Rhys Millen Builds The Hyundai Genesis Coupe We Want

Posted in auto industry, Event Coverage, Hyundai, News, SEMA, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 2nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

It isn’t likely that Hyundai will drop its new Tau V8 into the Genesis Coupe, since (in its eyes at least) it would make the Genesis Coupe too expensive and could potentially pirate sales of the Genesis R-Spec sedan. Lucky for us that Rhys Millen Racing doesn’t worry about details like this, since they’ve created a 5.0-liter V-8 powered Hyundai Genesis Coupe for SEMA 2011. Read More…

Hyundai Announces 1.6-Liter Turbo Engine

Posted in auto industry, Engines, Hyundai, News by Kurt Ernst | October 24th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

While Hyundai won’t confirm rumors of a Veloster Turbo, the company has announced the details of a recently developed 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Coincidentally, the Veloster uses a 1.6 liter engine under its hood, meaning that a Veloster Turbo announcement is probably forthcoming. That’s good news, but hot hatchback fans who wanted the 2.0-liter turbo four from the Sonata Turbo in the Veloster probably won’t be satisfied with the 1.6-liter’s specs. Read More…

Is It A Ferrundai Or A Hyunari?

Posted in FAIL, FAIL / Funny, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | October 20th, 2011 | 1 Response |

We understand that Ferrari fans come in all shapes, sizes and income levels. If a Hyundai is all you can afford, there’s nothing wrong with buying a red one and maybe even throwing a subtle prancing horse decal by your license plate. If racing stripes are your thing, we suppose that’s OK, too.

Emblazoning your Hyundai Tiburon with a giant Scudderia Ferrari logo across its hood isn’t the way to earn style points with us, though, so we’re going to have to give this effort a “Fail.” On the other hand, if the driver has stuffed a 3.0-liter Ferrari V-8 where the rear seat used to be, and converted his Hyundai to rear-wheel-drive, we’d be forced to give this a massive Win, stickers and all.

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Driven: The 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, Hyundai, Import Review by Kurt Ernst | October 18th, 2011 | 10 Responses |

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Every once in a great while a car comes along that winds up defining a segment. For some the term “hot rod” automatically refers to a 1932 Ford Coupe. For others, mention “first car,” and the Volkswagen Beetle comes to mind. For sport compacts, it may be the Honda CRX Si. The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has that kind of potential, too, even if the segment it will come to dominate hasn’t yet been clearly defined. Read More…

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster – What’s Your Take?

Posted in Car Branding, Car Buying, Design, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | October 11th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster. Image: Hyundai Motor America

I’m heading off to St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia) later this week to drive the new Hyundai Veloster. Hyundai has a lot riding on it’s funky-fresh hatchback, which features a third door on the passenger side for easy and safe passenger off-loading, Unless you live in a right-hand drive country, in which case the third door may well be for population control. Read More…

Where Does It End? Hyundai Working On 10 Speed Gearbox

Posted in auto industry, Hyundai, News, trends by Kurt Ernst | October 2nd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Hyundai's eight-speed equipped Genesis R-Spec

For a lot of years, a three speed automatic gearbox was considered the norm. Then came the four-speed automatic, in use until recently in cars like the Hyundai Accent and even the Chevy Impala. Four speeds became five speeds, which in turn gave way to six and even seven speed gearboxes. Then Chrysler announced that a ZF-built unit would carry eight speeds, and Ford countered with an eight-speed gearbox of its own. Read More…

Viral Dutch Ad For The Hyundai Veloster An Instant Classic

Posted in Bizarre, Funny Videos, Hyundai, Safety, Scandal by Kurt Ernst | August 24th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Rumor has it that this ad was banned from Dutch television as being just a tad too shocking and tasteless. We’re not buying that the ad was ever intended for television audiences, because even the Germans wouldn’t run an ad like this. Our guess is that the ad was created specifically for the internet, since nothing is off-limits in cyberspace.

If you get past the whole shock thing (and I won’t ruin the video by telling you what happens in advance), it’s a pretty funny ad and a good way for Hyundai to promote the practicality of the third door on its upcoming Veloster model. Unless, of course you live in Japan, Australia, Britain or any of the other countries that drive on the wrong side of the road, in which case this ad won’t make any sense at all. Video after the jump. Read More…

2012 Hyundai Accent Reinvents The Subcompact Car

Posted in auto industry, Design, Hyundai, News by Kurt Ernst | August 2nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

The 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan and 5-door. Image: Hyundai

Do you remember the 1950’s schlock-horror film, “The Blob”? If you’ve never seen it, it’s about an oversized blob of grape jelly from outer space that consumes everything in its path. In the end, the hero (played by a young Steve McQueen) figures out that cold can stop The Blob, so the movie ends with it being dropped somewhere around the North Pole.

If you’re an automaker other than Hyundai, the Korean company must seem very much like The Blob. In just a few short years, Hyundai’s gone from being hte butt of jokes to being the company that no one can keep up with. In the last year, for example, Hyundai’s Equus luxury sedan went from zero percent market share to five percent market share, at a time when other luxury cars were happy to get a tenth of a percent increase in share. The Hyundai Sonata and Elantra are best sellers that keep racking up award after award, and the limiting factor in their growth these days is simply Hyundai’s ability to produce cars. If you ‘re shopping for an Elantra right now, chances are good that you’re putting down money for inventory in the pipeline, since cars on the dealer’s floor are hard to come by. Read More…

2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec: Hyundai Builds A Sport Sedan

Posted in auto industry, Design, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | July 29th, 2011 | 12 Responses |

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec

Hyundai’s Genesis sedan is only three years old, but it’s already on it’s second refresh, which is business as usual at the Korean automaker. As someone once said, “the Koreans are the only people on the planet who can make the Japanese look like slackers,” and nowhere is this more evident than in the regular updates of their vehicles. Most automakers wait three to five years between model updates, with only minor changes year to year. Hyundai, on the other hand, will incorporate fairly significant changes from year to year, based on the accomplishments of their engineering and manufacturing teams. Read More…

Hyundai’s Equus Tops BMW, Audi In Latest Satisfaction Survey

Posted in auto industry, Hyundai, News by Kurt Ernst | July 28th, 2011 | 1 Response |

When Hyundai launched their flagship Equus in the U.S. market last year, a lot of skeptics doubted that the Korean automaker could capture any sales in the premium luxury market. After all, Hyundai wasn’t even launching the Equus as a unique brand; instead, buyers would set up a showing through their local, Equus-certified Hyundai dealership. Worse, the Equus had no identity of its own, and wasn’t even branded as a Hyundai on the outside of the car. Read More…