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2011 Hyundai Sonata Spy Shots

Published by on Aug 25th, 2009, 1 Comment

2011 Hyundai Sonata spied

Here is the latest set of spy shots of the Hyundai Sonata which reveals a lot about the interior of the car. Incidentally the spy shots were clicked when Hyundai was doing its own photoshoot for the promotional materials. Apparently the secret for well-lit interior shots has been revealed and that requires the roof to be taken off. Visibly enough, the cabin is more elegant and refined. A close proximity with the styling of the big and luxurious German brands can also be established especially if you look at the rear trunk and tail lights. A Sonata Hybrid is also in the wings which will be powered by Hybrid Blue Drive Architecture introduced by Hyundai last year. [via hyundai-blog.com]

Hyundai Equus comes to the US in 2010

Published by on Aug 17th, 2009, 1 Comment

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There wasn’t much known about the scheduled release of the Hyundai Equus in the US until a couple of weeks back, but today we learned that Hyundai has now officially confirmed the luxurious Equus sedan for a 2010 debut in the US. The sedan will be launched with a new christening especially for States and it will compete with the likes of Lexus, BMW and Mercedes. As per Hyundai’s American president and CEO, John Krafcik, the response for the car has been great ever since it was revealed at the New York Auto Show which is comparable to the response Genesis (the award winning sedan) first got from the experts and the dealers across the country.

Hyundai Equus VL500 LWB Spied

Published by on Aug 12th, 2009, 1 Comment

The high-end luxury models from all big names have an LWB model in their contingent and Hyundai has sort of realized that too take the competition to that level, there should be one in its kitty too. And the preparations for it have already been made with a LWB variant of the Hyundai Equus spied in Ulsan, South Korea. The spy shots revealed a different front-grille on a supposed recycled prototype design.

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The biggest give away from the spy shot is the badge at the rear which reads VL500 meaning that the VS460 badge worn by the current Equus range-topper will not be the flagship any more. Indeed it will be a new 5.0-litre Tau V8 engine worth over 400hp that will now embrace the sedan. We expect this sedan to go public sometime next year (at least the Standard wheel base) as a 2011 model and will be priced around $50,000.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Threads the Highways in Dubai

Published by on Jul 8th, 2009, No Comments

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata  has been spotted summer testing under the hot desert sun (that can reach well over 45 degrees Celsius) of Dubai . After testing the vehicle at freezing temperatures in Sweeden, Hyundai’s new Sonata has been spied without clothes, in its actual size and stature. A bit curvier than the current model the 2011 Sonata will run on a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol or a more powerful 3.3-litre V6 for the petrol engines, the new 197hp 2.2-litre R-Type diesel and even a hybrid. Word is that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata will see daylight in May 2010 and that deliveries should begin late (October) next year. – via

Hyundai Nuvis Concept at NYIAS

Published by on Apr 14th, 2009, 2 Comments

When it comes to design, powertrain and technology, Hyundai has placed all its eggs in one basket. And that very attractive basket goes by the name of Nuvis.

Just unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the uber-cool and futuristic-styled set of wheels from Hyundai stole the show once the curtain came off. Wishing to be the leading brand in the US in terms of fuel economy by 2015, the stunning aerodynamics and reduction in drag seem to be the highlights of Nuvis’ flowing form (as the car’s front end is designed to split air much like a streamlined boat would part water). Powered by Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive system to go with the 2.4-litre Theta II engine, Nuvis will run on a combination of petrol and electric engines.

With a 6-speed automatic transmission, regenerative braking technology, stop/start system to save fuel the car focuses on fuel efficiency and emission reduction. Add to this, cool new interfaces such as the infotainment module that allows outside entities to communicate with the car’s four passengers individually through their seats and we have the car that could be the first running blueprint for future vehicles!

Hyundai Equus Plans an Entry Into the US market

Published by on Apr 14th, 2009, No Comments

Everyone was caught off guard when Hyundai unveiled the Equus at the New York International Auto Show and made its intentions crystal clear when it comes to being interested in launching the luxury vehicle in US market. The message given out by Hyundai is that the Equus will set its wheels in US showrooms as a competitive package with a very attractive price tag.

While this means great news for customers, This should send a shiver or two down the chassis of the likes of Lexus LS, as Hyundai promises to bring out a Equus for US that is loaded with a 5.0-litre V8 ‘Tau’ engine under the hood, mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission ate a price tag of around $50,000! This is a great deal compared to the current Korean version that sells for $ 79,000 and powered by a 3.8-litre V6 or the 4.6-litre V8. While the actual debut into US market could still be good 3 to 5 years away, the signs are encouraging indeed.

Hyundai Blue Will Concept Unleashed

Published by on Mar 26th, 2009, 2 Comments

All set to make its official debut at the Seoul Motor Show, the first few details of the new Hyundai Blue Will Concept are out already. The plug-in petrol/electric hybrid car utilizes a 1.6-liter petrol engine along with an LG li-ion battery-powered 100 kW electric motor for all its power. With dye-sensitized solar cells built into the glass on the roof of the car (just to add juice to the battery), it’s bound to get all the attention of clean-fuel lovers. In addition to solar power, headlight bezels made from a material obtained from recycled plastic soft drink bottles and a biodegradable cover on the engine ad interiors, there is absolutely no doubt who Hyundai is targeting with this one. All set to steal the show come April 2; the Blue Will aims at greener future for automobile industry.

Hyundai Equus opens to a sizzling debut in Korea

Published by on Mar 17th, 2009, 1 Comment

Powered by a 3.8 liter V6 Lambda or the 4.6 liter V8 Tau, the Hyundai Equus made its much awaited debut in the Korean market. And while the Lambda’s 285 hp and the Tau’s 360 hp does not boast of hair-rising speed, it makes up for the lack of oomph with its little techie-nuggets. Slated for release in China and Middle East later this year, the electric parking brake, the lane-departure warning system, smart cruise control and a 3.5-inch display screen give you complete value for money with a price tag ranging from €33,514 to €55,857. With the cutting edge 5-link suspension coupled with the Amplitude Selective Dampers, the Equus seems to be a wonderful buy for those looking for a luxurious everyday ride. Don’t you think? [via carscoop.blogspot.com]

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