August 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Hyundai began distancing itself from a budget brand reputation years ago with fresh product that began to turn heads. It’s offerings kept getting better, and now the Korean carmaker has broken into a full sprint as it continues to buffer an already strong range with good quality, no nonsense vehicles. The latest addition to this expanding stable is the all-new 2011 Elantra small sedan that enters the fray as the fifth generation of the nameplate. Compact sedans are rarely known for being exciting machines but the new Elantra’s slick bodywork immediately separates itself from more conservative competition. Does it have the brawn and the brains to back up the sexy sheetmetal? Car and SUV spent a week with the new Elantra to find out.
For most potential buyers it’s the Elantra’s shape that will pierce their interest despite the lack of any sharp edges. It’s an elegantly worked collaboration of creases and coupe-inspired curves. Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language is in full force with the Elantra and gives it a strong family resemblance with its larger i45 sibling. Details like a broad lower air dam, pumped-out wheel arches and ascending shoulder line make the Elantra look wide and low. Continue reading “Hyundai Elantra 2011 Review” »
June 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Hyundai NZ launched its all new Elantra compact sedan at a press event, held at the Fieldays show, yesterday. The Elantra comes with big expectations for Hyundai but the high hopes seem justified – because the 2011 Elantra is a solid all-round package.
Hyundai hopes to install the Elantra as New Zealand’s number one selling compact sedan, but does it really have what it takes to match Holden’s much-improved Cruze or established competitors like the Mazda3? Car and SUV got some seat time in the new Elantra to find out more.
The Elantra goes on sale in three trim levels A6, A6 Elite and A6 Elite Limited. The entry model Elantra A6 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth interior trim, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, six speaker stereo with iPod inputs, steering wheel audio controls, manual air conditioning and cruise control. It carries a price tag of $35,990.
The A6 Elite model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, full leather interior with electric drivers’ seat, keyless entry and start, a subwoofer for the stereo, dual-zone climate control, reversing sensors, heated seats front and rear, and rain-sensing wipers. The well-equipped Elantra Elite is priced at $39,990. Continue reading “2011 Hyundai Elantra REview” »
April 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Hyundai is staying very busy as it continues through what’s a very ambitious product renewal program. Just days after unveiling the new Accent in Beijing, Hyundai has revealed its next generation Elantra at the Busan Motor Show in South Korea.
The Elantra is the latest model to receive the “fluidic sculpture” styling cues sweeping across the Hyundai range. Slotting between the Accent and the i45 in the revitalised Hyundai line-up, the new Elantra is powered by a new direct-injected 1.6 litre Gamma GDI petrol engine, producing a healthy 102kW of power and 166Nm of torque.
The engine is mated to Hyundai’s new six-speed automatic transmission – also featured in the updated Santa Fe and the ix35 small SUV. Although exact fuel consumption figures for the new Elantra haven’t been released it’s expected to be around 10 percent more fuel efficient than its rivals.
The Avante will go on sale in South Korea in the second half of this year, at this stage it’s unknown if a NZ launch is planned.
July 10th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
Hyundai Motor Company plans to start retail sales of its first LPG-electric hybrid vehicle in July 2009. To be sold initially in the Korean domestic market under the Avante badge, the Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is the world’s first hybrid vehicle to be powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and the first to adopt advanced Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly) batteries.
“We are excited about this new technology and looking forward to working with HMC to bring this to New Zealand” says Philip Eustace, Executive Director Hyundai Motors New Zealand.
Powered by a Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) Gamma engine displacing 1.6 litres, a 15kW electric motor and a continuously variable transmission, the Elantra LPI HEV is a mild-type hybrid capable of delivering a competitive fuel economy rating.
The Elantra LPI HEV promises to be as much as 40 percent cheaper to operate than other competitor models in the marketplace and 50 percent less than a conventional Elantra model powered by a gasoline-only engine.
The Elantra LPI HEV will have a premium cost compared to a conventional Elantra due to the extra hardware (Li-Poly battery, DC motor and electrical control system). However, with the resulting fuel savings, Elantra LPI HEV buyers can expect to recover the extra cost of the vehicle in about two years.
In addition, the Elantra LPI HEV emits just 103g/km of CO2 and 90 percent fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline-powered Elantra to qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV).
The Elantra LPI HEV will be the first car in the world to use lithium polymer rechargeable batteries. Li-poly batteries have significant advantages over lithium-ion batteries including higher energy density, lower manufacturing costs, being more robust to physical damage and they can also take more charge-discharge cycles before storage capacity begins to degrade.
Despite initial sales of the Elantra LPI HEV being restricted to the Korean domestic market, New Zealand is already looking at the possibility of bringing the hybrid here as we have an excellent LPG distribution infrastructure.
As the Elantra LPI HEV remains under development, more detailed technical specifications will be released closer to the July 2009 launch date.