backtop


Print 73 comment(s) - last by OoklaTheMok.. on Jul 1 at 3:34 PM


Hyundai Veloster Concept

Prototype Veloster testing alongside a VW Scirocco  (Source: Motor Authority)
Hyundai is taking on the big guns from Japan

Reaction to Honda's CR-Z two-seater has been mixed. While the vehicle attempts to capture some of the essence of the CRX which came two decades before it, its performance (0 to 60 mph in around 10 seconds) and fuel economy aren't exactly inspiring given its hybrid powertrain.

The CR-Z only manages to achieve 31/37 mpg (city/highway) with a manual transmission and 36/38 mpg with a CVT transmission -- both figures are well below that of the larger and heavier Toyota Prius.

Hyundai, which is doing its best to punch Toyota and Honda (among others) right in the throat, is now said to be setting its targets on the CR-Z. According to Autoblog, the upcoming Hyundai Veloster -- the replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon -- will achieve 40 mpg by using a regular four-cylinder engine. This shouldn't be too hard a target for Hyundai to reach considering that its 3,200-pound Sonata midsize sedan can already hit 35 mpg on the highway.

While the CR-Z needs a hybrid powertrain to extract somewhat disappointing fuel economy numbers given its 2,750-pound weight, Hyundai says that it needs no such excess baggage. The lighter Veloster is said to be powered by a 1.6-liter engine producing around 140 hp. For comparison, Honda's CR-Z is powered by a 122 hp four-cylinder engine coupled with a 13 hp electric motor.

And if toppling the CR-Z in fuel economy and performance wasn't enough, Hyundai will likely also undercut the pricing of the CR-Z as well due to the Veloster's lack of an expensive hybrid powertrain and batteries. The Veloster also comes with the added utility of seating for four people instead of only two like the CR-Z



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Higher Goals Needed
By Reclaimer77 on 6/22/2010 2:18:34 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I get 40-44mpg with my 1990 Honda Civic with just a hair under 200k miles.


No. You don't.


RE: Higher Goals Needed
By FredEx on 6/24/2010 12:06:34 AM , Rating: 2
Not hard to believe. I used to work in a Honda dealership service department and we had people praising the mileage and fewer damning it. A test drive would prove they had poor driving habits for good mileage. There are a lot of people out there expecting top mileage out of their cars, yet they don't drive anywhere near how they should drive for exceptional mileage.

I have had a few Honda's. My first was a 1981 Prelude, the year before a redesign/upsize. Over 40 mpg was the norm on the highways and 40 mpg in city. I used to drive a lot to teach training classes, especially between Michigan and Atlanta, and would have my big 300 pound buff body in the car and a few hundred pounds of equipment I used for training classes.

I was anal about about tweaking my car for mileage. Back then I used Mobil One or Amzoil synthetic with a Tufoil additive. Also used it in the 5 speed tranny even though self proclaimed experts told me I shouldn't. A friend who worked for a bearing company would get me a synthetic bearing grease containing PTFE. I ran hard compound tires on it for lower rolling resistance. Used to get tires via Tirerack which is now 8 miles from me.


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki