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Hyundai Kills Azera Sedan as It Expands Utility Offerings

Maker's top end sedan sold less than 2,000 units.

by on Jul.05, 2017

This is how most are going to see 2017 Hyundai Azera: driving off into the distance as the maker cut sedan from its U.S. line-up.

Hyundai’s been struggling to keep pace in the U.S. market due to a lack of sport-utility and crossover vehicles to round out its line-up of very pleasing sedans. While the South Korean automaker is adding those much needed utes, it revamped its portfolio a little more by pruning its top sedan, the Azera, from its U.S. rolls.

The Azera, which will continue on it other markets outside the U.S. as the Grandeur, was never a big seller in America and with its midsize Sonata seeing tough times lately, it apparently didn’t make sense to keep the slow-selling Azera around.

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It was originally an upscale model when introduced in 2014, but with the introduction of the Genesis and its subsequent spinoff into a premium brand, the Azera really didn’t seem to have a home in either line-up. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Toyota Camry

The midsize market’s 800-lb gorilla gets an unexpected thorough makeover.

by on Oct.15, 2014

The 2015 Toyota Camry is full of surprises, including the fact that it got a top-down makeover just three short years after the last generation's introduction.

We live in an era of individuality. Whether it’s cellphones or sedans, Americans want products that reflect their individual tastes and needs. That’s especially true in the auto industry where buyers can choose from hundreds of different offerings and even a luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz has promised to deliver 30 new models by the end of the decade.

Yet a few key products routinely defy this trend, none more effectively than the venerable Toyota Camry which in 2013 generated about 408,000 sales in the U.S. alone, with the Japanese maker expecting that to reach 415,000 this year. When you’re clear and away the industry’s best-seller, why change your formula?

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And for the past three decades, Camry has, indeed, changed relatively little – which is why Toyota delivered such a shock when it unveiled the updated 2015 Camry earlier this year. Introduced barely three years after the last full model update, we might have expected only the most modest revisions, perhaps a new fascia and some tweaks to the interior. Instead, Toyota has changed nearly every single body panel and heavily reworked the cabin. (more…)