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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Teaser Image

Published by on Mar 30th, 2010, 1 Comment

Hyundai is keen to extend its green bandwagon and it will be at the New York Auto Show revealing its 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. A teaser image of the Hybrid automobile has been revealed by Hyundai and it gives us a glimpse of the distinctive looking front fascia.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be a far cry from its non-hybrid version in terms of design. The front will feature a new-large mouthed grille, new headlamps and a sporty looking bumper with bigger air-intakes.

The Sonata Hybrid is supposed to feature the Blue Drive hybrid system and in its case, the combination will involve a 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine, and a 30 kW electric motor with 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque. The combo will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission while the motor alone will be powered by lithium-polymer batteries.

Look for the 2011 Sonata Hybrid unveiling at New York on March 31.

Hyundai HED-5 I-Mode Crossover Spied on the Inside Mode

Published by on Feb 15th, 2010, No Comments

Hyundai first revealed the HED-5 I-Mode Crossover back in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show and now a prototype of the Crossover vehicle was spotted by the spy photographers who managed to get a shot of the inside and the heavily camouflage rear.

Hyundai HED-5 i-Mode CUV spy photos

The spy flicks reveal that the van comes with contrasting leather tones as the driver seat is red while the passenger seat is gray. The contrasting trim usage is consistent through out the car while the light grey trim can also be spotted on the dashboard elements while and a tinge of white graces the multi-function steering wheel. On the outside the commuter is severely guised barring the rear taillights which look like LEDs.

The new Hyundai HED-5 I-Mode Crossover might be the big surprise from Hyundai at the Geneva motor show next month. [via WCF]

Hyundai Veloster Coupe Spied in Cold Weather Testing

Published by on Jan 4th, 2010, No Comments

2012 Hyundai Veloster

The production ready Hyundai Veloster was expected to retain 70% of the styling traits from the Concept that first debuted at the 2007 Seoul Auto Show. The first spy shots of the Coupe during its cold weather testing reveal that Hyundai is well and truly close to the concept with its final design. The images reveal an exaggerated wheel arch with a steep windshield design joining the intersection with the roof.

A far cry from the concept design is the way the car tapers off into the sidesill. The rear is more heavily camouflaged but one can still mark the similarities between the taillight placement of the concept and the factory ready model. As far as the headlights are concerned, the triangular shaped design has been again picked from the concept. Another design trait picked from the concept but modified slightly are the centrally placed dual-exhaust pipes. Under the hood, the 2012 model which will be available later this year or in early 2011 will come with a 140 hp engine that will render 40mpg as per the speculations.

Car Of The Year finalists announced

Published by on Nov 27th, 2009, 2 Comments

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The finalists for the 2010 South African Snoozefest Car of the year have been announced. The finalists in no particular order of monotony are:

  • Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4i Turbo Petrol
  • Audi Q5 2.0 T STronic
  • Chevy Cruze 1.8 LS
  • Hyundai i20 1.6 GLS
  • Suzuki Alto 1(!) litre GLS
  • Toyota Prius
  • VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI 90 kw Comfortline
  • Volvo XC60 3.0T Geartronic

From here on the finalists go on a couple of tests which include high speed dynamic assessment, parking ability, handling and other tests all while monitoring the fuel consumption.

I suppose they will have a proper car to tow some of these babies around to get them to high speed because on their own steam they won’t get there.

Anyway, which one do you think will win and why – leave a comment.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec Ready for a SEMA Preview

Published by on Oct 28th, 2009, No Comments

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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec is the latest version of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track that shuns non essential equipment like the Bluetooth, trip computer, chrome accents, cruise control, and the multifunction steering wheel — hence reducing the weight and the cost, making for a tuner-ready vehicle that allows owners to choose their own aftermarket additions.

Meant for a SEMA debut next week in Las Vegas, the Coupe 2.0T R-Spec gets a track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential and Summer performance tires on 19-inch alloys (gunmetal-finished). Under the hood is an intercooled 2.0L turbocharged four-banger capable of rendering 210hp and a top speed of 137mph. All these start at $23,750. [via Jalopnik]

Hyundai i10 Electric Sees Light in Germany

Published by on Sep 26th, 2009, No Comments

Hyundai i10 Electric

Hyundai is helping our world to stay a little greener, with their zero emission vehicle that is set for a 2010 trial release in Korea. This concept vehicle is the Hyundai i10 electric. Recently, unveiled in Frankfurt, the car offers a lot of promises. It’s powered with a 16kWh Lithium-Ion Polymer battery, and a 49 Kw electric motor and commuters can expect to travel 160 Km on a single charge. The Hyundai i10 electric provides comfortable seating for four with safety and weighs in at a low 1000 Kg. Part of the low weight is due to vacuum pump brakes eliminating excess weight associated with hydraulics, and the advanced batteries. Quite a ride, eh?

2011 Hyundai Sonata Unveiled

Published by on Sep 21st, 2009, No Comments

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The new and improved 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been unveiled in Frankfurt. Following a “fluidic sculpture” design and mixed with outstanding performance, fuel efficiency and segment leading safety features, the new Sonata charms with its styling. There’s a panoramic sunroof, a parking guide system, an 8 inch LCD, an optional JBL premium audio system and a navigation system. Hyundai plans to introduce Sonata’s gasoline version with a 2.4 liter Theta II GDI engine in January next year, and also plan to bring it to the U.S market.

2011 Hyundai Sonata i40 photos revealed

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2009, No Comments

Hyundai Sonata which will be sold as the i40 in Europe has been through a series of photo leaks and there is more to add to that phenomenon with a fresh set of images coming from a Korean Forum. The evident styling here makes us realize that the i40 will try to compete as a sedan and a coupe model but that will depend on what is under the hood as well.

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The speculation is that the model will come with a 2.4L Theta II engine assisted by GDI technology to produce 200hp. There will also be a 2.0L gasoline variant powering the Sonata. As far as the Koreans and Europeans are concerned, there will be a third option available to them- a 2.2 L ‘R’ diesel variant capable of churning out 204 whilst complying with Euro 5 emission standards. The North Americans might get luckier with a 250hp Lambda V6 Sonata. The i40 will debut in September and the Koreans might be able to purchase it in October. As far as North America and Europe is concerned, it will arrive in 2010.

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