The Hyundai Elantra was recently named the 2017 vehicle with the highest-rated overall owner tech experience in the compact segment during the J.D. Power Tech-Experience Study in California. The study is one of the foremost measurements of vehicle owner experience with regard to driven-orientated technology. This year, the Hyundai Elantra stole the show, outranking its competitors in the compact segment on the entertainment, mobile-mirroring and connectivity fronts respectively. It also scored exceptionally well in the driving assistance and collision protection categories.
There’s a new kid on the block with the perfect blend of comfort, performance, luxury and price. That’s right, the all new Hyundai Elantra 1.6 T-GDi is in South Africa but beware, ‘rubbernecking’ is a serious side effect. Not only is it a stylish compact family sedan that turns heads, it offers so much more underneath the surface. Continue reading and find out exactly what the Hyundai Elantra 1.6 T-GDi is all about.
South Africa’s very first Hyundai was an Elantra, and the one thing that we can say is that since those heady days of introducing the brand to sceptical locals, this evergreen sedan has won hearts and minds across the country. This fact could not be more evident today, with the launch of the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport, a sedan that is the perfect family sedan wrapped inside a sports cars body, and all powered by a 1.6-litre turbopetrol heart.
The Hyundai Motor Company has always been known for its cutting edge design, so it no big surprise that it has two finalists in this year’s International Design Excellence Awards®. The International Design Excellence Awards®, or IDEA. The IDEA is held by the Industrial Designers Society of America and recognises design excellence in a huge array of categories ranging including sporting goods, office & accessories, medical & health, outdoor & gardens, sports, leisure & recreation and, of course, automotive & transportation.
It is official, Hyundai has launched the new Elantra in South Africa, and boy is it something special! From the very first moment you set your eyes on the assertive styling of the body, and right up until the moment you get to experience the powerful punch under the bonnet, you’ll be asking yourself – “Where has this car been all of my life?”
Sometimes women can really a pretty bad wrap behind the wheel, in fact when it comes to all things automotive there is the assumption that they are bad drivers and that they know nothing about cars. We don’t buy into this stereotyping at Hyundai.
Yes, most women are looking for a car that is safe, reliable and economical, but that’s not all you want from a car. You want something that shouts out who you are, what you stand for and how you plan to make your mark on the world.
Nowhere is Hyundai’s commitment to their ‘fluidic sculpture’ design sensibility so apparent as in the form of the Hyundai Elantra 1.6. Its sloping roof and upswept lamps, bold nose and sleek flanks do not so much bring to mind an automobile as an aircraft. With its tinted windows that come standard, the Elantra is only a couple of radar reflective panels short of being a stealth jet. And with a super low drag coefficient of just 0.28, one is left to wonder whether that might not have been the original idea. Of course, since the calculation differs too much to allow comparison, there is no true way to compare the Elantra’s drag coefficient to that of an aircraft. But it is on par with the vaunted Mercedes Benz CLA-class and quite a bit better than the iconic 2014 Maserati Ghibli, which drags behind at 0.31.
We South African’s know a thing or two about value for money, so it should come as no surprise that the Hyundai Elantra has been such a massive success here. But now the American’s have jumped on the bandwagon and have taken it a step further by awarding the 2016 Hyundai Elantra with the Biggest Bang for the Buck Award from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA)*.
In South Korea the Hyundai Elantra is not only an immensely popular car, but it is also known by a completely different name – The Hyundai Avante! So by keeping an eye on what is happening in the homeland of Hyundai, we have managed to unearth a few new images and details for the 2016 Avante/Elantra Sedan.
This new redesigned compact sedan is a little different to previous Elantra Models and boasts a longer, wider, and taller body than the current Elantra generation. In fact, the styling points seem to come directly from the 2015 Sonata and Genesis, and include the new face and the large hexagonal grille, updated headlights and LED daytime running lights seen on all new premium Hyundai vehicles.
Outright favourite, Deena Naidoo became the first ever South African MasterChef titleholder when he took top honours in the local version of the immensely popular international reality TV show.
Besides a R250 000 cash prize, he’s also receiving the keys to a brand new Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS. And what better prize for someone voted SA’s best chef than a luxury sedan voted South Africa’s 2012 Car of the Year (the Elantra 1.8 GLS clinched the title in March this year).
As the Official Vehicle Sponsor of this year’s MasterChef SA, Korean automotive brand, Hyundai, not only sponsored one of the winner’s prizes but also drove contestants to and from destinations during the competition.