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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