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)

Hyundai takes top brand loyalty title from Toyota

Kbb.com, the online outlet of information from Kelley Blue Book, announced today Hyundai has taken the top slot in brand loyalty for the second quarter of 2001 from the incumbent brands of Toyota and Honda. Hyundai took the loyalty title during February 2010, but this marks the first time since th online authority began tracking such data that Hyundai has held the top spot for an entire quarter.

Mercedes, Toyota Plants in Alabama Shut Down by Violent Southern Storms

Mother Nature continues to shut down production at Toyota, but this time the affected plant is in Alabama and the problem is a series of violent storms and not the Tsunami and earthquake that struck its home production facilities in Japan. Mercedes was equally hard hit by the horrific storms that have killed more than 268 people as of Thursday afternoon.

Yang replaces Lee as R&D chief as Hyundai advances alternative powertrains

Coming in the face of Hyundai's surge towards alternative fuel vehicles, Hyundai's research and development chief Lee Hyun-soon has resigned citing personal reasons and been replaced by Yang Woong-chul, currently president of the Hyundai Motor Research and Development Center in Namyang, South Korea.

Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine technology setting up to challenge electric hybrids

Independent lab tests confirm the Scuderi™ Air-Hybrid Engine consumes up to 36 percent less fuel than a conventional engine. Beyond 2016 Federal Fuel Economy mandates, the gains will likely enable the technology to now challenge more expensive electric hybrids shown at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster revolutionizes the coupe at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Prior to the formal unveiling of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the spy shots and teasers left us questioning exactly what type of vehicle it would be but with the arrival of the new Veloster at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show we see that this new coupe looks to change the shape of the segment.

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