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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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We wrote about the Hyundai Equus quite a while ago, as they were promising an iPad app instead of a manual. Well, 10 months later, here it is. They released it on iTunes for all to download and enjoy and it looks interesting. It’s a nice alternative to the old, boring, thick owner’s manual, I have to say. Many times I wish I could just press F3 and find whatever it was I was looking for. But this happens to me quite frequently with books lately. It must be a sign of laptop overusage, but nevermind that.

So the Hyundai people call this the Equus Owner’s Experience app and it includes demonstration videos, interactive product and safety demonstrations, which is pretty cool.

Hit the jump to see presentation video. (more…)

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Hyundai is showcasing a very impressive lineup these days, with its top shelf offerings, the Genesis sedan, the Genesis Coupe and the upcoming Equus being some of the best deals you can get.

Still, that doesn’t mean the models can’t be perfected, as John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has revealed that the platform underpinning the three cars will be modified in the future, in order to have the capability of all-wheel drive.

Rest assured that the models will be standard with rear-wheel drive, especially the sporty Genesis Coupe, but Hyundai believes that even more customers can be won over with the AWD option. No other details were given, but you can expect more modifications to be made on the premium platform.


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While the announcements of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, in all its forms, normal, Turbo and Hybrid, have certainly pleased many Hyundai fans, those with a taste for luxury were eagerly awaiting this week, at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the announcement of the US-spec 2011 Hyundai Equus luxury saloon.

Those of you who remember last year’s NY Show, know that the Equus was presented at that time in global market form. Now, after a few alterations, the US-spec version is ready to hit dealerships this fall. What was changed? Well, first off the Rolls-Royce-like emblem on the hood was replaced with a regular logo, while the grille received a new treatment. The rest of the styling is almost unchanged, and many Mercedes-Benz or Lexus fans won’t find anything to complain about it.

Under the bonnet you’ll find the same 4.6-liter Tau V8 engine as in the Genesis sedan, which will output a respectable 385 HP. Besides the adequate amounts of power and the attractive styling, you can be sure that Hyundai is throwing all sorts of luxury features and systems onto the new sedan. Besides them, in a rather novel way, the South Korean company promises that it will supply instead of an owner’s manual a “multimedia tablet”, in order to contain the manual and to make getting in touch with the dealership or company representatives that much easier. No word on just what that tablet might be, but a safe bet is the upcoming Apple iPad.

While some of you may snub Hyundai because it isn’t a part of the luxury carmaker group, the mid-$50,000 base price of the Equus will certainly make you change your mind about the South Korean premium sedan.


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