Hyundai News

In this section of Torque News you can read the latest Hyundai news and news stories about Hyundai vehicles. Keith Griffin is the Hyundai/Kia news reporter at Torque News and can be followed on Twitter at IndepthAuto.

Hyundai is one of two Korean brands competing in the U.S. market. The other is its corporate sibling Kia.

Imports to the U.S. started in 1986 with one model and have expanded to over 15 models today, which include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, all-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Today, over half of the Hyundais sold in the U.S. are American made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama https://www.hmmausa.com/ facility in Montgomery, Alabama. The $1.8 billion facility can build just shy of 400,000 vehicles annually and currently produces the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra sedans and the Santa Fe SUV.

Kia, the brand’s Korean counterpart, offers a sportier lineup with its sedans. Both, though, have made great strides in offering premium materials and design at affordable prices compared to competitors.

In the past, many associated the Hyundai brand with lower build quality and cheaper prices. However, that is not the case today. Although still typically more affordable, Hyundai vehicles now have the build quality, safety, technology, and design expertise that rivals the best in the industry. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai in the Top 5 for auto manufacturer overall reliability.

Popular models include the Elantra and Sonata (also offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid) sedans and the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs. An updated Santa Fe appears in the first quarter of 2021.

The Venue, Kona, and Palisade SUVs are the latest additions to the lineup. Other models include the fun-to-drive Veloster and Elantra GT, the efficient Ioniq models (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV), the little Accent sedan, and the only fuel cell electric SUV on the market, the Nexo.

Below is a list of Hyundai’s models with starting prices (excludes delivery charges):

  • 2021 Hyundai Venue – $18,750
  • 2021 Hyundai Kona – $20,400
  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson – $23,700
  • 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe – $26,275
  • 2021 model debuts first quarter 2021)
  • 2021 Hyundai Palisade – $32,525
  • 2021 Hyundai Accent – $15,395
  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra – $19,650
  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata – $23,600
  • 2021 Hyundai Veloster – $18,900
  • 2021 Hyundai Veloster N – $32,250
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – $23,200
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid – $28,000 (est)
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – $34,500
  • 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric – $37,190
  • 2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell – $60,000 (est)
2012 Hyundai Veloster wins Urban Wheel Awards

Hyundai Adds More Accolades with Urban Car Award for Veloster

This is the week where the phrase "And the winner is …" inevitably seems to end with a Hyundai model name such as the Veloster being named Urban Car of the Year at the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards. The esteemed automotive event was held this week at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, in conjunction with the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
Hyundai is the leader in fleet average mpg thank to vehicle like the Sonata

Marginal new car efficiency improvement saving MILLION$

Of the 12.778 million light vehicles sold in the U.S. last year, a modest fleet-wide efficiency improvement of one half mile per gallon totaled a savings of $722 million at the gas pump. It also reduced the U.S. millions of barrels a day consumption habit by 214 million gallons of petrol, according to analysts at TrueCar.com. Divided among those cars and light trucks that’s roughly $60 each.
sonata hybrid

Hyundai rocks auto industry by providing Liftetime Battery Replacement on Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai has dropped a bit of a curveball on the auto industry today, because it announced that its Sonata Hybrid will come with a Lifetime Battery Replacement Guarantee. This is a first guarantee of this kind and could potentially have big implications.
The Hyundai Genesis Drift Coupe in action

Rhys Millen drifts up the old Hyundai American HQ in the Genesis Coupe

Hyundai Motors recently underwent the process of demolishing their North American headquarters in Fountain Valley, California but while the building was being prepared for demolition – someone broke into the grounds and “stole” the Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe drift car and amazingly they caught it all on film.

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