Remember the Hyundai Veracruz? It was Hyundai’s Lexus RX-ish three-row crossover (though the RX that it looked like never had more than two rows of seats) that was a slow seller. Well, Hyundai figured out a way to increase sales of the Veracruz: name it the Santa Fe. You see, Hyundai discontinued the Veracruz model at the end of its life cycle and instead split the Santa Fe into two models – the Santa Fe Sport (5 passenger, four cylinder only) and Santa Fe (6 or 7 passenger, V6 only). Though the two models share (most of) a name and all sheetmetal from the B-pillars forward, they really do feel quite different from behind the wheel. The non-Sport Santa Fe is just launching, so Hyundai invited us to New York a few days ago to put it through its paces outside the city.
Free trade agreements are sometimes a tough sell with the public and politicians. On one hand, they open up new markets for a country’s goods; on the other, it also opens up that country to new import competition. Hyundai is learning this lesson in its home market of South Korea, where free-trade agreements have halved tariffs on imported vehicles, causing Hyundai Motor Group’s domestic sales (which comprise both the Hyundai and Kia brands) fall for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.
In an announcement released during the automaker’s press conference at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit late yesterday, Hyundai revealed that it plans to inject some much-needed style and technology into its Genesis sedan lineup to make the model lineup much more competitive against rivals from Japan and Germany.
In 2009, Hyundai launched a sedan/coupe duo deemed to be so revolutionary as to be called “Genesis.” They took the establishment by storm by undercutting top competitors on price and value for money while delivering similar, if not better, performance. The Genesis Coupe, in particular, upended the rule that inexpensive, sporty, compact coupes came solely from North America and Japan. Four years later, has it aged well?
It’s back to the drawing board for Hyundai’s marketing team. They can no longer boast of a lineup proliferated by 40 MPG cars, because after today’s news, there are none of them remaining. It seems that Hyuundai What’s more, Hyundai and Kia now have to apologize for the error, replace all mileage numbers on unsold cars, and reimburse owners for the lackluster mileage.
We know that many of you read this site on your iPhones, and even if you’re reading this on a PC or Mac, chances are that you’re still at least aware of the news that yesterday, Apple announced an all-new iPhone, called the iPhone 5. (Just to make things even more complicated, it’s actually the 6th generation iPhone – original iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5). Also, the ubiquitous Apple 30-pin dock connector has been thrown out after years of loyal service, replaced by an all-new 8-pin connector called “Lightning.” That last point has implications for the auto industry.
The Hyundai Veloster’s nontraditional styling, clever packaging, and cheeky driving dynamics impressed us when we first drove one earlier this year. Not quite a coupe, and definitely not a hatchback in the mainstream sense, the Veloster impressed us with its versatility and economy, as well as its ability to make an impact wherever it goes. Naturally, then, when Hyundai announced plans for a Veloster with the power to match its unique looks, our interest was piqued.
For 2013, Hyundai is re-entering the front-wheel-drive compact coupe race with the eponymous Elantra Coupe. While this is hardly Hyundai’s first entry in the segment — remember the Scoupe and the Tiburon? — the Elantra Coupe is an important spear in Hyundai’s three-pronged approach to expanding its Elantra lineup to include sedan, hatchback, and coupe variants. Continue Reading →
Hyundai is a brand on an upward trajectory, and its current lineup — which spans traditional sedans and sport-utility vehicles to three-door hatchbacks — is competitive with the most capable offerings from America, Japan and Europe. For 2013, Hyundai is expanding its lineup with a variant of its popular Elantra sedan: the Elantra GT hatchback. Are its driving dynamics good enough to match its looks?
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By Carl Malek
In a statement released to reporters at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik revealed that the 2013 Santa Fe will formally replace the Hyundai Veracruz when the latter ceases production “around November.” Hyundai formally revealed the all-new 2013 Santa Fe last Wednesday, showcasing the new model in both five- and seven-passenger variants for the assembled media.
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