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Is this the New Hyundai Elantra Touring

Euro-spec i30 may have a place in Korean carmaker’s U.S. line-up.

by on Sep.07, 2011

The new Hyundai i30 may reappear in the U.S. as the next Hyundai Elantra Touring.

It’s not always easy maneuvering your way around the Frankfurt Motor Show.  Even if you speak fluent German it’s difficult to interpret some of nuanced news that comes out of the show.  Like whether the new i30 Hyundai plans to unveil next week will make its way to this side of the Atlantic and reappear as the new Elantra Touring model.

That does appear likely, however, as Hyundai officials have already hinted that a hatch/wagon model would follow to offer an alternative to the current Elantra sedan.  The challenge has been to come up with a 2-box variant that would maintain the 4-doors visual stopping power – as this advance image of the i30 suggests Hyundai designers have accomplished.

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“The new-generation i30 is recognizable thanks to the Hyundai family face with its signature hexagonal-shaped front grille and the jewel-like design of the headlamps, together with distinctive daytime running lights,” said Thomas Burkle, the maker’s chief European stylist. “These lights present an angular shape within a more softly-edged recess, adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury.”


First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai’s “tweener” to get a facelift for Los Angeles.

by on Jul.27, 2011

Is this the look of the next-gen Hyundai Azera?

The Hyundai Azera is something of a “tweener,” a product not quite up to the lavish Genesis sedan but definitely a step above the mainstream midsize Sonata – it’s aimed at a buyer who wants something a little bigger but doesn’t want to push into the Genesis price range, like the Toyota Avalon or, on the domestic  market, the old Ford Crown Victoria, perhaps.

Many folks have been expecting Azera to simply go away, but a tweet from John Krafcik, the maker’s U.S.  chief executive, tells us that Azera will stay part of the expanding line-up – but get a decidedly new look for 2012.  And, says the ever-informative Krafcik, we’ll get a first look at it during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

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In the sheet metal, that is, for we first spotted this image on the pages of and thought it appropriate to bring it here for a quick glimpse.  What you see is actually the Korean Grandeur, which is likely to serve as the influence for the new Azera, incorporating the latest iteration of Hyundai’s “fluidic styling” language. What claims to be a spy shot of the new Hyundai closely resembles this image and clearly shows the familial resemblance to the Sonata.