2014 Hyundai Veloster Re:Flex brings the bling

February 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Re:Flex

Despite launching in late 2011, Hyundai has managed to keep its funky Veloster hatchback relatively fresh in our minds, with the Turbo and R-Spec, several special edition models and even a cloth-roofed concept. Here at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, we’re seeing the next iteration of Veloster creativity, the limited-edition Re:Flex.

The Veloster Re:Flex isn’t a hugely different car from the standard hatchback, and the theme of this car is chrome, chrome, chrome. Hyundai has added 18-inch chrome-finished wheels, chrome door handles and chrome hood accents (yep). There’s also the usual Re:Flex badging on the actual hatch itself. Inside, the Re:Flex gets full leather seating, in either black or red, and the car can be purchased in a new Ice Pearl color, in addition to Century White, Vitamin C (orange), Ultra Black and Boston Red.

Hyundai is only offering the Re:Flex edition on the base Veloster, powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. All Re:Flex models are fitted with the company’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (sorry, manual fans).

Pricing has not been announced as of this writing, but the new Re:Flex model arrives in Hyundai showrooms this spring, with the full production run limited to 3,000 units. For more information, feel free to peruse Hyundai’s press blast, below.

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IIHS tests 11 minicars, finds them wanting in small-overlap crash test

February 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

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IIHS minicar small-overlap crash tests

IIHS minicar small-overlap testingThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its challenging small-overlap crash test have passed judgment. In testing of nearly a dozen minicars, only one vehicle scored an acceptable rating on the ultra-tough test, which was instituted in August 2012.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only car out of 11 to net an “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap test and the only one to be named a 2014 Top Safety Pick. The IIHS has four rating levels – Poor, Marginal, Acceptable and Good.

The Mazda2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and 2014 Ford Fiesta all netted “Marginal” scores on the small-overlap test, while the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, Toyota Prius C, Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500 and Honda Fit all netted “Poor” ratings. We’ve posted the full score result sheet to the right.

“Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS’ senior VP for vehicle research. “Unfortunately, as a group, minicars aren’t performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small overlap crash.”

Scroll down for the official press release from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Hyundai’s second Super Bowl ad is a Nice piece of work

February 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Yesterday, Hyundai unveiled its Dad’s Sixth Sense Super Bowl ad, which showed off the 2015 Genesis Sedan and its auto emergency braking system. While a fine spot, it lacked the pizzaz we expect of a commercial for the big game. Hyundai’s second half-minute commercial, however, is more of what we expect of a Super Bowl ad.

Starring The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki and with a cameo from comedian Richard Lewis, the commercial sees Galecki trying to woo a woman he comes across at a stop light by complimenting her on her Elantra, which just so happens to be what he’s driving. Things go hilariously awry from there.

Scroll down for a full look at the video, and let us know how you think it stacks up next to yesterday’s Dad’s video.

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Hyundai recalling 15,500 Entourage minivans over rust in cold-weather states

November 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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2007 Hyundai Entourage

Hyundai has increased its quality by leaps and bounds in recent years, but we’re not sure the Entourage minivan is the best representation of the brand. Essentially a rebadged version of the Kia Sedona, the Entourage has been out of production for about five years now, and it’s evidently run into some trouble.

The problem apparently revolves around the suspension – specifically the front lower control arm – which could rust and fracture, particularly in snow-belt states. As a result, Hyundai and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for the Entourage from the 2007 and 2008 model years, the only two years it was sold in the United States.

The recall applies to some 15,500 units sold or registered in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Hyundai will notify owners as to when they should bring their vehicles in for inspection before either rustproofing or replacing the components in question. What’s interesting, however, is that the nearly identical Kia Sedona has not been subject to the same recall.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra gets new 2.0L engine, Sport model, tweaked styling

November 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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2014 Hyundai Elantra SportMost of the attention at Hyundai has recently been focused on the next-gen Sonata and Genesis, but before we see either of those sedans, the automaker is giving its small car lineup a significant overhaul.

Just last week, Hyundai unveiled the refreshed 2014 Accent, and today at the LA Auto Show it’s take the covers off of its updated 2014 Elantra. All three Elantra models – sedan, coupe and GT – will receive the same changes, but Hyundai has only released pictures for two of the sedan models: Limited (above) and Sport (inset).

The biggest news is that a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, direct-injected inline four-cylinder is now the standard engine in the GT and Coupe, as well as the Elantra sedan’s all-new Sport trim level. This engine produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, and while the 2014 Elantra GT can still be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2014 Elantra Coupe drops the option for a manual transmission; it also appears that the Elantra Sport sedan will come solely with the automatic. With the larger engine, fuel economy numbers do drop a little: all models powered by this engine receive EPA estimated ratings of 24 miles per gallon in the city. Highway estimates for this engine include 33 mpg for the GT with automatic, 34 mpg for the GT with manual and Coupe, and 35 for the Sport sedan. Sedan buyers looking for better fuel economy still have the carry over 1.8-liter engine with 145 hp, 130 lb-ft and EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.

All three variants of the 2014 Elantra get some styling changes, but the visual updates made to the GT and Coupe are minimal since these models have only been on the market for one year. The sedan gets your standard midcycle refresh that includes new wheel designs and tweaked front and rear fascias, while the Sport and Limited trim levels add stylish LED-trimmed headlights and LED taillights – these lights are standard on the GT and optional on the Coupe. The Elantra Sport sedan is easily distinguishable thanks to its two-tone 17-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tip and rear decklid spoiler. The new base model, formerly known as GLS, has been renamed the SE, and the top-trim Limited still offers a fully loaded experience.

Inside, the 2014 Elantra has received attention to improve the styling and comfort, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels. All models get a slightly revised instrument panel, while the GT and Coupe models now have standard heated front seats. Even the technology has been upgraded to include a new touchscreen display, a “next-generation navigation” system and the availability of Pandora Internet radio.

Hyundai has not announced pricing for the 2014 Elantra lineup yet, but all three cars go on sale next month. Scroll down for press releases on the Sedan, Coupe and GT.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra gets new 2.0L engine, Sport model, tweaked styling

November 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Hyundai Elantra SportMost of the attention at Hyundai has recently been focused on the next-gen Sonata and Genesis, but before we see either of those sedans, the automaker is giving its small car lineup a significant overhaul.

Just last week, Hyundai unveiled the refreshed 2014 Accent, and today at the LA Auto Show it’s take the covers off of its updated 2014 Elantra. All three Elantra models – sedan, coupe and GT – will receive the same changes, but Hyundai has only released pictures for two of the sedan models: Limited (above) and Sport (inset).

The biggest news is that a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, direct-injected inline four-cylinder is now the standard engine in the GT and Coupe, as well as the Elantra sedan’s all-new Sport trim level. This engine produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, and while the 2014 Elantra GT can still be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2014 Elantra Coupe drops the option for a manual transmission; it also appears that the Elantra Sport sedan will come solely with the automatic. With the larger engine, fuel economy numbers do drop a little: all models powered by this engine receive EPA estimated ratings of 24 miles per gallon in the city. Highway estimates for this engine include 33 mpg for the GT with automatic, 34 mpg for the GT with manual and Coupe, and 35 for the Sport sedan. Sedan buyers looking for better fuel economy still have the carry over 1.8-liter engine with 145 hp, 130 lb-ft and EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.

All three variants of the 2014 Elantra get some styling changes, but the visual updates made to the GT and Coupe are minimal since these models have only been on the market for one year. The sedan gets your standard midcycle refresh that includes new wheel designs and tweaked front and rear fascias, while the Sport and Limited trim levels add stylish LED-trimmed headlights and LED taillights – these lights are standard on the GT and optional on the Coupe. The Elantra Sport sedan is easily distinguishable thanks to its two-tone 17-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tip and rear decklid spoiler. The new base model, formerly known as GLS, has been renamed the SE, and the top-trim Limited still offers a fully loaded experience.

Inside, the 2014 Elantra has received attention to improve the styling and comfort, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels. All models get a slightly revised instrument panel, while the GT and Coupe models now have standard heated front seats. Even the technology has been upgraded to include a new touchscreen display, a “next-generation navigation” system and the availability of Pandora Internet radio.

Hyundai has not announced pricing for the 2014 Elantra lineup yet, but all three cars go on sale next month. Scroll down for press releases on the Sedan, Coupe and GT.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra shows off new trim, engine in LA

November 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Sport

Hyundai has issued a mid-cycle refresh for all three body styles of its popular Elantra compact at the 2013 LA Auto Show. As mid-cycle refreshes go, this is a fairly comprehensive one, with some sweeping changes beyond the typical new head- and taillights. The big news is a new 2.0-liter engine and a Sport trim group.

The new 2.0 will only be available on the Elantra Sport, and it pumps out 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. While those aren’t exactly Bugatti Veyron-beating numbers, they still represent healthy 25-hp and 23 lb-ft increases over the 1.8-liter engine, and the new output figures are enough to position the Elantra near the top of its class. Other tweaks for the Sport include a mildly retuned suspension with a larger front sway bar and slightly stiffened springs, along with revised programming for the electric power steering.

There are a number of other changes and tweaks that we detailed in last night’s story. Since then, we’ve snapped some images of both the Coupe and Sedan on the floor of the LA Auto Show, and we now have a full press release which gives a comprehensive list of what’s new for the 2014 Elantra. Check it out below, then let us know what you think in Comments.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec loses creature comforts, gains sporting equipment [UPDATE]

November 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai unveiled the Veloster Turbo R-Spec at the LA Auto Show yesterday, and it’s touted as a high-performance model without some of the standard features usually found on the Veloster Turbo, such as proximity-key entry with push-button start, premium gauge cluster, side-repeater mirrors, driver’s auto-up window, high-gloss interior trim and heated leather seats.

Like the other three R-Spec models Hyundai has released (Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec), the Veloster Turbo R-Spec skimps on interior appointments to keep the price down. But Hyundai thinks that people who buy it don’t want that equipment anyway, and would rather install aftermarket goodies. The car is priced at $22,110 (including the $810 destination fee), which makes it the least expensive Veloster Turbo model.

The pared-down hatchback’s special features include R-Spec-specific sport suspension, retuned steering and a B&M short-shifter for the six-speed manual transmission (the R-Spec isn’t offered with an automatic). That’s all great, but we can do without the red-accented side skirts and front splitter, which look just as tacky in person as they do in pictures.

For more information on the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, feel free to peruse the press release below.

UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Veloster Turbo R-Spec was $22,110 not including the destination fee. The text has been corrected.

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2014 Hyundai Accent gets updated styling, added convenience features

November 16, 2013 at 4:46 am

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2014 Hyundai Accent Sedan - blue - front three-quarter view

Integrated blind-spot mirrors are hardly a luxury item, but they’re one of the simplest yet most welcome equipment developments we’ve seen in some time, and we’re glad to see them beginning to spread throughout the industry’s offerings. The 2014 Hyundai Accent is the latest car to get them, along with a host of other new features.

Chief among the changes to Hyundai’s entry-level offering are new projector headlamps that combine LED accents with a welcome-light function, along with an available B&M Racing sport shifter on the five-door SE hatchback. Other small-but-useful standard-equipment updates include triple-flash turn signals and sliding sun visors, while uplevel SE models are treated to a tilt/telescope steering wheel, updated audio system with improved ergonomics and voice recognition, auto-up driver’s side window and the aforementioned upgraded projector headlamps.

Mechanically speaking, the Accent appears unchanged, with the sole engine offering consisting of Hyundai’s well-regarded 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder delivering 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque to go along with its fuel economy ratings of 27 miles per gallon city and 38 highway.

Through October of this year, Hyundai has shifted 48,717 Accents in the US, a respectable figure but well behind class leaders like the Ford Fiesta (61,955), Chevrolet Sonic (76,499) and Nissan Versa (100,161), let alone larger Hyundai models like the Sonata (172,574) and Elantra (209,469).

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China, meet Hyundai’s new Mistra sedan

November 14, 2013 at 5:27 am

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Hyundai's China-only Mistra sedan is unveiled.

If there was no Hyundai badge, the front end styling of the Korean automaker’s new China-only Mistra sedan could have fooled us into thinking it was a refreshed Nissan Altima. Walk around for profile and rear-end views, and we can see more than a bit of Azera in the newest Hyundai, too.

But the Mistra is indeed made for the Chinese market, Carscoops reports, and with a 185.6-inch length, 109.1-inch wheelbase and 71.7-inch width, in size it slots right between the Elantra and Sonata sedans. On the outside, the Mistra maintains Hyundai design cues but loses some of the swoopy styling employed on the Elantra and Sonata for more straight lines and angles.

The Mistra carries its more-restrained-than-Sonata looks to the interior, where occupants will be pleased to find brushed aluminum-look accents on the dashboard, some nice-looking wood trim (if that’s your thing) and an easy-to-read instrument cluster with a digital center readout, similar to that in the Genesis sedan.

No 2.0-liter turbo motor makes it into the Mistra – Chinese buyers will have to make do with a choice between two naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engines: a 1.8-liter mill that makes 143 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter engine good for 155 hp.

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