Hyundai's flagship sedan, the Equus is getting a few updates for the 2016 model year. The biggest update is a new hands-free smart trunk that automatically opens when the driver is simply standing for a few seconds within a few feet of the trunk with the Equus key in their pocket or purse.
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Hyundai has announced that it is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto system on a production vehicle, with it debuting on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation. If you already own a 2015 Sonata, Hyundai will give you a free Android auto software update.
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Ten years ago no one would have ever put the words luxury and Hyundai in the same sentence, but 30 years after the first Sonata rolled off the line, Hyundai has proven that it can build respectable luxury models with the Genesis and Equus. With the first generation Genesis sedan, Hyundai sought to prove that it could build a large, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that could sit in the same ring as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. Now Hyundai has released an all-new second-generation Genesis, which Hyundai hopes will move the brand further away from the econocar status that it held for years.
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Hyundai may soon introduce a new larger crossover that will be based on the rear-wheel-drive Genesis, according to a report from Australia's Motoring. The report claims that David Zuchowski, Hyundai's North American CEO wants the brand to introduce a new premium crossover that will compete with models like the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
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It's been decades since we had rear-wheel-drive coupes, like the Toyota Supra, Nissan 240SX and Mazda RX-7 and even though today we do have the Scion FR-S and BR-Z twins, the rear-wheel-drive coupe market is now largely dominated by the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, but what about the Hyundai Genesis? Six years ago Hyundai decided to add more spirited models to its lineup with the introduction of the rear-wheel-drive Genesis sedan and coupe and while the Genesis sedan had aspirations to take on the best from Germany, the Genesis Coupe sought to take on models like the Mustang and Camaro, in addition to somewhat filling the gap that Japanese automakers once held.
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Hyundai has announced the introduction of a new Value Edition model for the 2016 Elantra. The new Value Edition provides a $1,000 savings by bundling features like, 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, heated front seats and proximity key with push-button start.
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While you may not realize it, the Kia Sorento has been around since 2003. In it's early years the Sorento was a crude body-on-frame based but in 2010 it switched to unibody construction and grew into Kia's first midsize SUV offering, albeit on the smaller end of the spectrum. Now the all new 3rd generation 2016 Sorento has grown in every way to make it a truly formidable player in the midsize SUV market. While most dimensions grow fractionally, what really sets it apart is it's styling and levels of refinement.
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Hyundai is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sonata, which made its debut in 1985 in Korea. Since 1985, Hyundai has sold more than 7.3 million Sonata's worldwide.
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Hyundai is going to take the wraps off the all-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to a source that revealed the news to Autoblog. The new Elantra is expected to move away from the current model's curvaceous styling for a more angular look.
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Hyundai has completely revamped the 2015 Sonata, which marks the introduction of the seventh-generation. While the last Sonata was a bold move from Hyundai - it grabbed everyone's attention with its daring and aggressive exterior, but rather than continue with the bold styling, Hyundai has taken a different route with the new Sonata. Its styling has been toned down, giving it a more refined and sophisticated look as Hyundai tries to take more market share from the midsize heavyweights like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
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Hyundai has announced that the Genesis will be getting a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine in 2017 or 2018. The move is part of Hyundai's plan to offer more smaller turbocharged engines across its lineup.
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Kia is soon going to offer a new four-door sports coupe, which was previewed by the GT concept back in 2011. Production rumors have been circling since the concept debuted and now Kia's head of product planning, Orth Hedrick has confirmed that an announcement will be made soon.
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Hyundai has revealed the Enduro crossover concept at the Seoul Motor Show, which it says is the perfect vehicle for individuals living in the modern city with energetic, athletic lifestyles. The three-door compact crossover concept also gives us a look at the styling of Hyundai's future crossovers.
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Kia is giving the world a preview of its next-generation compact vehicles with the debut of the Kia Novo concept at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show. The Novo concept borrows some styling cues from the GT concept and features coupe-like styling.
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After launching the Kia Soul EV in California last year, Kia has announced that the electric car will now be available in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV.
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Kia has released the first official photo of the all-new 2016 Kia Optima ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 1st. The overall look of the new Optima isn't a drastic change from the current Optima, but its styling does have a more refined look than before.
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Kia's new K900 flagship sedan is literally the new kid on the block. With a full plate of formidable players, from the BMW 7-series to it's own stable mate, the Hyundai Equus, the K900 really has to bring something different to the table, and luckily it does.
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Kia has announced that the next-generation 2016 Kia Optima is going to debut next month at the New York Auto Show. Kia hasn't released any details about the new Optima other than two sketches that give us a preview of the 2016 Optima's exterior.
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Thanks to the "good response" that Hyundai received about the Santa Cruz pickup concept, Hyundai is now considering adding a truck to its lineup. The Santa Cruz concept debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show and now according to a Hyundai executive, the pickup is being considered.
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A photo of what looks like the next-generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra has leaked online ahead of its official debut. We don't know if the photo is actually the new Elantra, but it is expected to be revealed next month in South Korea.
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The Kia Soul is easily one of the best models in Kia's lineup, which explains why it's also one of the brand's best-sellers. Its combination of style, fun to drive nature and low entry price should put it on any one's shopping list. Now how well does it hold up if you take out the four-cylinder engine and swap in Kia's first electric powertrain? Well it actually gets better.
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Hyundai has released the first photos of the all-new 2016 Tucson SUV ahead of its debut next month at the 2015 Geneva motor Show. The new Tucson adopts Hyundai's latest design language and even though it now looks even more like an SUV, Hyundai says that its designers worked hard to "ensure a sleek and agile look."
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Kia has revealed its new Sportspace concept, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Sportspace concept is expected to be a preview of the next-generation Optima, although the concept takes the form of a wagon vs. the sedan-only Optima.
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The current Hyundai Elantra debuted at the end of 2010 making it one of the oldest models in the compact sedan segment, but thanks to Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language, the Elantra doesn't look its age. The segment continues to be dominated by heavy hitters like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, but even as the curtain is about to be closed on the current generation Elantra, is it even worth checking out?
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Kia has released this teaser photo of a new midsize sedan concept that is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept is expected to preview the next-generation Optima, which is going to get an evolutionary redesign.
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Kia has released another teaser of its new Trail'ster concept that is going to debut next week at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Kia says that the Trail'ster concept, which is likely based on the Soul is a "vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer."
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Hyundai has announced that the all-new 2016 Tucson SUV is going to debut on March 3 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and with the announcement we have our first teaser. The 2016 Tucson will adopt Hyundai's latest design language and will sport Hyundai's distinctive chrome-framed hexagonal grille.
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Kia has released a teaser photo of a new concept that it is bringing to the Chicago Auto Show next month. From this single photo it's clear that the concept is based on the popular Soul and will likely have a bunch of additions to make it more "off-road ready."
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Kia is using Pierce Brosnan and one of the most famous roles he ever played - James Bond for its 2015 Super Bowl commercial. The spot titled "The Perfect Getaway" shows the Sorento's off-road capability as Brosnan tries to reach a remote cabin.
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Many automakers in the past have tried building a truck by taking a standard car and throwing an open bed on the back, for example the Subaru Baja from the early 2000s. Now Hyundai is trying to revive the concept with its latest Santa Cruz crossover truck concept that just debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.
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Hyundai has unveiled the 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the gas powered Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version took a bit longer to develop - 27 months.
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The finalists for the 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards have been announced, which leaves three cars and three trucks in the running to receive the award next month at the Detroit Auto Show.
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Kia is reportedly working on a new small crossover that will join a rapidly growing list of competitors that includes the new Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. The new Kia crossover is about 12 to 18 months away according to one report that also claims that it will be inspired by the Niro concept.
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Hyundai has revealed the refreshed 2015 Hyundai Azera at the Miami Auto Show. While the 2015 Azera doesn't look dramatically different than the 2014 model, the 2015 Azera did get a small nip and tuck.
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Hyundai is giving the 2015 Accent a small facelift that includes styling and packaging updates.
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The first Hyundai Elantra rolled off the line in 1990 and now 24 years later, Hyundai has announced that it has sold the 10 millionth Elantra. The Elantra, which is sold as the Avante in other parts of the world is Hyundai's first model, and one of only 10 cars in history, to reach 10 million sales.
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Kia is bringing a unique version of the all-new 2015 Sedona minivan to next week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Minivans are good at hauling around people and all their stuff, but now Kia is demonstrating the Sedona's ability to be the ultimate kart hauler.
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The small crossover segment is growing rapidly with the addition of new models like the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax and Honda HR-V. Hyundai has been quiet about its plans to enter the segment, but now it's being reported that Hyundai is going to introduce a version of the ix25 small crossover in the U.S. in 2017.
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Kia is set to amp up the performance of its K900 flagship sedan at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a concept called the High-Performance K900.
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Hyundai has announced the updates to the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, which now offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, in addition to some refinements to the steering and suspension systems.
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