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 |  Oct 04 2011, 3:45 PM

This is the first year the Southern California-based Motor Press Guild (MPG) is handing out its Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Award, and the list of finalists has just been released.

Chosen by a panel of 18 MPG journalist members who routinely drive and review cars, the final five finalists will be evaluated and voted on by all MPG journalist members at the organization’s annual Track Day Event on October 11 and 12. Making the list are the 2012 Audi A7, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2012 Fiat 500, the 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.

To have qualified for the award, vehicles must be all-new or substantially changed for the 2011 calendar year. They must also be available at dealerships on or before January 1, 2012, and these vehicles should represent the unique Southern California marketplace. When reviewing vehicles, MPG journalists evaluate based on safety, quality, value, performance, handling, design, style, environmental impact and technology and innovation.

“We’re proud of the top five cars nominated by our MPG jury,” said Laura Burstein, Motor Press Guild President and VOTY panelist. “Not only are these finalists excellent vehicles overall, they represent a variety of segments and price points – and they show a little So-Cal flair, too. Any of these vehicles would be worthy of the VOTY award.”

The winner of the 2011 Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year will be announced during the Los Angeles International Auto Show Press Days on November 16 to 17, 2011.

 |  Feb 03 2011, 9:35 AM

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Quick, what’s the best selling car in America? Answer, the Toyota Camry. Our neighbors to the North, however, prefer the smaller and more agile Honda Civic. Or at least they used to.

With the first sales numbers for 2011 having just come in, Hyundai Canada has announced the new 2011 Elantra is the best-selling passenger car in the country. Sure, it’s 11 months too early to start talking about ‘the best selling car’, but Hyundai is off to a strong very strong start. In just one month it racked cup 2,253 sales, nearly doubling the Civic with 1,142 units moved. The Civic did have a particularly poor month, however, finishing well back of the runner-up Camry with 2,146 units.

“The compact segment is the biggest and most important in Canada, so winning the battles here is critical for any automotive company to find success,” said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “Perhaps most importantly, the Elantra rose to the top despite the fact that it had negligible marketing support last month. Our full marketing push for this vehicle doesn’t begin until this Sunday during the Super Bowl.”

Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Hyundai Elantra Review Here

 |  Dec 03 2010, 9:06 AM

Hyundai has launched its own ‘viral video’ taking a shot at competitors like Ford and Chevy, while promoting its new 2011 Elantra.

The ‘Safe the Asterisks’ internet ad is drawing attention to the fact that while Ford does offer a high-mileage 40-mpg highway Fiesta SFE and Chevy has a special 42-mpg highway Cruze Eco, the all-new 2011 Elantra gets 40-mpg on every model. In other words, Hyundai’s fuel economy rating doesn’t come with an asterisk next to it.

What that means is that no matter if you get a GLS base model or top-trim level Limited, regardless of transmission choice, all Elantras will return 40-mpg on the highway. The different, in some cases, can be significant, with the Cruze ECO costing a solid $4,000 more than a base Elantra that comes in at $14,830.

See the ad after the jump:

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 |  Nov 18 2010, 2:16 PM

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Hyundai has just added to the attractive qualities of its all-new 2011 Elantra sedan by announcing a new base price of $14,830. This is on top of the beautiful new exterior and the 40-mpg highway rating that Hyundai is promising for all models – not just special Eco models, like Chevy’s Cruze that cost a solid $4,000 more.

Powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder the car makes 148-hp at 6500 rpm and 131 ft-lbs of torque at 4700 rpm. Using either a 6-speed manual or automatic the car will achieve 29-mpg city and 40-mpg highway for an average of 33-mpg.

Just two Elantra trim levels will be offered: GLS and Limited, with all models getting features like power windows with driver’s auto-down, remote keyless entry, 6 airbags and disk brakes at all corners. Limited models add items like fog lights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels (15-inch steel wheels are standard), leatherette door inserts, a leather-wrapped telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, heated leather front seats and even heated leather rear seats.

Thankfully Hyundai also offers a packages for the base GLS model including a Popular Equipment Package that adds cruise control, A/C, a telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch steel wheels. A Preferred Equipment Package adds on 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, a sliding center armrest and some upgraded interior trim. A Navigation package can also be had with a 7-inch monitor, while the Limited Premium Package includes items like a 360-watt audio system, as well as a “proximity key” and push-button ignition.

With the base model priced at $14,830 the popular GLS with the automatic transmission and Popular Equipment Package will run $17,080. The Limited is priced at $19,980; which rises to $21,980 for the Premium Package.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Debut in LA

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See the official release with plenty of easy-to-read comparison charts of the new Elantra vs. competitors like the Cruze and Focus:

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 |  Nov 15 2010, 12:57 PM

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After providing all the juicy details on the new Elantra last week, Hyundai has now lifted the embargo on the car ahead of its LA Auto Show debut, allowing us to reveal one of the most attractive compact car packages on the planet. And while it does compete in that compact car class, the Elantra, like its rival the Chevy Cruze, is actually classified as a mid-size due to its expansive cabin. In fact, when we had a chance to view the car at an event in Detroit last week, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik stated that it has an almost identical EPA-rated passenger volume as the Nissan Maxima. (In disbelief, we checked. Its true).

Having seen the car we can also attest to the fact that it looks even better in person than in the photos above (and below), adapting the Sonata’s design language on a more Prius-like body.

Powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder the car makes 148-hp at 6500 rpm and 131 ft-lbs of torque at 4700 rpm. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that with that power output, and the aid of a 6-speed transmission (manual or automatic) the car will achieve 29-mpg city and 40-mpg highway for an average of 33-mpg. Krafcik was eager to point out how the 40-mpg number isn’t for a special-edition high-mileage model that costs considerably more than the base model, but that it applies to all versions of the car. (We can’t reveal pricing yet, but look for it to stay mostly the same as the outgoing model).

Just two Elantra trim levels will be offered: GLS and Limited, with all models getting features like power windows with driver’s auto-down, remote keyless entry, 6 airbags and disk brakes at all corners. Limited models add items like fog lights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels (15-inch steel wheels are standard), leatherette door inserts, a leather-wrapped telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, heated leather front seats and even heated leather rear seats.

Thankfully Hyundai also offers a packages for the base GLS model including a Popular Equipment Package that adds cruise control, A/C, a telescopic steering wheel and 16-inch steel wheels. A Preferred Equipment Package adds on 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, a sliding center armrest and some upgraded interior trim. A Navigation package can also be had with a 7-inch monitor, while the Limited Premium Package includes items like a 360-watt audio system, as well as a “proximity key” and push-button ignition.

Stay tuned for news on pricing with the official reveal this Thursday at the LA Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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 |  Nov 10 2010, 9:53 AM

Later this week Hyundai will be previewing its new Elantra model ahead of its LA Auto Show reveal, but the clever folks in Hyundai’s PR department have let slip little bit of the car’s sheetmetal before the unveiling. There’s little new here as we’ve already seen the Elantra not once, not twice, not three times, but at least four times before.

But hey, at least you ladies can get a good look Hyundai’s mid-west PR man Dan Bedore and his incredible acting skills. Step aside Brad Pitt.

The 2012 (2011?) Hyundai Elantra is set to become a major player in the compact sedan segment, and is expected to rival the new Focus and Cruze with a 40-mpg highway rating.

[Source: Hyundai's Twitter Feed]

 |  Aug 03 2010, 5:37 PM

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The first rolling shots of the Hyundai Elantra have emerged from Korea, where the car is known as the Hyundai Avante. Rumors have it that the Elantra will be a few inches longer than the upcoming 2011 Ford Focus but put out identical power. The Elantra is also expected to return close to 40 mpg depending on the choice of transmission.

Like most Hyundai designs, the Elantra is slick looking but also a derivative pastiche of other elements. For buyers in this category, the cabin seems to matter more, and the Elantra is expected to deliver on that front.

[Source: Autoblog]

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 |  Jul 28 2010, 5:48 PM

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We already brought you the design mockups of the all new Hyundai Elantra, so here are some pictures of the real thing, driving on the road. With a direct injection 1.6L 4-cylinder making 138 horsepower, the Elantra’s interesting styling and efficient powerplant should make it a competitive alternative to the usual Civic and Corolla.

Considering Hyundai just beat BMW, Audi and Toyota in a German magazine’s quality index, we think optimism is a safe bet when it comes to Hyundai, and the new Elantra.

Gallery: 2011 Hyundai Elantra

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[Source: Hyundai Blog]

 |  Jul 21 2010, 9:23 AM

Several weeks ago Hyundai gave us a look at the all-new 2011 Elantra when it unveiled the new car in South Korea badges as the Avante sedan. But when it debuted at the Busan Motor Show, we only got a look at the car’s exterior. Now, for the first time, we have a single snap-shot of the Avante’s interior - and we don’t expect much to change when it arrives here.

Needless to say, we’re impressed with the design and can’t wait to feel the materials ourselves. Our first chance will likely come at the LA Auto Show later this year.

When it does debut, expect a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injection (GDI) 4-cylinder with 138-hp and 123 ft-lbs of torque, that will rival the segment’s fuel economy leaders – if not surpass them.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Elantra/Avante

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[Source: Hyundai-blog]

 |  Jun 29 2010, 8:28 AM

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Along with a the Equus luxury flagship, as well as the Sonata Turbo and Hybrid models, Hyundai is set to refresh its lineup with several small cars in the near future. We’ve already heard plenty about the upcoming CRX-styled Veloster, which is set to get a direct-injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes roughly 140-hp while getting 40-mpg, but what about the rest of Hyundai’s compact and sub-compact models?

Well, for starters, the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is slated to be fitted into the new Elantra. Hyundai execs say they haven’t decided if this engine will feature direct-injection, although it’s likely as the model has already been introduced in South Korea (as the Avante) using the DI powerplant, making 138-hp and getting an improvement in fuel economy of roughly 10 percent. Set to go on sale early next year, the 2011 Elantra will debut at the 2010 LA Auto Show.

As for the Accent, it will arrive a few months later using a similar version of the 1.6-liter Gamma engine, but with a smaller displacement, says senior powertrain manager Tim White at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center. Recently unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show as the Verna (it’s name in South Korea), a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder was revealed making roughly 105-hp and 100 ft-lbs of torque. With a 4-speed automatic transmission the car is expected to get 38-mpg, although we expect more than a 4-speed when it debuts here.

As for the Sonata Wagon, Hyundai says it is still mulling a go-ahead for the U.S. market, but the car will be sold in Europe.

[Source: AutoWeek]

 |  Apr 29 2010, 11:34 AM

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Having just introduced the new Accent/Verna at the Beijing Auto Show last week, Hyundai has now unveiled the 2011 Elantra at the Busan Auto Show in South Korea. Called the Avante in its home-market of Korea, it certainly takes after the styling of the new 2011 Sonata, which works well to give a sporty and sophisticated look to the compact sedan, which in past iterations never was very handsome.

Powering the new Elantra is a 1.6-liter gasoline direct-injection (GDI) 4-cylinder that makes 138-hp and 123 ft-lbs of torque. When combined with a six-speed automatic transmission Hyundai claims this new powerplant will deliver roughly a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy.

There’s no word on the new Elantra’s launch date in North America, but we’re likely to see a debut at the LA Auto Show at the end of this year with sales starting either later 2010 or early 2011.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Elantra / Avante

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  Mar 29 2010, 11:52 AM

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A single spy photo captured in Korea seems to show the next-generation Hyundai Elantra. Some reports have suggested this might be the next Accent, but it simply looks to large and too impressive to be a true economy car.

If in fact it is the Elantra, what is obvious is that the compact sedan has inherited some good looks from its big brother, the Sonata. We have to say the coupe-like profile isn’t quite as impressive on a car with a shorter wheelbase and it seems like Hyundai engineers have a tough time making the Elantra look like anything but a jellybean.

With the car due out near the end of this year or early next year, we expect to be impressed – and for good reason. Since the debut of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, all of the Korean automaker’s products have won our highest praise. We recently tested the 2010 Tucson and the 2011 Sonata and regarded them as segment leaders. In addition to the new Elantra, Hyundai will introduce all-new versions of the Accent, Santa Fe and an unnamed “sporty coupe” based on the Veloster Concept before the end of 2011.

But before we get any production news on this model, Hyundai will introduce the Sonata Hybrid, a turbocharged Sonata model and the new Equus flagship this year.

[Source: ppomppu.co.kr via Autoblog]