Hyundai Elantra Blue (2010)

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The Hyundai Elantra Blue edition delivers outstanding fuel economy without adding thousands of dollars to the price. In fact, Hyundai Elantra Blue is the lowest priced Elantra in the lineup. The Hyundai Elantra Blue also practices Hyundai’s high-value approach to standard equipment. Hyundai Elantra Blue has a remarkable array of desirable features for a model with an excellent price-per-MPG ratio. The Elantra delivers outstanding standard safety technologies in its segment, with six airbags, ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), active front head restraints and adjustable head restraints for all seating positions. A partial list of other standard features includes: power heated mirrors, power door locks, power windows with driver’s one-touch down, remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release, variable intermittent windshield wipers, multiple storage areas, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, tachometer, tinted windows, two 12V outlets and tilt steering wheel. Air conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters and in-glass antenna, iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs and cruise control are available options as part of the $1,700 Comfort Package.

To make the Hyundai Elantra Blue, engineers added a “smart” alternator management system, lower friction engine components, revised transmission gear ratios, engine calibration changes and a shift indicator to 2009 Elantra GLS manual. This new high mileage Elantra will be indentified with unique “Blue” badging. From the “Blue” edition, the rest of the Elantra line receives its lower friction engine components, “smart” alternator management system and an improved lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.

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Hyundai ix55

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The new seven-seater Hyundai ix55 luxury utility vehicle made its European debut at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile. The flagship Hyundai ix55 sits ahead of the current Tucson and Santa Fe models and effectively completes the company’s dynamic and engaging SUV range. Based on the acclaimed Hyundai Veracruz from the North American market, ix55 has undergone an extensive redevelopment program to prepare it for the European market. The single-model line-up is powered by a sparkling new V6 CRDi turbo diesel engine mated to a slick six-speed automatic transmission. Both the diesel power plant and the gearbox are firsts for Hyundai, and the refined and powerful V6 diesel power train has been tuned specifically for the European market.

Similarly, Hyundai ix55’s dynamics have been extensively recalibrated for Europe, with updated suspension and a more direct and feel some steering set-up resulting in engaging and spirited ride and handling characteristics. Sleek and modern styling, meticulous attention to perceived and actual build quality and exceptionally high levels of standard luxury, convenience and safety equipment all underpin Hyundai’s commitment to meeting – and exceeding – the expectations of the demanding European market.

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Hyundai ix55 follows in the bold design footsteps of the new i10, i20 and i30with sleek and modern styling that’s distinctly European in look and feel. From its bold, optional Xenon headlamps and imposing grille, its muscular flanks, chunky 17″ and 18″-inch alloy wheels and rakish roofline, to its wrap-around taillights and integrated exhaust pipes, Hyundai ix55 cloaks its robust stance with sleek styling and balanced proportions. With its raised ride height and robust on-demand drive train that delivers all-wheel traction the instant it is needed, Hyundai ix55 is perfectly equipped for towing horseboxes or boats, as well as tackling snowy or muddy passes and unsurfaced roads. This go-anywhere ability is complemented by a spacious, sumptuously appointed and intelligently configured cabin. With its flexible seven-seat layout, it offers real-world versatility for families on the move.

Interior

As befits its flagship status, the Hyundai ix55’s cabin is the last word in luxury. Using high-grade woods and leathers, Hyundai’s designers have created a spacious cabin that is both versatile and elegant. Standard equipment levels are class-leading and include suede-covered seats – electrically adjustable for the driver – RDS radio and a high-specification Infinity MP3-compatible audio system, multi-function trip computer, rear privacy glass, blue backlit instrumentation, dual-zone climate control with separate controls for rear passengers, a leather-wrapped fully adjustable multifunction steering wheel and cruise control. There is an equally extensive list of options, available through four additional equipment packages.

Suspension, Ride Quality and NVH

The new Hyundai ix55 – based on the award-winning Hyundai Veracruz sold in North America – has undergone an extensive dynamic overhaul to ready it for arrival on the European market. Its front strut and multi-link rear suspension is fitted with up rated springs and dampers for tauter and more athletic ride and handling characteristics, while the steering’s geometry and assistance have been retuned for a more positive feel. The Hyundai ix55’s advanced 3.0-litre V6 CRDi turbo diesel is an all-new power train, and its latest-generation common-rail fuel injection system and variable geometry turbo technology deliver exceptionally quiet and smooth power delivery. The compacted graphite iron block is immensely stiff and significantly increases running refinement, as does the power train’s ISS (Instant Start System) and advanced EGR exhaust gas recirculation cooling system. The ISS technology ensures the CRDi’s glow plugs heat instantly for immediate ignition in even the coldest conditions, while the EGR system lowers the temperature of the exhaust gas to boost its thermal efficiency.

Power train

New Hyundai ix55 marks the global debut of Hyundai’s all-new clean and muscular 3.0-litre V6 CRDi turbo diesel engine. With its aluminum head, compacted graphite iron block and hollow camshafts, this compact and lightweight Euro IV-compliant power plant was designed specifically for Europe and features a high-pressure, 1,600-bar common rail fuel injection system with sophisticated Piezo injectors to deliver 240PS at 3,800rpm and an impressive 451Nm of torque at 1,750-3,500rpm.

Breathing through an innovative variable intake system with swirl control technology, the 24-valve engine features an electronically controlled VGT variable geometry turbocharger to ensure instant throttle response throughout the rev range. A DPF particulate filter will be available from early next year.

Driving the Hyundai iX55’s torque-on-demand all-wheel drive train through a smooth shifting six-speed automatic gearbox – a Hyundai first – with the option of Shiftronic manual gear selection, the ix55 posts an exceptional combination of performance and economy. It will accelerate to 100km/h in just 10.4 seconds and onto an electronically limited 200km/h top speed, while returning an excellent fuel economy figure of 9.4l/100km on the combined fuel cycle and emitting 249g/km CO2.

Safety

The arrival of Hyundai ix55 reinforces Hyundai’s class-leading safety levels. With its robust computer-optimized unitary passenger safety cell, sure-footed all-wheel drive, piercing Xenon headlamps, powerful brakes and high-riding visibility, ix55 offers an exceptionally high degree of on-the-go security for those on board. This is complemented by its extensive list of standard safety features six airbags with side curtain airbags for all three rows of passengers as well as the latest generation of ESP electronic stability programme, TCS traction control system and ABS with EBD electronic brake assist. Further safety elements fitted to Hyundai ix55 include active front headrests, three-point seatbelts for all seven passengers with pre-tensioners and load limiters, seatbelt reminders for driver and passenger.

Convenience

The new Hyundai ix55 has been developed from the ground up to deliver exceptional family-oriented versatility. Key to this is the flexibility in its full seven-seat layout. When not in use, the two rearmost seats fold flat into the cargo floor to create a huge 598 liters (VDA) of luggage space. When additional seating is needed, the rear chairs, complete with three-point seatbelts, can be quickly and easily erected. Hyundai’s engineers have installed an easy access system to the rear seats, too with easy walk-in access from both sides. And of course, both second and third rows offer split folding mechanisms, allowing ix55 drivers to easily juggle passenger and luggage space, with a vast 1,746 liters of space available. Factor in a myriad of storage facilities and intelligent features like numerous 12v outlets, memory function that save power mirrors, seat and steering wheel settings, a cooled centre console glove box, keyless proximity entry, rain-sensing wipers and parking sensors, and Hyundai ix55 comes fully equipped to handle the rigours of modern life.

Hyundai launches world’s first LPG-electric hybrid

Hyundai LPG-electric hybridCar manufacturers all over the world are looking for new and ingenious ways to cut down on pollution and the consumption of fossil fuels. One way of doing this has been the development of hybrid drivetrains – engines which combine battery-powered electric motors with conventional petrol-powered internal combustion motors to power the car. Hybrids have been around for some time now and Japanese auto giants like Honda and Toyota are pretty much considered to be on the forefront of this technology. Now however, the Koreans have decided take a swing at hybrids as Hyundai just launched the Elantra LPI. But Hyundai’s ingenuity goes beyond the conventional hybrid, as the engine under of the hood of this Elantra is the world’s first LPG-electric hybrid.

The Elantra LPI Hybrid combines a four cylinder 1.6 LPI “Gamma” engine and 15kW electric motor to deliver a mileage of 17.8kmpl and CO2 emissions of just 99grams/km. Hyundai believes the combination of hybrid power and low-cost fuel will enable the Elantra LPI to pay its way faster than any other hybrid on the market. Of course the mileage isn’t as high as some of the latest generation of petrol-hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, Hyundai believes that the lower cost of running LPG as the combustible fuel will yield cheaper running costs. Similar to India, LPG is widely popular as a transportation fuel even in Korea, and the boffins at Hyundai estimate that when compared to a conventional petrol-powered 1.6-litre Elantra, the LPI Hybrid would result in savings of about US $1100 (approx Rs 53,000), assuming the car is run for about 20,000km in that year.

Of course, for efficiency like this from a 1.6-litre engine, Hyundai has loaded the Elantra LPI with a large number of fuel efficiency features. An “Auto-Stop” function will automatically switch off the ignition at idle, provided the battery is more than 30% charged. An “Eco Guide” display is designed to help coach drivers into more economical driving habits. And a driver-selectable “Eco-Drive” gear reduces fluctuations in torque, increasing electric motor assist and charge regeneration when the brakes are applied. High mileage apart, the Elantra LPI doesn’t suffer on the performance at all. The 1.6 LPI engine produces 114-odd horsepower, which combined with the 15kW (20.4 PS) electric motor means a total power output of over 134 PS. All this extra horsepower means that the Elantra LPI can accelerate to 100km/h in just 11.7 seconds, which is about 2 seconds faster than the Honda Civic Hybrid.

Hyundai To Unveil 2011 Sonata at 2010 Detroit Auto Show

hyundai-genius-conceptJohn Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, told IL that the new car will debut in Detroit, and that its design is “bold, so bold,” which is meant to set the Korean car apart from its supposed “run-of-the-mill” Honda Accord and Toyota Camry competitors. Prototype photos have been circulating for a while now, indicating that Hyundai went for a more “four-door-coupe” look with the redesigned Sonata.

The latest Sonata is expected to use a four-cylinder as its base power plant (V6 is optional), and Hyundai may use direct injection to improve its fuel economy.

The company has also said previously that the 2011 Sonata will be offering the first Hyundai hybrid system that uses unique lithium polymer batteries. Called Hybrid Blue Drive, the system first debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show in the Nuvis SUV concept, and combined a 2.4-liter four-banger with a 30-kilowatt electric motor to make 228 horsepower.

The standard 2011 Sonata will hit showrooms around summer 2010, with the hybrid following a year later.

Hyundai Nuvis concept

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Hyundai’s Nuvis Concept, making its world debut at the 2009 New York show, is yet another hybrid-crossover dream car designed to blend utility with small-car fuel-economy and sci-fi futuristic styling.

Penned at Hyundai’s design center in Irvine, California, its SUV-style body gives the Nuvis the passenger and cargo room of a large sedan, while its wide stance and low roofline lend it a sporty appearance. Powered by a parallel hybrid system backed up by a 270-watt lithium-polymer battery, the Nuvis delivers an estimated 34 mpg city and 35 mpg highway according to Hyundai, meeting the Ford Escape Hybrid’s city mileage and beating its highway mileage by four mpg.

Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive system operates on a principle similar to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, wherein the gasoline engine is mated to an electric motor that reduces the load on the engine, increasing efficiency. In this case, Hyundai’s 228-hp Theta II 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine is mated to a 30 kW electric motor that can get the vehicle moving from a stop and provide extra power for accelerating and passing.

That’s no ordinary Theta II engine, either. The engine has been optimized to minimize efficiency-robbing friction, as has the entire drivetrain. Hyundai also massaged the engine management software for efficiency wherever possible in order to further boost fuel economy. Meanwhile, the fourth, fifth and sixth gears of the six-speed automatic transmission have been extended for better highway fuel economy. Hyundai says its lithium-polymer battery pack, stored under the rear cargo floor, is more space-efficient and durable than the nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion battery packs of other hybrids. The smaller battery pack helps reduce weight as well, and the Nuvis tips the scales at just 3400 lb, according to Hyundai.

When you look at the Nuvis, though, fuel efficiency probably won’t be your first thought. Hyundai says the Nuvis draws many of its styling cues from the motion of running water, which makes it appear as though it’s always moving. While the lines themselves are graceful, a few too many of them run into each other for our taste. Things get cleaner as you work your way from the pinched nose along the sides to the back, where it’s less busy. Regardless of which angle you choose, though, it will be hard to miss a hint of Mazda’s Nagare design cues in the body lines.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8

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When you think of Hyundai, the first thing that usually comes to mind is an affordable car with subpar design that is very unlikely to turn heads when you pull up in front of an “enthusiast” gathering. Actually, hardly anyone out there would consider a Hyundai owner a car enthusiast. Well, Hyundai is out to change all that and following its take on the luxury-segment with the Hyundai Genesis sedan, the Korean automaker is now offering a new rear-wheel-drive coupe that is sure to keep the enthusiast in you satisfied while attracting some attention to the sound coming from under your hood.

Meet the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 – Hyundai’s first attempt to compete in the high-performance rear-wheel-drive sports coupe segment. According to Derek Joyce, Hyundai’s main expert on the stateside for the Genesis Coupe, when the Korean automaker set out to plan the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, it had three primary engineering benchmarks, including the Infiniti G37, Mazda RX-8 and the BMW 335i. While the 2010 Genesis Coupe is available with a 210-hp 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, those benchmarks apply mainly to the 3.8 model which is powered by the 3.8L V6 from the Genesis sedan making 306-hp. And since we wanted to see if Hyundai met those benchmarks, we chose to take the 3.8 model (3.8 Grand Touring to be exact) out for a 2-hour drive around Mount Kisco, NY.

Exterior:

Stand outside the 2010 Genesis Coupe and you’ll notice right away that Hyundai made it a point to distinguish the model apart from others in the Hyundai lineup. It features a sports car wedge design with a “Z”-shaped body character line and short overhangs and low cowl-to-axle distance. Nonetheless, many out there are sure to agree that the G37, RX-8 and the 335i are much more aggressive and sportier in appearance. Which is when you really start to wonder about the market the Genesis Coupe is competing in. At this point, after some debate with fellow auto journalists, we came to a conclusion that when you compare the Genesis Coupe to cars like the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Nissan 350Z, Honda Accord Coupe or the Nissan Altima Coupe, Hyundai’s rear-wheel-drive sports car starts to shine a little more. Throw on the available Track package and the red Brembo brake calipers, chrome-front accents, 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels and HID headlamps are sure to turn some heads.

Interior:

Take a seat inside and you’ll realize that Hyundai has done its best to step-up its interior design and quality. Most of the center-console and dash has a very solid built while the ergonomic placement of buttons on the center-dash and steering-wheel keep the inside of the Genesis Coupe very driver oriented. Standard interior features on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 model include black leather seats, automatic temperature control, ‘Genesis’ door sill plates, driver’s Lumbar support, metalgrain and chrome interior accents, a keyless entry system, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, power auto one-touch windows, AM/FM/XM/CD Player and USB/iPod/Aux jack connectivity, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. If you opt for the 3.8 Grand Touring model, Hyundai will throw in a Ÿ360-watt Infinity premium audio system, proximity key with push button start, heated brown leather seats, a sunroof and a backup warning system. A touch-screen navigation will also be made available later this summer.

Performance:

So it looks pretty good and the interior is filled with features that you most likely wouldn’t expect in a Hyundai. But has Hyundai met its performance benchmarks and can it do what the Korean automaker wants it to do – which is steal customers from Infiniti, BMW and Mazda? Well, not exactly. By no means are we saying that the 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8 offers disappointing performance figures or a dynamic sporty drive. While the rear-wheel-drive system and the 5-link independent system rear-suspension system are sure to put a smile in your face, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 is no match for the rear-wheel-drive, high-performance, power hungry G37, 335i or the Mazda RX8. However, as we said before, when you look at the 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8 next to the Accord Coupe, Altima Coupe, Eclipse or the 350Z, you can be pretty sure that Hyundai is very likely to steal some customers from those three “affordable” sport coupes.

The 306-hp engine will push you from 0 to 60 mph in whopping 5.7 seconds and will let you keep going until 149 mph – performance figures that let the Genesis Coupe 3.8 shine amongst the Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissans. Hyundai has paid great attention to details that enthusiasts will appreciate, including a dual-link MacPherson strut front suspension and a Torsen limited-slip differential for enhanced acceleration and cornering dynamics. Opt for the 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8T (Track) model and you’ll enjoy a track-tuned suspension and a Brembo monobloc fixed caliper braking system.

All 2010 Genesis Coupe models come standard with a close-ratio 6-speed manual but the 3.8 also offers a premium 6-speed ZF automatic with steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters for a manual sport mode. We had the chance to drive both transmissions in 3.8 model and we have to say that while we prefer manual transmissions as enthusiasts, the 6-speed ZF automatic with SHIFTRONIC put a bigger smile on our face with very quick shifts at our flicks on the ‘-’, ‘+’ paddles.

Overall:

So Hyundai has grabbed your attention and is actually making you think about parking they’re first rear-wheel-drive sports coupe in your driveway – but how much does it cost? The 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8 starts at $25,000 and will get you from 0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds while you enjoy some of the standard features listed above. Opt for the $27,500 Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring and you’ll get heated brown leather seats, a sunroof, a rear-view mirror with a compass, keyless push-button start, a Infinity 380 watt sound system, backup warning system and HID headlamps. Try those kind of options at that price tag with a BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 or even the BMW 135i. While you’re at it, try finding all that packaged into an Accord Coupe, Altima Coupe, Eclipse or the 350Z at that price tag.

A fully loaded 2010 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Track model with the Brembo braking system, rear-spoiler and a track-tuned suspension will run you $30,260 with a 6-speed manual. Expect to pay in the $31,500 range for the 6-Speed ZF automatic with paddle shifters.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Car News

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Hyundai used the L.A. auto show to announce its first U.S.-market hybrid vehicle. The next-generation Hyundai Sonata will be a full hybrid, meaning it can run on electricity alone at low speed and for a limited distance.
Hyundai will use a unique version of a two-mode—or parallel—hybrid system designed to operate at peak efficiency in both city and highway driving. The Sonata will be the first hybrid to use lithium-polymer batteries instead of the current nickel-metal hydride or planned lithium-ion applications. The Korean manufacturer says the use of lithium-polymer batteries will result in a more durable and space-efficient package than other hybrids. The Sonata hybrid will not be a plug-in hybrid but Hyundai plans to add such a system alongside a fuel-cell vehicle at some point in the future.
The Sonata hybrid is due to launch in 2010, likely as a 2011 model. This hybrid introduction, accompanied by high-mileage “Blue” editions of the Accent and Elantra, will help Hyundai achieve a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2015, five years ahead of the 35-mpg CAFE requirement’s 2020 effective date.
Hyundai has already said it plans to start selling an Elantra in Korea in July 2009 as the automaker’s first ever gas-electric hybrid vehicle.
Seven-Vehicle Plan
Hyundai will introduce seven new vehicles by the end of 2011 under what it calls its 24/7 Version 2.0 program. It is the second phase of a product onslaught that began with the original 24/7 that called for the launch of seven new vehicles from 2004 to 2006.
First up under the new plan is the Elantra Touring five-door hatchback, based on the i30 wagon sold in Europe, which is slated to begin production in November for sale in early 2009. Second to bat will be the 2010 Genesis coupe in the first quarter of 2009.

Hyundai used the L.A. auto show to announce its first U.S.-market hybrid vehicle. The next-generation Hyundai Sonata will be a full hybrid, meaning it can run on electricity alone at low speed and for a limited distance.

Hyundai will use a unique version of a two-mode—or parallel—hybrid system designed to operate at peak efficiency in both city and highway driving. The Sonata will be the first hybrid to use lithium-polymer batteries instead of the current nickel-metal hydride or planned lithium-ion applications. The Korean manufacturer says the use of lithium-polymer batteries will result in a more durable and space-efficient package than other hybrids. The Sonata hybrid will not be a plug-in hybrid but Hyundai plans to add such a system alongside a fuel-cell vehicle at some point in the future.

The Sonata hybrid is due to launch in 2010, likely as a 2011 model. This hybrid introduction, accompanied by high-mileage “Blue” editions of the Accent and Elantra, will help Hyundai achieve a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2015, five years ahead of the 35-mpg CAFE requirement’s 2020 effective date.

Hyundai has already said it plans to start selling an Elantra in Korea in July 2009 as the automaker’s first ever gas-electric hybrid vehicle.

Seven-Vehicle Plan

Hyundai will introduce seven new vehicles by the end of 2011 under what it calls its 24/7 Version 2.0 program. It is the second phase of a product onslaught that began with the original 24/7 that called for the launch of seven new vehicles from 2004 to 2006.

First up under the new plan is the Elantra Touring five-door hatchback, based on the i30 wagon sold in Europe, which is slated to begin production in November for sale in early 2009. Second to bat will be the 2010 Genesis coupe in the first quarter of 2009.