Fresh off the announcement that their Hyundai Genesis Coupe is set to defend the title of Car of the Year for the Korean automaker after its larger four door sibling, the Genesis Sedan, took home the prize last year. Well, Hyundai Motors recently celebrated yet another milestone in the company’s history.
Last Tuesday, June 23, the Korean-based car manufacturer celebrated its 1 millionth Hyundai in Africa by hosting a rather elaborate and fanciful shipyard ceremony.
While we weren’t necessarily expecting the guys from Hyundai to party like rockstars, this achievement does entitle them to feel like one. After all, releasing 1 million cars in one region is already a cause for celebration, but doing in a place like Africa – which, to be candidly honest, is not on anybody’s list as one of the top car markets in the world, is downright amazing.
Why in the world would we announce the pricing for a car like the Hyundai Elantra Touring? Because it’s Hyundai’s reward.
Hyundai has been making some steady improvements in its cars, and the Elantra Touring is where this all comes together. This is not an Elantra wagon as the styling may suggest, but a whole new car. It’s called the i30 in Europe, and it also shares many of its components with its corporate sibling, the Kia C’eed. The C’eed is a certified hit in Europe for being a car that competes on more than just price point, so by default, we’re going to give the Elantra Touring a chance. Pricing starts at $18,495 for the 2.0-liter (only one offered) 138 hp hatchback/wagon.
Hyundai will unveil at the Beijing Auto Show (April 20 to 28) the facelift version of the Elantra Sedan.
The Chinese Elantra features a completely restyled front end inspired from the i30 / Elantra Touring models while changes in the rear-end include the new bumper, taillights and the slightly redesigned trunk.
No news about a North American debut at the moment, but will follow soon for sure!
Hyundai unveiled today at the CHicago Auto Show the 2009 Elantra Touring, a sportier, more functional variant of Hyundai’s popular Elantra sedan.
Elantra Touring is powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The Elantra Touring’s exterior dimensions (176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) means that Elantra Touring offers class-leading interior volume.
UPDATE 12/23/2008: Hyundai has just released prices for the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Pricing starts at $18,495 for the 2.0-liter (only one offered) 138 hp hatchback/wagon. The price starts to climb when the customer begins to add options with the most expensive model being $19,995 featuring a Premium-Sport package.
Hyundai unveiled at the 2007 SEMA the Incus Elantra, a customized car which include both aesthetic and performance equipment, that gives owners the tools to customize their vehicles easily and affordably.
Hyundai Motor America will show a colorful glimpse of the future when it takes the wraps off the Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) on October 30. The custom concept is derived from the all-new five-door Elantra Touring, which arrives in the U.S. in 2008, taking advantage of the strong resurgence in compact hatchbacks.
Hyundai announced company’s all-new five-door compact will be named "Elantra Touring," a model that will reach dealers in the spring of 2008 as a
2009 model year vehicle. The "Touring" name captures this all-new model’s
combination of high-function and fun-to-drive character.
Hyundai will add a new model to its line-up starting 2008. The new Elantra five-door wagon will come to compete with the Toyota Matrix, Dodge Caliber and five-door Mazda3.
The Elantra wagon will be taller than the sedan, and the suspension will be tuned for sportier handling, says Wayne Killen, director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America.
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The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized the 2007 Hyundai Accent and Elantra as two of the top 12 “Greenest Vehicles of 2007.” In addition, the 2007 Hyundai Sonata was named in the “Greener Choices for 2007” list that features widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions. The vehicles will be listed in the ACEEE’s Green Book Online, an annual consumers’ guide to environmentally-friendly cars and trucks.
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