Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

The 100th issue of the comic series “The Walking Dead” is coming up and typically we wouldn’t have too much interest in it. However, once we hear the term “Zombie Survival Machine” combined with “Hyundai ,” our ears perk up a bit.

Hyundai has teamed up with the writer of the comic, Robert Kirkman, to create the ultimate Zombie Survival Machine using none other than a brand new Hyundai Elantra coupe. Hyundai has teased a final sketch of the creation, but we are not too sure if this is actually what it will look like. Fortunately, we don’t need to wait too long, as Hyundai is unveiling this walking dead survival coupe at the Comic-Con, which starts on July 12th and runs through the 15th.

If the sketches are true to the real-life production model, it will bear a V-shaped plow on the front with massive metal spike protruding from the top, which will help turn zombies into shish-kabob. On each rim is another skewer that looks like it is designed to do serious damage to a zombie’s leg. Up top you get triple fog lights, because we all know that the zombie apocalypse is never complete without tons of fog.

The front, rear, and side glass is all reinforced with steel bars so that even if the zombies manage to shatter the glass, they still can’t get into the car – it also works great for carjackers. There’s also a winch mounted to the front end and the body panels appear to be steel plated.

We all know that this model will, of course, never be produced beyond this special one-off model, but it’s bound to be cool nonetheless. Hopefully Hyundai is taking this task seriously and not manufacturing the defense systems out of foam. We want to see real-life metal and a brand new Hyundai that is fit to do battle… Then… Let us drive it, please?

We’ll update you with complete details on this zombie-fighting Hyundai the second we get all of the information and some rear shots of the car. Until then, enjoy the concept drawing.

Click past the jump for Hyundai’s press release.

Sitting alongside the Elantra Coupe , at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show is Hyundai ’s competitor for models like the Ford Focus , Mazda3 , and Volkswagen Golf . The Elantra GT is the third vehicle in Hyundai’s 7/11 product initiative (seven new or redesigned models in the next 11 months), next to the the Veloster Turbo and the refreshed Genesis Coupe .

The new Elantra GT features the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque as the sedan and the coupe variants. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

The Elantra GT features the same "Fluidic Sculpture" which includes an aggressive profile and low overall height, as well as sleek side mirrors. The interior offers comfortable seating for five people or can accommodate four passengers with long items such as golf clubs or snowboards.

UPDATE 06/13/2012: Hyundai has announced prices for the 2013 Elantra GT that will arrive in dealerships later this month. The new Elantra GT equipped with a manual transmission will be priced at $18,395 and the automatic version will be priced at $19,395. Hit the jump for the full pricing list.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.

Last year, Hyundai unveiled the new generation Elantra sedan - a model that featured an impressive exterior design language and a new 1.8-liter inline-four that producing 148 HP and 131 pound-feet of torque. Now, Hyundai has to unveil a new Coupe variant at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, which the company hopes will compete with the Honda Civic Coupe model.

Just like the sedan, the new Elantra Coupe will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this engine delivers a fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The new model will be distinguished by a unique "Fluidic Sculpture" two-door coupe design language that includes a hexagonal front fascia with jeweled swept-back headlights, a blacked-out rear diffuser, and much more.

UPDATE 06/15/2012: Hyundai has announced prices for the 2013 Elantra Coupe. Prices will range from $17,445 for the base GS version and will go up to $19,745 for the sport-tuned Elantra Coupe SE. An optional SE A/T Technology Package will add another $2,350. Hit the jump for a full pricing list.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe.

There aren’t a lot of cars in this world that probably gets less hype and appreciation than the Hyundai Elantra . Hard to believe, too, considering that the Elantra is a good enough car to win the 2012 North American Car of the Year of the award.

So in its own little way, the Hyundai Elantra is celebrating its award in a rather unique and potentially annoying way: riding a victory lap in the neighborhood with its horn in full blast exclaiming its awesomeness.

Sounds like the kind of thing that gets people to throw rocks at your car, but in this instance, we don’t’ blame Hyundai and the Elantra for pulling off this ad, especially since the Elantra deserves all the recognition it can get for being one of North America’s best automobile purchases.

Say whatever you want about the Elantra, but make no mistake, it’s a car worthy of respect and - in this case - a victory lap around the neighborhood.

Source: Hyundai
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The King’s Speech may have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards last night, but the true winner - at least from an automotive perspective - was the 2011 Hyundai Elantra . The best looking small sedan of 2011 didn’t have to share the spotlight with anyone as Hyundai was the exclusive automotive sponsor for the third year in a row.

The 2011Hyundai Elantra is powered by an all-new 1.8-liter inline-four that produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Throw in the six-speed automatic transmission and the Elantra shines with 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Hyundai says that 40 mpg is attainable on the full range of Elantra trims, not just ECO models. This isn’t your typical small sedan, the Elantra looks brilliant and can offer best in class fuel economy.

Hyundai’s approach to their Academy Awards advertising was much more low key and to-the-point than the Super Bowl ads they produced. In total, Hyundai had nine advertisements airing before and during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, including two new spots for the Elantra and Genesis called "Drawing Board" (shown above) and "Greatest Luxury," respectively. Other spots include "Good Things Come in Threes" highlighting Hyundai’s powertrains, "Comfy Home" featuring the Equus , "Family" featuring the Sonata , "Anachronistic City" featuring the Sonata Hybrid , "iPad" which highlights the Equus’ application of the iPad owner’s manual, and "Childhood" and "Deprogramming" also featuring the Elantra.

We normally don’t subscribe to these types of marketing campaigns because they’re plainly of the annoying variety, but Hyundai did a pretty darn good job at executing it that we actually liked the whole theme of hypnosis.

Playing the age old visual mind trick, Hyundai worked on the idea that the Elantra is more than just a compact car and tells consumers that they need to rid themselves of their preconceived notions of what a compact car really is.

The whole idea of "snapping out of it" plays exactly into Hyundai’s hands. For the most part, at least as far as the Korean manufacturer is concerned, the Elantra is a car that’s far from boring and actually has better mileage - 40 mpg, according to Hyundai - than most people think.

Even if it means resulting into playing the whole hypnosis mind trick routine, Hyundai is all for it so as long as people begin to realize that the Elantra is a lot better car than most people give it credit for.

As the ad vehemently declares, it’s going to be a mass-deprogramming of an unprecedented scale when the commercials hit the tubes.

Check out the commercials after the jump.

The midsize sedan game is one of the most competitive areas in the automotive industry. There are so many players and not much room on the all-star team and as of now, the onlyHyundai that has ever made its way onto this exclusive team is the wonderfully styled Sonata , a vehicle that has become the benchmark in terms of sedan styling.

The newest redesign from Hyundai comes in the form of the new Elantra . It might not be a sports car, but this machine is in no way boring. It looks brilliant, packs a decent motor, and can offer best in class fuel economy. Hyundai’s goal with this new vehicle is to continue to dominating the sedan game and with two strong players, they just might.

The new Elantra was just unveiled to the public and we have prepared a little preview of what you can expect in the new sedan.

UPDATE 12/19/10: It’s configurator time again! That’s right, boys and girls; Hyundai has just released a new configurator for the 2011 Elantra, which means that you can once again put your ’Configurator Caps’ back on and treat yourself to a fancy car and trim building exercise. Who knows, you just might end up liking your work too much you end up buying the car in the end.

Hit the jump to read on.

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This is a big day for Hyundai . Today is the first day of sales for the new Avante in South Korea. Now, we just have to wait until the end of the year for the sedan to come to the United States under the Elantra name.

The car first debuted at the Busan Auto Show in Korea last spring and it features a strikingly brilliant design inside and out. It borrows some of its looks from the Sonata, which Hyundai calls “wind craft”. It should make a big splash in the U.S market and prove to be tough competition for the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus .

The length of the car has been enlarged by one inch and the axles are now two inches further apart. The Avante is powered by a 1.6-liter Gamma direct-injection inline-four with 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. The car will get around 38.8 miles per gallon combined. No word on what motor the U.S version will have.

Hit the jump for the press release.

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Hyundai has finally taken the wraps off of the new Elantra’s interior. We have seen rendering and spy sports, but we haven’t seen an official picture of the vehicle. That is, until now. Hyundai has released one image of the new car’s dashboard.

Known in Korea as the Avante, the new sedan will get the same design language as the Sonata. The car is expected to go on sale in South Korea in the early Fall and we will likely have to wait a few months to get it here.

The Korean version of the car will get a 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma-series four-cylinder motor with a new six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims that the motor will be able to put out 138 horsepower, while being 10 percent more efficient than rivals, such as the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus . The North American version could get a 200 horsepower turbocharged motor.

Look for the final product to debut in late September at the Paris Motor Show , while the North American version should be here in late 2010 or early 2011. We hope that the styling stays the same because this car looks stunning.

A few months after teasing us with the exterior of the new Hyundai Elantra – they purposely tinted out the sedan at the Busan Motor Show to keep nosy auto journalists like us from taking a peek - the Korean manufacturer recently released teaser images of the other side of the coin, that is to say the car’s interior.

Now, the image is nothing more than a conceptual rendering of the interior and, similar to how we were wowed by the Elantra’s new sleek and aggressive design, the rendering of the interior left us in the same state of mind. Wow. Not too shabby for a model that has long been used to taking on a conservative approach. That, of course, shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who heard from Hyundai that the new Elantra would be completely revamped from its predecessor. Guess they weren’t kidding on that end, huh?

In any case, expect to see the Elantra – or as it’s called in Korea, the Avant – to begin doing its dealership rounds in its homeland sometime before the year ends. Whether it hits America is still a matter to be discussed, but with reports saying that the Elantra would be built at Hyundai’s facility in Alabama, we’re keeping our hopes up that the new sedan will find its way on American soil sometime in the near future.

Source: Hyundai

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