2012 Hyundai Sonata Gets Blue Link System And Fuel Economy Bump

Hyundai is taking the fight to  General Motors‘ OnStar System by offering its Blue Link system as standard equipment. The Blue Link system is capable of providing direct connection to emergency services but also delivers traffic and weather updates as well as allowing owners easy access to roadside assistance. The system also lets users pair their smartphones to locate the vehicle in crowded parkinglots. The system will also keep track of the vehicle position and how fast it’s being driven.

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SEMA 2010: Hyundai RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo

Hyundai‘s RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo is apparently inspired by the Mercedes-Benz CLS, but we almost think it looks better than the current generation car (CLS63 AMG notwithstanding).

Maybe it’s the fact that the matte white paintjob looks absolutely wild in person, or that we didn’t expect RIDES Magazine to come up with such a tasteful build for this car, but we’re sold.

Along with a custom bodykit comes 20″ Rennen Modular M9 wheels with a very low offset, Falken FK452 tires, a painted and debadged grille and smoked tail lights. Apparently, MB wasn’t the only German company that was used as inspiration, as RIDES managed to integrate Audi foglamps into the front bumper as well. Inside, the black leather (looking much better than the standard Sonata upholstery) is offset with red stitching and carbon fiber trim, while a pair of JBL subwoofers and amps help the tunes bump. Finally, a custom exhaust and a front mounted intercooler help keep up the “go” quotient.

Gallery: Hyundai RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: Hyundai]

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Supercar Inspired Hyundai Sonata Turbo To Debut At SEMA

Hyundai is planning to introduce a “supercar-inspired” Sonata Turbo, taking cues from the Brabus Rocket super sedan. The concept is being produced in collaboration with 0-60 Magazine and Rides Magazine and will feature matte white paint, 20″ wheels and carbon fiber exterior bits.

Hyundai hasn’t announced any performance improvements beyond bolt-on intake, exhaust and turbo enhancements, but the “Ferrari F430 inspired” interior should make it obvious that function follows form with this concept.

Hit the jump to see the official press release

[Source: Hyundai]

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Hyundai Sonata Turbo To Start At Under $25k Veloster To Get 140 HP, 40 MPG

Speaking at a press event in Korea, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik let it slip that the Hyundai Sonata Turbo will start at just under $25,000, undercutting its V6 segment rivals by about $3,000.

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Hyundai Sonata Turbo To Hit 60 MPH In 6.5 Seconds, Get 34 MPG, All On Regular Gas

Hyundai‘s Sonata has won high praise from many automotive journalists, Autoguide included, for its distinctive styling, refined manners and great value.

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UPDATE: Buick Regal GS Confirmed, No Performance Details Given

Autoguide previously reported that the Buick Regal GS was a sure bet to return to Buick showrooms, and now Autoblog has confirmed that the Regal GS will be back, posting the contents of an email from GM employee Dayna Hart that states “At wave 1 of our drive program for Regal we just confirmed that the Regal GS will be added to the Buick portfolio. We are not providing any additional details at this point.”

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Half Of All New Car Buyers Choose Four Cylinder Engines

A new report by J.D. Power and Associates claims that 49% of American car buyers opted for four-cylinder powertrains in cars and light-trucks purchased during the month of April. Concerns over fuel economy and gas prices helped spark a trend in consumers picking the smaller engines in the first quarter of 2010, with 46.5% choosing them, versus 41.9% last year.

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New York 2010: Live Photos of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

Hyundai announced the 2011 Sonata 2.0T at a private press event on the eve of media day at the New York Auto Show and now we have the first live photos of the new turbo-charged direct-injected Sonata.

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New York 2010: Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Debuts With 274-HP, 34-MPG Highway Rating

When Hyundai debuted the new 2011 Sonata in 4-cylinder trim, the company announced that it would not introduce a V6 model. The Korean automaker was still planning to go head-to-head with its V6-powered competitors, however, and today we found out exactly what with.

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New York Preview: Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Hybrid Models to Get Big Apple Debut

With the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4-cylinder now on sale with its best-in-class power and fuel economy, the Korean automaker will launch turbocharged and hybrid versions of its mid-size sedan at the New York Auto Show in late March. The Hybrid Blue Drive model is expected to use the new 2.4-liter GDI Theta II engine and a lithium polymer battery pack. As for the Turbo, it will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with direct-injection and make at least 250-hp according to Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik.

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LA 2009: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Turbo Models Due Out Next Year

After having just debuted the all-new 2011 Sonata with an impressive new direct-injection 4-cylinder engine, Hyundai has announced it will offer a high-performance turbocharged model (as well as a hybrid) starting next year. The news of the hybrid model has been known for quite some time, but this is the first Hyundai has said about a turbocharged version, using the company’s 2.0-liter Theta engine and direct-injection technology

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