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Old 12-01-2011, 07:23 AM
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http://content.usatoday.com/communit...leage-rating/1

Reacting to media reports and website discussion boards, Consumer Watchdog, an outfit in Santa Monica, Calif., and Washington, is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take a fresh look at the gas mileage ratings of the Elantra, which is officially rated at 29 miles a gallon in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and an average of 33 mpg.

The letter, in particular, cites:

Drive On. USA TODAY tech writer Jefferson Graham wrote here on Sept. 22 that his near-new Elantra was getting 22 mpg in mixed driving. We checked back with Jefferson yesterday and his mileage hasn't significantly improved.
Motor Trend. The influential magazine named the 2011 Elantra as the Car of the Year in its class, but noted that it got only 25.9 mpg in mixed city/highway driving in its tests.
Owners. The group cites owners' discussion on sites such as Edmunds.com.
"Consumers are increasingly buying new and used cars on the basis of their fuel economy, which makes significant discrepancies in listed and real mileage an important consumer issue," the letter states. "Elantra's MPG discrepancies appear to be far more serious than those of similar models by other makers, disappointing and angering buyers who can't reach the listed MPG no matter how gently they try to drive."

We reached out to Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor for comment, and he backed Elantra's rating. "The numbers are the numbers and the tests are the tests," he said. He says the mileage ratings are achievable unless "you drive like a maniac."
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This is the reason that when one considers mileage an important factor when buying a car, they can't rely on the window sticker.

I find the real world mileage thread in Edmunds to provide a good ballpark figure.
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This morning I attended the announcement of the North American Car of the Year, which if you haven't heard already is the Hyundai Elantra.

Many people in the crowd sounded surprised which leads me to believe many aren't giving Hyundai the credit they deserve. I think many expected the Passat to win the accolade; however, Hyundai has been and is continuing to do a remarkable job on their cars and I feel they deserved the award.
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You mean the Honda Civic did not win?!?!?!?!
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Originally Posted by Sly Raskal View Post
This morning I attended the announcement of the North American Car of the Year, which if you haven't heard already is the Hyundai Elantra.

Many people in the crowd sounded surprised which leads me to believe many aren't giving Hyundai the credit they deserve. I think many expected the Passat to win the accolade; however, Hyundai has been and is continuing to do a remarkable job on their cars and I feel they deserved the award.
But... but... but..... they're stalling. They have no where to go.














Congrats to Hyundai.
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Completely undisguised 2012 Hyundai Elantra Coupe


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Nice.

Looks like someone put a ding in it already, near the driver door.
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Nice.

Looks like someone put a ding in it already, near the driver door.
Crash tested.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:48 PM
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hey that coupe actually looks pretty good.
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That greenhouse/roofline is a bit meh.

The Elantra sedan has a more sleek greenhouse/roofline as does this rendering which is more like the sedan.

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A tad too similar to the sedan IMO. Would have been nice to see a different rear end. Lets hope they stick the 1.6T in there.
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S View Post

at first, i thought the first pic was a photoshop, and the artist made an error with the "smudge" tool when deleting out the rear door jamb. but after seeing the second pic, i suppose this is the real thing.

further googling - yup, its a ding


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A tad too similar to the sedan IMO. Would have been nice to see a different rear end. Lets hope they stick the 1.6T in there.
"a tad"? It looks exactly like the sedan (but with 2 doors).
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"a tad"? It looks exactly like the sedan (but with 2 doors).
Ya, not sure why I even typed that.
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I still rike it.
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According to Bloomberg, Hyundai's still having production problems.

Hyundai Motor Co.’s U.S. sales unit said the increase in the number of Elantra compact sedans sold this year will slow compared with last year’s 41 percent gain because of tight factory capacity.

“The growth will be capped only because of production capacity,” Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America’s executive vice president of national sales, said today in an interview at the Washington auto show.

The company’s Montgomery, Alabama, plant that builds the Elantra and midsize Sonata car produced 338,000 vehicles last year, more than 10 percent above the factory’s official capacity.

Hyundai, South Korea’s largest automaker, sold 186,361 Elantras in the U.S. last year, leading the company to a 20 percent sales gain to 645,691 vehicles. Hyundai captured 5.1 percent of the U.S. market in 2011, up from 4.6 percent the year before and 3 percent in 2008, according to Autodata Corp., a Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based researcher.

“We’re going to sell what we did last year but our growth curve will plateau just because of capacity,” he said.

The Elantra won the North American Car of the Year award at the Detroit auto show earlier this month, the second time in four years that Hyundai had claimed the honor.
Time for a new factory.
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Hyundai has been targeted by Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit advocacy organization, over the automaker's 40 mpg fuel efficiency claim on the Hyundai Elantra. The group says Elantra owners have seen fuel economy averages of 18 and 19 mpg instead of the the 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway reported by Hyundai and the Environmental Protection Agency. As such, the group has sent letters to both Hyundai CEO John Krafcik and President Eok Jo Kim warning that if the automaker advertised the 40 mpg claim in the company's Super Bowl spots, Consumer Watchdog would release a retaliatory video of its own. The group has since followed through with that threat.

Hyundai has since released a new, updated version of its Super Bowl ad, and Consumer Watchdog claims the Korean automaker has now promised not to include the 40 mpg figure in any of the spots. Hyundai, meanwhile, released a statement saying the company's advertising was "in no way" influenced by the Consumer Watchdog claims, comments or statements. Click past the jump for a look at the Elantra Super Bowl spot, the Consumer Watchdog clip about the vehicle's mileage claims and a press release from the non-profit.

Also worth a read is Popular Mechanics just-published (and very timely) fuel-economy test of 2 cars boasting 40 mpg EPA highway ratings: the Ford Focus SFE and the Hyundai Elantra. Ultimately, when you get past all the noise, it's important to remember that "your mileage may vary" is a mantra for a reason.
Hyundai Omits "40 MPG" Claim From Super Bowl Ad After Consumer Watchdog Complaint & Flood of Consumer Complaints on Real-World MPG


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2012 -- Hyundai has confirmed to Consumer Watchdog that it will not include its "40 Mile Per Gallon" claim about the Elantra in its Super Bowl advertisement weeks after the consumer group called for a cessation of such advertising. Hyundai contends, however, it was not influenced by Consumer Watchdog.

On Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter to Hyundai's U.S. CEO and Seoul-based President seeking for clarification after a copy of the Super Bowl advertisement appeared on Hyundai's YouTube page without the "40 MPG" claim on screen, but with the claim made on the YouTube side-bar. The consumer group had planned to widely promote a guerilla counter-advertisement showing the cost to consumers of the misrepresentation. Watch that Consumer Watchdog counter-advertisement here.

The ad-style video produced by Consumer Watchdog noted that even the professional testers at Consumers Union achieved only 29 MPG in combined city and highway tests of the 2011 Elantra, 12% below the company's claimed combined 33 MPG. It counts the costs to consumers:

In a year, enough gasoline for a trip from Little Rock, AR, to California's Disneyland
For all purchasers of the 2011 Elantra, an extra 10 million-plus gallons of gasoline purchased per year
For all purchasers, an extra yearly gasoline cost of $38 million.

Consumer Watchdog has urged the Environmental Protection Agency to re-test the 2011 and 2012 Elantra. The company itself conducted its original MPG tests, the basis for its EPA-certified claim of 40 MPG highway, 29 MPG city and 33 MPG in combined driving.

Real-world reports and professional driving tests report much worse mileage than Hyundai's claimed 40 MPG highway, 29 MPG city and 33 MPG combined. Drivers have particular difficulty reaching the city claim or the combined claim.

Scrutiny of MPG claims is rising after a Honda Civic hybrid owner in California won a small-claims court challenge Wednesday on the car's false MPG claims.

"Consumers who increasingly buy cars on the basis of high miles per gallon-then can't get close to the posted figure-are justifiably angry,"
said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. "Hyundai's omission of its touted '40 MPG' claim in its Super Bowl ads, after making a very big deal of it in earlier advertising, shows that the company is hearing the hoofbeats of consumer outrage."

Consumer Watchdog's letter sent Wednesday asked for a response from Hyundai by noon PDT Thursday, offering to stop the promotion of the guerilla video that disputes the Elantra's MPG claims and counts up the multi-million dollar cost to drivers. The letter also challenged Hyundai's U.S. CEO to fill up the tank of Elantra and either match the company's mileage claims or leave himself stranded on the road to the Super Bowl.

Consumer Watchdog wrote: "Should you intend to sneak the 40 MPG claim into your advertisement at the last moment then we offer you this challenge: Will Mr. Krafcik take the 40 MPG challenge and drive to the Super Bowl on a full tank of gasoline based exactly on that calculation, starting precisely that number of miles away? If you are not ready to do so, you should not tell 111 million U.S. Super Bowl viewers that they could either."

Read the correspondences between Hyundai and Consumer Watchdog at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/reso...espondence.pdf

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According to Bloomberg, Hyundai's still having production problems.



Time for a new factory.
More like time to stop selling 10%+ of your cars to fleets. Why continue selling such a large volume of your cars to fleets when you know it damages the brand if your sales are production limited? Doesn't make sense to me.
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I'd like to know if the EPA has actually tested the Elantra's MPG, or if they're going by Hyundai's claims. According to a C&D article I read once, the EPA only has time to test maybe 1/3 of the cars out there, and for the rest they rely on manufacturers' claims (presumably they test at random).
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Like other products that are tested, it is possible to build something to perform well on certain tests. I think Hyundai built the Elantra for the EPA test, but it does much worse in real world driving.
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http://www.leftlanenews.com/popular-...pg-rating.html

Popular Mechanics confirms Hyundai Elantra’s contentious 40 mpg rating

Following complaints from Hyundai Elantra owners about disappointing fuel economy and a petition from Consumer Watchdog for the EPA to re-evaluate the sedan’s gas mileage, a new study has confirmed the Korean compact’s efficiency rating to be accurate in real-world testing.

Looking to settle the Elantra’s mpg controversy, Popular Mechanics took an
12 unit out on the open road and was able to replicate the car’s 40-mpg EPA highway rating – and then some.

The magazine’s test consisted of taking the Elantra on a 133-mile highway loop around Detroit as well as a 64.5-mile city-driving route. Though the driving was performed in the middle of the day with relatively light traffic, the testing nonetheless was done in real-world conditions. “We made no effort to be overly frugal—no drafting, no excessive coasting—and we made a point to keep up with traffic,” wrote PR editor Ben Wojdyla. “Sure, we were a little light with the pedal, but slowpokes we were not.”

Because gasoline can vary in volume based on temperature, the magazine weighed the Elantra before and after the driving to determine how much gas was consumed (E10 gasoline weighs 6.4 pounds per gallon) and to help calculate fuel economy. With outside temperature at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, A/C was not necessary and thus switched off. The magazine also elected to take a Ford Focus SFE, another sedan with a 40-mpg highway rating, along on the test as well.

The Results
Conducting the highway loop twice – once at 55 mph and again at 70 mph – the magazine found that both the Focus SFE and Elantra averaged nearly 50 mpg at 55 mph. Neither car could peg its 40 mpg rating at the brisker pace, though “they were very close,” PR reported. The city test resulted in about 35 mpg for each car.

Though mileage will always vary (wildy, sometimes) based on a host of factors like speed, driving style, weather, vehicle load and even air density, PR‘s study suggests that it is possible to match the EPA’s official ratings for the Elantra and the Focus SFE when keeping up with traffic, and even to exceed them when keeping a moderate pace.
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...and there you have it...controversy over.
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Can't argue with that.
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^ what if someone using the same test gets like 30 MPG?
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Sucks for him then?

Like the article clearly said multiple times, every car can achieve some crazy mileage numbers. There are just so many variables.

But one thing is certainly proven from the article, it is possible to achieve and even exceed the EPA mileage numbers.
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Why did PM test the car in the middle of the day, when traffic was light, for 133 miles? Most people drive in heavy to moderate traffic, to and from work, and no where near 133 miles. Despite claiming to be a "real-world" test, it doesn't seem realistic.

Additionally, according the fueleconomy.gov, the 2012 Elantra is getting an average of less than 30 MPG, which is less than what is being reported by 2012 Focus, Cruze, and Civic owners.

I know mileage varies on a persons driving style, but unless the majority of Elantra owners are constantly flooring it all the time and Focus/Civic/Cruze owners are feathering the gas, something still isn't adding up.
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Sucks for him then?

Like the article clearly said multiple times, every car can achieve some crazy mileage numbers. There are just so many variables.

But one thing is certainly proven from the article, it is possible to achieve and even exceed the EPA mileage numbers.

As I'm sure you are aware, with a boosted car, you can easily beat the HWY MPG figures by driving it conservatively. Stay out of boost and the MPG will beat the window sticker by quite a bit.
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HYUNDAI ADDS SPORT COUPE VARIANT TO ITS AWARD-WINNING ELANTRA LINE-UP

North American Car of the Year Winner adds Sport Coupe Design and Technology Chemistry to the Proven Elantra Formula

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Hyundai today introduced a new sport coupe variant to its industry-leading Elantra line-up at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. This two-door coupe model of the Elantra sedan, available this spring, will attract even more buyers to the Elantra line-up, further expanding its appeal to savvy consumers. It offers many of the same attributes that made the sedan version a sales success, while broadening its market reach to youthful, sporty buyers willing to forgo four-door versatility for coupe design appeal. The 2013 Elantra Coupe marks the continuing evolution of Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design theme with sporty design language, while assuming a compact coupe segment leadership position with an eco-efficient powertrain, generous convenience features, exceptional roominess and abundant safety features.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA COUPE
• Unique "Fluidic Sculpture" two-door coupe design language
• 1.8-liter "Nu" Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine
• In-house-developed six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
• 40-mpg highway rating (estimated) on M/T model
• Eleven percent more fuel efficient than Honda Civic Coupe M/T
• Longer wheelbase, overall length and width than Civic Coupe for a more comfortable, roomy interior cabin
• Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
• 7-inch touch-screen navigation with rearview camera and iPod®/USB inputs
• Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
• Proximity-key entry with electronic push-button start

Elantra Coupe is the latest vehicle in Hyundai's 7/11 product initiative (seven new models in the next eleven months), following the Azera and Genesis Coupe.

The 2013 Elantra Coupe represents a modern approach to the sporty coupe segment, using youth-oriented design and premium features offered with Hyundai's strong value proposition. The 2013 Elantra Coupe poses intriguing questions:

• Why can't a sporty coupe combine generous interior space with sleek design?
• Why pay premium coupe prices to get advanced safety and technology features?
• Why can't a fun-to-drive sporty coupe offer 40-mpg fuel economy?

"FLUIDIC SCULPTURE" DESIGN LANGUAGE
Elantra Coupe takes Hyundai's dynamic "Fluidic Sculpture" design principles to the next level. "Fluidic Sculpture" design language replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion.

Hyundai's signature hexagonal front fascia opening and jeweled swept-back headlights give Elantra Coupe a lean, aggressive demeanor. Fog lights and available side mirror repeater lamps complement the view from the front.

From the side, Elantra Coupe conveys a wedge-like sport coupe silhouette with deeply sculpted surfaces. SE model sporty five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark spoke inserts add a dynamic presence, while fast A- and C-pillar angles frame a sharply tapered greenhouse, further accentuating the wedge profile. Just below the belt line, a prominent character line carries from the door through to the rear deck. Wheel arch creases give a subtle flared appearance around front and rear wheels, for a wide and aggressive presence. Further, a beveled rocker panel rounds out the lean and muscular effect.

From the rear, a blacked-out rear diffuser valance contrasts with dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, and the SE model deck lid incorporates a lip spoiler design element.
These sculpted surfaces serve to create a highly aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra Coupe is an exceptionally low 0.28 Cd, resulting in minimal cabin noise intrusion and optimal fuel economy. Elantra Coupe was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.

40-MPG POWERTRAIN
Under the hood, the Elantra Coupe is powered by the same 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower (estimated) and 131 lb-ft of torque (estimated) found in the Elantra sedan (145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra Coupe PZEV). This high power-density 4-cylinder puts out a full six percent more horsepower than the Civic Coupe 1.8-liter. Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantra Coupes sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA. The PZEV Elantra Coupe is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, without the extra technological complexity and cost. The PZEV Elantra Coupe helps Hyundai meet and exceed its environmental requirements. Outside of these "green" states, the Elantra Coupe is available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).

Elantra Coupe 1.8-liter Dual CVVT (Nu Engine Family)
Key Engine Components
• Aluminum block and head
• Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
• Variable Induction System (VIS)
• Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
• Electronic throttle control
• Offset crankshaft
The Nu engine features an aluminum block with a cast-iron cylinder liner, cylinder head and crank. This unique configuration results in a block that is 30 percent lighter than an iron block, shedding more than 74 pounds of engine mass, while still providing equivalent strength.

The 1.8-liter Nu also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using D-CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. These advantages include a two-percent improvement in performance (via increased volumetric efficiency), two-percent improvement in fuel economy (via reduced pumping losses) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve-driven friction to improve fuel economy one percent compared with direct valve tappets. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain to enhance durability and reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

A plastic two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) enables intake air to be directed between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a broad, linear power band. This results in a four-percent improvement in performance, a 15 percent reduction in cost and 30 percent reduction in weight, when compared with aluminum.

Another technology Hyundai engineers have incorporated into the Elantra Coupe is an electronic throttle control. Electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with instantaneous computerized control. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

To further improve fuel economy, Elantra Coupe applies double-pipe plumbing technology to the internal heat exchanger. Double-pipe plumbing improves cabin cooling efficiency, while minimizing compressor size, reducing fuel consumption. In addition, an externally-controlled variable compressor is used to improve fuel efficiency when compared with an internal variable compressor.

The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction and pressure between the piston and cylinder wall for a one-percent improvement in fuel economy.

Elantra Coupe's fuel economy is estimated at 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway for the six-speed manual transmission, and 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway for the six-speed automatic transmission. These ratings give Elantra Coupe a highway-only driving range of up to 500 miles.

SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS
The Elantra Coupe can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Hyundai now has in-house six-speed automatic transmissions in its small, medium and large FWD cars. Hyundai is also only one of four global car manufacturers building in-house unique six-speed automatic transmissions.

The six-speed automatic is 11 pounds lighter than Hyundai's global five-speed. It is considerably simpler, having 62 fewer parts, for greater durability, lighter weight and lower cost. It also features an ultra-flat torque converter that shortens the unit's overall length by 0.43 inches, while being 2.6 pounds lighter.

This transmission, mated to the 1.8-liter Nu engine, helps Elantra Coupe deliver improved fuel efficiency – 11 percent more than its closest competitor, the Honda Civic Coupe.

The Elantra Coupe's six-speed manual transmission offers positive shift feel and further optimizes powertrain performance. Shifting performance is facilitated by durable triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, with double-cones for third gear and a single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
The Elantra Coupe rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, an overall length of 178.7 inches, 69.9-inch width, and 56.5 inch height for uncompromised headroom. Elantra's total interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet exceeds the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe and 2012 Kia Forte Koup by large margins. The Coupe's long wheelbase allows for compact coupe efficiency with class-above relative comfort levels. Elantra Coupe's trunk volume at 14.8 cubic feet also beats Civic Coupe and Kia Forte.

ELANTRA COUPE ARCHITECTURE
The Elantra Coupe is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a lightweight coupled torsion beam rear design for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort and control. A substantial 22.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll and turn-in response when cornering. Steering knuckle design, torsion beam rigidity and damper tuning have all been recalibrated for sportier handling and steering responsiveness compared with Elantra sedan. In addition, Elantra Coupe offers a sportier SE model suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.

All Elantra Coupes have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering (MDPS) that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a hydraulic steering system. A quick-ratio steering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in.

World-class weight efficiency was a key program target for the Elantra Coupe engineering team. As a result, Elantra Coupe leads the Kia Koup in weight efficiency, while leading the Civic Coupe in power-to-weight ratio; both are key measures of overall powertrain and structural efficiency.

High-strength steel in Elantra Coupe's structure allows the suspension to work with precision in all driving conditions. This weight-efficient unibody architecture allows for Elantra Coupe to achieve an estimated 40-mpg EPA highway rating, without the need for a special eco model and its incremental costs.

SPORTY, SOPHISTICATED INTERIOR
Inside the Elantra Coupe, customers will find Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, lighting, leading-edge design and craftsmanship. This approach is visible in gauge clarity and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Seat construction uses lightweight materials and environmentally-friendly foam for further benefits to fuel efficiency. Elantra Coupe seat design also provides deeper side bolsters compared with Elantra sedan for sportier driving. Heated seats are standard equipment on all Elantra Coupes, while the SE model offers sporty aluminum pedals.

The Elantra Coupe offers two interior color choices, gray and black, available with either the GS or SE trim. All Elantra Coupes have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look, feel and minimal environmental impact. Elantra Coupe will offer seven exterior colors, three of which are unique from Elantra sedan color choices: Monaco White Black Noir Pearl and Volcanic Red.

Elantra Coupe is available with two audio systems. Standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A 360-watt system with external amplifier is optional with the SE Technology package.

Touch-screen navigation is available on SE trim and includes a high-resolution 7.0-inch screen and voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone. The sound system plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. The XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather®, XM Stock Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. The system also integrates a rear-view camera, which cannot be found on the Honda Civic Coupe or Kia Koup. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system's home screen.

Elantra Coupe owners can also get premium features, such as proximity key with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power sunroof, and dual automatic temperature control with Clean Air Ionizer and auto-defogger.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYUNDAI'S ASSURANCE COMMITMENT
The Elantra Coupe takes compact coupe safety to the next level with the introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). Similar to the one found in the Hyundai Equus, VSM optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS).

VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton meters of counter steering force. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering. ESC is still not standard on the Civic Coupe.

Elantra Coupe features six airbags-including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbag.

The Elantra Coupe also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions and driving dynamics. Elantra Coupe engineers even looked at something as simple as the parking brake for an integrated rear parking brake caliper for weight reduction.

In terms of passive safety, the Elantra Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones to effectively absorb and dissipate impact energy away from cabin occupants.

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Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
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ELANTRA GT MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Fun-to-Drive, Unsurpassed Fuel Economy and Five-Door Versatility

Lightest Five-door Hatchback in the Compact Segment

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America today introduced the all-new 2013 Elantra GT in a North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Elantra GT brings five-door functionality and European driving dynamics to the expanding Elantra lineup and is slated to hit dealerships this summer. The lineup now includes Elantra Coupe - also making its world debut today and the popular Elantra sedan, the 2012 North American Car of the Year. Elantra GT is based on the new-generation i30 model designed for the European market.

"Elantra GT is a fun-to-drive, functional, five-door compact hatchback," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Elantra GT is the latest example of how Hyundai is redefining the compact car and setting new standards in automotive design, efficiency and functionality."

The 2013 Elantra GT will compete with the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf, featuring more interior volume than these models, unsurpassed fuel economy and Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2013 ELANTRA GT
• 'Fluidic Sculpture' design
• Powered by an advanced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in-house six-speed automatic or manual transmission
o Horsepower: 148 at 6,500 rpm (ULEV)
o Best-in-class standard fuel economy estimated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway (M/T)
o Best-in-class specific output at 82.2 horsepower per liter
• Lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment
• Sport-tuned suspension
• More passenger and cargo volume than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix
• Driver knee airbag- an Elantra first
• Hidden rear camera
• More aerodynamic than Impreza, Matrix or Golf

Elantra GT is the third vehicle in Hyundai's 7/11 product initiative (seven new or redesigned models in the next 11 months). The first two vehicles in the initiative were the Veloster Turbo and refreshed Genesis Coupe. The fourth vehicle is the Elantra Coupe.

LIGHTEST FIVE-DOOR HATCHBACK IN THE COMPACT SEGMENT
Elantra GT's widespread use of high-strength steel provides a 37 percent increase in body stiffness at a lower body weight when compared to the outgoing Elantra Touring model. High-strength steel allows the suspension to work optimally. At 2,784 pounds, the automatic transmission Elantra GT is lighter than its competitors, while offering more interior room than Focus, Mazda3, Golf and Matrix. Elantra GT is the lightest five-door hatchback in the compact segment. It is 175 pounds lighter than Focus, 151 pounds lighter than Mazda3 and 222 pounds lighter than Golf. This weight-efficient unibody architecture allows for Elantra to achieve an estimated 39 mpg EPA highway rating, without the need for a special eco model. Elantra GT's best-in-class fuel efficiency is driven by the Blue Drive strategy. A key to Elantra GT's extensive use of high-strength steel is an $8 billion dollar investment Hyundai made to become the only global automaker with its own fully integrated steel plant. Hyundai has 400 metallurgists focused on the task of developing optimized steel recipes for every part and panel in new vehicle architectures.

FURTHER EVOLUTION OF 'FLUIDIC SCULPTURE' DESIGN
The new Elantra GT represents further evolution of the Hyundai form language, 'Fluidic Sculpture' - the company's distinctive design DNA. The 'Fluidic' essence provides the Elantra GT with a slippery .30 coefficient of drag. Everything about Elantra GT is aerodynamic from the aggressive profile and low overall height, to the sleek side mirrors. Tire gaps are minimized while rocker panels are streamlined. Lower wind resistance translates into better fuel economy and a smoother ride.

Up front, Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille with chrome accents flows into the hood. The bodyside graphic features a chrome beltline molding to keep up with the sleek character lines. Sharp projection headlamps, fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels with chrome spears complete the modern design.

BEST-IN-CLASS STANDARD FUEL ECONOMY
Elantra GT's standard fuel economy is an estimated 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 32 combined with the six-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission. These figures give Elantra GT a highway-only driving range of more than 500 miles and combined city/highway driving range of up to 448 miles.

MODERN POWERTRAIN
Under the hood, Elantra GT is powered by a 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque (145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque for Elantra PZEV). Thanks to advanced clean engine technology, most Elantra GTs sold in California, Oregon and several Northeast states are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) by the EPA. The PZEV Elantra GT is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles, helping Hyundai meet its environmental commitments. Elantra is also available as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV). Additionally, Elantra GT has an ActiveECO System that modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response and increase real-world fuel economy by up to seven percent.

Key Engine Components
• Aluminum block and head
• Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
• Variable Induction System (VIS)
• Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
• Electronic throttle control
• Offset crankshaft

The Nu engine features an aluminum cylinder head, crank and block with a cast iron cylinder liner. The 1.8-liter Nu also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts for optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared with using it just on the intake camshaft. With D-CVVT, there is a two percent improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency), two percent improvement in fuel economy (reduced pumping loss) and a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions. In the valvetrain, roller swing arms and hydraulic lash adjusters reduce valve driven friction to improve fuel economy by one percent, compared with direct valve driving. The Nu engine also features a maintenance-free silent timing chain system to enhance durability and improve Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).

The application of a composite resin two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) versus aluminum, enables switching between long and short intake manifolds, resulting in a four percent improvement in performance, a 15 percent reduction in cost and a 30 percent reduction in weight.

Another tool Hyundai engineers have incorporated into Elantra GT is an electronic throttle control. The electronic throttle control replaces the conventional cable and mechanical linkage with fast responding electronics. This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.

The Nu four-cylinder engine also has an offset crankshaft design that reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall for a one percent improvement in fuel economy.

SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSIONS
The 2013 Elantra GT can be equipped with a six-speed manual (M6CF3-1) or automatic (A6GF1) transaxle with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. Elantra GT's six-speed manual transmission provides short, crisp shifts and further optimizes engine performance. These crisp shifts are courtesy of triple-cone synchronizers for first and second gears, double-cone for third gear and single-cone for fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

INTERIOR SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Maximizing interior volume and delighting customers with various seating layouts are hallmarks of Hyundai engineering and translate into more cabin room, cargo space and versatility. The Elantra GT features seating layouts that can comfortably seat five people or accommodate four passengers, plus long items like golf clubs or snowboards. Fold down two seats, to seat three people and hold larger packages or fold all of the back seats to get CUV-sized cargo space. These options allow customers to discover that Elantra GT has more interior volume than Matrix, Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf and even more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke crossover, thanks to fold-flat rear seats and rear seat cushions than can flipped upward.

The Elantra GT includes a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including a sunglasses holder, two front and two rear cupholders, door bottle holders, cooled glove compartment, central console storage, sliding armrest, front storage tray, front seatback pockets and a cargo area under-floor storage. The cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for consumers who desire an outlet to plug in their portable electronic devices.

ELANTRA GT ARCHITECTURE
Elantra GT is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is comprised of a light weight coupled torsion beam for enhanced steering stability and monotube shock absorbers. A 22 mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering. Elantra GT is tuned for added feel, responsiveness and control, while the Elantra sedan is tuned for comfort. Modifications to the GT include higher rear spring rates, a stiffer twist beam and Sachs dampers for improved body motion control. These changes create driving dynamics which are sporty and comfortable. In addition, two suspension packages were developed to optimize tuning for the two different tire sizes. The Elantra GT's Style package offers a sportier suspension calibration that is optimized for its lower-profile P215/45R17 tire.

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode. With three operating modes to select - Comfort, Normal and Sport - this innovative system allows drivers to adapt Elantra GT steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions any time they choose. Comfort level offers the greatest ease of steering and is ideal for city and parking environments. Sport is optimized for higher-speed highways or winding roads, while Normal is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural, progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return gain, and high frequency friction levels have also been optimized for Elantra GT in this system. Even more, Elantra GT's turning diameter of 34.8 feet is better than Matrix, Focus and Golf.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS
The all-new Elantra GT rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. The height is 57.9 inches and the width is 70.1 inches.

CABIN REFINEMENT
Cabin refinements on the all-new Elantra GT are inspired by the high standards of the entire Hyundai lineup. Located in the center console, the available navigation system is displayed via a seven-inch touch-screen and incorporates the rearview camera screen. Elantra GT's rearview camera is like no other. This mechanized camera is hidden behind the Hyundai flying H badge on the rear hatch and only appears when needed.

Dual-zone climate controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys, and the addition of a panoramic sunroof provides increased natural light within the cabin. The Dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature in the Elantra GT is a CleanAir Ionizer that automatically cleans the air when the heater or air conditioner is running.

Elantra GT comes standard with a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A Bluetooth interface is also standard. The sound system plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. The SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features channel logos, real-time NavTraffic and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. Users can even upload personal pictures from a USB rather than a CD to be displayed on the system's home screen.

Elantra GT offers many premium features, such as:
• Standard cooled glove box
• Standard heated front seats
• 10-way power driver's seat including power lumbar support
• Clean Air Ionizer
• Leather seating surfaces
• Automatic headlights
• Side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
• Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
• Standard Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK
Hyundai Blue Link is standard on the 2013 Elantra GT. "Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment into a complete package that works to both help simplify Hyundai owners' lives and reduce distracted driving," said Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service business development, Hyundai Motor America. "We've carefully studied how drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as an innovative link to the outside world. Blue Link brings that seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice-to-text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, and monthly vehicle reporting. Our agent-assisted advanced voice recognition system offers a 21st century solution to performing POI searches in the vehicle. This unique and innovative approach enables Hyundai to deliver fast, accurate searches and downloads of POIs to vehicles without traditional operator-only type systems of our competitors."

Blue Link-equipped vehicles include core safety services for an introductory period. These key safety services include: Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) and Assistance, SOS Emergency Assistance, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance. After the introductory period, owners of Blue Link-equipped vehicles can choose to extend these and other services as desired.

Blue Link Assurance further expands Hyundai's industry leadership formerly established by Hyundai Assurance, the industry's most comprehensive suite of new-vehicle protection.

SAFETY FEATURES
The all-new Elantra GT features the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS (anti-lock braking system) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management). In terms of passive safety, the Elantra GT will be fitted with seven airbags as standard - front, side and curtain including an Elantra-first driver's knee airbag.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
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Interesting that the coupe is rated at 28/39 mpg, even though it's using the same exact engine and tranny as the sedan. Although it's still way off from what actual owners are reporting, I wouldn't be surprised to see the sedan get a downgrade for the 2013 MY or maybe even a mid 2012MY change.
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And the witch hunt continues....

Should send you a screen shot of the MPG on my 07 Odyssey.
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And the witch hunt continues....

Should send you a screen shot of the MPG on my 07 Odyssey.
egads!!!!.....I swear, judging by the HORRIBLE mileage of my Oddy, I think Honda does in fact make a V8....it's hidden in the Oddy engine bay....because there is now way a 3.5 V6 gets that poor MPG.
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Canadian figures, my 07 EX is rated at 8.5 hwy/12.5 City, litres per/100km. In my daily commute of 50/50 I average 14. Might see 12.5 on long highway drives. 8.5 is a pipe dream. I keep track every fill up on my iPhone so there's no guess work here.

Someone please launch an investigation.
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Driving the Oddy around town....you'd swear somebody has been siphoning your gas the last time you parked. You can almost watch the fuel needle move.

HWY on the other hand is decent.
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Canadian figures, my 07 EX is rated at 8.5 hwy/12.5 City, litres per/100km. In my daily commute of 50/50 I average 14. Might see 12.5 on long highway drives. 8.5 is a pipe dream. I keep track every fill up on my iPhone so there's no guess work here.

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For certain posters, as long as the "H" is followed by an "o", there's nothing to get upset about; but, if the "H" is followed by a "y"...OH NO!
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Canadian figures, my 07 EX is rated at 8.5 hwy/12.5 City, litres per/100km. In my daily commute of 50/50 I average 14. Might see 12.5 on long highway drives. 8.5 is a pipe dream. I keep track every fill up on my iPhone so there's no guess work here.

Someone please launch an investigation.
Owners are reporting an average of 17.8 mpg in the 2007 Odyssey, with the mpg's ranging from 12 – 28 mpg. The actual car is rated 17 Ciity and 24 hwy. Although some people are getting less than expected mileage, a lot more are getting better than expected. At least we have reported cases here of owners being able to match or exceed the EPA rating. Not so with the Elantra.

But what do I know, this must all be a conspiracy.
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