Category Archive: Hyundai

Jan 09

IONIQ – A Leap Forward For Hybrid Vehicles As Hyundai Introduces The First Car With Three Electric Powertrains

Hyundai IONIQ, Road-Test.org

A world first: Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains available in a single body type

 December 7, 2015 Hyundai Motor has announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ. The car will be available with electric, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid, or gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain – the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.

As part of Hyundai Motor’s ambition to chart the direction of future mobility, while enhancing the lives of its customers, the IONIQ responds to rapidly changing customer lifestyles by breaking the mold for hybrid vehicles. As the world’s first model to offer customers the choice of three powertrain options, the IONIQ combines class-leading fuel efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and attractive design, a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 16

2013 HYUNDAI GENESIS Coupe

Hyundai has released more information on the updated Genesis Coupe for the North American that we saw at last month’s Detroit Motor Show.

As with previous models, the 2013 model continues to be available with two engine options. The new 2.0-litre turbocharged four now produces 274 h.p. (+64 hp) and 275 lb-ft. (+52 lb-ft) of torque, and the 3.8-litre V6 gets direct-injection – upping the output to 348 horsepower (+42 hp) and 295 lb-ft (+29 lb-ft).

Both engines are now available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and all models get a re-tuned suspension.

Additionally, the 2013MY Genesis Coupe also gains a new front fascia (there seems to be a pattern here – is this the new face of Hyundai?), a hood with heat extractors, modified LED taillights, a new rear wing, plus a redesigned center console along with an updated interior.

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Jan 10

Road Test: 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland/ Hyundai

I’ve never been a fan of budget-priced cars and have always done my best to stay away from them if I could afford a better one — even if it cost more money. That changed when I set my eyes on the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Even the ugliest of chicks will have construction workers doing a double-take, and whistling at her (car) when she drives by.

This is a looker from every angle. I have two questions:1) Why did it take so long for a budget-conscious vehicle to look this good, and 2) Until now, why have cheap/reasonably-priced cars been so ugly?

It doesn’t cost more money to design a good-looking car, so why are the Nissan Versa/Juke/Leaf so ugly that they give Stevie Wonder the shivers? How many people have become violently ill when a Citroen drives past? Don’t tell me it’s all about cost, because the smaller and cheaper all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent (coming soon) looks just as good as the Elantra!

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Nov 03

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD

Text: Iain Shankland /  Images: Iain Shankland, Hyundai

For the last year or so Hyundai have been on a bit of a tear with new models coming out every few months – each one significantly better looking than the model it replaces. The Santa Fe was the first model to get the new treatment followed by a completely new model line-up in the case of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, followed by the all-new Sonata that has earned numerous awards around the world. More new vehicles are coming in the next few months, but this week’s Road Test is the highly anticipated small CUV, the Tucson.

It’s been a few years since I last drove the Tucson. Having a look back at my previous review, it was all the way back to 2006, so it’s long overdue for another look. Other than the much improved looks (I think the last model looked like a Boston Terrier), there are a number of significant changes for the 2011 model year. Where the previous model looked like it was designed and built using whatever was left lying on the floor, the new model is striking in how different it looks from any other CUV on the road today. Conceived and engineered at Hyundai’s new design centre in Frankfurt, the design, handling and ride are very European. The Tucson’s unique styling begins at the signature hexagonal grille, extends up through sculptured hood lines and back through a double shoulder line extending from headlight to tail lights.

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Sep 30

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited & Sonata 2.0T Limited

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been said that it costs the same amount of money to create and build an ugly car as it does to produce a beautiful one and certainly Hyundai designers have taken it to heart (unfortunately somebody forgot to memo Citroen). In a world of bland econoboxes that can barely register a pulse, let alone raise it to excitement levels, Hyundai are doing their bit to clean up the automotive landscape.

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Sep 12

Road Test: 2010 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L w/Premium Package

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Last week we had the opportunity to drive the amazing Genesis Coupe V-6 GT. This week we drive the 4-door version – same engine, but an automatic instead of a manual transmission. So is this a 4-door on steroids or a completely different car altogether? Surprisingly, there seems to be no correlation between the two vehicles – apart from sharing an engine and the name, you’d think these cars weren’t even related.

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Aug 12

Road Test: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Over the past ten years or so, Hyundai have been proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Many nay-sayers thought Hyundai could never go up against sports cars like the iconic Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro – while at the same time taking on the likes of a Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 and Mazda RX-8 … well, it’s time to think again! With the Genesis Coupe V-6 GT, Hyundai have hit the bulls-eye and anyone dismissing this as a Tiburon update with “all show and no go” – be warned – this is a serious sports car.

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