Wednesday, December 07, 2016

HYUNDAI ACCENT ADDS VALUE EDITION TO THE LINE UP

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Segment Winner continues to offer tremendous features and pricing
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich., Dec. 2, 2016 – A Value Edition comes to the already economically priced, feature-laden Accent for the 2017 model year. At just $16,450, the Value Edition costs but $705 more than the base Accent with 6-speed automatic transmission, yet includes several desirable features. Now the Accent crams even more content into its small-on-the-outside, commodious-on-the-inside, IQS-segment-winning shell.



2017 Hyundai Accent Value Edition includes:
  • 16-inch machine finish alloy wheels with P195/60R16 tires
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Sliding armrest storage box

PEPPY POWERPLANT
An all-aluminum, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, called Gamma, propels the Accent. It produces 137 peak horsepower at 6300 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque at 4850 rpm. The Gamma makes use of several advanced technologies like Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, and a variable length intake manifold. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma engine features a maintenance-free silent roller timing-chain. The Accent comes with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. With the manual, the Accent achieves an EPA-estimated 27 city, 37 highway, and 31 combined mpg.

COMPACT YET COMMODIOUSDespite similar exterior dimensions to many of today’s traditional subcompacts, the EPA classifies the Accent as a compact sedan, rather than subcompact, due to its over 103 cubic-feet of interior volume as a sedan and 111 cubic-feet as a hatchback. The five-door also offers more cargo behind the rear seats than a Honda Fit.

Hyundai sprinkled convenient storage spaces throughout the cabin, including larger bottle holders in the front doors and a storage tray at the base of the center console. An available sliding armrest adds even more storage options. The Accent’s rear seats split 60/40 and fold for increased cargo flexibility, making it a handy IKEA™ hauler as well.

SAFETYSix airbags help protect occupants in the event of a collision: two front airbags, as well as driver and passenger side and curtain airbags, which protect both front and rear passengers. The Accent’s standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant’s head and the restraint during certain rear collisions. All this is in addition to a cadre of standard passive safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TCS), and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which integrates control of the ESC and motor-driven power steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions and emergency maneuvers. The system delivers counter-steering when required to assist the driver and keep the vehicle stable.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICAHyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 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 limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile power-train limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Hyundai's new i20 rally car is all new, all awesome

Hyundai's been on a big performance bender this year. After debuting some incredible concepts at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the automaker just lifted the veil on its all-new rally car.
This new rally racer, based on the i20 hatchback (otherwise known as the Elantra GT in the US), will be Hyundai's third car in the FIA World Rally Championship series. Hyundai joined this league in 2014, hoping to expand its horizons in the world of motorsport. In 2017, Hyundai's three cars will run under the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner.
Good luck getting your Hyundai Elantra GT up to 380 horsepower.Photo by Hyundai
While there is an i20 beneath this ridiculous exterior, it's hard to find. That's because rally cars are a menagerie of aerodynamic bolt-ons and, well, more aerodynamic bolt-ons. The diffusers are huge, the front canards look like they could slice a block of limestone and the wing is large enough to look pretty silly.
Under the hood is a 380-horsepower engine, which is 80 more horsepower than in 2016. Changing FIA regulations dropped the curb weight between 2016 and 2017, as well, so this thing is going to be delightfully quick as it careens over crests and drifts through small European hamlets.
The car may be all new, but the drivers aren't. All three drivers for 2017 are the same as last year -- Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo will contest each round of the WRC in the team's three cars. If the rally championship were won on looks alone, Hyundai would be off to a very early start. And without Volkswagen participating in 2017, it may actually have a chance to win some races.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Hyundai Motor America Reports Record November Sales

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Led by CUVs and Hyundai's smallest cars, Accent and Veloster, Hyundai had its best November ever, with overall sales of 62,507, up four percent over one year ago.

Hyundai Division posts sales of 61,201 units"With gas prices remaining relatively low throughout the year and a rather robust economy, our Tucson and Santa Fe CUVs, with sales up 10 and 18 percent, respectively, continue to be the shining stars in the Hyundai line-up," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.   

Genesis Division posts sales of 1,306 units"As dealers' inventory continues to improve, with more G80 and G90 models arriving weekly, sales for the brand were up nine percent over October," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market.



SALES BY BRAND

NOV/2016
NOV/2015
CY/2016
CY/2015
HYUNDAI    
61,201
60,007
707,485
698,202
GENESIS
1,306
0
5,215
0
TOTAL
62,507
60,007
712,700
698,202
MODELS
CARLINE
NOV/2016
NOV/2015
CY/2016
CY/2015
ACCENT      
6,909
5,041
75,607
58,768
SONATA
15,363
16,732
185,614
190,483
ELANTRA   
15,796
17,634
188,763
227,464
SANTA FE
10,786
9,156
120,395
108,616
AZERA
424
299
4,558
5,181
TUCSON
7,616
6,906
81,037
55,280
VELOSTER
3,721
2,204
27,354
21,999
GENESIS
560
1,837
22,804
28,280
EQUUS
26
198
1,353
2,131
G80
1,005
n/a
4,812
n/a
G90
301
n/a
403
n/a

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hyundai to launch 'Click To Buy' internet carbuying scheme

Hyundai will launch a new internet car shopping scheme in 2017 called Click To Buy, which will allow customers to purchase a brand new car completely over Hyundai’s website.
It means no weekend trips to the showroom and no endless haggling – you’ll be able to buy a brand new, personalized car straight from the internet.
Streamlining the buying process down to a few clicks means the long drawn-out process of buying a brand new car can be done in just five minutes, or so claims the manufacturer.
Hyundai pledges that those who use the new scheme won’t be short changed either – all prices will be fixed, but it’s promised that they’ll be competitive and comparable with those you'd get by visiting a dealer.

After you've bought it, your new car can be delivered to your local dealer for collection or sent straight to your home for a fee, meaning it’s possible to complete the entire transaction without having to step onto the forecourt. This is only for cash buyers though – buying through a finance package will require a trip to the dealership.  
If you’d like to buy through part-exchange, Click To Buy will give you a quote for your old car. Buying on finance means you’ll have to pop into a dealership to hand your old car over, but buy outright with cash and your old car will be collected straight from your home.
The Hyundai Click To Buy website will launch on 6 January 2017, and will feature the i10, i20, i30, Tucson and Santa Fe. More models will be added throughout 2017.
The scheme follows on from Hyundai’s unconventional Rockar dealerships. These small UK showrooms are located in shopping centres and are kitted out with touchscreen tablets – not cars and crowds of salespeople - to make the process of buying a new car a fully digital experience.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hyundai Tucson To Make Room For Smaller SUV

The Hyundai Tucson is going to have to move over to make room for a smaller SUV, along with changes to the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The two latter vehicles will differentiate from the other.

The CEO of the North American branch of Hyundai was talking at the LA Auto Show and said that the change up was to better suit the taste of shoppers in the US. He went on to say that consumers are typically confused about the five seater Sport and the Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe is to become an eight seat crossover, while the Sport version is going to take on a look that is more rugged and it will take on vehicles from Jeep. The Santa Fe Sport is also going to have a change of name and while the Hyundai Tucson still plays a role in the line-up, it isn’t going to changed drastically.
Hyundai is also introducing a B-segment crossover and this is expected to arrive by 2018 and will compete with the Honda HR-V along with the Jeep Renegade. Even further into the future will come a smaller A-segment crossover and this should arrive by 2020.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hyundai Planning a Top-to-Bottom Shakeup of Crossover Lineup, with Two Babies on the Way

You won’t recognize Hyundai’s crossover lineup after the automaker’s potentially lucrative product revamp. Giving crossover-hungry buyers more of what they want, Hyundai plans to add two new models and re-position three existing models to better battle rivals in red-hot segments. Expect a name change for one well-known model and growth spurts for others.

Speaking to Automotive News at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski spelled out the automaker’s plan to cover all of its crossover bases by 2020.



“It’s not just adding new vehicles, it’s doing a better job of positioning a family of CUVs,” said Zuchowski. The first new addition to the family — a subcompact crossover — arrives in early 2018. That model joins a fast growing segment populated by the likes of the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax and upcoming Ford EcoSport. 

An A-segment crossover arrives some time after that, though there isn’t much detail to go on. Hyundai doesn’t sell an A-segment vehicle in North America, though it does overseas. We’ll wait to see if the automaker taps the i10 city car as a platform.

Big changes are in store for the brand’s existing crossovers. The compact Tucson will grow slightly while retaining its styling direction, but the Santa Fe Sport and its bigger brother will both emerge from the operation with new identities. 

The Santa Fe Sport is due to grow in size and take on a more rugged look — a move clearly targeting Jeep — while the Santa Fe grows into an eight-passenger model and ditches its name.

Zuchowski said that too much confusion exists around those two models. He didn’t say if the Santa Fe Sport would drop the “Sport” or what moniker we can expect from its range-topping stablemate.

“As we’ve said, product is the lifeblood of any brand,” Zuchowski said. “If that’s true and I believe it’s true, we feel pretty good about what we’ve got in the pipeline.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hyundai plans expansion of crossover range

"It's a game changer for us," Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski told Automotive News. "It's not just adding new vehicles, it's doing a better job of positioning a family of CUVs."

Hyundai will add two small crossovers at the entry-level end of its range, beginning with a B-segment scheduled to go on sale in 2018. It would then be followed by an even smaller A-segment vehicle.



On the opposite end of the size spectrum, the Santa Fe will become a true 8-passenger full-size crossover and adopt a new name to avoid confusion between the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The latter will also get bigger but will "and adopt a more rugged persona akin to a Jeep," says Automotive News. Finally, the Tucson will hold down the middle of the range while growing slightly in size.

Hyundai hopes to have the lineup in place by 2020, which is also the deadline Hyundai has put into place for is plan to offer 14 green vehicles in its range. Many of the green options will overlap with the new crossover offerings as generational redesigns are introduced.


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