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2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai looks to expand its range of fuel efficient vehicles

The auto industry these days has its eyes on Hyundai. Hyundai has made great strides over the past two decades when it comes to improving its quality, reliability, and public image. Hyundai has gone from making the simply terrible Excel from the 80s to making credible luxury sedans like the Genesis and Equus today (along with a full stable of more mainstream vehicles).

Now, Hyundai is looking to make a huge leap in fuel efficiency for its vehicles according to Detroit News. Hyundai's North American CEO, John Krafcik, is looking to boost the fleet fuel efficiency average from a current level of 30.9 mpg (the industry's highest total) to a whopping 50 mpg within the next 15 years.

"We're committing today to a 50 mpg target by 2025," stated Krafcik. "We're all in. Let's go as far as we can. We don't know how to get there."

Hyundai will need to devote as much as 20 percent of its production to hybrid/plug-in hybrid vehicles and roughly 5 percent of production to electric vehicles to meet that lofty goal.

Hyundai is already well on its way to boosting fuel efficiency across the board with its mainstream vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata is among the most fuel efficient midsize family sedans available on the U.S. market with fuel economy ratings of 24/35 mpg city/highway with its standard 198 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. For those that crave more power, the 274 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine option beats its competitors' V6 offerings in power and fuel efficiency at 22/34 mpg.

The Sonata will also be available in a hybrid variant which will achieve EPA ratings of 37 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

Next year, Hyundai is also bringing its 40 mpg Veloster which looks to upset Honda's hybrid-only CR-Z along with a subcompact Accent and compact Elantra which will both approach 40 mpg.

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RE: Hopefully
By Ristogod on 8/5/2010 9:42:46 AM , Rating: 2
I can't seem to find this option on the Hyundai website.

RE: Hopefully
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 9:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
Both the turbo and hybrid are coming this fall. You can read Autoblog's first drive of the Sonata Turbo here:

RE: Hopefully
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 10:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
That's a good looking car. Look out for Hyundai.

RE: Hopefully
By Dr of crap on 8/5/2010 10:27:30 AM , Rating: 2
I've never rated any post on here, and don't quite understand the ratings game, but why would I get a zero, yet you'd respond to my post and add to it?
I stand on my first post!

RE: Hopefully
By theArchMichael on 8/5/2010 11:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
The "discount" brands really are making a run for it. KIA has come a long way in terms of quality too. The new optima hybrid is coming this fall as well.
I find with the discount brands offer a lot more base model features and upgrades at a lower price over Honda, Toyota, etc.. Like the microsoft SYNC system and stuff like that.

RE: Hopefully
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 12:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
I just made the last payment on my Mazda on Tuesday... I know I should be saving/investing that money, but I REALLY want a fully loaded 2011 Kia Optima SX.

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