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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is due for a visual refresh at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. But rather than wait a few weeks for a peek at the refresh, why not have a nice long look at this batch of "fresh pictures from Korea" unleashed onto the Internet by a source on a Genesis Coupe enthusiast site.
The blurry camera phone pictures reveal that the Coupe's face has been nipped and tucked to resemble that of the upcoming Veloster sporty hatchback. The massive hexagonal grille is certainly more aggressive than the current models, and the hood gains … Read more
Hyundai announced pricing for the 2012 Veloster three-door coupe, starting at $18,060 for the six-speed manual and $19,310 for the six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission, including a $760 destination charge.
CNET first saw the Veloster at the 2011 Detroit auto show back in January.
Under the hood of the Veloster is a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the same found in the new Accent. Hyundai estimates the Veloster will get 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the manual. The automatic is estimated at 29 mpg city and 38 highway, the automaker said in a press release.
The front-wheel-drive … Read more
There once was a time when the most noteworthy thing about Hyundai's entry-level hatchback was that its $9,970 price tag made it quite literally the cheapest car in America. However, the 2012 Hyundai Accent SE that showed up in the Car Tech garage last week was anything but cheap.
Weighing in at an as-tested MSRP of $16,590, the Accent has grown quite a bit in price, but it has also grown in nearly every other metric. The new hatchback is larger, more comfortable, and of much higher quality than its predecessor. It's also much more fun … Read more
Hyundai's first hybrid is this Sonata, a commendable car in general and one that seeks to retain Hyundai's high value position as it lumps in an electric motor. Brian Cooley takes you for a drive to check the tech.
You can also read CNET's full review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid here.
Hyundai's new Sonata hit the roads with an eye-catching design, but this midsize sedan has a lot more going on than mere looks. In hybrid form, it uses an advanced lithium polymer battery pack for its drive system that gives the car significant electric power boost. It will even switch to electric mode at speeds over 60 mph.
All of that hybrid goodness leads to high-30s fuel economy, according to EPA testing. The drive experience is very good, with effortless operation in even stop-and-go traffic. Not much of a sports car, this Hyundai Sonata Hybrid would make a very … Read more
In the Hyundai Genesis sedan's search to define itself, the 2012 refresh may be a success. First off, the 2012 Genesis has a new front fascia with reworked chrome accents, a new grille, LED daytime running headlights, and no branding.
We got to test out the new R-Spec on a hot afternoon drive last week through the Valley of Fire, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
We stayed cool in the 111-degree weather as the R-Spec, boasting a 429-horsepower engine with 376 pound-feet of torque, carried us through the incredible red rock valley.
The interior of the new … Read more
When you think subcompact, you're probably thinking giving up horsepower, cargo space, tech options, and safety. But this isn't so for the 2012 Hyundai Accent.
The new Accent comes in a smart four-door GLS spec and a sporty five-door hatch, in GS and SE trims. With a direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Accent offers 138 horsepower at 6,300rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,850rpm.
The Accent four-door is slightly larger than its predecessor (3.5 inches longer and a wheelbase that's 2.8 inches longer). It also bests the Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, … Read more