch from December to late this month.


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