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Automakers Shift Production as Sedans Slide, SUVs Surge

More Santa Fe Sports, fewer Sonatas, at Hyundai’s Alabama plant.

by on Jan.08, 2016

The Santa Fe Sport. Hyundai believes it could sell lots more if it had the production capacity.

Hyundai plans to add production of its Santa Fe Sport at its assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama this coming summer, hoping to keep up with a surge in demand for utility vehicles driven, at least in part, by low fuel prices.

The boost in production of the Santa Fe Sport will come at the expense of the Hyundai Sonata, since the capacity of the Alabama plant will remain around 400,000 a year. But that’s no surprise, industry analysts say, as Sonata sales in the U.S. slipped 1.7% in 2015 due to lagging demand for sedans, in general. Sales of the compact Hyundai SUV, however, were limited by a lack of supply.

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And Hyundai isn’t alone, said Stephanie Brinley, a senior automotive analyst with IHS Automotive. “What we are seeing in the 2015 results is an increased appetite for SUVs, with sedans taking a hit.”


2016 Chevrolet Volt Named Green Car of the Year

Second win for Chevy Plug-in Hybrid.

by on Nov.19, 2015

Green Car Publisher Ron Cogan, Chevy Marketing Director Steve Mojoras and the 2016 Volt.

The completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car of the Year, repeating a victory it claimed when the original plug-in hybrid debuted a half-decade ago.

The Volt knocked down an impressive list of competitors that included the new, fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid-electric vehicle.

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“This is certainly something special,” proclaimed Steve Mojoras, Chevy’s marketing manager, after accepting the crystal trophy at the L.A. Auto Show event. “This is a hard market to crack. This is the Super Bowl of green car awards, so it adds instant validation.”


Mirror, Mirror: Who’s the Greenest of Them All?

Five finalists for Green Car of the Year revealed.

by on Oct.19, 2015

One of the five finalists: the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Sales of high-mileage and low emissions vehicles, especially battery-based models, have tumbled in recent months, along with fuel prices. But facing tough new mileage mandates in the U.S., and stiffened emissions rules in Europe and other parts of the world, automakers have been rushing to market with an assortment of new, green models.

But which is the most environmentally friendly? Five finalists for Green Car of the Year have been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony set to mark the opening of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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“This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and


Hyundai Offers Glimpse of New Elantra

“A move to modern styling” with the next-gen compact.

by on Aug.20, 2015

A first glimpse of the direction Hyundai will take with the next-generation Elantra.

The edgy styling of the outgoing model helped redefine the compact sedan segment, and now Hyundai is hoping to score again with the upcoming update of its compact Elantra.

A rendering of the new sedan, released by Hyundai corporate headquarters in Seoul, shows that the maker isn’t going for a complete makeover but, rather, a further refinement of the current Elantra’s coupe-like shape. That includes more distinctive “active character lines” and new wheel arches.

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“The All-new Elantra captures the car’s unique design characteristics that really place this model in a class of its own,” declared Peter Schreyer, Hyundai Motor Co.’s president and Chief Design Officer, in a statement. (more…)

Kia Teases Geneva Concept: Are You the New Optima?

Show car could feature battery-based drivetrain.

by on Feb.10, 2015

Kia offers a hint of what could be the next Optima.

Kia has some big news coming in Geneva. And it’s confirming plans to reveal a new concept vehicle it says it has “created as a spacious and versatile accessory to an active lifestyle.”

Unlike other Korean concept cars of the recent past, this D-segment, or midsize, show vehicle appears – at least from this teaser image – to be nearly ready for production, which suggests that it may very well be a thinly disguised version of the next-generation Kia Optima.

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It is, the maker, hints, “a purposeful, energetic design study for the style-conscious, and as a sanctuary from the stresses of the modern world.”


Hyundai Goes for the Hybrid Two-fer with Sonata

Maker rolls out hybrid and plug-in hybrid for 2016.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Hyundai introduced the 2016 Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit: Len Katz

Hyundai jumped into the midsize hybrid vehicle fray this week with both feet, or versions anyway: gas-electric and plug-in hybrid with the Sonata at the Detroit Auto Show.

The plug-in version is new for Hyundai and marks the first time the Korean automaker has offered one. The Sonata PHEV can travel 22 miles in pure electric mode, which the maker claims is farther than any other midsize PHEV. Sonata PHEV is expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode based on internal estimates.

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It’s powered by a 9.8-kWh lithium polymer battery and a 50-kW electric motor. Recharge time ranges from two and a half hours at a 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet. (more…)

Hyundai One-(HP)-Ups the Dodge Hellcat

708-hp Sonata concept coming to SEMA Show.

by on Sep.22, 2014

Hyundai's SEMA concept will just nudge past the 707-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat in the HP race.

Better check the rearview mirror, Dodge, there’s a Hyundai trying to pass your new Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Once again partnering with aftermarket tuner house Bisimoto Engineering, the Korean carmaker plans to bring a customized version of the 2015 Sonata sedan to the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas. And the concept vehicle reportedly will make a hefty 708-horsepower, a small but significant one more than the Dodge muscle car.

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And where the Detroit maker relies on a supercharged version of its 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 to create what it is billing as the most powerful factory-built muscle car ever, Hyundai and Bisimoto turned to a downsized four as their starting point.


Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

Hyundai Tells Drivers to Park 2015 Sonata

Major brake problem forces recall; Toyota pressured to recall Camrys.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata's being recalled for the second time since its introduction. This action involves faulty brakes.

Hyundai issued its second recall on its 2015 Sonata and ordered drivers to park the newly introduced sedan due to a problem with its brakes. At the same time, the pressure on Toyota to do the same with thousands of Camrys is ramping up.

The South Korean automaker is recalling 5,700 Sonatas built from April 25 to June 16 due to a manufacturing error that may cause either or both of the front brake calipers to fracture making it more difficult to stop the car. The fix requires replacement of the faulty brake calipers.

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Hyundai recalled the Sonata last month for a faulty wiring harness that could limit the effectiveness of the power steering. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

“An athlete in a tailored suit.”

by on Jul.10, 2014

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata's styling may be toned down, but it remains a striking entry in a segment that has typically emphasized bland design.

First introduced in 1985, the Hyundai Sonata was a largely overlooked entry into the crowded midsize market, but that all changed with the launch of the 2011 sedan which quickly put to rest all those bad jokes and nasty reviews the Korean maker earned – often deservedly – during its early year in the U.S. market.

The sixth-generation Sonata broke the rather restrictive mold carmakers used when designing the midsized sedans. Instead of a drab, boxy silhouette, the recession-era Sonata was sleek, curvy and nicely proportioned. And it marked Hyundai’s coming of age as a serious global player – suddenly a serious challenger to top-rated Japanese brands such as Toyota and Nissan.

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Now Hyundai is rolling out the Gen-7 Sonata for the 2015 model year, and while it has actually toned down the over-the-top styling that made the outgoing model a visual standout, the Korean carmaker intends to build on the value story that turned Sonata into a major hit for the company.