Hello Elantra!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
hello elantra

Hyundai continues its “fluidic sculpture” makeover with the debut of the new Elantra (Avante in other markets) at the Busan auto show in Korea. Expect a North American debut sometime next year.

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  • Areitu Areitu on Apr 29, 2010

    Though the front and rear look very vaguely derviative of Hondas and Toyotas, it's great to see the effort Hyundai is putting forth with the styling on their cars to set themselves apart. Especially after seeing some of the uhh...efforts...from the BAS.

  • Gsnfan Gsnfan on Apr 29, 2010

    I was in an Elantra a few weeks ago and was impressed by how quiet, roomy, and comfortable it was. If they keep those qualities and make the new style, then they have a winner on their hands.

    • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Apr 30, 2010

      I found the opposite to be true when I put well over 500 miles on one this past Sunday. Rear view mirror vibrated so badly it blurred the image in it, engine was coarse, loud and obnoxious and the transmission [auto] seemed hooked up to something other than the engine, even dropping into neutral while I was traveling through an intersection. The visibilty was bad and the seats as hard as the ones in my ION. Used an idiot light instead of a proper temp.gauge. In 2010. Plastics looked like they'd popped out of a Mattel Vacu-Form of the 60s: hard, thin and sharp edged and getting scratched at under 18,000 miles. Ride over rough surfaces would jar your teeth loose. It all fragile and incapable of making it to 60,000 miles with out major problems. I'll pass. Was looking forward to driving it as it had all the accessories I have avoided for all these years: power everything, moon roof, etc and it still felt cheap, slow and loose. All the "toys" didn't compensate for that agricultural sounding engine. Ranks right down there with the Iron Duke and the Saturn 1.9. In 2010. Sorry: I am skeptical of this growing meme of Hyundai's product improvement.

  • Redapple2 Cadillac and racing. Boy those 2 go together dont they? What a joke. Up there with opening a coffee shop in NYC. EvilGM be clowning. Again.
  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.