Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Southside Virginia
Drives 1995 T100 4WD, 2013 Sonata Hybrid Ltd., 2014 Mazda3 Touring, and 2015 Mazda CX-5 GT.
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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.
Last edited by Dr. Awkward; 07-25-2012 at 09:50 PM.