New Models and Engines are coming to Hyundai

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    Looking to sustain its sales momentum, Hyundai will bring out a serie
    of new and redesigned products in the United States during the next 1

    Executives at a press event in Seoul, South Korea, described a wave o
    new models, including redesigns of the Elantra and Accent, a smal
    Elantra-based sporty coupe, the Equus luxury sedan and hybrid an
    turbocharged versions of the Sonata sedan. Hyundai is also studying
    Sonata wagon

    A string of engine upgrades also are in the works

    Over the past two years, Hyundai has moved closer to its three mai
    Japanese rivals in the United States: Toyota, Honda and Nissan
    Hyundai's sales are up 23 percent through May in an overall marke
    that rose 17 percent. It was one of only three brands with highe
    U.S. sales last year

    The American consumer's perception of Hyundai has, until now, bee
    oriented by its lower pricing, but the automaker hopes to chang
    that, said Chang-Hwan Han, Hyundai Motor senior vice president
    Americas regional division. "By launching these new models, ou
    brand image in the U.S. will be enhanced," he said. "Th
    purchasing pattern will be changed.

    First up are new versions of the Montgomery, Ala.-built Sonata tha
    will debut this fall. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Sonat
    is designed to compete with V6 entries in the mid-sized sedan segment
    The Sonata Turbo will deliver 274 hp and 32 mpg for a sticker pric
    below $25,000, said John Krafcik, COO of Hyundai Motor America

    A hybrid version, which will have different fascia than the standar
    Sonata, is expected to get 40 mpg. It will be the first mainstrea
    vehicle on sale that uses lithium polymer batteries. Instead of
    continuously variable transmission, the Sonata hybrid will use
    six-speed automatic with no torque converter attached, Krafcik said

    The Equus luxury sedan will arrive in fall with an expected bas
    sticker price between $55,000 and $60,000. The Equus will debut wit
    a 366-hp 4.6-liter V8 but will have a running change next spring to
    direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 with 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque
    said H.B. Lee, senior manager of Hyundai Motor R&D powertrai
    development. Hyundai's Genesis sedan will get the new V8 engine a
    the same time

    In January, Hyundai will launch a redesigned Elantra sedan, similar i
    appearance to the swoopy Avante that debuted in Korea this year, sai
    Michael Deitz, product planning manager for Hyundai Motor America

    The Elantra's engine family also will be updated with a 1.6-lite
    Gamma-series four-cylinder. Hyundai has yet to decide whether th
    engine will be multiport-injected or direct-injected. The U.S
    version will debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November

    A redesigned Accent subcompact will arrive next spring. The new Accen
    will get a redesigned Gamma-series engine with smaller displacemen
    than the Elantra's engine, said Tim White, senior manager o
    powertrain development for the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

    A small sporty coupe, tentatively called the Veloster, is based on th
    Elantra platform and will arrive next spring. Spy photos show
    hatchback roofline. Krafcik said the car will be powered by
    1.6-liter direct-injection engine that generates 140 hp. He said i
    will get about 40 mpg on the highway

    Once the redesigned Elantra and Accent debut next year, every vehicl
    in the Hyundai lineup will have timing chains, as opposed to cheaper
    but less durable, timing belts

    Hyundai's U.S. product planners also are studying the launch of
    Sonata wagon. So far the wagon is only scheduled for Europe, bu
    Krafcik says he is interested in the segment

    JLA, Jun 28, 2010
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