2015 Hyundai Sonata gets a shadowy preview

March 5, 2014 at 1:35 am

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It’s only been on the market since 2010, but such is the hectic pace of the family sedan world that the Hyundai Sonata finds itself as the elder statesmen of the midsize segment. The current, sixth-generation sedan put the Korean automaker in the hunt with its audacious Fluidic Sculpture styling and bold powertrain choices (it was the first to eschew a six-cylinder option), but time has brought with it tough new competitors from the likes of Ford, Honda, Mazda and others, so it’s time for a new model.

Previewed here in this official teaser rendering is an all-new, seventh-generation model, and at first blush, it looks markedly more conservative and refined than its predecessor, with more restrained surfacing and a more traditional six-sided grille. Scheduled for a world premiere in Korea later this month, the Sonata is expected to make its first show circuit appearance at the New York Auto Show in April.

Built atop a platform with significantly more advanced high-strength steel (51 percent vs. 21 percent) and increased use of structural adhesives, the Sonata’s bones promise to be both more rigid (by 40 percent) and lighter. Cloaked in Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 bodywork, so far Hyundai isn’t saying much about powertrain updates, but it is trumpeting a redesigned interior with a new infotainment interface and redesigned seats.

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Sonata, Elantra driving down Hyundai quality scores

February 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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2011 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai was the butt of many jokes in the auto industry when it first entered the US market, but since then, it has forged ahead and built cars that stand with the best in their respective segments. The 2011 Sonata and 2011 Elantra were seen as the apotheosis of the brand’s forward progress when they were introduced, but falling J.D. Power and Associates Dependability Study results may actually cause them to hurt the company’s hard-earned reputation.

J.D Power’s study examines three-year-old vehicles for problems per 100 vehicles. Since the 2011 study for 2008 model year cars, Hyundai has fallen from 10th overall with 132 problems to 27th in the 2014 survey of 2011 model year vehicles with 169 problems. It was also Hyundai’s second consecutive year of an increase in reported problems. According to Automotive News, many of these problems are due to faults with the Sonata and Elantra, but J.D. Power didn’t identify specifically what issues caused Hyundai’s dependability to tumble so far down the list. However, the study found that, on average, reliability fell throughout the industry for the first time since 1998.

Getting the Sonata and Elantra right are vital to Hyundai. In 2013, they were the company’s best-selling cars. “We’ll be closely going through the data to see where improvements need to be made. Hyundai’s goal is nothing short of quality leadership, and the report shows we have work to do,” Hyundai spokesperson Jim Trainor said in an email to Autoblog.

It took years and huge amounts of capital to build Hyundai’s reputation as a dependable brand, and sustained problems could jeopardize that. “We’ll learn from this study and are confident our dependability scores will be better in the future,” said Trainor. Hopefully, rehiring engineers who left over quality issues does not point the way forward.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis to offer Google Glass integration

February 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Hyundai announces Google Glass integration for 2015 GenesisWe suppose it was simply a matter of when (rather than ‘if’) wearable technology would infiltrated automobiles, and apparently that time has come. Hyundai has just announced that its new-for-2015 Genesis Sedan will be compatible with Google Glass thanks to its Blue Link infotainment system.

“As a leader in connected car technology, we’re always exploring new ways to use technology to enhance the ownership experience for our customers. Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging these small screens to quickly access remote features and deliver timely vehicle information,” said Barry Ratzlaff, the executive director of Customer Connect and Service Business Development for Hyundai.

Customers will need to download a Blue Link Glassware app to manage their new Genesis, but once that’s sorted, owners will be treated to little “cards” that pop up on the Google Glass interface. Push notifications will show when maintenance is due and customers will even be able to schedule service via Glass. Features like remote start, remote locking and a vehicle finder will also be available, while points of interest will be selectable and loadable into the navigation system via Google Send-to-Car.

“In 2013, we saw millions of commands sent to Hyundai vehicles from our Blue Link mobile application,” said Ratzlaff. “As new screens emerge, we see a real opportunity to expand our app strategy to provide added convenience for our owners.”

Of course, on some level, this new compatibility presupposes that using Google Glass and similar technologies while driving is legal – and that’s something that’s clearly up for debate right now on local, state, and federal levels.

Either way, there’s a short press release from Hyundai below, highlighting some of the features and benefits of having Google Glass in the Genesis. Scroll down to take a look.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan can be yours for under $40K [w/video]

February 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

While we’ve already tested Hyundai’s all-new, second-generation Genesis Sedan in its home market, the Korean brand unveiled the American-spec luxury car to the sleep-deprived journalists of Detroit.

The big sedan isn’t wildly different from its KDM counterpart, boasting the same pair of engines that have done so well in the first-generation car. The 5.0-liter V8 still produces 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.8-liter V6 returns 333 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the current cars, the standard eight-speed automatic can send power to all four wheels, if so optioned. Rear drive remains standard.

The big piece of news surrounding the new Genesis is that Hyundai is aiming to keep the luxury sedan’s starting price below $40,000. We knew official pricing hadn’t been released, but according to a report from Automotive News, the company is confident the entry level models should remain quite reasonably priced.

We’ve been trolling the floors of Cobo Hall in Detroit, and have a range of images direct from the Genny Sedan’s unveiling. Take a peak at those at the top of the page, and then scroll down for the press blast from Hyundai and our images from the Korean drive event.

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Hyundai Genesis V8 HTRAC may come with performance orientation

February 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

When the second-generation Hyundai Genesis arrives in dealers, customers looking for the new all-wheel-drive variant will need to settle for the 3.8-liter V6. This is no bad thing, as the V6 is a sound engine, but what if you want that brawny, 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8? For now, you’re stuck spinning the rear wheels.

A report from AutoGuide, though, claims that the new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system could be mated up to the Genny Sedan’s optional V8 engine at a later date, as part of a new performance version. According to spokesman Miles Johnson, a performance-minded Genesis, perhaps in the same vein as the first-generation R-Spec, is being looked at by the powers that be at Hyundai and that there “may be a market demand for such a model.”

Whether it’d add on to the V8′s 429 ponies, or simply shore up other parts of the car while adding the AWD system remains to be seen. Of course, if we hear any more on an AWD, V8-powered, performance version of the new Genesis Sedan, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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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 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 2015 Genesis Super Bowl commercial is Dad-approved

February 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Hyundai Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl commercials allow advertising and marketing execs the opportunity to let their hair down, have a bit of fun and get silly. That’s why Audi’s ad features a mutant, CGI-animated dog, GoDaddy’s spot features a beefcake Danica Patrick and Kia has recruited Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, from the Matrix films. Hyundai, meanwhile, didn’t seem to get the memo.

It’s not that its spot is bad, but it does feel a bit boring, playing a lot like Hyundai’s non-Super Bowl advertisements – in other words, not something we’re going to be talking about next Monday around the water cooler. Called Dad’s Sixth Sense, the 30-second clip shows off the 2015 Genesis Sedan and its auto emergency braking system, after showing dad’s saving their kids from what we imagine would be fairly painful, and in some cases horrific, accidents (tackling a hot barbecue, anyone?).

We’ve got the full spot down below. Keep your eye out for it on Super Bowl Sunday.

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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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2014 Hyundai Azera gives you more for less

December 21, 2013 at 5:44 am

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2014 Hyundai Azera

The Azera is sort of the forgotten Hyundai. Despite just having rolled out the new version a couple of years ago, the Korean automaker hasn’t been able to move them very quickly. Where the smaller Sonata and Elantra sell in the tens of thousands each month, the fullsize Azera barely reaches that in a year. In fact it’s Hyundai’s second slowest-selling model, behind the flagship Equus. But Hyundai’s not resigning itself to letting Azeras sit around on dealer lots. Thus, the company is actually reducing the car’s price while increasing the array of standard equipment.

Now starting at $31,000, the base 2014 Azera now comes with a six-inch color LCD, backup camera, blind-spot mirror and three years of Assurance Connected Care services. Spring for the $34,750 Azera Limited and you get an eight-inch display, electroluminescent gauges, LCD trip computer and power folding mirrors.

Despite the increased level of specification, the Azera is now $1,250 cheaper than the previous-year model, while still offering the highest specific output and most front-seat room in its class. Scope out the details in the press release below and the fresh batch of images in the gallery above for a closer look.

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Genesis, Elantra will be Hyundai’s Super Bowl stars

December 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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2014 Hyundai ElantraHyundai was easily one of the top overall advertisers in last year’s Super Bowl with five commercials that aired before or during the game. Now, Hyundai is back for its seventh consecutive year with confirmed spots for Super Bowl XLVIII. The two 30-second ads titled Dad’s Sixth Sense and Nice will, respectively, highlight the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan and the recently updated 2014 Elantra.

The Genesis Sedan commercial will air during the first quarter of The Big Game in a more dramatic fashion touting the new sedan’s Automatic Emergency Braking feature, while the Elantra ad will be a humorous spot using a celebrity comedian to show off the refreshed Elantra, which includes the all-new Sport model (shown at right). Scroll down for Hyundai’s official press release for its upcoming commercials set to air during the game on February 2.

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