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    William Maley
    William Maley
    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
    November 2, 2012
    Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years or so, you have most likely seen the ads from Hyundai touting they sell more vehicles that get 40 MPG on the highway than any other automaker in the U.S. Well, those ads are done as Hyundai and Kia admitted to overstating the estimated fuel economy posted on window stickers of about 900,000 vehicles sold since late 2010.
    This announcement comes in part from an EPA investigation which couldn't replicate fuel mileages Hyundai and Kia had claimed on window stickers. The investigation found out that 41% of vehicles sold by the two automakers are affected.
    "Consumers rely on the window sticker to help make informed choices about the cars they buy," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.
    The EPA says their investigation is on going could seek to impose civil penalties on the two companies.
    Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik explained to The Detroit News the problem was due to a flaw due to changes in its fuel economy tests starting in the 2010 model year.
    "We've identified the source of the discrepancies between our prior testing method and the EPA's recommended approach," said Krafcik.
    All told, 35% of 2011-2013 Hyundai and Kia models sold through October will see a reduction in fuel economy. Of that 35%,
    580,000 vehicles will see a drop of around 1 MPG
    240,000 vehicles will see a drop of around 2 MPG
    80,000 vehicles will see a drop of around 3 to 4 MPG

    Hyundai and Kia are working on new window stickers that will be applied to their vehicles starting today. Also, Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners for the lower gas mileage on the affected vehicles. Dealers will look at the odometer and calculate how much an owner might have saved if the car achieved the promised gas mileage. From there, Hyundai and Kia will add 15 percent to the dollar total and send out debit cards to owners. The two companies will continue to reimburse customers for as long as they own the vehicles.
    To find out if your Hyundai or Kia vehicle is effected, you can visit either HyundaiMPGInfo.com or KiaMPGInfo.com.
    Source: The Detroit News
    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
    Press Releases is on Page 2
    Hyundai Vehicles Effected on Page 3
    Kia Vehicles Effected on Page 4

    Hyundai/Kia to Correct Overstated MPG Claims as Result of EPA Investigation
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will lower their fuel economy (mpg) estimates for the majority of their model year 2012 and 2013 models after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company.
    The auto companies have submitted to the EPA a plan for cars currently on dealer lots to be re-labeled with new window stickers reflecting the corrected mileage estimates. The mileage on most vehicle labels will be reduced by one to two mpg, and the largest adjustment will be six mpg highway for the Kia Soul.
    "Consumers rely on the window sticker to help make informed choices about the cars they buy,' said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "EPA's investigation will help protect consumers and ensure a level playing field among automakers."
    At its National Vehicle and Fuel Emission Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Mich., EPA routinely tests vehicles – 150 to 200 a year, or about 15 percent of the possible vehicle configurations – to ensure that their performance matches the mileage and emissions data required to be submitted to EPA by automakers.
    This auditing helps to ensure that vehicles on the road meet tailpipe emission standards to protect public health and the environment and that all carmakers follow the same procedures for calculating mileage estimates. EPA conducts both random and targeted audits, based on factors such as consumer complaints.
    EPA had received a number of consumer complaints about Hyundai mileage estimates. Through the agency's ongoing audit program, staff experts at EPA's NVFEL observed discrepancies between results from EPA testing of a MY2012 Hyundai Elantra and information provided to EPA by Hyundai.
    The agency expanded its investigation into data for other Hyundai and Kia vehicles, leading to today's announcement.
    EPA's audit testing occasionally uncovers individual vehicles whose label values are incorrect and requires that the manufacturer re-label the vehicle. This has happened twice since 2000. This is the first time where a large number of vehicles from the same manufacturer have deviated so significantly.
    EPA and DOE are updating their joint fuel economy site, www.fueleconomy.gov, to reflect the Hyundai and Kia corrected numbers.
    For more information, please see: http://www.epa.gov/f...labelchange.htm
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    HYUNDAI AND KIA INITIATE VOLUNTARY PROGRAM TO ADJUST FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS ON SELECT VEHICLES
    Automakers' Average Fuel Economy Rating Reduced 3 Percent; Affected Vehicle Owners to be Compensated
    ORANGE COUNTY, Nov. 2 – Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America today announced that, following discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they are voluntarily adjusting the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35 percent of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through October 31, 2012.
    Procedural errors at the automakers' joint testing operations in Korea led to incorrect fuel economy ratings for select vehicle lines. As part of Hyundai/Kia's corrective actions, the fuel economy ratings for vehicles currently in showrooms are being voluntarily relabeled. With these changes, the 2012 Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy level is reduced by an average of 3 percent – from 27 to 26 MPG.
    "I sincerely apologize to all affected Hyundai and Kia customers, and I regret these errors occurred," said Dr. W. C. Yang, chief technology officer of Hyundai/Kia research and development. "Following up on the EPA's audit results, we have taken immediate action to make the necessary rating changes and process corrections."
    Both companies are putting in place a comprehensive reimbursement program for affected current and former vehicle owners to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the fuel economy rating change. Customers will receive a personalized debit card that will reimburse them for their difference in the EPA combined fuel economy rating, based on the fuel price in their area and their own actual miles driven. In addition, as an acknowledgement of the inconvenience this may cause, we will add an extra 15 percent to the reimbursement amount. Current owners will be able to refresh their debit card for as long as they own the vehicle. Prior owners of affected vehicles who have already sold their cars will also be reimbursed using the same formula. For more information about reimbursement and a complete list of eligible vehicles, customers can visit www.HyundaiMPGinfo.com and www.KiaMPGinfo.com.
    The fuel economy rating discrepancies resulted from procedural errors during a process called "coastdown" testing at the companies' joint testing operations in Korea. Coastdown testing simulates aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance and drivetrain frictional losses and provides the technical data used to program the test dynamometers that generate EPA fuel economy ratings. Affected vehicles and their before-and-after EPA estimates are shown in the attachment.
    Hyundai and Kia will continue to advance improvements in fuel efficiency through technology and innovation, and continue to fully support the recent rulemaking issued by EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    "Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we're extremely sorry about these errors," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "When we say to Hyundai owners, 'We've got your back,' that's an assurance we don't take lightly. We're going to make this right for everyone, and we'll be more driven than ever to ensure our vehicles deliver outstanding fuel economy."
    "As a customer-focused organization, we are fully committed to providing consumers with complete and accurate information, and deeply regret the errors were made," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO, Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "Our reimbursement program is intended to ensure that all affected Kia customers quickly receive fair compensation."







    William Maley
    William Maley
    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
    August 15, 2012
    The Hyundai Genesis went through a mid-cycle refresh last year which brought forth a new 5.0L V8, R-Spec package, and other items. However, we've learned from Hyundai that 2013 will bring more changes to the Genesis sedan.
    Starting off with powertrains, the 4.6L Tau V8 which was the Genesis' only V8 engine until last year will be dropped. Also saying farewell is the standard 5.0L V8 model, meaning you want the V8, you'll need to step up to the R-Spec model. All other Genesis sedans will use the 3.8L V6.
    Hyundai is also upgrading the Genesis' interior tech by including its Blue Link suite of telematics services and adding an eight-inch display to the center stack with a new controller in the console to move around the system. Hyundai says the new system is more intuitive and uses a 64 GB solid state drive.
    Source: Hyundai
    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
    Press Release is on Page 2

    2013 HYUNDAI GENESIS OFFERS NEW ULTIMATE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH EIGHT-INCH SCREEN AND 64GB DRIVE


    Blue Link® Telematics with Award-Winning Zagat® Ratings Now Available
    COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012 – Hyundai's award-winning Genesis sedan continues its premium segment leadership for 2013 with simplified model offerings and a new ultimate navigation system with Blue Link® telematics. The 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine is now exclusively available in the fully-equipped 5.0 R-Spec model, the 4.6-liter V8 model is no longer available, and the 3.8-liter Lambda powertrain remains available with premium and technology packages, simplifying the Genesis line-up.
    For 2013, the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models offer a new optional eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller. This new display features a more intuitive user interface, integrating the same rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. New "hot keys" also give individuals more immediate control over the operating system to reduce driving distractions. The system uses a large 64GB solid-state drive, which allows generous music, image and video storage or Bluetooth music-streaming capability.
    2013 Genesis Highlights
    Genesis model and powertrain line-up simplified:
    - 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine now exclusive to 5.0 R-Spec model
    - Standard 5.0-liter model no longer available
    - 4.6-liter V8 no longer available
    - 3.8-liter V6 available in three equipment configurations
    - New optional eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller and Driver Information System (DIS)
    - Hyundai Blue Link® telematics available with Ultimate Navigation package
    A simple pop-up message now appears to help pair a phone and the voice-recognition software understands street addresses and cities, all in one sequential sentence. The route screen displays speed limits, details the next three navigation maneuvers, shows real highway signage and has junction views with lane guidance. Lane guidance outlines the lanes the driver needs to stay in when a highway splits. Junction view uses street and actual road signs images to match what the driver will see when arriving at the next maneuver. Integrated into the point of interest tool are Zagat® restaurant ratings, which help drivers to easily locate great places to eat. SiriusXM data services have also been enhanced, with Sports, Stocks and Weather information.
    HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®
    Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners' lives and reduce distracted driving and is now available on the 2013 Genesis, accompanied by a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice-text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone remote features and monthly vehicle reporting. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, over the internet, or via a smartphone. Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.
    Blue Link Assurance package:
    - Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
    - SOS Emergency Assistance
    - Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    - Blue Link Essentials package:
    Convenience:
    - Remote Door Lock/Unlock
    - Remote Horn and Lights
    - Panic Notification
    - Remote Engine Start
    - Alarm Notification
    - Quick Tips
    - Location Sharing
    - Voice Text Messaging
    Vehicle Diagnostics:
    - Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code
    - Maintenance Alert
    - Recall Advisor
    - Web Vehicle Diagnostics
    - Service Link
    Safeguard:
    - Stolen Vehicle Recovery
    - Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    - Vehicle Immobilization
    - Valet Alert
    - Geofence
    - Speed Alert
    - Curfew Alert
    Blue Link Guidance package:
    - Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
    - POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
    - POI Web Search and Download
    - Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
    - Traffic Updates
    - Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
    - Eco-Coach
    - Restaurant Ratings
    - Weather
    - More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.
    THE MOST POWERFUL HYUNDAI V8 ENGINE EVER
    The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to the prestigious Ward's Ten Best Engines list three times.
    This engine features a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2200 psi) that dramatically increases power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The Tau's high 11.5:1 compression ratio increases thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also has a rigid bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.
    Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable-induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
    The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability.
    In keeping with Hyundai engineering philosophy, the R-Spec also includes more aggressive chassis tuning, matching its corresponding powertrain enhancements for optimal dynamic balance. For enhanced body roll control, rear stabilizer bars are hollow in design and diameter is a robust 19 mm. R-Spec will offer a unique sport design 19-inch alloy wheel with premium machined finish. The R-Spec steering calibration has been matched to this unique wheel combination for optimized performance and driving refinement expectations in this segment. To complete the performance package, front brake rotors are an oversized 13.6 inches for enhanced heat dissipation in sporty driving.
    R-Spec will offer unique headlights with dark chrome inserts for a more distinctive front appearance. Further R-Spec designators can be found around the car's interior and exterior. An R-Spec bade on the rear lip and black R-Spec embroidered floor mats remind the driver of the performance waiting for them when they get behind the wheel. Genesis R-Spec is only offered in four sport-oriented exterior colors: Black Noir, Titanium Gray, Platinum Metallic, and, new for 2013, White Satin Pearl, each with Black leather interior and an all-black leather steering wheel to further differentiate the 5.0 R-Spec from the 3.8 model.
    DIRECT INJECTION LAMBDA 3.8-LITER ENGINE
    In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine also has direct injection (GDI) technology and produces 333 horsepower and 291 lb. ft. of torque. It also has a high compression ratio of 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. This direct-injected Lambda V6 produces a higher specific output (87.6 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors.
    The 3.8-liter engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), variable induction, an all aluminum block and heads, steel timing chain and iridium-tipped spark plugs. Besides the generous horsepower and torque gains, direct injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions. Further, a variable vane oil pump fitted to precisely match oil pressure with engine lubrication requirements for increases efficiency at all engine speeds. As a result, 3.8-liter GDI fuel economy is 29 mpg on the highway.
    All 3.8-liter engines are coupled to the same in-house eight-speed automatic transmission as the 5.0 R-Spec model. These all new transmissions perfectly compliment the new technology found in the new engines, delivering improved efficiency and performance across the Genesis range.
    CHASSIS FOR 3.8 AND 5.0 R-SPEC MODELS
    Hyundai engineers have precisely tuned the Genesis suspension to minimize the traditional compromises between handling precision and ride comfort.
    EXTERIOR DESIGN
    From the front view, Genesis has an aggressive front fascia with large intake openings and LED lighting accents. From the side view, one will notice the standard 17-inch alloy wheel and rocker panel design. In addition, the mirrors incorporate power-folding and puddle lamp functions, while the side window surround has a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, one will notice the dual asymmetrical exhaust tips cleanly integrated into the bumper fascia.
    SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
    Maintaining Hyundai's emphasis ondelivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help both prevent accidents and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints. The active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.
    Daytime running lights come standard on the 2013 Genesis. Further, Genesis offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), available on the 3.8 Technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models. Whenever the system is activated, a warning chime and dial-integrated warning light alert drivers of their lane departure, allowing them to reposition the car smoothly into the correct position.
    Genesis' total of eight airbags includes advanceddual front airbags, front andrear seat-mountedside-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front andrear outboard seat occupants.
    Genesis has a total of eight ultrasonic sensors locatedon the front andrear bumpers. The sensors, alongwith the rear backup camera, helpdetect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicatedon the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warningtone.
    Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lockdisc brakes with Brake Assist andElectronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Genesis 3.8 models have large 13.0-inch front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers, while 5.0 R-Spec models have larger 13.6-inch front rotors.
    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
    Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United Statesby Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S.are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
    August 7, 2012
    Hyundai surprised all when they showed off two new Santa Fe models at the New York Auto Show this year - the SWB Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe. Now, Hyundai has announced pricing for the Santa Fe Sport.
    The Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,450 (excludes a $825 destination charge) and that gets you a 2.4L DI four-cylinder producing 190 HP and front-wheel drive. A 2.0L turbo-four producing 264 HP starts at $27,700 (excludes a $825 destination charge). All wheel drive is a $1750 option.
    As for the new Santa Fe, Hyundai will release pricing later on in the year.
    Source: Inside Line
    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
    July 17, 2012
    Hyundai has a bit of a problem. Currently, the Korean automaker has 5% market share in the U.S., but their supply of vehicles is very constrained.
    How constrained? Using the traditional measure of dealer inventory in "days supply," Hyundai's supply is very very low. At the moment, Hyundai's average at 25-27 days, or less than one month's supply. The Azera stands at 12 days supply.
    To put this into perspective, out of a 1,000 vehicles sitting on U.S. dealer lots, 25 of those are Hyundais.
    “We know we will be short from a production point of view. We're definitely passing up sales," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America's president and CEO.
    To help free up vehicles, Hyundai has cut back on the number vehicles for fleets and is preparing a third shift for their plant in Alabama.
    However, Hyundai isn't backing down from their policy to only build 700,000 vehicles globally for the year.
    Source: Detroit Free Press
    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
    June 20, 2012
    During the press launch of the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe and GT, Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik revealed that the company is considering performance versions of the Coupe and GT.
    Krafcik didn’t elaborate on details, but if given the green light, the Elantra Coupe and GT would get turbocharged engines (possibly from the Veloster), stiffer suspension, upgraded exhaust, and a tweaked interior.
    Source: Auto Guide
    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    June 15, 2012
    Hyundai: once considered the bad joke of the automotive world is now one of the big players, taking names and kicking some serious a** with their lineup,and it doesn't look like they're going to stop.
    This week, the company released pricing for the two newest members of the Elantra lineup, the GT and Coupe.
    Starting with the Elantra GT, the new five-door hatchback starts at $18,395 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission model starts at $19,395.
    For the price, the Elantra GT comes well equipped. Standard equipment includes heated power side mirrors, heated front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioned glove box, driver's knee airbag, and an adaptable steering system, which tunes the steering feel to three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
    Two option packages are available for the Elantra GT. The Style Package adds a panoramic sunroof, sport-tuned suspension, and leather upholstery. A Tech Package features a backup camera, automatic headlamps and a touch-screen navigation system.
    How Much For The Elantra Coupe?

    As for the Elantra Coupe, prices start $17,445 (excluding a $775 destination charge) for the base GS six-speed manual coupe. An GS automatic coupe starts at $18,445.
    With the GS model, you get air conditioning, heated seats, a stereo system with satellite radio and steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, keyless entry, 16-inch alloys, and a 1.8L four cylinder delivering 148 HP.
    If you want a bit more sport in your Elantra coupe, you'll need to step up to the SE model which begins at $19,745 for a six-speed manual. The SE gives you sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloys, leather, a sunroof, and other niceties.
    A tech package which includes navigation and a better audio system is available on the SE, but only on the SE automatic which begins at $20,745.
    Press Releases are on Page 3 & 4
    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT


    Unsurpassed Fuel Economy and Five-Door Versatility Starting at $18,395

    COSTA MESA, Calif., June 13, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for the new 2013 Elantra GT. The fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback will have a starting price of $18,395 and be extraordinarily well-equipped. At $18,395 shoppers will discover 39 highway miles per gallon, more interior space than Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf and Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode. The 2013 Elantra GT will begin arriving in dealerships later this month.
    2013 Elantra GT Pricing
    Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed M/T $18,395
    Elantra GT 1.8L I4 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC® $19,395
    Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775.

    HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT
    Fluidic Sculpture design
    Powered by an advanced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission
    Horsepower: 148 at 6,500 rpm (ULEV)
    Best-in-class standard fuel economy 39 mpg highway
    Best-in-class specific output at 82.2 horsepower per liter
    Lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment
    Sport-tuned suspension
    More passenger and maximum cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix
    Standard heated front seats
    Driver knee airbag – an Elantra first
    Hidden rear camera
    More aerodynamic than Impreza, Matrix or Golf

    The new Elantra GT represents the evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language. Elantra GT's design gives it a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag. Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design.
    Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Matrix, Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to split-fold-down rear seats and rear seat cushions than can flip upward. Like its stablemate the Elantra Coupe, heated front seats are standard.
    With gas prices exceeding $4 per gallon in many areas of the U.S., compact car buyers are downsizing for better fuel efficiency, but these buyers expect premium features. The Elantra GT offers the following optional premium features: power driver's seat including power lumbar support, dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer and auto defog system, leather seating surfaces, navigation with hidden rearview camera and proximity key with push button start. Elantra GT comes in three flavors, mirroring the packaging simplicity of the popular Hyundai Veloster: an extremely well-equipped base model, a Style package offering panoramic sunroof, upgraded wheels, and more, and a Tech package offering navigation system and more.
    Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a V-Beam rear suspension design with an integrated stabilizer bar and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.
    Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select – Comfort, Normal and Sport – this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural, progressive feel.
    The 2013 Elantra GT delivers an EPA estimated 39 mpg highway with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. Under the hood, Elantra GT is powered by a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, the same as found in the Elantra sedan. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®. Elantra GT is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) or Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV). The PZEV Elantra GT is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, helping Hyundai meet its environmental commitments.
    Standard and Optional Features
    GT Manual Transmission
    The Elantra GT M/T has an MSRP of $18,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features:
    1.8L four-cylinder Dual CVVT engine
    Six-speed manual transmission
    Driver Selectable Steering Mode
    16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires
    Seven airbags (driver's knee airbag, front, side & curtain airbags)
    ABS, EBD, four-wheel disc brakes, VSM, ESC and TCS
    Daytime running lights
    Air conditioning with cooled glove box
    AM/FM/SiriusXM®/CD/MP3 audio system w/ six speakers, iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks
    Power windows, heated mirrors and door locks
    Remote keyless entry system with alarm
    Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
    Cruise control
    Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with voice recognition
    Blue Link Telematics System
    Premium cloth interior w/ cloth door trim
    Dual front illuminated vanity mirrors with sunvisor extensions
    Sliding center armrest
    Heated front seats
    Driver's seat height adjustment
    Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
    Outside temperature display
    Trip computer
    Metallic inside door handles
    One-touch triple turn signal
    Luggage net hooks and outlet
    Sunglass holder & map lights
    Front and rear map pockets, front seatback pockets
    60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
    Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders
    Chrome grille
    Front fog lights
    Front variable intermittent wipers
    Bodycolor door handles & mirrors
    Solar glass with windshield shade band
    Rear window wiper and spoiler

    GT M/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP
    17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
    Sport-tuned suspension
    Panoramic sunroof
    Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
    Leather seating surfaces
    Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    Power driver's seat with power lumbar support
    Aluminum pedals
    Driver-side auto/up window

    GT M/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP
    REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE
    Navigation system with seven-inch screen
    Rearview camera
    Automatic headlamps
    Dual automatic temperature control

    GT Automatic Transmission
    The Elantra GT A/T has an MSRP of $19,395, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GT M/T equipment plus the following features:
    Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
    Active ECO System
    GT A/T Style Package - $2,750 Option Package MSRP
    17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
    Sport-tuned suspension
    Panoramic sunroof
    Side mirrors with integrated turn signals
    Leather seating surfaces
    Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    Power driver's seat with power lumbar support
    Aluminum pedals
    Driver-side auto/up window

    GT A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP
    REQUIRES STYLE PACKAGE
    Navigation system with seven-inch screen
    Rearview camera
    Automatic headlamps
    Dual automatic temperature control


    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 ELANTRA COUPE PRICING


    Sporty Coupe Design and Up to 40 MPG Highway Starting at $17,445
    More Horsepower, Interior Room and Better Fuel Economy than Honda Civic Coupe

    Elantra Coupe also has a remarkable content advantage over Civic Coupe. For example, Elantra comes standard with a six-speed transmission and four-wheel disc brakes, features not found on any Civic Coupe. The entry to the Elantra Coupe lineup is the well-equipped GS, which comes standard with air conditioning, heated front seats, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system, steering wheel audio controls, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth®, external temperature gauge, fog lights, power locks, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Honda Civic DX lacks all of these standard features. The Elantra Coupe will begin arriving in Hyundai dealerships later this month.
    2013 Elantra Coupe Pricing
    Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $17,445
    Elantra Coupe GS, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $18,445
    Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed M/T, $19,745
    Elantra Coupe SE, 1.8L I4, 6-speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC®, $20,745
    Freight Charges for the 2013 MY Elantra Coupe are $775.

    HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE
    Unique Fluidic Sculpture two-door coupe design language
    1.8-liter Nu Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine
    In-house-developed and manufactured six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
    40-mpg EPA estimated highway rating on M/T model
    Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T
    [*]Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin
    [*]More interior volume than Civic Coupe, Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe
    [*]Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
    [*]Available seven-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs
    [*]Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
    [*]Available proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start


    The two-door sport coupe model of the Elantra sedan will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo a bit of four-door versatility for coupe design appeal. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.
    The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight V-beam design with an integrated 22 mm stabilizer bar for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.
    Standard and Optional Features
    GS Manual Transmission
    The Elantra Coupe GS M/T has an MSRP of $17,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes the following standard features:
    1.8L four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower
    Six-speed manual transmission
    Six airbags: Advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags
    Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
    Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Four-wheel disc brakes, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    16-inch alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires
    Front fog lights
    Daytime running lights
    Dual heated power outside mirrors
    Air conditioning
    AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers with steering wheel audio controls
    iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks
    Steering wheel mounted cruise control
    Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with Voice Recognition
    Remote keyless entry system with alarm
    Power windows with driver's auto-down and power door locks
    Tilt-and-Telescopic steering wheel
    Heated front seats
    Cloth insert door trim
    Trip computer
    Illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions and illuminated ignition
    Front door map pockets and sliding center armrest
    60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
    Rear center armrest with cupholders
    Solar glass with windshield shade band glass
    Bodycolor door handles and mirrors

    GS Automatic Transmission
    The Elantra Coupe GS A/T has an MSRP of $18,445, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features:
    Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System

    SE Manual Transmission
    The Elantra Coupe SE M/T has an MSRP of $19,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the GS M/T equipment plus the following features:
    17-inch alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires
    Sport-tuned suspension
    Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
    Leather seating surfaces
    Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
    One touch up drivers window
    Aluminum pedals
    Side mirror with integrated turn signals
    Unique grille
    Rear spoiler
    Hood Insulator

    SE Automatic Transmission
    The Elantra Coupe SE A/T has an MSRP of $20,745, excluding $775 freight, and includes all of the SE M/T equipment plus the following features:
    Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO System

    SE A/T Technology Package - $2,350 Option Package MSRP
    Navigation system with seven-inch screen
    Rearview camera
    360-watt premium audio with digital external amplifier
    Automatic headlamps
    Dual automatic temperature control
    Proximity key entry with push button start


    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    June 6, 2012
    Hyundai has finally revealed pricing on the 2013 Veloster Turbo. When it hits dealers later this month, it will carry a base price of $21,950 (*Excluding $775 destination charge).
    You might be wondering where the $1,600 increase over the regular Veloster is. It's in there, but you have to factor in all of the added standard equipment which includes a 1.6L turbocharged inline-four, producing 201 HP and 194 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed manual, ground effects kit, LED taillamps, unique front fascia, and heated leather seats with power lumbar support.
    Can't drive a stick? A six-speed automatic with paddles will cost $1,000. The cool matte grey paint that is only available on the Veloster Turbo; that is also $1,000.
    For an extra $2,500, you can get the Ultimate Package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights, a navigation system with rearview camera, and a 115-volt power outlet.
    Press Release is on Page 2
    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 VELOSTER PRICING
    New Affordable Turbo Model with Aggressive Design adds more appeal to Innovative Sport Coupe
    COSTA MESA, Calif., June 6, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the 2013MY Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo, with a new 1.6-liter, 201 horsepower, direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged engine, aggressive bodykit and other unique features. Veloster Turbo's starting price of $21,950 includes the high-output turbo powertrain, unique body kit, front heated leather sport seats, tuned exhaust, sport-tuned steering, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlight accents and taillights, and a variety of turbo model interior design elements.
    The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Veloster Turbo produces an impressive 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm with regular fuel. Veloster Turbo also delivers a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and its engine offers best-in-class specific output. Hyundai's 1.6-liter Gamma turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with direct injection, results in near-instantaneous power delivery and minimal turbo lag. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but Hyundai has brought this technology into much more affordable models like Veloster. Veloster Turbo is estimated to deliver 26 mpg city and a best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models.
    From a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts and new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia, Veloster Turbo design differentiates itself with aggressive design cues relative to the base model. Enthusiasts will also notice the Veloster Turbo will be available in a Hyundai-first Matte Gray paint. In addition, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts completes the Veloster Turbo's appearance. From the front, Veloster Turbo also reveals headlight LED accents. Hyundai designers have replaced the Veloster's trapezoidal center exhaust with two large round exhaust tips. This free-flowing exhaust design gives the engine a more robust sound, which will delight enthusiasts.
    Inside, leather seats with Turbo-embroidered stitching in the seatbacks deliver a sporty appearance and provide both exceptional support and comfort. A turbo-exclusive electroluminescent gauge cluster offers the driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format, with two TFT screens located between the tachometer and the speedometer. Even more, heated front sport seats are also standard on the Turbo version. Veloster Turbo also incorporates race-inspired push-button start and alloy pedals as standard equipment.
    2013 TURBO MODEL EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS
    New 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine
    In-house developed six-speed automatic or manual transmissions
    Horsepower: 201 at 6,000 RPM
    Best-in-class highway fuel economy estimated at 38 mpg (M/T)
    Best-in-class specific output at 125.6 horsepower per liter
    Best-in-class weight to power ratio of 14 lbs/hp
    Sport-tuned intake and exhaust note
    Sport-tuned steering
    Unique front fascia, fog lights and ground effects
    Hyundai-first Matte Gray paint and Elite White Pearl for Turbo models
    Unique 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts
    Projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents
    Side mirrors with turn signal indicators
    Unique LED taillights
    Electroluminescent gauge cluster
    Leather seating surfaces with driver's lumbar support
    Heated front sport seats
    Turbo-exclusive standard Graphite Black interior w/Blue Accents
    Turbo headliner graphics
    Veloster (1.6L GDI Engine)
    6-Speed Manual Transmission
    $17,450
    Veloster (1.6L GDI Engine)
    6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission
    $18,700
    Veloster Turbo (1.6L Turbocharged Engine)
    6-Speed Manual Transmission
    $21,950
    Veloster Turbo (1.6L Turbocharged Engine)
    6-Speed Automatic Trans. w/ SHIFTRONIC®
    $22,950
    Freight Charges for the 2013MY Veloster are $775.

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    June 5, 2012
    UPDATE: Yeah, about the under $20,000 pricetag for the Veloster Turbo.. That appears to be bunk.
    The Truth About Cars got a hold of Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik asking to clarify the $1600 increase. Krafcik said the Veloster Turbo will add $1600 to the cost the Veloster, but with all of the added equipment, the price tag will be over $20,000. We'll see how much over $20,000 tomorrow.
    As for the Inside Line story, that has pulled a disappearing act. Click on the link and it will take you to a page not found.
    The orginal story follows below.
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    June 4, 2012
    The Hyundai Veloster has been praised for its outlandish looks and is selling each one that comes off the truck. One complaint the funky car has been getting is the lack of oomph. Hyundai has shown the fix earlier this year at NAIAS with the new Veloster Turbo. Now, we've gotten a clue of what the Turbo model will cost.
    Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik revealed to Inside Line that Veloster Turbo will be $1,600 more than the base Veloster. The base Veloster starts at $18,075 (Includes $775 destination charge), meaning the Turbo model will be under the $20,000 mark.
    "There is lots of equipment difference between the base Veloster and the base Veloster Turbo," Krafcik said to Inside Line.
    The Veloster Turbo comes with a 1.6L DI turbo-four producing 201 HP, leather seats, and Hyundai's BlueLink communications setup. Available will be a ‘ultimate’ package which gets you a panoramic glass roof and a matte gray paint job.
    Hyundai will release pricing on the Veloster Turbo on Wednesday.
    Source: Inside Line

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    April 13, 2012
    Hyundai could reach 700,000 vehicles sold by the end of the year, despite tight vehicle supplies due to Hyundai's cap on global production.
    Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo has been on crusade for better quality vehicles. One of his moves to improve it was to put a cap on production. On one hand, that's a good move to have better quality. On the other hand, Hyundai is “literally selling cars off the transporters” to meet demand. In early March, Hyundai had 55,000 vehicles in dealer inventory.
    "What (Chung) wants to do is assure we're all focused on quality." said Hyundai’s North American operations, John Krafcik. "When he is satisfied that we've achieved this steady state from which we can grow, then we'll have some opportunity" for adding capacity.
    For now, Hyundai will slash fleet sales from 10% to 5%. Krafcik said that should free up about 100,000 vehicles.
    Last year, Hyundai sold 645,691 vehicles in the U.S., up 20% from 2010.
    Source: Reuters

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    March 21, 2012
    According to Reuters, Hyundai will be introducing a new Sonata in 2014. Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho revealed the product update plans at an industry meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
    The current Sonata has become the brand's biggest seller in the U.S. and the third best seller in Korea since going on sale in both countries. The Sonata has also helped propel Hyundai into one of the major players in the U.S.
    Choong-ho also told Reuters that a new Genesis will be arriving sometime in late 2013.
    Source: Reuters

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    March 10, 2012
    If you were to take a look at Hyundai's current lineup, you would notice a lot of fresh/new vehicles (Sonata, Accent, Elantra). But you also notice the two oldest vehicles; the Santa Fe and the long-forgotten Veracruz. We know Hyundai has a new Santa Fe on the way due to some leaked photos back in January.
    Now, Hyundai has released some renderings of the new Santa Fe that will be shown at the New York Auto Show next month.
    Hyundai calls the crossover's new styling language "Storm Edge," stating it's an evolution of the "Fluidic Sculpture" language that it's has been using over the last few years.
    The front end gets a new a new trapezoidal grille and what look like to be tapered-back headlights, confirming the pictures that came out in January.
    The profile shot of the Santa Fe reveals that it will likely , continue to be a two-row crossover to do battle with the Ford Edge and Toyota Venza.

    Source: Twitter, 2

    Blake Noble
    G. Noble
    Editor/Reporter
    CheersandGears.com
    March 1, 2012
    Adding to the long list of production and concept vehicles leaked by Uncle Internet before their official reveal this year is Hyundai's new i-oniq concept, slated to debut at the rapidly approaching Geneva Auto Show. The oddly named concept car is said to be a preview of the evolution of Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design language and is billed as coupe, although its shape suggests its something more akin to a three-door hatchback. The overall result is something that arguably seems a little more French than Korean.
    The i-oniq is 4,400 millimeters long — that's about 173 inches to you and I — and reportedly is rear-wheel drive. It's also supposed to be powered by an electric motor, with a small-displacement gasoline engine functioning as an onboard generator not terribly unlike the setup in a Chevy Volt.
    These are the only details available, but we wouldn't rule out a full, early reveal from Hyundai in the near future. If not, at the very least, we should know more at the Geneva Auto Show.
    Sources: Carscoop and The Korean Car Blog

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    February 27, 2012
    Hyundai is making a big push into the livery services market. The company showed off the Genesis sedan and Equus flagship at the recent International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    "We're glad … that the industry is interested in what we have to offer. The Genesis is in a sweet spot regarding price," Richard Pipenhagen, Hyundai Motor America's corporate sales manager said.
    Hyundai is hoping to capture some of livery market that is currently dominated by Cadillac and Lincoln. How they're going to do it will involve some money on the hoods. Hyundai is offering a $3,500 fleet incentive for the Genesis and $4,500 for the Equus.
    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    February 21, 2012
    The Hyundai Elantra has been seeing its sales go up and up; 40% to be exact. But that isn't the only thing to go up.
    USA Today asked Edmunds.com to analyze transaction prices of compact cars. Their analysis brought forth a surprise. The average transaction price for Elantra in 2011 was $19,711. That's about $1,500 more than for a Toyota Corolla and $300 above a Honda Civic.
    The same holds true for the mid-size Sonata; average transaction price in 2011 was $23,259. That's about $860 below the Honda Accord and $500 below the Toyota Camry. The previous Sonata was $2,000 below the average price of the Accord and Camry.
    So what does this tell us? Hyundai is now able to sell vehicles based on merit, content and design, not being the cheaper alternative to other brands.
    With news like this, its not a big surprise that Hyundai is raising the prices on certain vehicles. Case in point, the new Azera costs $6,000 more than the outgoing model.
    Source: USA Today

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    February 20, 2012
    Earlier this month we reported that Hyundai was considering doing a sub-brand for their upscale models. Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales for Hyundai Motor America told Automotive News the brand was talking about it.
    “There's a conversation going on within the company that says, Does having the Hyundai badge on the premium vehicles sell more vehicles, or does it restrict us from selling more vehicles?” said Zuchowski.
    However, Hyundai Motor America’s CEO John Krafcik they are no plans in place to do a Genesis sub-brand.
    “We have no plan to change our Equus and Genesis retail approach – it’s working,” Krafcik tells Ward’s Auto.
    Source: Ward’s Auto
    Related: Hyundai Thinking About Creating Genesis Subbrand

    William Maley
    This week, Hyundai has released pricing on the new Azera and Genesis Coupe.
    The new Azera starts at $32,000 (excluding a $875 destination a charge), a $6,000 increase from the outgoing model. But that extra $6,000 does bring a lot of standard features, which include,
    3.3L GDI DOHC V6 (293 HP, 255 lb-ft of torque)
    18-inch alloy wheels
    Automatic headlights
    Fog lights
    Dual exhaust
    Heated side mirrors with turn signals
    Electronically tinted windshield and glass
    Keyless entry and push-button start
    10-way power driver’s seat; eight-way power passenger seat
    Leather upholstery
    Front and rear heated seats
    Navigation with 7-inch touch display
    Bluetooth connectivity
    Cruise control
    Review-back up camera
    Blue Link telematics system

    The only option on the Azera is the $4,000 Technology Package which adds xenon headlights, sunroof, infinity premium audio package, a power adjustable steering column, side window shades, interior ambient lighting and rear parking assistance sensors.
    The new Azera goes on sale in April.
    Then there's the new Genesis Coupe. The coupe when it goes on sale next month will carry a price tag of $24,250 for the base 2.0T with 274 HP. Want the V6? That starts at $28,750 for the 3.8 R-Spec with 348 HP.
    Press Releases are on Page 2 & 3

    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2012 AZERA PRICING
    Fluidic Sculpture Design, Smart Technology, Performance and Safety Hit the Mark



    Standard Leather Interior, Navigation and Blue Link Telematics System


    COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the completely redesigned 2012 Azera, starting at $32,000 for the extraordinarily well-equipped Azera and $36,000 for the range-topping Azera with Technology Package. In fact, the all-new 2012 Azera has so many new standard features – that it is better equipped than the outgoing, fully-loaded, previous generation 2011 Azera Limited. These new 2012 standard features include:
    Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine technology
    Best-in-class combined fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon
    293 horsepower
    Blue Link telematics system
    Proximity key with push-button start
    Heated rear seats
    18-inch alloy wheels
    SACHS Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) for improved ride comfort without compromising handling

    The second-generation Azera is a bold interpretation of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language – sleek, sophisticated style that creates the illusion of constant motion. Azera represents a modern approach to the traditional, large sedan segment by offering an advanced powertrain, bold design, premium features and class-leading safety features. In keeping with Hyundai’s strategy of delighting its customer the 2012 Azera will be offered in just two simple equipment levels.
    The 2012 Azera goes on sale in April.
    Model
    Engine
    Transmission
    MSRP
    Azera
    3.3-liter GDI V6
    Six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
    $32,000
    *Does not include $875 freight charge
    More modern and youthful looking than its predecessor, the 2012 Azera is ready to defy traditional large sedan sales leaders such as Maxima, LaCrosse, Avalon and Taurus. Azera’s standard premium features raise the bar for the large sedan segment - navigation with rearview backup camera, heated front and rear seats and LED headlight accents. The 2012 Azera offers first-class seating and comfort for all passengers with standard leather interior, power front passenger seats, optional rear side window, rear sunshade and ventilated front seats. Just like its smaller sibling – Sonata – Azera offers best-in-class total interior volume and leads the segment in front head room and front leg room.
    The 2012 Azera is powered by the new, more efficient Lambda II 3.3L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. The powertrain is rated at 293 horsepower, while delivering best-in-class fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Azera’s powertrain also has an Active Eco system, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy that translates into more than five percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.
    Technology isn’t forgotten in addition to the array of interior premium features. Premium sedan consumers can stay connected with the standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which combines safety, service and infotainment.
    Hyundai’s commitment to safety continues with the new Azera, offering best-in-class standard safety features, including nine airbags and impact-absorbing front seats. The Vehicle Stability Management system links safety features such as ESC, TCS, EBD, and Brake Assist to maximize their effectiveness in potential collision situations.
    The all-new 2012 Azera is a premium large sedan positioned between the midsize Sonata and the mid-luxury Genesis, in regards to vehicle dimensions, powertrain and features content. Azera comprehensively delivers on customers’ stylistic and functional needs and will serve as an aspirational product for move-up sedan buyers within Hyundai’s model lineup.
    Standard and Optional Features
    The Azera MSRP is $32,000, excluding $875 freight, and includes the following standard equipment:
    3.3L GDI DOHC V6 with 293 horsepower
    6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
    Active ECO system
    18-inch alloy wheels and tires (P245/45VR)
    Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
    Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist
    Impact-absorbing front seats
    Advanced front airbags, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver’s knee airbag
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    SACHS ASD suspension
    Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    Automatic headlight control with delay off feature
    Front fog lights
    Integrated dual exhaust
    Chrome insert body side moldings and exterior door handles
    Heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators
    Solar control windshield and glass
    Proximity entry with push-button start
    Leather seating with heated front and rear seats
    Power driver seat and front passenger seat
    Manual tilt and telescopic steering column
    Leather steering wheel and shift knob
    AM/FM/HD Radio/XM/CD/MP3 audio with iPod®/USB and auxiliary input jacks
    Dimension premium speakers with subwoofer and external amplifier
    Navigation system with touchscreen display
    Rearview backup camera
    Blue Link Telematics
    Dual Automatic Temperature Control
    Floor console-mounted rear vents
    Cruise control
    Bluetooth hands-free phone system with phonebook transfer
    Electrochromic mirror with compass and HomeLink®
    Power windows with front auto up/down
    Interior door panels with bottle holders in all four doors

    Technology Package ($4,000 MSRP):
    19-inch alloy wheels and tires(P245/40VR)
    Panoramic Sunroof
    HID Xenon headlights
    Power rear sunshade
    Manual side window sunshades
    Infinity premium speakers with subwoofer and external amplifier
    Power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column
    Integrated Memory System (IMS): Power driver's seat, exterior mirrors, and steering column
    Driver’s seat cushion extension
    Ventilated front seats
    Rear parking assistance sensors
    Interior ambient lighting

    HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 GENESIS COUPE PRICING
    Powertrain Upgrades, More Aggressive Design and Blue Link® Telematics Add Even More Appeal to Hyundai’s Rear-drive Sport Coupe
    COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the refreshed 2013 Genesis Coupe, starting at $24,250 for the 2.0T model and $28,750 for the 3.8-liter R-Spec model. The Genesis Coupe now sports more aggressive coupe styling, striking a more menacing demeanor from every angle. Inside, the 2013 Genesis Coupe interior has been enhanced with distinctive, upscale features and design cues. To match more aggressive design, both 4-cylinder and V6 engines benefit from significant technology enhancements. The 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC V6 engine adds sophisticated direct-injection technology, with peak horsepower rising to 348 at 6,400 RPM, and peak torque increasing to 295 lb.-ft. on premium fuel. The 2.0-liter turbo now generates 274 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque on premium fuel. Automatic transmissions for these two models now have 8-speeds, with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC® manual-shifting capability. The 2013 Genesis Coupe goes on sale in March.
    Model
    Engine
    Transmission
    MSRP
    2.0T
    2.0L Turbo 4-cyl
    6-Speed M/T
    $24,250
    2.0T
    2.0L Turbo 4-cyl
    8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®
    $25,500
    2.0T R-Spec
    2.0L Turbo 4-cyl
    6-Speed M/T
    $26,500
    2.0T Premium
    2.0L Turbo 4-cyl
    8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®
    $28,750
    3.8 R-Spec
    3.8L GDI V6
    6-Speed M/T
    $28,750
    3.8 Grand Touring
    3.8L GDI V6
    8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®
    $32,000
    3.8 Track
    3.8L GDI V6
    6-Speed M/T
    $33,000
    3.8 Track
    3.8L GDI V6
    8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®
    $34,250
    *Does not include $875 freight charge.
    In addition to powertrain and styling enhancements, Hyundai’s proprietary telematics platform, Blue Link®, is now available, providing Genesis Coupe owners with a variety of infotainment services to meet their individual connectivity needs.
    GENESIS COUPE HIGHLIGHTS
    Refreshed, more aggressive exterior design with new front fascia, grille, headlight, fog light, hood designs, available LED daytime running lights (DRLs), new LED-enhanced taillight design, new 18- and 19-inch wheels
    New GDI 3.8-liter V6 producing 348 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft. torque (premium fuel)and 344 horsepower, 292 lb.-ft. torque (regular fuel)
    2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine receives new twin-scroll turbocharger and larger, more thermally-efficient intercooler 274 horsepower, 275 lb.-ft. torque (premium fuel)and 260 horsepower, 260 lb.-ft. torque (regular fuel)
    New, in-house-developed 8-speed automatic transmissions with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC® capability
    New, retuned low-velocity-control suspension dampers
    Redesigned center stack appearance with premium stitching on upper instrument panel, armrest and center console cover
    Electroluminescent gauge cluster with information display
    Telescopic steering wheel (added to tilt function)
    New 7” Navigation System, HD Radio®, Blue Link® telematics available on 3.8 Grand Touring/Track and 2.0T Premium
    Driver seat power lumbar adjustment available on 3.8 Grand Touring/Track and 2.0T Premium


    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    February 6, 2012
    Hyundai could be adding a subbrand to further seperate its upscale cars from its mainstream vehicles.
    “There's a conversation going on within the company that says, Does having the Hyundai badge on the premium vehicles sell more vehicles, or does it restrict us from selling more vehicles?” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales for Hyundai Motor America.
    The plan, if put into motion would would replace Hyundai's round "H" badge with a new badge on the Equus, Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe. The vehicles would be branded as Genesis with an alphanumeric naming system and be sold at Hyundai dealers, not a separate dealership network.
    Zuchowski said a decision hasn’t been made. If if the plan is approved, Zuchowski said it could happen when the redesigned Genesis Sedan and Equus are introduced in 2013.
    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    January 31, 2012
    The Hyundai Elantra has been a success for the Korean brand, seeing a 41% sales increase this past year. The Elantra also picked up the North American Car of the Year in January, and the icing on the cake will be a new coupe and five-door joing the Elantra. However, all isn’t well for the Elantra according to a report to Bloomberg.
    Hyundai says they’ve hit their production capacity at the the company's Montgomery, Alabama plant. Last year, the plant churned out 338,000 vehicles, 10% above the plant’s capacity. About 55% of those vehicles built were new Elantras.
    “The growth will be capped only because of production capacity,” said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America’s executive vice president of national sales. “We’re going to sell what we did last year but our growth curve will plateau just because of capacity.”
    With Hyundai posting 20% overall sales growth in the U.S. in 2011, the brand needs to solve this problem. Rumors floating around say the company could announce another North America plant.
    Source: Bloomberg

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    January 26, 2012
    Hyundai hasn't applied their magic to all of their crossover lineup; Santa Fe and Veracruz, but that will be changing.
    Two images of what is belived to be the new Santa Fe have hit the web before it's offical unveiling at April's New York Auto Show.
    The pictures show the new Santa Fe gets a new trapezoidal grille and tapered-back headlight design across its lineup, giving the vehicle a more recognizable look. The back end of the new Santa Fe gives the impression of the Audi Q7.
    Powertrains for the new Santa Fe are unknown, but a V6 and Turbo-4 are being rumored.
    Source: Hyundai-Blog.com

    William Maley
    William Maley
    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
    January 20, 2012
    Back in September, we reported on Hyundai was developing ten-speed automatics for the Genesis and Equus sedans. Today, Hyundai has confirmed to Car & Driver, that yes they’re working on ten-speed automatics.
    “We confirmed that it [the ten-speed] is a ‘go project’ for development,” a Hyundai rep told Car & Driver.
    Hyundai isn’t saying when we’ll see the new transmission or what vehicles that it will be in. Car & Driver speculates that the new transmission could end up the Accent and Elantra.
    Source: Car & Driver
    Related:
    10 Speed Automatics Coming To Hyundai, Kia Vehicles

    William Maley
    The Hyundai Elantra is one of the highest rated vehicles in it's class for MPG, with the car receiving an EPA rating of 29 City/40 Highway. But many people can't seem to match the EPA rating and that has caused a consumer group to take action.
    Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog announced this week that it will be urging the EPA to re-test the Elantra due to complaints from consumers about the MPG.
    “The Elantra has attracted an unusual number of consumer complaints about real-world mpg averaging in the mid-20s, far from Hyundai’s stated average of 33,” said Consumer Watchdog in a statement.
    Hyundai rates the Elantra at 33 MPG combined. However, reviewers and people have seen lower numbers.
    When asked for comment, Hyundai pointed to the J.D. Power APEAL study showing that, "Elantra owners are the happiest in the entire compact segment competitive set in terms of fuel economy." Hyundai also said that real-world fuel economy results often differ from EPA results.
    Source: Autoblog, Consumer Watchdog
    Press Release and Letter To The EPA is on Page 2

    Consumer Watchdog Urges EPA to Re-Test Elantra 40 MPG Claim, Hold Hyundai to Account


    12/1/2011
    Consumers Seeking Best-MPG Car Get Much Less From Elantra, Say Drivers, Testing Groups
    Washington, D.C. -- As automakers make their annual pitch for holiday sales, Consumer Watchdog has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate Hyundai’s high mileage claims for its popular Elantra model (29/40 MPG city/highway, 33 MPG average).
    The Elantra has attracted an unusual number of consumer complaints about real-world MPG averaging in the mid-20s, far from Hyundai’s stated average of 33, said Consumer Watchdog.
    “Gasoline remains well above $3 a gallon and MPG is a key factor for car buyers, who expect to match the window-label MPG if they drive carefully,” said Judy Dugan, research director for Consumer Watchdog. “A loss of 6 or 7 miles per gallon, a conservative average for the Elantra based on tests and complaints, adds up to real money for drivers.”
    The letter said, in part:
    “As the holiday season commences, automakers are touting discounts and year-end deals; record-high gasoline prices for the season will make MPG a significant part of their red-bow advertising. …
    “This makes the accuracy of EPA MPG estimates all the more important, to prevent any maker from marketing autos on a stated city or highway MPG that substantially misstates the result that drivers will get on the road. In general, the new EPA MPG estimates seem to comport closely to real-world results. …
    “However, a notable exception to this rule has caught the attention of Consumer Watchdog. For the two most recent model years, Hyundai Motors has actively marketed its base models of the Elantra on their very high 29/40 MPG, and 33 MPG average, leaving a trail of disappointed drivers. An Edmunds online Town Hall discussion on the Elantra attracted scores of drivers who can't, no matter how hard they try, duplicate such numbers. One very public example of this was USA Today tech writer Jefferson Graham, whose Sept. 22 article on his new Elantra expressed his disappointment that he averaged only 22 MPG, a gap that no "break-in" period seems likely to fill.
    “Additionally, while Motor Trend named the 2011 Elantra Car of the Year in its class, the magazine's on-road testers achieved only a very disappointing 26.5 MPG average, bad enough to get special note in the review. Consumers Union found similar fault in with the 2012 Elantra, a redesign. While CU's highway mileage was 39, its city mileage, with experienced drivers who know how to drive a low-mileage auto, was only 20 MPG--very far from the listed 29 MPG. …
    “Gasoline prices remain at record high levels for this season, making efficiency a top purchasing issue for consumers. Neither Hyundai for any other car company should be allowed to misrepresent its efficiency standards or dupe consumers into buying its cars. We ask you, through prompt re-testing and action as needed, to send a message to the company and the auto industry that MPG misrepresentation will not be tolerated.”
    See the complete letter at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/ltrepaelantra11292011.pdf
    Consumer Watchdog asked the EPA, if re-testing finds flaws with Hyundai’s original EPA-mandated tests, for fines against Hyundai and owner compensation.
    “The popularity and increasing sales of the Elantra make it all the more important that drivers get the same or nearly the same results as the EPA mileage,” said Judy Dugan, research director of Consumer Watchdog. “EPA’s current MPG testing model has been close to real-world results for other high-efficiency models, so at the very least Hyundai has some hard explaining to do about the Elantra’s shortfalls.”


    William Maley
    Hyundai is looking towards more turbocharging for their engines. Speaking at Hyundai’s product preview and engineering tech session, powertrain boss John Juriga said a turbocharged version of the company’s 3.8-liter V6 (offered in both the Genesis coupe and sedan) is a possibility for the future.
    “The 3.8 is a contender for turbocharging for some high-output applications.”
    Juriga went on to say that such an engine already exists and is undergoing testing. However, speaking with AutoGuide, Jurega said that the Hyundai engineering team is constantly exploring new engine options and that the existence of a prototype is no guarantee that such an engine will make it into production.



    Expanding on Juriga’s comments, HMA CEO John Krafcik said the automaker is currently at a crossroad with future engine plans for its high-performance and premium models. Krafcik referenced the two Genesis coupe concepts; one with a 5.0L V8 and one with a supercharged 3.8L V6. The two vehicles were built to generate feedback to see what people preferred.
    Source: AutoGuide

    William Maley
    Hyundai and Kia are in a unique position.The two companies compete with each other in many segments even though the two are under the same roof. Despite the inevitable sales cannibalization arising from this, the two have enjoyed remarkable growth in recent years.
    But this leads to a question; should Hyundai and Kia stay where they're at or should they try to differentiate themselves?
    Well the two companies will do both.



    "One of our group's biggest agendas is to differentiate Hyundai and Kia and minimise cannibalisation. It is true that there is competition and cannibalisation between some models of Hyundai and Kia.," a unnamed executive at Hyundai Motor told Reuters."
    The executive went on to say,
    "The biggest differentiator will be design and future branding. Hyundai's brand will be more modern and premium and Kia will be more sporty. The two brands will be increasingly distinct from one other over time."
    We've beginning to see it with Hyundai introducing the Genesis Sedan and Equus sedan and Kia showing off the GT concept.
    Source: CNBC

    William Maley
    At the SEMA show a couple weeks ago, Hyundai showed off the the RMR500 concept. Built with its motorsports partner Rhys Millen Racing, the coupe uses a modifed version of Hyundai's 5.0-liter Tau V8 found in the Genesis R-Spec Sedan which now produces 450 HP.
    The car seemed to make a big impression on Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik. When asked about the Genesis Coupe concept at Q&A session, Krafcik said,
    “How could you not be serious about that? How could you not be serious about a 450-hp Tau-V8 powered Genesis Coupe? I want that for my next company car.”
    Maybe the dream will come true with the refreshed Genesis when it comes out in January at NAIAS.
    Source: AutoGuide

    William Maley
    Back in June, we reported Hyundai was planning a coupe version of the Elantra to be shown at this month’s LA Auto Show. Well, someone at Automotive.com caught some pictures of what is presumed to be the Elantra coupe.
    At first, it looks like a Honda Civic coupe wearing some covers. But look a little closer and you’ll begin to notice swoopy roofline and the wheels borrowed from the Veloster, telling you this is a Hyundai. The doors on this mule have been extended and roofline goes further down then the sedan.
    No details have been released regarding the coupe’s engine, transmission or price tag. It’s assumed the sedan’s 1.8L 148 HP four-cylinder lives under the hood and will come with the same set of standard features as the sedan.
    We’ll find out more when the Elantra coupe is shown next week at the LA Auto Show. at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
    Source: Automotive.com
    UPDATE: Hyundai has confirmed the Elantra Coupe is coming, but we will not see it until the Chicago Auto Show in February. Also, Hyundai has announced a five-door version of the Elantra is coming sometime in 2013.

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