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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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By TerranMagistrate on 8/5/2010 10:00:40 AM , Rating: -1
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Hyundai has made great strides over the past two decades when it comes to improving its quality, reliability , and public image.


Perhaps to an extent but Hyundai still has a long way to go before it's on par with its Japanese counterparts like Honda, Toyota, Subaru, etc.




RE: Not Quite
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:08:43 AM , Rating: 3
There's also a long way to go before the base price of a Sonata is equal to that of an Accord or Camry.


RE: Not Quite
By TerranMagistrate on 8/5/2010 10:25:37 AM , Rating: 1
I guess the saying "you get what you pay for" applies here.


RE: Not Quite
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I guess the saying "you get what you pay for" applies here.


Heh. Doesn't it always?


RE: Not Quite
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/5/2010 10:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Base MSRP

2011 Camry Base: $19,595
2010 Accord LX: $21,055
2011 Sonata GLS: $19,195


RE: Not Quite
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
Strange. At least here in Canada, there's a GL trim level that's $4000Cdn less than the GLS.


RE: Not Quite
By Flunk on 8/8/2010 11:04:06 AM , Rating: 2
They don't sell the GL in the US. Most car manufacturers sell lower trim lines of their cars in Canada than the US. The base model is quite often a lower model.

For example, I own a 2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback with a 2.0 litre engine that you can't even buy in the US.


RE: Not Quite
By Kurz on 8/5/2010 10:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about...
Step in a Sonata step into a elantra to see what we mean.


RE: Not Quite
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/5/2010 10:27:08 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Germany's Best Quality Car is... A Hyundai

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/07/22/4883...


Or how about JD Power:

Hyundai right behind Honda and ahead of Toyota in Initial Quality
http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/news/pressreleas...

Hyundai right in the thick of things for Dependability (better than Subaru)
http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/news/pressreleas...


RE: Not Quite
By TerranMagistrate on 8/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not Quite
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/5/2010 10:50:06 AM , Rating: 2
Wait a minute. So you specifically point out that it isn't comparable in quality and reliability to the Japanese, and I counter with proof to the contrary from reputable sources...

Then you say overall quality doesn't matter and move the goal posts to switch the subject to resale value...

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RE: Not Quite
By TerranMagistrate on 8/5/2010 11:11:20 AM , Rating: 1
(Resale value .EQ. Overall Quality)

Initial quality estimates are nice to have, too.


RE: Not Quite
By bhieb on 8/5/2010 11:21:02 AM , Rating: 3
NO you are VERY VERY wrong, resale value = perceived value NOT quality (see below). A car's resale has nothing to do with how well it is made or how long it will last. It has EVERYTHING to do with how well the masses have been convinced that it is better (aka marketing).

If you can find me something that even remotely speaks to a Hyundai wearing out quicker, having higher maintenance costs, or ANYTHING that is actually related to a quality issue, you would have a point. However resale value is not an accurate measure of this.


RE: Not Quite
By clovell on 8/5/2010 3:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
it's a fools gambit to try to predict resale value on a car 5 years into the future that just went through a complete redesign.


RE: Not Quite
By bhieb on 8/5/2010 11:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And yet I think resale value speaks far more about the overall quality than some rankings by a marketing research firm, that's just me though.

Resale value speaks to the consumer's ignorance more than quality. I suppose you think Apple's are worth the price too. They must be they sell for more?

Seriously JD power and others look to provide an unbiased 3rd party view to determine overall quality. Resale value is NOT a measure of quality, but merely perceived value (it is neither right or wrong simply what the masses believe).


RE: Not Quite
By TerranMagistrate on 8/5/2010 11:33:12 AM , Rating: 1
You suppose wrong, I think PCs running Apple software (Macs) are actually worth less.

But I'll cede the point that the Korean auto makers are not a "long" way off as I initially claimed. Times change, I guess.


RE: Not Quite
By acer905 on 8/5/2010 12:12:55 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I think PCs running Apple software (Macs) are actually worthless


fixed that for ya


RE: Not Quite
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 6:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Germany's Best Quality Car is... A Hyundai http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/07/22/4883...


Oh please, put a BMW next to anything H makes, wait, then see which one becomes a rust bucket.

JD Powers measures the success of instant gratification and little else.


RE: Not Quite
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 7:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
JD Powers measures the success of instant gratification and little else.
How so?


RE: Not Quite
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 8:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
They typically look at 6 month satisfaction, I've never seen them address really long term stats.

Yes, some defects are right out of the factory doors, but other manifest themselves later. Take the struts on the Rabbit GTI from the early 80's. You could never get any more than 30K miles from the OEM ones. That's way too soon for struts.


RE: Not Quite
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 8:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
Another example is tie rods on the Chrysler 300. Again at 30K miles and a very expensive repair.


RE: Not Quite
By bhieb on 8/5/2010 11:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
Yaaaaahhhhh, and Apple makes a better computer worth the premium.

Seriously quit buying into the Toyo, Honda marketing BS, and test drive one. They are easily on par, if not superior. Just because the consumer is ignorant of this, does not make it true.


RE: Not Quite
By niva on 8/5/2010 12:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hyundai came a long way from a few years ago, their new cars are seriously in the same category as the Hondas and the Toyotas. Their warranty is better. The dealers don't do as stupid markups over MSRP. They've actually proven themselves statistically more reliable than their competitors. Props to them for getting there, now people need to notice.


RE: Not Quite
By daar on 8/5/2010 2:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I was also skeptical of the claims for Hyundai and still had a bias towards Toyo/Honda till I rode a rental last year. I can say the hype is definitely warranted, and with Toyota's closet of skeletons coming out while Hyundai/Kia still pegging a 10 year warranty, they're now at the top of my list


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