Hyundai has introduced a new technologically advanced automobile to rival its 2013 competitors. This rival comes in the form of the 2013 Sonata Hybrid and its alternative option of the Limited. Starting at $25,650 MSPR, the Sonata is given a 2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylynder hybrid engine with 6-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic engine.
I recently paid a visit to a Hyundai dealership in the Raleigh area. The experts at Sport Durst of NC loaded me up with info on what makes this hybrid tick. Interestingly enough…most of the really cool stuff on the Sonata Hybrid is all hidden…under the hood. So we popped the hood and my guide gave me a little tour of the inner workings of this car. To start, the hybrid battery uses a polymer gel as the electrolyte that can deliver the same power as a regular engine with 25 percent less weight, 40 percent less volume, and 10 percent more efficiency. It will also last 1.7 times longer with a slow discharge to maintain power. Working simultaneously with the battery, the engine has a HEV system and a hybrid starter generator to give the hybrid up to 74 miles per hour on all-electric mode. There is also a 6-speed automatic transmission, providing 199 net horsepower on an estimated 40 highway miles per gallon. This steel high-tensile unibodied car also has a fully parallel hybrid system with Amplitude selective damping shock absorbers for smoother response and drive. Taking a test drive of the Sonata Hybrid through the streets of Raleigh, it, for the most part, felt like a normal car, including plenty of acceleration – and that was my main concern.
The exterior of the Hybrid Sonata provides both a luxurious look as well as functionality. Though subtly different from other Sontatas, the hybrid has the lowest coefficient of drag at 0.25. The Hybrid also has LED head light accents, LED tail lights, front fog lights, and side mirror turn signal indicators. To provide a lower aerodynamic drag, the Hybrid also has 16 inch or available 17 inch alloy wheels. Finally, protecting the cars interior and drivers, the windows are solar control and block UV rays. With a cooler interior, there’s less need to have the air conditioning on, saving gas and helping reduce emissions.
With a protected interior comes greater technology advancement. BlueLink technology is provided with personal displays. The driver’s seat is adjustable with lumbar support, heated front and back seats, and there are dual temperature controls. With the 6.5-inch touch screen display, drivers can locate points of interest, monitor their driving, and use SiriusXM with NaviTraffic to get an idea of traffic around them. Along with the SirusuXM Radio, audio options include AM, FM, CD, and MP3, built in iPod and USB ports, with an amplifying 400 Premium audio system. The Hybrids presence will only be intensified with the subwoofer and power adding external amplifier.
With any car looking to reduce emissions and lead its class in technology and aerodynamics, the Hybrid also has award-winning safety options include six air bags, 4 wheel ABS, traction control, rear back up camera, and electronic brake-free distribution with brake assist. Any driver looking for safety and efficiency will find it in the eco-friendly Hybrid Sonata. Though it may look a little different, it’s easy and more to love.
Every car maker has a history of creating concept cars that will never see the light of day. Unfortunately these are always the most interesting, just not always the most practical. Hyundai is no different, which is made obvious by the pictures of their Veloster concept suv type crossover.
The Veloster is explained as a coupe, redesigned to appeal to first time late teen buyers. It looks like a slim, futuristic, small SUV on steroids. Big swoops, bulbous roof line and fenders, mark a vehicle built for handling, power, and possibly evening pulling a trailer.
Most likely the Veloster will never be produced, but its still fun to imagine and look at.
October was a good month, Fall arrived, leaves started falling, and Hyundai proudly reported an increase in sales of almost 40%. Worthy reason to celebrate, but not for Hyundai, who plans on increasing all of 2011 sales by at least 14%. We’re talking a massive increase projection, for an entire year!
So how did Hyundai increase sales successfully? Reportedly the 2011 Sonata is what drove sales figures higher and made car salesmen happy on pay day.
Hyundai hopes to sell 3.8 million cars in 2011, an amazing figure for the 5th largest car maker in the world. Obviously the Sonata sedan will help, but what about Hyundai’s other line up of vehicles and there latest jump into the luxury market with the Hyundai Equus?
No doubt it will take a diverse line up of vehicles, that Hyundai has committed themselves to providing. Whether it’s small fries like the Accent or the performance of the Genesis, Hyundai hopes to have you covered. Perhaps we’ll take a look at their concept cars in a future post as well, some very exciting things happening, like the Veloster.
Never satisfied, Hyundai has announced that they will meet the 50 mpg mark as an average on their entire lineup of vehicles offered in the United States. This commitment won’t come over night, but Hyudnai believes that the goal is reachable by 2025 and has thus pledged to hit 50 miles per gallon. Keep in mind this is a model wide average, so we may see some ultra high efficiency models put out by Hyundai some time soon.
“Getting to 50 mpg and beyond seems like a huge leap, but by making this commitment and aligning our research and development initiatives now, we know we can get there,” John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president, said in a statement issued by Hyundai.
To achieve high mpg averages, Hyundai intends to capitalize on existing technologies and developing these efficient motors further. In the press release, Hyundai felt that new technology was not required to hit the 50 mpg goal, rather just a refinement and improvement upon existing motors. Even as far away as 2025, Hyundai feels that 75%-80% of transportation needs will be taken care of by a traditional internal combustion motor.
It should be noted that in 2008 Hyundai was the leader car maker in the US, in terms of mpg averages. Although figures have yet to be released from 2009, Hyundai already reached 30.8 mpg. This gap will easily be closed by a previous commitment to hit a 35 mpg average by 2015 and then on to the 50 mpg standard by 2025.
My favorite Hyundai vehicles:
The boys at CarAdvice.com got some great spy pics of the upcoming sport coupe from Hyundai, the Veloster. This early in the game Hyundai is keeping the Veloster under camouflage and we are still waiting on some interior pics.
Although dubbed a sport coupe, it will only be powered with a tiny 1.6 liter four cylinder engine. It’s expected that shortly after launch Hyundai will start offering a bigger engine with more power as an upgrade.
The Hyundai Veloster will most likely remind viewers of the Honda CRZ and will be aimed at selling to same market. Personally, I’m not a fan, there is only so much use you can get out of a tiny engine and even smaller car. How much abuse can the little thing take?
Check out the Hyundai Veloster Spy pics below:
The Hyundai Accent is now available with pricing starting at under $10,000. The Accent is a compact car that offers big value with it’s standard features, fuel efficiency, and safety features. Competing with other compact cars, the Hyundai Accent leads the pack for the price with a ton of standard features.
Hyundai Accent SE Standard Features
[ad#Google Adsense]A Hyundai Accent SE comes standard with things like a 170 watt stereo system, A/C, power most everything, sun-roof, and even a leather wrapped steering wheel. Whether you are small or large, getting behind the wheel of the Hyundai Accent becomes a comforting experience, thanks to it’s 6 way power adjustment. Oddly enough, the new Hyundai Accent also provides an amazing 92.2 cubic feet of interior space. Because of this space the Hyundai Accent is classified as a compact, yet priced like a smaller Sub-Compact.
Hyundai Accent Performance
Small cars don’t require throaty V8’s to get up to speed, so while the 110 horsepower engine may seem undersized, it’s more than sufficient to get around town safely. Because the engine is so small and efficient, the Accent is capable of getting 36 miles per gallon. The Accent is peppy enough to get in and out of traffic and getting up to speed via on-ramps is no problem. It’s the perfect car for city driving or hitting the interstate for cross country trips.
Hyundai also prides itself on it’s attention to detail which contribute to the longevity of the engine. The Hyundai Accent engine is called Alpha Series and the result of a multi-million dollar research and development phase. Each engine is checked thoroughly before leaving the Hyundai plant and guaranteed for 10 years or 100,000 miles. So, whether you pick the smooth automatic or sporty 5-speed transmission, you know your car will last longer than any other car in it’s class, or at least be repaired under warranty if not. 😉
Hyundai Accent Safety
Just because the Accent is small, doesn’t mean it has to skimp out on features so important as those that protect the passengers. The Accent provides 6 air bags, which coupled with the Accent’s other safety features reduces fatalities by up to 45%. Also standard safety highlights are Anti-Lock Brakes, and a chassis designed to absorb impact and protect passengers.
If I were to purchase a compact car, I think I’d strongly consider what Hyundai has to offer. They’ve made leaps and bounds in development and design that appeals to buyers of all types. Their cars have proven reliability and safety certifications and for the money it’s hard not to keep the Accent on the table of possible compact car purchases. Furthermore, it’s almost impossible to go wrong when buying a brand new car for under $10,000 which comes with a 10 year warranty.