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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 YashBudini on 8/5/2010 6:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
With the Sonata's turbo four putting out 274 hp and 269 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm, who needs a six? :)

People who value civility and smoothness over crudeness and cost cutting? Small 4 bangers aren't too bad, but around 2.4 liters they become rather unpleasant. Yeah, the masses accept them, but then look at all the dumb people who insist on riding V-twin Harleys, no matter how much they shake.

I'd take a 2.5 liter Lexus V6 in an IS250 over any of the stuff circulating out there today. But hey, I eat Belgium, Swiss, Dagoba, and even Ghiradelli chocolate while living in a Hershey's world. So sorry if I don't want to dumb down to the global competitiveness level.

RE: Hopefully
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 7:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
Small 4 bangers aren't too bad, but around 2.4 liters they become rather unpleasant.
I had a 2.5L Sentra, I didn't think it was that bad. I've driven some 2.4L Toyota's and they were much smoother. Not terrible IMO.

RE: Hopefully
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 8:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
They are many variables, undersquare versus oversquare dimensions, as well as the tolerances for balancing engine parts, sometimes counter balancing shafts.

It can be made to work well, but they need to design the piss out of it. Literally and figuratively.

RE: Hopefully
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 7:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, the 2.4-liter four-banger in the Hyundai puts out roughly the same HP/torque as that 2.5-liter V6 in the Lexus. The only reason why Lexus even manages to move examples of the IS250 is that people will:

1) Settle for such a craptastic base engine just to say they drive a RWD Lexus. I mean, even the ES gets a better engine.
2) Toyota is too damn cheap to drop in the 3.0 liter V6 from its other markets which produces around 230 hp and would make it comparable to the base engine from the BMW 328i.

As for dumbing down, if you like fine chocolate, why do you like the IS250 (Hershey's) versus the IS350 (Ghiradelli)?


RE: Hopefully
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 7:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
For some reason the 2.5 is the only one offered with a stick. It's also the only one offered with AWD, I'm assuming some kind of HP limit on the AWD system. You can get the 3.5 liter 6 in the IS 350, it has more HP in the rear wheel drive vesion than the ES, probably because of a better exhaust system. You can't turn off the traction control on the 3.5, I think they're overdoing the safety thing here. In the mean time the 2.5 puts out appx 200 HP, about the same as the prior generation 3 liter 6. It is after all a base motor.

In the end it's the 3.5 that's the Hershey's, it's simply more and less refined. :-)
One good thing on all - no torque steer.

My 3 liter V6 is a great engine, even with 260,000 miles.

Porsche offered a 3 liter 4-banger a while back, egads what where they thinking? And Lotus was one of the first to try to sell a 4-banger for 50K. Refinement? Not really.

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