Jul
24

Hyundai, Porsche top J.D. Power APEAL study

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Hyundai Accent

Porsche 911Just as they did in the Initial Quality Study, Porsche and Hyundai have taken the premium and non-premium crown, respectively, for the 2014 J.D. Power APEAL study. This is the tenth consecutive year for that Porsche has been rated the best premium make in the APEAL study, which attempts to figure out how pleased owners are with their purchases. For 2014, it asked 86,000 owners of MY2014 cars to rate their vehicles in 77 different categories 90 days after their initial purchase. The resulting figures were plugged in deliver the APEAL score, which is rated on a 1,000-point scale.

The industry average sits at 794 points for 2014, although that’s a one-percent decline over last year’s rating. In this year’s study, premium brands averaged 840 out of 1,000, while non-premium makes average 785. For their part, Porsche netted an impressive 882 points, while Hyundai earned an 804. Interestingly, only four non-premium brands (Hyundai, Ram, Volkswagen and Mini) finished above the industry average for 2014.

It’s also interesting to see the clear delineation between premium and non-premium brands, with an eight-point gap between the non-premium champ, Hyundai, and the lowest-rated premium brand, Volvo.

Porsche and Hyundai weren’t the only automakers to take home recognition. Dodge managed to tie Porsche for the most segment awards, with three. The Challenger, Charger and Dart all topped their market. There were a number of two-segment winners, as well, with Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan capturing a pair of segments each.

Scroll down for the full press release from JD Power on this year’s winners.

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Hyundai, Porsche top J.D. Power APEAL study originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
19

Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Crash Test

Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing.

The redesigned Sonata’s new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front test, where Hyundai’s family sedan improved from a “Marginal” score to “Acceptable.” Meanwhile, the Sonata’s optional Forward Collision Warning system garnered a “Basic” rating on IIHS’ three-tier rating scale for these sort of automatic safety systems.

Netting a spot on the Top Safety Pick + list requires a “Good” or “Acceptable” score on the small overlap test, as well as “Good” scores on the four standard tests and some form of automated safety system.

You can view the Sonata’s crash test video below, as well as the full press release from IIHS. Scroll down and take a look.

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Jul
18

Hyundai Azera fate in question for US

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2014 Hyundai Azera - front three-quarter view

The Azera has been consistently outsold by its rivals. Through June, Hyundai has shifted just 4,191 units.

Hyundai’s dealers call the Azera the “nicest car nobody knows about.” That’s according to Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of corporate and product planning. Indeed, the fullsize sedan is a handsome, well-rounded machine, loaded with creature comforts. Yet it’s not selling well, and its space in Hyundai showrooms is about to get a whole lot more crowded thanks to the newly spruced-up 2015 Sonata. No surprise, then, that company officials admit that the model’s future in the US is uncertain.

The Korean automaker’s Sonata family sedan has all-new styling that’s a lot less divisive than last year, with a more conservative, crisply tailored aesthetic that reads upscale, particularly in higher-end trims. It’s also larger inside, offers a more refined interior, and comes with more available creature comforts and safety features. In other words, the Sonata’s redesign is poised to make the Azera’s business case even more problematic, especially as the new midsizer starts at just $21,150.

Introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2012 model, the Asan, South Korea-assembled Azera is a car that has been consistently outsold by its rivals. Through June, Hyundai has shifted just 4,191 units in 2014 – down from 5,792 cars at this time last year. This, despite the base price on the 2014 model being dropped by $1,250 to $31,000 through standard equipment changes. Compare that to Chevrolet’s Impala, which cleared 14,378 units in June and a total of 78,499 this year. Or the Toyota Avalon (5,605 units in June, 32,031 units year to date) and Buick LaCrosse (5,332 units in June and 25,280 units year to date). Even the due-for-replacement Nissan Maxima sold 3,528 models in June and has moved 23,451 so far in 2014.

The The 2015 model-year Azera will be a late arrival this fall, but after that, its fate is an open question.

Hyundai’s manager of product planning for Azera and Sonata, John Shon, says he still sees daylight between the newly matured Sonata, the Azera and the company’s pricier Genesis Sedan. “We look at it [Azera] as a large car, and as a near luxury car – it sort of straddles that gap. Also, we don’t have a V6 engine, the Sonata has a 2.0-liter turbo.” Shon continues: “One of the great things about Azera is it’s a customer-loyalty product. When we look at who is buying the product, over half the buyers are previous Sonata owners, so it’s the move-up vehicle.”

But the step up benefit isn’t as clear in light of the new Sonata – there’s little difference between it and the Azera in terms of cabin space in both specific dimensions like headroom (Azera: 40.3 inches, Sonata: 40.4 inches), overall passenger space (107 cubic feet vs. 106.1) or cargo space (16.3 cubic feet for both). Performance figures are similar between the two (with the exception of fuel economy, where the Sonata is significantly better), and interior materials and refinement levels are similar now, too. It doesn’t help that Hyundai hasn’t earmarked much in the way of a marketing budget for the Azera, instead preferring to focus on its US-built offerings like the Sonata and Elantra.

The 2015 model-year Azera will be a late arrival this fall, but after that, its fate is an open question. When Autoblog asked Shon if America will see a next-generation model, he admitted, “[That's] to be seen at this particular point… obviously we’ll see what the market take-rate for the Sonata is, how the Azera continues to do, how the Genesis continues to do.”

There’s little doubt that a third-generation Azera will be made, as the car is a strong seller in Hyundai’s home market. “That vehicle is a Korean domestic market vehicle,” says Shon. “They sell over 100,000 of those a year there. So the vehicle will be built, engineered. Whether we import it into the US is still to be determined.”

Hyundai Azera fate in question for US originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
18

What you missed on 7.17.14

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Daily U-Turn

Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang specs revealed

Despite having revealed the 2015 Mustang many months ago, Ford hasn’t divulged the official power and weight specs – until now. Today, we learned that the new ‘Stang will produce anywhere from 300 to 430 horsepower, and will weigh anywhere from 3,524 to 3,729 pounds, depending on engine and trim. There’s a whole lot more to learn, here.

Ford Seattle-ite concept car Forgotten nuclear-powered concept cars

Ah, nuclear-powered cars. A good idea, in theory, especially for the 1950s and 1960s, but in execution, not exactly something that’d be, you know, safe. Looking back, the Atomic Age produced a good number of delightful concept cars, and so we’ve pulled five of our favorites together for a quick blast-from-the-past list.

Hyundai AzeraHyundai Azera fate in question

Hyundai has just overhauled its Sonata and Genesis sedans. So where does that leave the fullsize Azera that slots between the two? Executive editor Chris Paukert recently sat down with some Hyundai executives and learned that while a next-generation Azera is indeed in the cards, it might be a Korea-only affair. As of right now, the car’s future in the US is unclear.

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What you missed on 7.17.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
16

Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up?

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Hyundai HND-9

With the all-new, 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan hitting the road, it puts the current Genesis Coupe in a rather weird spot. The sporty model is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, and for 2015, it’s dropped its four-cylinder engine in the US. Hyundai isn’t letting the car whither on the vine, though. Behind closed doors, the Korean automaker is rumored to be working on a new coupe to transform the vehicle from something of a pony car in the current guise into a luxury grand tourer with avante garde styling.

The next-generation Genesis Coupe would reportedly borrow its design inspiration from the Hyundai HND-9 Sports Coupe Concept from the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, according to Australian site Go Auto. The key to the new model is growing it larger to be able to seat four adults and giving it more grown-up styling at the same time. Go Auto claims that the coupe could finally get a V8 engine option and possibly a V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder in at least some markets, too. It’s slated for a possible 2016 unveiling.

Even during the HND-9′s unveiling, Hyundai admitted that the concept projected of the design direction for future models. Its styling was certainly a big shift from the current Genesis Coupe with more hard creases, a wide, mesh grille and butterfly doors. The show car also packed a 3.3-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine with 364 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

Hyundai’s Australian COO John Elsworth is really hoping to get the model Down Under, according to Go Auto. He believes that while luxury coupes might not be sales leaders, they grab mindshare and get enthusiasts excited about the brand. We like the way this guy thinks.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
16

Autoblog Podcast #389

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Episode #389 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, and Mark Pereira from Autoblog Canada talk about Johan deNysschen’s move to Cadillac, rumors of more BMW nomenclature changes, a second generation for the Subaru BRZ, and cars from 2004 that we miss. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #389:

Topics:

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Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, Mark Pereira
Runtime: 01:59:10

Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage – 00:00
  • Johan deNysschen – 36:12
  • BMW Nomenclature – 53:58
  • BRZ – 56:27
  • Cars We Miss – 01:05:07
  • Q&A – 01:30:09

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Autoblog Podcast #389 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
15

2015 Hyundai Sonata already recalled for bad wiring harnesses

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2015 Hyundai Sonata

It’s barely arrived in dealerships, and already, Hyundai is recalling its 2015 Sonata. A total of 2,138 vehicles are facing issues with a wiring harness that could limit the amount of power steering help and in some cases, making it difficult to shift out of Park. Most of the cars are not yet in customer hands.

This is a followup action to a very quiet stop-sale that was issued to dealers in early June, which originally included a recall of 1,790 vehicles across the continental US and 58 vehicles in Puerto Rico. That figure eventually grew to a total of 2,080 vehicles in the US and 58 in the Caribbean territory.

Only the 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated model is affected, and of the 2,100-plus sedans, only 12 of them are in the hands of customers, according Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor. Each customer has been notified and asked to report in for free repairs. As of this writing, there are no reports of injuries or crashes due to the issue.

“Hyundai informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 12, 2014 and is voluntarily initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers,” Trainor said in an emailed statement to Autoblog.

Scroll down for the official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata already recalled for bad wiring harnesses originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
09

2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon

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2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer

Recently, we took a vacation to Australia, because sometimes we have to get away from all of that other travel and good living that we withstand in order to bring you the latest car news. While there, we grabbed the keys to a Hyundai i40 Tourer, essentially the Sonata wagon we never got a chance to love here.

Even though it didn’t have a manual transmission, it did have a diesel and, for reasons beyond that oil-burner, our enduring affections. No, this story will not include another plea for Hyundai to bring it to the US – it likely wouldn’t stand a chance against our crossover- and size-crazed mania, but it’s a brilliant fit for markets that appreciate tidy haulers.

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2014 Hyundai i40 Tourer / Sonata wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
08

Hyundai sued in Korea over inflated fuel economy claims

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai remains in hot water in its home market after the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport alleged that the country’s largest automaker, along with Ssangyong, misstated fuel economy numbers on some of its crossovers. Now, though, the country’s consumers are going after Hyundai, with a lawsuit from 1,500 Santa Fe owners.

The suit was filed in Seoul Central District Court by a firm called Yeyul. Its spokesperson, Kim Woong, said the suit was a sign that angry consumers could go after the manufacturer if they’re wronged by a company’s product.

“It is essential that as many affected consumers as possible take part in this lawsuit to show not just the carmaker but the rest of the companies in Korea that you can get a red card if you mess with your customers,” Kim told Bloomberg.

Yeyul and its clients are targeting 1.5 million won (about $1,500) in compensation for owners of the Santa Fe models built between May 2012 and June 2014. It’s unclear if Hyundai will settle for a lesser amount, as the $1,500 figure is considerably higher than the what the company compensated American owners with, after copping to incorrect economy figures in US-market Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

Hyundai sued in Korea over inflated fuel economy claims originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul
08

Hyundai’s zombie obsession is just good business

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Hyundai Tucson

In case you somehow missed it, Hyundai has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with The Walking Dead, the critically acclaimed zombie apocalypse show that entertains the masses while they’re waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones. Fans of the show will recognize Rick, Michonne, Carol, Maggie and Glenn’s mint green Hyundai Tucson, a staple vehicle for the crew of survivors, but the relationship between manufacturer and show goes far beyond that. There’s a whole line of Zombie Survival Machines, as well as a special-edition production model (shown above). Heck, even Hyundai’s post-LA Auto Show party featured actors staggering about as startlingly realistic walkers (TWD’s name for zombies).

So what is it about the dead that quickens the pulse of Hyundai’s marketing department? Ward’s Auto has a great interview with Steve Shannon, the brand’s US vice president of marketing. In it, Shannon describes the sudden nature of the tie-in between the show and the automaker, while describing how the company’s corporate overlords in South Korea saw the results of the deal. It’s an interesting insight into automotive product placement, as well as Hyundai’s marketing philosophy and plans for the future (spoiler alert: the Tucson, which has had a role in the show for several seasons, was seemingly abandoned at the end of season four).

Head over to Wards and have a look.

Hyundai’s zombie obsession is just good business originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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