Jump to content
  • Greetings Guest!

    CheersandGears.com was founded in 2001 and is one of the oldest continuously operating automotive forums out there.  Come see why we have users who visit nearly every day for the past 16+ years. Signup is fast and free, or you can opt for a premium subscription to view the site ad-free.

Sign in to follow this  

Hyundai has high hopes for new Elantra

Recommended Posts

Hyundai has high hopes for new Elantra

Updated 10h 54m ago

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY


LA JOLLA, Calif. — In these tough times, Hyundai has built its success around offering more for a buck.

Now, as it tries again with the new Elantra compact, Hyundai is shooting for the first tier of mass-market import brands —Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

The first step came earlier this year with its Sonata flagship sedan. The well-regarded sedan could see sales top 200,000 this year. It's already up 65% for the year, Autodata says. Hyundai thinks Elantra could see similar gains.

The new Elantra has a new 148-horsepower engine and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions that achieve 40 miles per gallon in highway driving, 17% more than the outgoing model. Its shapely new looks offer some of the slipperiest aerodynamics in the segment. There are unexpected features, such as optional heated rear seats. Starting price: $14,830, plus $720 shipping.

Elantra is considered a compact, classed with such cars as Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra. But George Peterson of AutoPacific says the car to watch, which could knock Elantra off its perch, is the next Ford Focus, due in showrooms in February. It also promises at least some models that get 40 mpg on the highway.

"The Elantra, for a short time, will be considered one of the best-in-class small cars," says Peterson, one of those who drove the Elantra here last week at a Hyundai-sponsored event. "The Elantra is probably top of the heap."

The new Elantra is arriving at showrooms now. More than 100,000 will be sold next year, predicts Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik. Most will be from Hyundai's plant in Alabama.

The South Korean automaker is hopeful about timing. Nearly half of compact-car buyers are downsizing from larger cars, and a search for better gas mileage is the chief reason, says Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai's product planning manager. The weak economy could drive more big-car defections.

Even though considered a compact, Elantra is now classed as a midsize by the Environmental Protection Agency. The new version has a wheelbase that's 2 inches longer than the outgoing model. The car is an inch longer overall.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets



Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.