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Old 07-21-2012, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hyundai plans to follow up its successful Sonata midsize sedan with a completely new model for 2014, Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho told Reuters.

New Hyundai Sonata Coming in 2014 - KickingTires

This will be the first update in four years.
Still no word on any future hybrids for Hyundai.
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Hyundai plans to follow up its successful Sonata midsize sedan with a completely new model for 2014, Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho told Reuters.

New Hyundai Sonata Coming in 2014 - KickingTires

This will be the first update in four years.
Still no word on any future hybrids for Hyundai.
How can they improve on Perfection??

Just give us a height adjustable passenger seat, parking assist warning, tinted windows, avg mpg on 7" screen, foot sensor open trunk, spare tire, air cooled front seat, lockout for rear seat heater, and a Scan Guage for the Hypermiler's.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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‘Perfection” perhaps in styling, but . . . . .
-1. lingering power train issues for some owners
-2. for others- a too low passenger seat and perceived omission of features
Combine that with the new Camry Hybrid sales doubling the Sonata hybrid’s does seem to leave considerable room for significant improvements.
The Koreans have been hitting home run after home run with new product; Toyota has moved the fences back in the hybrid sedan game in performance and MPG.

With a new Ford small wagon hybrid earning a 47mpg city EPA, Ford is really stepping up as well. The GMC hybrids are not there yet, IMO.
Gas will need to go to at least $4 US a gallon to see hybrid sales spike but a lot of new product is already on-the-way!

That’s why no announcements, “leaks” to automotive journalists, or even good rumors about new Hyundai-Kia hybrids after a year plus perhaps means something significant is going on.
As much as some of us may hope, I doubt that future software up-fits are going to smooth out the cold-start-low-speed gearbox confusion.
The tease from Gerdes is interesting but again if its just software, why make anyone wait?

Maybe Car Tech Dude will re-appear. His participation on a forum was in many ways unprecedented.

Could be major “de-bugging” or myriads of stuff. Well, fall is coming.

Just my $.02.

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‘Perfection” perhaps in styling, but . . . . .
-1. lingering power train issues for some owners
-2. for others- a too low passenger seat and perceived omission of features
Combine that with the new Camry Hybrid sales doubling the Sonata hybrid’s does seem to leave considerable room for significant improvements.
The Koreans have been hitting home run after home run with new product; Toyota has moved the fences back in the hybrid sedan game in performance and MPG.

With a new Ford small wagon hybrid earning a 47mpg city EPA, Ford is really stepping up as well. The GMC hybrids are not there yet, IMO.
Gas will need to go to at least $4 US a gallon to see hybrid sales spike but a lot of new product is already on-the-way!

That’s why no announcements, “leaks” to automotive journalists, or even good rumors about new Hyundai-Kia hybrids after a year plus perhaps means something significant is going on.
As much as some of us may hope, I doubt that future software up-fits are going to smooth out the cold-start-low-speed gearbox confusion.
The tease from Gerdes is interesting but again if its just software, why make anyone wait?

Maybe Car Tech Dude will re-appear. His participation on a forum was in many ways unprecedented.

Could be major “de-bugging” or myriads of stuff. Well, fall is coming.

Just my $.02.
I agree that it is worrisome that they have not used the platform in any of the other vehicles yet. Part of the benefits of this design was that it could be easily adapted to other vehicles. I've never experienced any major issues. I'm fine with the performance so far realizing that it is a unique hybrid design so there are some quirks but none major. This car is much better than my old 2008 civic hybrid. After honda's software update, the car was pretty much a heavy go kart. We do have extensive warranties so hyundai will have to stand by the product. I hope this fall will bring something spectacular but I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The power increase in the Sonata hybrid’s electric motor for ‘13 should improve mpg but those Camrys
- and the Avalon will soon share the Camry hybrid drive train -
plus whole fleets of Prius and Lexus hybrid products,
will keep the Japanese way ahead of the Koreans with their two hybrid offerings - for the foreseeable future.
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With no announcements, “leaks” to automotive journalists, or even good rumors about new Hyundai-Kia hybrids after a year plus perhaps means something significant is going on.

Hope they do sort out the transmission concerns and do not pursue a CVT as rumored recently.
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Hyundai plans to follow up its successful Sonata midsize sedan with a completely new model for 2014, Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho told Reuters.

New Hyundai Sonata Coming in 2014 - KickingTires

This will be the first update in four years.
Still no word on any future hybrids for Hyundai.
I understand this has been pushed back at least one more model year.
Why mess with success?
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