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Hyundai Expands Elantra Family with New Coupe

At one time the Elantra was a one trick pony, sold only as a compact four door sedan. The times have changed, with the addition of the Elantra GT and now, the Elantra Coupe. The Coupe, which will be available later this month has its sights aimed directly on the Honda Civic Coupe. Hyundai boasts the Elantra Coupe has more power, better fuel economy and more standard features than the Honda. Hyundai is also quick to point out the Elantra Coupe offers more interior space than the Nissan Altima Coupe, and both Honda Civic and Accord Coupe.

The Elantra Coupe is powered by a 1.8L four cylinder rated at 148hp. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, which adds an extra $1,000 to the price. Hyundai claims an Elantra Coupe with the manual tranny should be good for 40MPG on the highway. Hyundai is offering the Elantra Coupe in base GS and sporty SE trim. We have broken down equipment and pricing below.

Hyundai Elantra Coupe GS: $17,445USD

For a base model, the Elantra Coupe GS comes with a generous amount of standard equipment, starting with 16″ alloys, foglights, six speaker audio with iPod jack and SiriusXM satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and heated seats. The comparably priced Civic LX Coupe lacks many of these features.

Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE: $19,745

Hyundai is marketing the SE as the sporty Elantra Coupe. Upgrades include 17″ alloys, sport-tuned suspension, leather interior, sunroof, aluminum pedals and a rear spoiler. You will pay nearly $1,400 more for a comparable Civic EX Coupe, and be without the sport-tuned suspension, spoiler and settle for smaller wheels. And you cannot get the Civic with a manual transmission if you want leather.

Hyundai is guilty of the same crime. While the top-spec SE is available with either a manual or automatic, if you desire the Technology Package you must forgo the joy of shifting for yourself. For an additional $2,350, features include Navigation, rearview camera, premium audio, dual-zone auto climate control and push button start, but you have to settle for an automatic.

With the Elantra Coupe, Hyundai has expanded the line but the real story here is how the press release was worded. Hyundai is making no bones that it is going for the jugular with Honda. With Honda’s weak redesign of the Civic which seemed little more than a retread of the older car, Hyundai is churning out new, and most importantly, very good cars at a positively feverish pace. The momentum Hyundai has built up in recent years is nothing short of astonishing, and shows no sign of slowing.

Is a Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec in the works?

36562 1 1 Is a Hyundai Veloster Turbo R Spec in the works?

The Hyundai Veloster has been a bit polarizing since it went on sale last year. And the debate could get more animated if the Korean automaker does what various media think it’s thinking about doing.

What we have also heard recently is the rumor that Hyundaimay be working on a “spiced up” version of the new Veloster coupe. The high-performance Veloster coupe would probably be called the Veloster Turbo “R-Spec and would feature enhanced suspension package. 

Along with an enhanced suspension, the “Veloster Turbo R-Spec” could also bring more power to the range. The Korean automaker could also switch the current 1,6L GDi Turbo engine with the 2,0L Turbo unit, which is already available in the 2013 Sonata Turbo and new Santa Fe CUV, but that wouldn’t be cost-effective for Hyundai t

Hyundai Sued Over Elantra 40-MPG Ad Claims

With gas mileage a much higher new-car purchase consideration these days, it isn’t surprising to see yet another lawsuit filed over purportedly misleading advertising on the part of car companies. A new lawsuit, according to an article by Reuters, is alleging that Hyundai misrepresented the mileage of its Elantra.

The owner, of a 2011 Elantra, expected to achieve the “40 Mile Per Gallon” number touted in the ads; and the 40 mpg that’s advertised is the model’s EPA highway rating.

Our colleagues at Green Car Reports were all over the story about public interest group Consumer Watchdog calling for the EPA to retest the 2011 Hyundai Elantra compact late last year. At issue was a “trail of disappointed drivers” failing to achieve EPA-published ratings of the car in real-world driving.

As for the current lawsuit, filed by Consumer Watchdog for plaintiff Louis Bird of Sacramento, California, the complaint is that “TV advertisements for the ‘40 Mile Per Gallon Hyundai Elantra’ reflected only highway mileage, not city or combined highway/city mileage.”

Bird also contends that he wouldn’t have bought the 2011 Elantra except for the ad claims of fuel efficiency, and that he’s paying more for fuel than he expected. He’s seeking class-action status and unspecified damages for Hyundai’s alleged violations of California’s consumer protection and fraud laws.

The Reuters report said a statement by Hyundai referred to government tests and those of three major magazines that “suggest the advertised fuel economy is realistic.” We’ve also found the Elantra’s highway mileage to be very close to 40 mpg, if not above that, in real-world driving.

Our take

Any driver who’s been behind the wheel for a good number of years, or has paid attention to numerous articles on how to achieve the best fuel economy under various driving conditions should know that the type of gas mileage numbers you get depends on how you drive, as well as other factors you have to contend with: weather, road surfaces, elevation, traffic, and so on.

Of course, Hyundai isn’t at all alone in advertising primarily the highway mileage and glossing over the often more relevant City or Combined numbers. So maybe the larger question here is whether all automakers should be perhaps a little more straightforward in how they advertise the gas mileage of their products. Would an industry-wide practice of advertising the EPA Combined figure get us out of this quandary?