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Hyundai’s Upcoming Veloster N Might Look Very Nice Indeed 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai N, Hyundai Veloster, Renderings, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


Not a company to rest on its laurels, Hyundai is hard at work developing the second model in its range of N-performance models.

Based on the eye-catching Veloster, the new model is expected to share some of its components with the exciting i30 N. However, thanks to the sleeker design of the Veloster, the new N model could actually be the better looking of the two.

As this rendering from KKS Studio shows, the Veloster N will benefit from a selection of eye-catching modifications, including a much larger and more aggressive front grille. Additionally, recent spy shots have displayed revised air intakes, also included in this rendering. Final exterior changes include performance brakes, N-branded wheels, extended side skirts and a roof-mounted rear wing, along with two large tailpipes.

It remains to be seen if Hyundai will opt to make the top version of its quirky little coupe even more capable than the i30 N. Whatever it decides, it’s safe to assume that the hot hatchback’s engine, delivering 246 hp in standard guise and 271 hp with the Performance Package, should find its way into the Veloster N, potentially with more grunt.

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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Eight New Hyundai SUVs Coming Your Way By 2020 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Reports, SUV on 11 15th, 2017


Hyundai has come out with a plan to launch eight new or re-engineered SUV models in the United States by the year 2020.

Kicking off with the new Kona, which is expected in March, the new range of SUVs will include everything from a smaller A-segment model, to an eight-passenger mid-size one.

Hyundai says that the new models will be powered by all of the available powertrain technologies, including petrol, diesel, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric in a bid to cover every need.

“Very soon we are going to have the most diverse CUV powertrain lineup in the industry,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “These vehicles will show the engineering prowess of the more than 13,000 engineers Hyundai Motor Company has working on current and future models every single day. Our customers are going to have a lot of great CUV choices in our dealerships.”

One of the most interesting additions to Hyundai’s range will of course be the electric version of the Kona, which is expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. If reports are true, Hyundai’s first electric crossover will offer more than 240 miles of driving range on a single charge.

In addition, the brand’s next-gen fuel cell SUV is set to offer more than 500 miles (800km) of driving range while the entry-level member of the new SUV family will make its appearance last, after Hyundai launches its new midsize SUV.

“The Kona is only the beginning of our product revolution for Hyundai,” O’Brien, added. “These vehicles are aimed squarely at the sales leaders in each segment and will emphasize Hyundai’s continued focus on sustainability and efficiency without compromising performance.”

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



Hyundai Eyeing Entry-Level Crossover, Kona EV News Coming Soon 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Santa Fe, Reports on 11 8th, 2017


According to a recent report, Hyundai is considering a new compact crossover.

Wards Auto says the company is exploring the possibility of creating an A-segment crossover which would have boxy styling that is somewhat similar to the larger Kia Soul. Hyundai Motor America’s Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, Mike O’Brien, told the publication the crossover would likely need all-wheel drive and that would make the model more expensive than the Accent.

As he explained, “You can’t design two totally different platforms – one that’s just a two-wheel-drive platform and another that’s an AWD platform.” Instead, automakers develop one platform that supports both configurations but this has several downsides as it requires components – such as the front wheel hubs – to be stronger than if they were just going to be used on a two-wheel drive model.

Besides talking about a possible A-segment crossover, O’Brien revealed the Kona could arrive at U.S. dealerships sooner than expected. The model will celebrate its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and there’s a chance that the crossover could go on sale before the end of the year.

O’Brien went on to say the next-generation Santa Fe will be” more suitable for the U.S. market” and news about the Kona EV is coming “very soon.”

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Brings Its Quad Headlamp Fascia To The ‘Ring 8
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Videos, Scoops, video on 11 8th, 2017


The third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been in production since 2012, but it’s getting ready to be replaced by a new model.

Expected to debut sometime next year, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe continues testing, with the latest prototype scooped on the Nurburgring, performing some quick laps.

The Korean brand’s challenger to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail, among others, will benefit from an entirely new styling, highlighted by a more distinct fascia featuring two separate sets of headlights.

Things should be different inside as well, where it will provide more rear legroom and headroom, as it’s believed to have a larger footprint, while it will continue to be offered in two distinct versions – a 5- and 7-seater.

Hyundai hasn’t released any insights into the new Santa Fe’s powertrains just yet, but a variety of gasoline and diesel engines should be on offer in global markets, with the oil-burners being absent in the U.S.. Additionally, the Korean brand will likely introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of the SUV.

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Mercedes CLS Confirmed For L.A. Debut, Will Be Joined By 4 New Porsches 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nissan, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Saleen, TOYOTA on 11 7th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show has confirmed several new vehicles will be shown at the event which kicks off on November 27th.

The show confirmed BMW will have two world premieres and they are likely the i8 Roadster and the X2 crossover. The organizers also confirmed we will see the new Mercedes CLS as well as the North American debuts of the Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo as well as “three more sports cars.” There’s no word on specifics but likely candidates include the 718 GTS and 911 Speedster.

Toyota is planning to introduce a new vehicle as well as make an announcement regarding a “new hydrogen infrastructure project.” There’s no word on the latter but the mysterious Toyota will be joined by a new vehicle from Lexus.

Nissan will show its “newest entry” in the crossover segment as well as an assortment of Star Wars inspired vehicles to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chevrolet, on the other hand, will have both global and North American debuts.

Last but not least, Saleen will unveil its latest vehicle which is being billed as a “result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing, and racing.”

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Hyundai Hires Another Ex-BMW Engineer To Develop Future Genesis Models 1
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, Genesis, Hyundai, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


Hyundai Motor has announced the appointment of Fayez Abdul Rahman as Vice President of Genesis Architecture Development as the premium brand lays out its plans for the future.
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Rockstar Energy Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Looks Like A Battle Car 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Santa Fe, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is more adept at conquering mall parking lots than Moab but the company is looking to change that impression with the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader concept.
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Hyundai HyperEconiq Ioniq Is A Hypermilers Dream Car 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, hyundai ioniq, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


The SEMA news continues as Hyundai has taken the wraps off the HyperEconiq Ioniq concept.
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Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept Gets Turbo Power 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Tucson, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


Following a preview earlier this month, Hyundai has unveiled the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept at SEMA.
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Modded Hyundai Elantra Sport Brings “All-Show, All-Go” Attitude To SEMA 31
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Elantra, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


Hyundai, together with Blood Type Racing, have put together an attention-grabbing concept for this year's SEMA Show, dubbed the BTR Edition.
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Hyundai Highlights Its New Smart Stream Powertrains, Promises More PHEVs And EVs 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Videos, PHEV, video on 10 24th, 2017


The Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled its new powertrain strategy at an international conference in South Korea.
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Hyundai Re-Recalls 443k Sonatas Over The Same Seatbelt Problem 24
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 24th, 2017


Nearly half a million Hyundai Sonata owners are going to be getting a recall notice in the mail soon – for an issue they likely thought they'd already dealt with.
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Hyundai And Vaccar Tune Up The Tucson Sport Concept 23
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Tucson, SEMA show, tuning on 10 23rd, 2017


Hyundai has teamed up with Vaccar to create a unique Tucson Sport concept for SEMA.
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