Friday, December 24, 2010

Sonata Sales Sets Record

Hyundai has sold more than 200,000 Sonatas, and that's set a new record. 

The Sonata is the first midsize sedan that has an all 4 cylinder line up and is the most fuel efficient lineup in the industry. It is also the first midsize sedan to receive double 5 star crash test rating under the new system set up by the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

Over 200,000 Sonatas were sold in the United States, a new record for 2010, and more than 110,000 were sold in Canada for the first time ever. In fact, it's not a surprise at all. The innovation that Sonata has brought to the industry has completely reset one of the hottest markets. The Sonata is highly popular not just because of the safety it offers, but because it's affordable. Nearly anyone can afford a Sonata and it works equally well for families and businessmen alike. With fuel efficiency nearly second to none, it's perfect for the masses. 

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top Safety Picks

Hyundai has proven that they are a company concerned with customer safety. Four Hyundai models, including the Sonata, which is a North American Car of the Year finalist, have achieved the coveted 2011 Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

The Sonata is joined in receiving this honor by the Hyundai Genesis, Santa Fe, and Tucson. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best at protecting people in rear, side, and front crashes and in rollovers. The decision is based on tests performed by the IIHS. All winners are required to have electronic stability control, a feature that helps avoid crashes and reduces the risk of a crash significantly. 

These ratings help consumers choose vehicles that offer more protection than what the federal safety standards require. All qualifiers must earn a "good" rating for performance in roof strength tests so that protection in a rollover crash can be accurately rated. Roofs have to be double the federally required strength to qualify. 

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pricing Announced for New Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai has recently announced the pricing for the new Sonata Hybrid. The vehicle features Hybrid Blue Drive technology and lithium-polymer batteries. There are just two trim levels to choose from - the base Sonata Hybrid, and the Sonata Hybrid with the premium package. Both vehicles offer 40 mpg highway, which is more than any other mid-size sedan, whether hybrid or not. In the city, the Sonata hybrid offers 35 mpg and has a combined rating of 37 mpg. 

There are many key features of the Sonata Hybrid. For example, the basic Sonata has fog lights, power windows, locked and heated mirrors, integrated bluetooth, LED lights, six speed automatic transmission, and much more. The premium package adds features such as a sunroom, rear backup camera, auto-dimming mirrors, navigation system with a high resolution touch screen display and more. 

The Sonata Hybrid starts at $25,795. With the premium package, the price is just $30,795. 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Honda Statement on Recall

About 10,800 late model year 2010 to 2011 Accord and 2011 Pilot vehicles will be recalled in the United States due to a potential front suspension failure. 

The machinery used to tighten the spindle nuts located on the front axles of both vehicles has a potential problem. Another problem lies in the damper attachment bracket bolts on the Pilot. Both of these problems could cause the front suspension of a small number of Pilot and Accord vehicles to fail. The problem has been identified as a software glitch used for the equipment at the Alabama plant. 

Of you own one of the affected vehicles, you will receive notification. You are to bring your vehicle to a Honda dealership for an inspection and if you own an Accord, the spindle nuts will be replaced. If you own a Pilot, the bracket bolts will be replaced and so will the spindle nuts if necessary. You can also call Honda or go online to find out more. 

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Monday, December 20, 2010

$70M Expansion for Honda

Honda is planning to spend $70 million in an expansion project that will be 200,000 square feet. The project will create more than 100 full time jobs. It will allow the Ohio plant to build the latest transmission technologies that Honda has developed. The production is expected to begin in 2012. 

60 jobs are also going to be added in early 2011, when a second shift will be added. An additional $25 million is going to be used in renovation projects that will make the plant more flexible. 

In total, Honda will spend more than $490 million to expand the Ohio plant. A third assembly line will be added and there will also be new operations so that the plant can produce the new transmissions. The two existing assembly lines will be moved to the new manufacturing space once it is completed. 

The current machines already in the plant are also being renovated and updated, which will make the the plant a powerhouse. Capacity to produce automatic transmissions will increase to over 1 million from the current 800,000 annually. 

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Features of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is a vehicle that many people already have fallen in love with, and many more will once they test drive it. 

The 2011 Elantra has 138 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle comes with either a manual or automatic transmission, both of which work smoothly and you get a wonderful fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. 

For safety, all Elantra models come with six standard airbags. There are two front airbags, two side curtain airbags (which protect both front and rear passengers) and two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags. You don't have to worry about whiplash - the Elantra has front-seat active head restraints which reduce the amount of space between a front occupant's head and the head restraint if there is a real collision. These are standard on the Elantra. 

You can get a great six speaker stereo system, touch screen navigation, front and rear heated seats, and much more on the Elantra. It's not a vehicle that leaves you wanting more, and not one that will break the bank. In fact, you will spend less on the Elantra than on many other vehicles but get even more. 

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 Hyundai Elantra - New Class of Transmission

You can choose from a manual or a six-speed automatic transmission when you purchase your new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The new Hyundai six-speed automatic transmission is top of its class. It's lighter and more compact and has less moving parts, making it perfect for the kind of driving most people do. A single control unit is used for both the transmission and the engine, improving smoothness. In fact, the computer will cut the juice to the engine when you are in between shifts to help you save even more fuel. 
This is a very comfortable, capable vehicle for the average commuter, soccer mom, and so on. If you want a manual transmission, be aware that the gear ratios are long and so it doesn't feel quite as peppy as the automatic version, and the clutch is soft compared to a vehicle designed to race around mountain road, but it's a lot more linear than other vehicles such as the Kia Forte. If you're new to manual shifting, you'll love the Elantra - the friction point is incredibly forgiving, and shifter is very precise. 

In the automatic, shifts are extremely fast and smooth. No one would ever guess that this vehicle is not going to cost you upwards of $45,000! This compact feels quicker than the horsepower it claims, thanks to shorter gearing and the way the transmission is able to keep the engine in the power band all the time. 

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2011 Hyundai Elantra - The Engine

It doesn't matter what trim level you decide to buy when you get a 2011 Hyundai Elantra - you'll still get 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. You also will get a great engine. The 2011 Elantra comes with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque in ULEV. If you prefer, you can also get a PZEV variant but you will lose one lb-ft torque and three horsepower over the regular version. Either version you choose will give you more power and better fuel economy than the competition such as Mazda3 or Honda Civic. 
Hyundai went with a tradition multi-point fuel injection system instead of a direct-injection program. Why? Because it would keep costs down, and those lower costs can be passed on to customers. There are some clever tricks used to make sure that the engine will be as efficient as possible. These tricks are things such as dual constant variable valve timing and electronic throttle control. It helps keep the engine running as efficiently as possible while giving you great gas mileage. 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Inside the 2011 Hyundai Elantra

The inside of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra has received a makeover. You can choose from 2 basic trim packages - the GLS and the Limited. If you look at the outside of the Elantra, you will see that the car has a fluid design. It's not quite as strong as the 2011 Sonata, but it's still graceful and flowing. The car has a lot of character and it looks not only cohesive but well balanced, and the new design allows the car to stand out among the rest. 

Inside the GLS, you will find that the interior has attractive cloth seats. The dash is two-tone and has well-grained plastic underneath and soft-touch materials on top. You'll find the same flowing design on the center stack, steering wheel, and dash as you find on the outside of the car. In fact, there is plenty of room for full grown adults in the Elantra - even those who are six feet or over can sit comfortably in the front or back seats. 

In the Limited you will find a seven inch touch screen that will give you controls to audio, iPod integration, and navigation. If you want the features, you'll be able to check on everything from the weather and traffic to the latest sports scores. You can get a rear view camera if you want it and many probably will not, as the Elantra has a lot of view space around it. You also get a six speaker, 360 watt stereo system with external amp. 

The biggest difference between the GLS and Limited interiors? The addition of leather on the Limited. Both front and rear seats are leather and heated. You'll even find the seats are double stitched. 

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Monday, December 13, 2010

2011 Hyundai Elantra - Fuel Economy

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is a vehicle that is blowing the competition out of the water. While many times the gas mileage on cars varies widely, depending on the features installed and what trim level the vehicle is, Hyundai is having none of that. All of the 2011 Hyundai Elantras have a very impressive fuel economy of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. 

So, other than saving consumers gas money, how does this add up to the other vehicles out there in the same class? Here's an example - to have nearly the same mpg with the Chevrolet Cruze, which claims to get 42 mpg highway, you will have to pay for the Eco model, an extra $1900 dollars. Don't like manual? Then you'll have to pay an additional $2825 to get the same mileage with a Cruze. 

The same is true with the Ford Fiesta. While the vehicle is smaller than the Elantra, it doesn't have the same fuel economy. Unless you want to purchase the Super Fuel Economy package. That will force you to pay an additional $2765. 

So not only will you save money on the Elantra in terms of gas, but you even save on price of the whole vehicle. The Elantra starts at just $15,550. The only vehicles that can meet or beat the fuel economy of the Elantra are the Civic Hybrid and the Cruze Eco but guess what - you'll pay anywhere from $3000 to $9000 more. 

Even better: Hyundai didn't make horrible compromises to get those kinds of numbers. No matter what model Elantra you choose, you'll get that great fuel economy. No feature deletion, no weight reductions, and the vehicle is even a bit longer than the outgoing model. 

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Friday, December 10, 2010

New Features for the 2011 Honda Fit

Pricing has been revealed for the 2011 Honda Fit and the car pretty much hasn't changed. It's still a versatile and affordable subcompact. But there are some changes and they are ones that are worth taking notice of. 

Some of the changes involve the safety features on the Fit. All 2011 Fit models will come with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). This is excellent because it will give drivers more control as they drive and more stability, keeping the vehicle from crashing and rolling over. It also makes the 2011 Fit be compliant with the 2012 safety requirements the federal government will require. This also means that the Fit is a step up from the Civic, because to get the VSA in a Civic, you have to upgrade to the EX-L package. 

Surprisingly, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio compatibility are not including on the standard fit. Yet features such as cruise control are. Either way, the 2011 Fit should find a good market and those who want the base model will probably not mind not having Bluetooth or satellite radio. 

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

CR-Z Developments

The Honda CR-Z is a popular vehicle that many people seem to love. Currently it is offered as a hybrid. It has 112 horse power and a 1.5 liter engine. The engine is connected to batteries and electric motors. 

Honda is planning to add a new, turbocharged engine for more powerful versions of the CR-Z. For example, adding a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine. These changes could include a CR-Z Type R. 

There would be 2 new configurations - 160 horsepower and 200 horsepower. It is estimated that the CR-Z Type R would arrive sometime around 2011. 

Right now, Honda is considering creating a version of the CR-Z sport coupe that is gasoline only. This could be popular with those who are leery of electric and hybrid vehicles for fear of being stranded. 

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Protect Your Car from Thieves

With the holidays often comes a lot of travel and sometimes car theft is an unfortunate part of that travel. When you are out holiday shopping, your vehicle could also become a potential target for car thieves. The busy holiday season is one of the most perfect ones for car thieves because car owners are distracted and stressed. 

So what can you do to deter thieves? 

There are many common sense precautions that you can take. For example, don't leave your keys in the ignition. Always lock your windows and doors, even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes. It only takes a car thief a few seconds to leave with your vehicle. Always park in well-lit areas, and if you can, in areas where you will be able to see your vehicle. You should also make sure that if you leave anything of value in the vehicle, that it is locked up in the trunk or storage compartments, so thieves can't just spot them. 

Warning devices are good ways to deter thieves. These are things like tire locks, alarms, theft-deterrent decals, VIN etching, steering column collars and so on. Another way is with immobilizing devices. These are devices that bypass the ignition and keep the car from turning on, even when hot wired. These are are kill switches, disablers, and the like. 
You can also get tracking devices for your cars. These employ GPS and wireless and police can track your car wherever it goes. LoJack and OnStar are two such systems that can help you track your stolen vehicle. 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Retention Rates Are High

J.D. Power's latest Customer Retention Study was based on the responses from 123,601 new car buyers. In 81,350 cases, the car that was being replaces had also been purchased new by that particular owner. The findings? 

Ford and Honda owners are more likely than any other owners to opt for another vehicle of the same brand. Both of the brands toped the J.D. Powers list. 62% of owners of both brands decided to stay with that particular brand. 

In the case of Honda, the models that had the strongest customer retention are the CR-V, Accord, and Pilot. 

Hyundai also made it onto the list, with a 60% customer retention rate. According to the list made by J.D. Powers, retention rates have improved slightly over last year. 

It seems that customers are making their decisions based more on emotional reasons than on practical ones. For example, resale values are not as important this year as they were in years past. This is another sign that the market conditions are improving. 

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa Fe Recall

Hyundai may be a brand that is moving up in the auto world, but they are not immune to the same problems that have often plagued other automakers. 

The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs that were built between September 28 and November 25, 2010 are being recalled. The reason? a manufacturing defect in the braking system. Now, this problem isn't as bad as it might sound. Complete failure is not likely to happen. Rather drivers experience poor pedal feel and reduced brake power. The root of the problem lies in rear brake calipers that were improperly machined. 

The solution is very simple. All affected vehicles can be taken to any Hyundai dealership and new calipers will be installed at no cost to the owner. 

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Friday, December 3, 2010

2011 Final Year for Honda Element

The Honda Element's 2011 year will be the final year of production. The functional and innovative crossover utility vehicle was introduced as the Honda Model X, in its concept form, at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The Element has practically created it's own functional class. For outdoor enthusiasts, pet owners, and small businesses, it was an instant favorite. 

However, after a long run, Honda owners have drifted towards other vehicles. Namely the CR-V, which is both comfortable and versatile. While the Element provided a good vehicle, it also proved something very important: that thinking inside the box can provide ultimate functionality. Box designs were made cool by the Element, and those who own an Element or who liked it still are enjoying the unique styling and versatility it brought into being, whether with an Element or with another vehicle of similar design. 
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

2011 Honda Insight Has New and Improved Features

Honda has long been the industry leader in making hybrid vehicles that people can afford, love to drive, and that are good for the environment. In fact, Honda has won the "Greenest Automaker" award from the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fifth time in a row, meaning that Honda had led the way in making vehicles that have low smog forming and greenhouse gas emissions for the last decade. 

Honda isn't letting up with the new 2011 Insight. The Insight is extremely affordable, with the base model starting at just $18,200 (plus a $750 destination fee). The Insight comes with standard features it didn't have before, such as remote entry, cruise control, wheel-mounted audio controls, and much more. There are three trims available: the Insight, Insight EX and Insight LX. All have varying features, but all get a great EPA estimated city/highway/combined fuel rating of 40/43/41 miles per gallon. 

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sales Increase for American Honda in November

November was a very good month for American Honda. American Honda sold 89,617 vehicles in November, which was an increase of 16.1 percent. This percentage was based on daily selling rate. The year-to-date sales for American Honda reached 1,100,864. This is an increase of 5.9 percent over last year and is based on the daily selling rate. 

The Honda division alone had sales in November of 78,899, 15.9 percent more than last year. The Honda Accord was the top-selling vehicle of the month and 19,025 Accords were sold, which was an increase of 5.8 percent. After the Accord was the CR-V, which sold 18,263 in an increase of 25.4 percent and the Civic was third with sales of 16,562, an increase for the Civic of 16.3 percent. The newly released 2011 Odyssey is continuing to see a warm welcome, and in its second month on market has sold 8,805, up a total of 31.7 percent. Honda light trucks saw a sale increase of 24.7 percent and sales of 38,802 vehicles. Car sales were a total of 40,097, which was an increase of 8.5 percent. 

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hyundai's New Marketing Campaign

The Hyundai company is trying a new marketing campaign this holiday season. They have brought onboard the breakout artists of the Internet - Pomplamoose. The Youtube duo will perform new music and holiday favorites for Hyundai's ad campaign. 

They have made covers of traditional holiday favorites. "Deck the Halls" will go along with the new Genesis campaign, where the new lease offer of $399 a month is offered. "Up on the Rooftop" will grace the 2011 Sonata's spot featuring a $199 per month special. The song "Jingle Bells" will be used in several different ads. These ads feature new deals on the Elantra, Accord, and Santa Fe. This new campaign started November 22 and it will continue until January 3, 2011.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Hyundai Has Greatest Improvement

Every year, J.D. Power and Associates conduct a U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study (SSI). In the 2010 study, Hyundai has shown significant improvement in its position. Overall, Hyundai ranked number seven. Hyundai has also been the company with the greatest improvement out of all the mass market brands from the year 2009. It moved from number sixteen in 2009 to number seven in 2010.

What is the SSI study? It is a comprehensive analysis of the experience of purchasing a new vehicle. The overall customer satisfaction is measured in four factors. These four factors are working out the deal, delivery process, salesperson, and the dealership facility. The study this year found that the way customers are treated by the dealership was more important than the actual price of the transaction. 

While Hyundai ranked seventh in the Initial Quality Study, it also ranked 11 in the Vehicle Dependability Study. This plays Hyundai four ranks higher than industry average and three over its 2009 position. 

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Friday, November 26, 2010

2011 Honda Accord Sedan

The 2011 Honda Accord Sedan is a vehicle that has been trusted for years. You can choose from several different engines and trim levels. The in-line 4-cylinder engine has the choices of the LX, LX-P, SE, EX or EX-L trims. The V-6 engine gives you the option of the EX V-6 or the EX-L V-6 trims. You get 177 horsepower with the LX, LX-P, and SE, 190 horsepower with the EX or EX-L, and 271 horsepower with the EX V-6 or EX-L V-6. 

If you prefer a manual transmission, it comes stand on the LX and EX. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on the LX-P, SE, and EX-L and available for the LX and EX. It is also standard on the EX V-6 and the EX-L V-6. All models have seating for 5. If you choose a manual transmission, you can get 23/33/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) on the LX, LX-P, and SE. The EX and EX-L has 23/33/27 as well. With an automatic, the LX, LX-P, SE, EX, and EX-L have 23/34/27 while the EX V-6 and EX-L V-6 have 20/30/24.

Standard safety features for all trims include airbags, three point seat belts, LATCH systems for child restraints, traction control, stability assistance, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist, and much more. Relax in air conditioned comfort with power windows, power doors, cruise control, 6 speaker sound system, MP3/WMA players, and speed-sensitive volume control, among other great features. Prices start at just $21,180.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

2011 Hyundai Genesis

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis comes in 2 different trim and powertrain levels. The 2011 Genesis 3.8 starts at $33,000 while the 2011 Genesis 4.6 starts at $43,000. Both vehicles come standard with rear wheel drive, 6 speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel disc brakes, and front and rear suspension. The 3.8 model has a 24-valve DOHC with Dual CWT valve train and the 4.6 has a 32-valve DOHC with Dual CWT. 17-inch 14-spoke alloy wheels are standard on the 3.8 and the 4.6 comes standard with 18-inch 14-spoke Hyper Silver alloy wheels. 

Standard safety features are dual front advance airbags, front and rear seat mounted side-impact airbags, roof mounted curtain side-impact airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pretensioners, energy-absorbing steering column, electronic active front head restraints, front and rear crumples zones, and on the 4.6 front and rear parking assistance system. The parking assistance system is optional on the 3.8. 

Standard features on both cars for the exterior are power heated outside mirrors with turn signal and projector beam halogen headlights with chrome, automatic headlights, front fog lights, chrome insert bumper moldings, and acoustic laminated windshield and front side. Other standard features on the 4.8  are smart cruise control, electrochromic auto-dimming outside mirrors (not available on the 3.8), High intensity discharge lights, adaptive front light system, and chrome bodyside moldings (not available on the 3.8). 

Interior features include automatic temperature controls, power windows, proximity key entry, navigation system, leather seats with heated front seats, cooled drivers seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, and much more. 

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Honda Accord and Fit Win 10 Best Cars

Car and Driver magazine, one of the most trusted sources for information about cars, has named both the 2011 Honda Fit and the 2011 Honda Accord as two out of the ten winners of the "10 Best Cars" award. The award is very prestigious and competition is fierce. 

The Honda Accord is in its eighth generation now. In the last 29 years, the Accord has won "10Best" status 25 times. This is more often than any other vehicle in the years that Car and Driver editors have been giving out this award. The Honda Fit has been on sale in the United States for just five years. In each of those five years, it has won the "10Best" award. The awards given by Car and Driver are some of the most coveted awards in the industry, and recognize performance, quality, and safety. With Honda's dedication to all three things, it's no wonder their vehicles keep on winning!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2011 Santa Fe is Hyundai's version of the ever popular SUV. The MSRP is $21,695, considerably less than many other kinds of SUVs. You can choose from a manual or an automatic transmission. The Santa Fe offers a unique capability that you won't find in other SUVs - you can actually lock the wheels. Lock the rear and front sets of wheels, and you have a vehicle that can actually be taken off-road. 

The engine has had millions of dollars spent to develop it. The 2.4L I4 engine offers  a lot of power and stability. You can also have things like an excellent sound system. If you want to listen to your iPod while on the road, the sound system is compatible with it. All models can have a rearview camera, navigation system, and sunroof. 

The Limited edition has heated front seats, and on both the Limited and SE you get seats that are combination cloth and leather. If you need to keep an eye on children or other backseat passengers, there is an extra mirror to help. Using this convex mirror, you can see everyone in the rear seat at a glance. There are a lot of safety features, such as curtain airbags, that will help keep you and your family safe. 

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Honda Days


Just in time for the holidays is Honda Days. This is the perfect time for you to purchase a new Honda vehicle. Not only do you get a new vehicle but you get it just in time for the holidays. What better way to say "I love you" or go to see your family and friends in style. 

Until January 2011, you can get a brand new Honda vehicle for $0 down, $0 security deposit, $0 for the first month's payment, and $0 due at lease signing. Now this does not include tax, dealer fees, and license fees. However, it is easy to see how much money you can save when you purchase a new Honda during Honda Days. 

What new vehicles can you purchase? Choose from the 2010 Fit AT, 2011 Accord LX Sedan, 2011 Civic LX Sedan, 2011 CR-V 2WD LX, 2011 Pilot 2WD LX, or the 2011 Odyssey LX. Lease terms last for 36 months, and the first month you don't have to pay a cent. 

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Friday, November 19, 2010

2011 Hyundai Elantra To Set New Standard

Hyundai introduced its new 2011 Hyundai Elantra at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This is the latest model's world debut. The 2011 Elantra has all the newest features from Hyundai such as advanced safety features, great fuel efficiency, and the new "Fluidic Sculpture" design. 

So what are the highlights of the Elantra that are expected to make the vehicle a customer favorite? For starters, it comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, something many people pay extra for. Whether you choose an automatic or manual transmission, you can expect 40 mpg on the highway. In fact, the Elantra is best in class in fuel efficiency, better than both the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Other features include Bluetooth hands free phone system, heated rear seats, touch screen navigation with rearview camera, and much more. 

All of this should combine to make this a favorite of anyone who likes a comfortable compact sedan. The safety features should make it popular with families, while the styling and surprising amoung of power should make it popular with everyone else. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Two Hyundai Vehicles Win Best Buy Award

Consumers Digest Magazine is a magazine that many people see as an authority on what products are worth buying and what should be avoided. Hyundai recently had two vehicles named by Consumers Digest magazine as a Best Buy. One is the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and the other is the 2011 Hyundai Genesis sedan. 

Ratings are based on safety ratings, behind-the-wheel assessments, warranty, ownership costs, comfort, price, amenities, ergonomics, and styling. The Sonata won Best Buy in the Family Car category while the Genesis sedan won in the Luxury Car category. 

Six automotive experts evaluated the vehicles. Assessments were done on an on-going basis under real-world conditions as well as test drives and new model introductions done by manufacturers. Fuel economy, ride quality, handling and steering, starting, accerlation, fit, finish, cargo space, and other features are all considered. This kind of information is extremely useful for those who are searching for a new vehicle.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hyundai Elantra Has Highest Residual Value in Class

ALG announced the winners of its 12th annual Residual Value Awards. ALG is the standard in the industry for depreciation data and residual values. The Residual Value Awards honor vehicles  in 19 different segments. Two brands are always predicted to keep the highest possible percentage of their MSRP over a period of three years. 

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra won the competitive compact segment, winning ALG's highest residual value in its class award. The award is based on all the products for the model year of 2011. Careful study of all the competition, industry trends, and historical vehicle performance are all considered. Key factors that influence the decision are marketing strategies, pricing, and demand as it aligns with production levels. 

This win is helpful to Hyundai, as it helps to show how the brand continues to improve its reputation. Advance safety technologies, excellent fuel economy, and other great features combined with a low price have helped make the 2011 Elantra a favorite. 

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Best Car to Buy? The 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Ever heard of the site "TheCarConnection"? The site is an easy-to-use shopping site for car shoppers that reviews cars and the Web's best. TheCarConnection has named the 2011 Hyundai Sonata the best car to buy 2011 and announced its decision at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 Sonata was at the top of the list with the highest numeric ratings out of all the vehicles that had a price tag that was less than $50,000, including the destination charge. The Sonata managed to beat out luxury cars such as the BMW 5-Series, the Infiniti M37, and others. 

There were 40 nominees in the "Best Car to Buy Award" running. The winner was chosen based on reviews done by the site editors and the reviews are based on the road-tests that the new vehicles are put through. All new vehicles were rated on styling, performance, features, utility, safety, and were giving a green score. Opinions from all over the Web were then incorporated in the reviews. This combines to give car shoppers a unique site that makes it easier to compare vehicles. 

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Official Premiere of the Hyundai Veloster Coupe

Hyundai's finally released information about the much anticipated Veloster Coupe. The brand new entry-level sports coupe will be introduced at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, in January of next year. 

The Veloster will be available for sale in the United States in the first half of 2011. At first, the only model that will be available will be one with a 1.6L GDI four-cylinder engine but a 1.6L unit that has turbo technology and 175 horsepower will become available later in the year. A dual-clutch transmission will be included that has six speeds. The Veloster will get 40+ mpg on the highway. Prefer manual transmissions? You will be able to optionally select a six-speed manual transmission.

The Veloster is the replacement for the Tiburon. It will have sport aggressive styling, and if you have seen the pictures of the Veloster concept car, then you will see that it looks 70 or 80 percent like those pictures. You may not remember them - the concept was unveiled back in 2007. 

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Friday, November 12, 2010

2011 Honda Accord Sedan Earns 5 Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has redone the way they test vehicles. The tests are more stringent and use a new concept called the Overall Vehicle Score, part of the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). 2011 models are the first to be put through the tests, and it is meant to be a help to new car shoppers. The Overall Vehicle Score combines the results from frontal crash test, rollover-resistance tests, and side crash tests into a single rating, from one to five stars. 

For the first time, crash test dummies are both male and female. Frontal crash safety tests now use a small female dummy in the front passenger seat and a male as normal in the driver's seat. Side-crash tests include the side-barrier test that has been used previously where a moving barrier hits a still car at an angle. Added to that is the new side-pole test where a moving vehicle hits a stationary pole. Again, for the first time female dummies are used and the dummy is in the back of the vehicle. 

The 2011 Honda Accord Sedan has earned a 5 star rating as the Overall Vehicle Score, the best score a vehicle can possibly achieve. The Accord is one of just six vehicles to achieve the score, and the first to get five stars in all categories - rollover, side crash, and frontal crash. 

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is Finalist for 2011 Green Car of the Year Award

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been named as a finalist for the 2011 Green Car of the Year award by Green Car Journal. Every year, five finalists are considered for the prestigious award. The award is an honor that recognizes environmental leadership in the auto industry and the fuel-efficient vehicles that show it. The winner will be announced on November 18 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. 

Those who are considered finalists are proof positive that the auto industry is trying to rise to the challenge of providing vehicles that are safer for the environments and pass the strict fuel economy laws that have been passed, while still giving customers the kinds of vehicles that they want. Those who are finalists are the ones who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to meet the requirements and customer expectations. 

The vehicles that are considered for the reward employ technologies and fuels that try to raise the bar for environmental performance. This includes hybrids, high efficiency gasoline internal combustion, electrics, advanced diesel, and vehicles that use alternative fuels. 

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

All-new Honda Electric Vehicle Concept Debut

Everyone is buzzing about electric vehicles. If you don't know, an electric vehicle is exactly what it sounds like. These vehicles run on electricity. Charging stations allow people on the go to charge up the battery so that they can keep going. You can also plug in your vehicle at home, charging it in your garage while you sleep. These vehicles are better for the environment because they do not put off fumes like gasoline powered vehicles do, and they also put off less noise pollution. 

Honda is very responsible where the environment is concerned, and the company has worked hard to try and not only prove they are environmentally responsible, but that they also are leaders in green technology. 

An all-new electric vehicle concept will be unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show on November 17. The unveiling is scheduled to take place at 1:20 PM PST. President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd Takanobu Ito and American Honda Motor Co., Inc, executive vice president John Mendel will be the keynote presenters. 

If you can't attend in person, you can watch via webcast. 

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Live in the city, but want a great vehicle that will give you the feeling of looking down from on high without worrying about fancy off-road features? Then you need to take a look at the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Really, this vehicle is for anyone who wants a great compact crossover at a great price but who don't plan to do any off-roading. The 2011 Outlander Sport will be making its U.S. debut in New York and amazingly, the starting price is less than $20,000. While it's not along the same lines as the Honda CR-V or the Ford Escape, it is a good lancer alternative if you want something that looks a bit more tough.

If you like to sit high above the traffic, you'll love that the Outlander Sport is about five inches higher than the Lancer at the visual reference point. You'll also love the differences. The Outlander Sport offers a panoramic sunroof, 710 watt nine speaker sound system, navigation system with traffic updates and 40 GB hard drive, super wide rang HID headlamps (which emit 35% more light than regular HIDs) and FAST key passive entry system. 

You can get all wheel drive as an option. For front drive models, expected highway mileage is 31 mpg. Batteries are charged in this amazing crossover by the friction energy created during breaking. This vehicle will be near the top of its class in fuel efficiency, perfect for those who have to watch their wallet at the pump. It comes with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that gets 148 horsepower. This should be a great vehicle for many people and a lot of fun to drive. 

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Honda Manufacturing Plant in Indiana Goes Green

Located in Greensburg, Indiana, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) got the LEED Green Building Certification for the Welcome Center. This is the ninth of Honda's North American facilities to receive LEED certification since the year 2008. 

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a rating system for various types of buildings. It is awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). It is a recognition of green building practice and performance globally. Located in Decatur County, HMIN is the first company to receive this recognition. 

There are six categories that the Welcome Center was evaluated in. The categories are Water Efficiency, Innovative Design, Sustainable Site, Energy & Atmosphere, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Materials & Resources. The Welcome Center includes shower facilities and bicycle storage for associates, lumber from sustainable forests, and 100 percent green power was purchased. There is also fuel-efficient vehicle parking in the lot for visitors and campus-wide recycling. 

The plant was built two years ago with the environment in mind. There are seven lakes on the campus, as well as two water quality ponds, and the facility is a zero-waste facility. Every bit of waste the facility makes is either reused or recycled; nothing goes to the landfill. Trees and earthen enhancements provide a natural buffer between the plant and those in the Greensburg area. 

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Hyundai now Title Sponsor of PGA TOUR Season Opening

Hyundai is going to be the title sponsor for the PGA TOUR's season opening tournament. The tournament is going to be held at The Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. It will be held there for the next three years. 

Beginning with the 2011 tournament, the event is going to be renamed the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It will reintroduce the original moniker - one that will highlight the PGA TOUR winners from the previous year. This continues Hyundai's new strategy of "Big Voices in Big Places". Hyundai is now positioned in the highest profile advertising spots - PGA TOUR, NFL Super Bowl, a global sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and an exclusive sponsorship of the Academy Awards. 

The move is supposed to align world class athletes with Hyundai's own competitive drive. Thanks to this sponsorship, all the athletes will arrive in luxury while fans will be introduced to the Hyundai Equus and get a new interpretation of luxury. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

American Honda Sales Up In October

October was a very good month for American Honda Motor Company, Inc. The company sold 98,811 vehicles . This is an increase of 19.8 percent on the daily selling rate. Year to date sales have reached 1,011,247, which is an increase of 5.1 percent over last year. 

The Honda Division alone had an increase of 20.2 percent in in October, selling 87,040 vehicles. The top selling Honda? The Accord, with an increase in sales of 8.8 percent, totaling 24,344. After the Accord was the CR-V and the Civic. The CR-V had an increase in sales of 19.4 percent, selling 18,040 vehicles. The Civic sold 17,121 vehicles and enjoyed an increase of 11.9 percent. The 2011 Odyssey has only been on the market for a month, and the model line has seen an increase of 52.2 percent. The redesign was an excellent choice for Honda, because it seems that people have not only taken notice, but are falling in love with the mini-van all over again. 
Another area that the Honda Division saw an increase in sales? Light trucks. The sale of light trucks has increased 37.8 percent and 41,463 were sold in October. 

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