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First Look: 2011 Hyundai Elantra

Pushing into hybrid territory.

by on Nov.17, 2010

Hyundai hits 40 ... mpg, that is, with the 2011 Elantra sedan.

The mileage numbers for the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra might get some folks checking the fine print to see if they refer to a hybrid model.  But no, the all-new model, which debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, really is rated at 40 miles per gallon on the highway and a respectable 29 mpg around town.

And that doesn’t just refer to a special edition model of the Korean carmaker’s new compact sedan.  That covers all versions, unlike the Chevrolet Cruze, which breaks that significant mileage milestone – hitting 42 mpg — only with its Eco edition.

But mileage isn’t the only thing Hyundai hopes the 2011 Elantra will have going for it.  Traditionally a conservative compact that aimed to sell on price, the new model gets a decidedly more modern and stylish exterior design, using Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture form language, that might be thought of as a Baby Sonata.  And that’s not a bad thing considering the strong consumer response to the latest version of that midsize offering.

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As with the bigger Sonata, the 2011 Elantra will be offered only with a four-cylinder engine, in this case a 1.8-liter package that’s mated to a six-speed automatic.  It turns out 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque.


Automakers Nudging 40 mpg – Even With Full-Size, Non-Hybrid Models

Can the internal combustion engine still deliver some surprises?

by on Nov.15, 2010

All versions of the new Hyundai Elantra will deliver at least 40 mpg, the Korean maker claims.

Pulling the wraps off the latest version of an all-new Elantra, which will make its formal debut in Los Angeles, later this week, Hyundai officials have announced the new model will deliver a minimum 40 miles per gallon when it hits market in 2011.

And that’s not just a special “eco” model, like the version of the new Chevrolet Cruze that will top the challenging 40 mpg barrier.  In fact, Hyundai’s U.S. chief executive, John Krafcik, says the company believes it is “do-able” to nudge its corporate average fuel economy up to 50 mpg, over roughly the next 15 years.

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But will that be enough?  Federal regulators, having already ordered the CAFE standard increased by more than 20%, to 35 mpg by 2016, are pushing even further, some proposing a 62 mile-a-gallon mandate by 2025.