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New for 2011-Hyundai

New for 2011-Hyundai

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 Hyundai SonataHistory
Hyundai, a Korean automaker, is a division of Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group. Founded in 1967, the company is now a full-line manufacturer.

Hyundai first started selling cars in the United States for the 1986 model year in a cooperative effort with Mitsubishi. In 1988, the company introduced its own model, the Sonata. The automaker established a foothold in the marketplace, and soon began expanding its lineup. Its initial model range of economy cars were soon accompanied by sport utility vehicles and larger sedans. Hyundai launched the full-size Genesis luxury sedan and sporty Genesis Coupe in 2009. These were followed by its first high-end luxury car, the Equus, which is designed to go head-to-head against top luxury brands.

Today, Hyundai manufactures a full range of passenger automobiles. They include compact hatchbacks, sports coupes, 4-door sedans, luxury sedans, and sport utility vehicles with up-to-7-passenger seating capacities. Models include both front- and rear-wheel drive, and many offer the option of all-wheel drive. Hyundai vehicles are manufactured in Korea and the U.S. and are sold worldwide.

2011 Hyundai Models at a Glance:
  • Accent-Minor equipment and audio changes
  • Azera-A 6-speed automatic transmission and new standard features are added
  • Elantra-The Touring (station wagon) model receives several updates
  • Equus-All-new luxury flagship model
  • Genesis-A slight bump in horsepower for the V-6 engine, and some equipment changes
  • Genesis Coupe-New R-spec model and several option changes
  • Santa Fe-New solar glass, audio updates, and a slew of new exterior colors
  • Sonata-All-new redesigned model, including a hybrid variant
  • Tucson-Minor changes
  • Veracruz-Carryover model
    For More Information:2010 Hyundai Accent2011 Hyundai Accent
    The Hyundai Accent (which is sold as the Verna in its home market) replaced the Hyundai Excel for the 1995 model year. In its first year, it was offered as a 3-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan with a standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. In 2000, the second-generation model debuted with a 1.5-liter engine, but it was also offered with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder the following year.

    The current, third-generation model was introduced initially in a sedan body style for the 2006 model year (there was no 2006-model Hyundai Accent 3-door in the US market). The 3-door hatchback debuted in 2007. Hyundai made only minor changes to the Accent for the 2011 model year. An all-new Accent is expected in 2012.

    Highlights:
    • Minor changes for 2011
    • Four models: 3-door Accent Blue, 3-door Accent GS, 3-door Accent SE, 4-door Accent GLS
    • Standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 110 horsepower
    • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
    • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission (not available on the 3-door Accent Blue model)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • 5-passenger seating
    • NEW Power sunroof eliminated (SE model)
    • NEW 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers with iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks is standard (GS model)
    • NEW Exterior colors: Clearwater Blue and Boston Red
      2011 Mazda Models at a Glance:2011 Hyundai Azera2011 Hyundai Azera
      The Hyundai Azera is the descendant of the XG300, introduced in North America for the 2001 model year. Larger and more luxurious than the existing Sonata, the XG300 was actually a third-generation Korean-market Grandeur XG that shared its platform and engines with the Kia Amanti. In 2002, Hyundai increased the displacement of the standard V-6 engine to 3.5 liters and changed the name to the XG350. In 2006, Hyundai dropped the XG350 nameplate and called its all-new model the Azera-although it is still sold as the "Grandeur" in many parts of the world.

      The midsize Azera sedan fits into the Hyundai lineup above the Sonata and below the Genesis sedan. The Azera is equipped with a long list of standard features. For 2011, Hyundai has treated it to a mild interior and exterior refresh. Both V-6 engines have been re-engineered for increased power and efficiency, and they are mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission.Highlights:
      • Minor refresh for 2011
      • Two models: Azera GLS and Azera Limited
      • Standard 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower (GLS model)
      • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 272 horsepower (Limited model)
      • NEW Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
      • Front-wheel drive
      • 5-passenger seating
      • NEW Headlights with LED surround accent lighting
      • NEW Mild refresh with new front fascia, side mirrors and window trim
      • NEW Trunk lid and grille
      • NEW Alloy wheels
      • NEW Interior is refreshed with new center console with aluminum graining
      • NEW "Eco" indicator (green light indicates fuel-efficient driving)
      • NEW "EZ Lane Change Assistant" (one-touch triple turn signal)

        2010 Hyundai Elantra2011 Hyundai Elantra
        Introduced in 1992 to the U.S. market, the Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan and station wagon that is larger than the Hyundai Accent, but smaller than the Hyundai Sonata. Designed to compete with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the Elantra was originally planned only as a sedan. However, things changed in 1995 when the second-generation debuted, offering a more utilitarian station wagon body style.

        The third-generation Elantra arrived in 2000, and its larger interior space bumped up its EPA classification to a midsize car-making more room in the lineup for the Hyundai Accent. The current, fourth-generation Elantra was shown at the 2006 New York Auto show and it was available in showrooms as a new-for-2007 model. For the 2010 model year, Hyundai introduced the "Blue" trim (entry-level), designed for enhanced fuel economy. The 2011 model year sees minor changes to the Touring (station wagon) model.

        Highlights:
        • Minor upgrades for 2011
        • Five models: Elantra Blue sedan, Elantra GLS sedan, Elantra SE sedan, Elantra Touring GLS, Elantra Touring SE
        • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower
        • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
        • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission (All models except the Elantra Blue sedan)
        • Front-wheel drive
        • 5-passenger seating
        • NEW Standard leather seating (Elantra Touring SE model)
        • NEW Standard "EZ Lane Change Assist" (one-touch triple turn signal stalks)
        • NEW Standard headlight welcome function on all trim levels
        • NEW Available roof rails are now silver (replacing black on Touring models)
        • NEW Available roof rack cross rails (port installed on Touring models)
        • NEW Available rear bumper protector (port installed on Touring models)
        • NEW Exterior colors: Atlantic Blue, Shimmering Silver and Titanium Gray Metallic2011 Hyundai Equus2011 Hyundai Equus
          Hyundai introduced its all-new Genesis sedan in 2008. The luxury-oriented 4-door was designed to compete in a segment of luxury automobiles that include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Lexus GS, and the Infiniti M. The Genesis matched its competition on power (6- or 8-cylinder engine choices) and options, and offered a lower price along with Hyundai's standard warranty.

          Two years later, the Korean automaker is again entering a well-established segment. This time, Hyundai is introducing its all-new 2011 Equus-a full-size luxury vehicle. The 4-door sedan will compete with top line offerings such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, and the Lexus LS. Like those competitors, the Equus offers standard 8-cylinder power and an extensive list of equipment and technology.

          Highlights:
          • All-new model for 2011
          • One model: Equus sedan
          • Standard 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower
          • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
          • Standard rear-wheel drive
          • Electronically controlled air suspension
          • Adaptive Xenon HID headlamps
          • Lexicon 7.1 surround-sound audio system
          • 19-inch alloy wheels
          • LED front and rear turn signals
          • Leather seating surfaces
          • 5-passenger seating2010 Hyundai Genesis2011 Hyundai Genesis
            The Hyundai Genesis is a full-size luxury sedan introduced for the 2009 model year. The largest and most luxurious model the automaker had ever built (it was eclipsed by the Equus for the 2011 model year), the Genesis sedan was designed to compete with European and Asian automakers that had influenced the segment for many years. Offering the same level of equipment, and a choice between 6- and 8-cylinder engines, the rear-wheel-drive Genesis seemed to match the competition line-for-line.

            For the 2011 model year, Hyundai has boosted the engine output on the V-8 model by 10 horsepower, and enhanced its list of standard equipment by adding more premium features. The Genesis 4.6 now comes equipped with features in the Technology package that were previously optional, such as the Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers; Ultimate Navigation System featuring the intuitive Driver Information System (DIS) with 8-inch screen; smart cruise control; electronic parking brake; cooled driver seat; adaptive front lighting system (with HID headlights); and a parking assistance system featuring front and rear sensors and rearview camera.

            Highlights:
            • Minor changes for 2011
            • Two models: Genesis 3.8 and Genesis 4.6
            • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 290 horsepower (3.8 model)
            • Standard 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 385 horsepower (4.6 model)
            • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
            • Standard rear-wheel drive
            • 5-passenger seating capacity
            • NEW Slight increase in horsepower (4.6 model)
            • NEW Technology package is now standard (4.6 model)2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
              Hyundai followed the introduction of its first all-new, rear-wheel-drive Genesis luxury sedan in 2008 (2009 model year) with the Genesis Coupe in 2009 (released as a 2010 model). While the two share name and platforms, they are very different in execution. While the sedan is large and luxurious, the Genesis Coupe is small and light . Hyundai markets the Coupe towards those looking for an agile sports car (R-Spec and Track models) as well as those looking for a slightly softer touring coupe (Premium and Grand Touring models).

              Hyundai offers the Genesis Coupe with a choice of engines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the larger engine is a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder (shared with the Genesis sedan). All models are rear-wheel drive and are offered with a manual transmissionto enhance its sporty driving characteristics. New just last year, the changes for the 2011 model year are limited to interior refinements, new standard features, and the introduction of a new R-Spec model.

              Highlights:
              • Minor changes for 2011
              • Six models: Genesis Coupe 2.0T, Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring, Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
              • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower (2.0T models)
              • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 306 horsepower (3.8 models)
              • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (excludes 3.8 Grand Touring)
              • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (2.0T Premium, optional on 2.0T)
              • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission (excludes R-Spec models)
              • Standard rear-wheel drive
              • NEW 3.8 R-Spec model
              • NEW Interior refinements include soft-touch surfaces, padded door armrests, cloth-wrapped A-pillars, rear coat hooks, chrome-finish gauge cluster rings, enhanced screen graphics, softer premium steering wheel leather, and more
              • NEW Standard Navigation with Full Automatic Temperature Control (2.0T Premium model)2010 Hyundai Santa Fe2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
                The Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle that shares basic platforms with the Hyundai Sonata. Introduced in 2001, the Santa Fe was the automaker's first SUV. After its second year, Hyundai made several key changes. These included a more powerful engine, computer-controlled 4-wheel-drive system, and upgraded audio offerings.

                After a facelift in 2005, the second-generation Santa Fe debuted in 2007. More contemporary in appearance, and aligned with the automaker's new styling theme, the SUV had grown in size and received more standard content. The 2011 model year features standard solar glass (to help keep cabin temperatures low), upgraded audio systems, and five new exterior colors.

                Highlights:
                • Minor changes for 2011
                • Three models: Santa Fe GLS, Santa Fe SE and Santa Fe Limited
                • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 175 horsepower (GLS model)
                • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 276 horsepower (SE and Limited models)
                • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (GLS model)
                • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (SE and Limited models, optional on GLS)
                • Standard front-wheel drive
                • Optional all-wheel drive
                • 5-passenger seating capacity
                • NEW Standard solar glass
                • NEW 605-watt Infinity Logic 7 surround-sound AM/FM/CD-changer/MP3 audio system with 10 speakers (including subwoofer) and external amplifier (Limited model)
                • NEW Exterior colors: Moonstone Silver, Frost White Pearl, Sonoran Red, Mineral Gray and Espresso Brown2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe2011 Hyundai Sonata
                  In an effort to expand its one-model North American lineup, Hyundai introduced the Sonata sedan in 1989. With an exterior designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, the new midsize Hyundai was front-wheel drive and offered 5-passenger seating. While it was the U.S. market's first exposure to the Sonata, it was actually the second-generation model (the first had been offered in Korea since 1985).

                  Now, more than two decades later, Hyundai has introduced its all-new sixth-generation Sonata. Designed to go head-to-head against the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion, the new Sonata offers new styling, and is more spacious and fuel efficient than any of its predecessors, according to Hyundai. There is alsoa new, direct-injected 4-cylinder powerplant mated to an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, there is no longer a V-6 option-it has been replaced by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

                  Hyundai has also introduced its first-ever hybrid model. It utilizes a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor.Hyundai says it is the only vehicle in its class using lithium-polymer batteries, a parallel hybrid system, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

                  Highlights:
                  • All-new redesigned model for 2011
                  • Six models: Sonata GLS, Sonata SE, Sonata Limited, Sonata 2.0T SE, Sonata 2.0T Limited, Sonata Hybrid
                  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower
                  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 274 horsepower (2.0T models)
                  • Standard 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor parallel hybrid powerplant rated at 209 horsepower (Hybrid model)
                  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
                  • Standard front-wheel drive
                  • Lithium-polymer battery pack (Hybrid model)2010 Hyundai Tucson2011 Hyundai Tucson
                    The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover. It is smaller than both the Veracruz and Santa Fe. Based on the Elantra platform, the first-generation Tucson debuted in 2005 with front- or all-wheel-drive powertrains and a 4-cylinder engine. In 2009, Hyundai released the second-generation model, featuring a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is designed to compete against the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and the Subaru Forester.

                    The 2011 model year offers a new GL trim level. It arrives with a smaller 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission (an automatic is optional). The sole powertrain for this economy-oriented model is front-wheel drive. All variants feature revised stability control electronics, while the GLS and Limited models receive more standard equipment.

                    Highlights:
                    • Minor changes for 2011
                    • Three models: Tucson GL, Tucson GLS and Tucson Limited
                    • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 165 horsepower (GL model)
                    • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 176 horsepower (GLS and Limited models)
                    • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (GL model)
                    • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (GLS and Limited, optional on GL model)
                    • Standard front-wheel drive
                    • Optional all-wheel drive (GLS and Limited models)
                    • 5-passenger seating capacity
                    • NEW GL trim level
                    • NEW Stability control electronics are revised
                    • NEW Standard features include tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, drive power window with auto up/down, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, privacy glass, roof rails, engine cover, and more (GLS model)
                    • NEW Standard heated seats (all-wheel-drive models only)
                    • NEW Sachs Amplitude Selective Dampers (Limited model)
                    • NEW Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink (Limited model)2010 Hyundai Veracruz2011 Hyundai Veracruz
                      Designed to compete with the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, Hyundai introduced its Veracruz sport utility vehicle in 2007. The 7-passenger SUV arrived with a standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission mated to a front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain. According to Hyundai, its Veracruz model has many premium features typically not typically found on crossover SUVs in this price range. These include items like a power tailgate, proximity entry, memory settings, standard turn signal repeaters, and approach lighting. The 2011 Hyundai Veracruz is carryover.

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