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The Sonata has been roaming the streets of America since 1989. Those early Hyundais were rather boring, bland cars with little styling, questionable reliability, and a name that was synonymous with less-than-impressive tax brackets. Things began to change for the Korean automaker when its products became better looking and longer lasting. The 2005 Sonata was a key player in that movement with its good-looking proportions and U.S.-built claim-to-fame. Things got even better in 2011 when Hyundai debuted the YF platform Sonata. Its upscale looks and solid powertrain sent the competition packing and sent Hyundai’s sales numbers skyward.

Now entering 2015, the Sonata has once again gone under the knife. But unlike 2011, the look is more sculpted, angular, and upscale thanks to Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.

Like I mentioned in my Sonata preview article, I spent a recent day behind the wheel of Hyundai’s newest car in hopes of gaining an understanding about the direction the new Sonata is headed, as well as the changes that exist.

Click past the jump for the full review

Say hello to the 2015 Hyundai Sonata – the Korean automaker’s all-new midsize sedan. From its front grille to tailpipes, this car is completely different inside and out for the upcoming model year. Hyundai invited me to spend a day behind the wheel of its latest cash cow along the rolling hills of Montgomery, Alabama in the shadows of its massive assembly plant perched just off I-65.

With six trim levels and three engines to sample, the testing was extensive. The drive route included plenty of twisty roads, some interstate jaunts, and a few in-town treks to get a feel of how the new Sonata handles. Hyundai has spread out its trim packaging from spartan to sporty to luxurious. The trim levels include SE, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, Sport 2.0T w/ Ultimate Package, and Eco. The three engines are spread evenly throughout the trim levels and include the turbocharged, 1.6-liter I-4; the carry-over, 2.4-liter I-4; and the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4.

But before I dive into all the nitty-gritty details of the new Sonata in full Driven Review, click past the jump for a sneak peak at what the new car is all about.

The Sonata has been roaming the streets of America since 1989. Those early Hyundais were rather boring, bland cars with little styling, questionable reliability, and a name that was synonymous with less than impressive tax brackets. However, with the Sonata’s 2006 heavy revitalization, that began to change. The idea that the Sonata and the Korean brand making it were bargain basement started to fade. The following generation of Sonatas beginning in 2011 completely obliterated that notion. Hyundai’s brand perception rose, as did its vehicles’ styling, reliability, and ability to sell extremely well. For 2015, the Sonata is again completely new. And new to the Sonata’s trim line is the new Eco model, designed with fuel efficiency as its prime goal.

With Hyundai estimating the car to get 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined, the Sonata Eco gains an extra 10 percent fuel efficiency about the standard 2015 Sonata. Hyundai employs some fairly interesting hardware to achieve the extra efficiency, including a specialized engine and the first-ever use of a dual clutch transmission in the mid-size car category.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco.

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If you’re planning on buying a Hyundai Genesis Coupe with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, you’d better act fast and place an order over the next few months, as the South Korean automaker is dropping the turbocharged unit for the 2015 model year. Once the decision comes into force, Hyundai will only offer the coupe with the 3.8-liter V-6 that delivers 344 horsepower and 292 pound-feet of torque in its regular trim. The four-pot model that’s getting axed benefits from 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Speaking to Automotive News, company spokesman Derek Joyce said the resolution is part of Hyundai’s plan to reposition the two-door as a more premium sports coupe that would go against V-6-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros . The shift will also bring reconfigured packaging options that will lower the V-6’s price closer to the current entry-level sticker. Now retailing from $30,245, the V-6 Genesis Coupe is $3,000 more expensive than the base four-pot version.

The current V-6 model is available in two guises. The regular version comes with 344 ponies and 292 pound-feet of torque, while the premium variant is motivated by 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a standard six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic.

Click past the jump to read more about he Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Hyundai might not be among the automakers you should consider when buying a high-performance vehicle, but the South Korean brand is known for rigs like the i20 WRC . Based on the i20 supermini built in countries like Turkey or India, the WRC is the first high-performance car created by the new "N" sub-brand.

The 300 horsepower squeezed out of the 1.6-liter engine proves Hyundai is enjoying great progress and likely previews a bunch of cool, road-going cars that are scheduled to arrive over the next few years. If you think the i20 WRC is an awesome machine, then you will be delighted to find that Hyundai built yet another semi-exotic vehicle.

It goes by the name Veloster Midship, and surfaced at the 2014 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. Unlike the regular Veloster , this model has its powerplant mounted where the rear seats should be. What’s more, Hyundai ditched the 1.6-liter four-pot found in the production car for a larger, 2.0-liter Theta GDI unit. If you’re not familiar with it, the 2.0 GDI motivates the Kia Forte , Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Santa Fe .

But make no mistake, the Midship’s plant is anything but regular. The Koreans did some tweaking and forced it to generate 295 horsepower. Pair that amount of oomph with a lightweight, aluminum suspension and a more rigid chassis, and you’re looking at some sort of super-hatchback .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept.

Introduced in 2012, the Veloster Turbo isn’t the nimble hatchback Hyundai was hoping for. At least not against more popular choices like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST .

That being said, we’re not at all surprised that the Koreans are revamping the compact for the 2015 model year. Spotted during testing for the second time the past week — this time at the Nurburgring track — the Veloster Turbo will adopt some of the styling cues seen on the recently unveiled 2015 Genesis, which our Mark McNabb took for a drive last month.

The visual updates will consists of an enhanced front grille, reshaped bumpers, and revised headlamps and taillights. It will also include a set of fancier, bi-color wheels for some added style. We’ve already seen the latter in the first batch of spy shots, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to gain access to the full pictures.

The cabin is another area that won’t remain untouched, with an updated Supervision Cluster to replace the current unit. The overall configuration of the interior isn’t likely to change much, but expect more soft-touch surfaces and options to appear.

Things shouldn’t change much under the hood, where the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine will continue to deliver 201 turbocharged horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Launched in 2012 as Hyundai ’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo is being facelifted for the 2015 model year, with a camouflaged prototype already stretching its wheels around the company’s research and development center in Germany .

Although details are scarce and the vehicle is hidden under a thick wrap, it’s more than obvious that the Veloster Turbo is getting the same Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 treatment as the company’s larger, premium cars.

The update will begin with a new, larger front grille and will continue with a revised front bumper and headlamps. Round back, the rear bumper and the taillights will also change shape.

What we can see in these spy shots is a set of new wheels, which come in a twin five-spoke format and are finished in a bi-color pattern. A great improvement over the fan-like, cheap-looking rims offered on the current compact .

Some interior updates are likely to be implemented as well, beginning with a revised Supervision Cluster and ending with more soft-touch surfaces and other amenities that keep a cabin modern.

Engine-wise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hyundai keeping the 1.6-liter four-pot at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A small improvement in fuel economy — now standing at 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway — is likely though.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Facelift.

While we often have praise for automakers who create interesting marketing videos, Hyundai’s latest one had us totally up in knots. Produced presumably by its German arm, Hyundai has produced a ten-minute promotional video of the European-spec i10 by slamming together scene reprisals from 70 different movies.

If you’re looking for any sense of this video , you’re probably not going to get any because the video is about as confusing, strange, and downright bizarre as any promo video we’ve seen in recent memory.

We’re going to stop short of calling it pointless because the mere fact that I’m writing this and you’re reading it means that Hyundai accomplished its goal of getting people to talk about this video. So props to Hyundai for that, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that even after multiple viewings, the entire point of the video, other than to show the i10 in various scenes, still escapes us.

Maybe we have to watch it while our senses are impaired? Who knows, maybe a few glasses of something special will make for a totally different level of appreciation for this video.

Hyundai has put in the work to turn the 2015 Genesis sedan into a bonafide contender in the four-door luxury segment normally dominated by the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class . But the Genesis is knocking loudly on that door and with all the new safety technology added into the 2015 model.

To prove that its new four-door luxury sedan has all the tools to give BMW and Mercedes something to worry about, Hyundai decided to showcase the 2015 Genesis’ newest safety features in some pretty hairy safety stunts. Hyundai driver Rhys Millen was given the task of driving a Genesis with completely blacked-out windows, which meant that one he was inside the car, his senses of the outside world becomes pretty much eliminated. Millen’s only saving grace was the Genesis’ new safety features.

It’s hard to be impressed whenever an automaker performs a stunt claiming this and that, all while operating under the caveat that said stunts were organized and prepared for. But in this case, we can’t help but admire how Hyundai built up the Genesis’ safety credibility by having Millen drive the car.

Performing stunts without the benefit of seeing anything took a lot of guts, but Millen, who’s no stranger to driving for Hyundai, showed exactly why the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is one luxury car that customers should be very interested in.

Check out the two other videos after the jump.


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