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)
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.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get 271hp, 345hp engines

Since Hyundai boss John Krafcik announced that the new Hyundai Veloster would be getting a turbocharged version of their 1.6L 4-cylinder there has been speculation that the upcoming Genesis Coupe would also receive an increase in power but now it is official – as Hyundai has announced some engine specifications for the 2013 Genesis Coupe.
RM500 Genesis Coupe

Rhys Millen brings a 5.0L powered Hyundai Genesis Coupe to SEMA

Leading up to the 2011 SEMA Show, the good people at Hyundai informed the world that racer/builder Rhys Millen would be bringing something special to the Las Vegas show and when the sheet was pulled away from this mystery car we were introduced to the RM500 - a Hyundai Genesis Coupe powered by the 5.0L Tau V8 from the Genesis Sedan.
Accent

Hyundai No. 1 for brand loyalty; Ford highest rated among Detroit Three

The new Elantra, Accent and Veloster are bringing brand-loyal Hyundai owners into dealerships to see what the noise about these great cars is all about. This follows a Kelley Blue Book report that Hyundai has upheld its No. 1 spot for brand loyalty on kbb.com for the third quarter of 2011.
GM Heritage Center photo by Frank Sherosky

Detroit auto industry still suffering from lack of CAD designer skill portability

Imagine if you had five more computer operating systems than just Windows, and in order to get a new job, you had to be fluent in all of them, not to mention proficient. Then you get the scope of the problem still plaguing many within Detroit's unemployed engineering and design community, while the auto industry cries that it cannot find skilled designers.

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