• Mar 2, 2006

Edmunds.com's Inside Line is offering up some spy shots of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra, albeit masked under heavy camo. With a projected price point of around $14,000 paired with an updated design, the Elantra looks poised to put Hyundai within reach of its projected 1 million U.S. sales.

On the mechanical side, Edmunds says that the twin-cam, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual gearbox will likely be shared with Kia's recently redesigned Spectra, a move that would follow the company's M.O. as of late.

Expect the redesigned Elantra to hit U.S. showrooms in autumn, while home-market customers can expect to see it as early as this spring.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Well.... in answer to that.. Kia DOES have a prototype for a large pickup, the KCV-4 Mojave wich they presented in 2004. So far it doesn,t seem like they'll finish it any time near though....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Brian W, stop talking. You must have your brands mixed up. Hyundai is really pulling away from the pack with their new styling. While GM is still better, Hyundai is becoming one of the best and even if some dont want to admit it, that statement is true.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1...yeah lets look at the defect ridden Titan...slashing production every year. Go read some reviews and look at recalls. Those things are garbage. Toyota is having enough trouble breaking into the truck market, no way in hell Hyundai would be able to do it. A majority of American truck owner are very brand loyal to Ford and Chevy, me included. I dont see imported trucks taking over anytime soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      RE: "great quality and design at a resonable price"

      What are you smoking? Hyundai's may be cheap but the build quality and reliability are far below industry average.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes Chip in terms of long term reliability there may be some question. But when we're talking about Hyundai quality and reliability, we're talking about in the last 5 years, which would not be long term would it. The only way to know the TRUE reliability of Hyundai is to wait another 5-10 years so that its higher quality models can age.
      But otherwise, the initial and "short-term" quality of recent Hyundai vehicles have been praised time and time again by journalists and consumers!
      Jae Mills
      • 8 Years Ago
      Time to add my two cents: I didn't know much about Hyundai (the only thing I did know was that they had a bad rep many years ago). Went to a dealership looking for a nice looking reasonably priced car. I was sold on the 2006 Elantra for the warranty and the exterior styling. I purchased the vehicle and what do you know--less than two weeks later someone violently runs me off the road! I hit a median and the car completely flipped over a few times and landed upside down. What I'm here to say is this accident happened a little over a week ago (3/31/06) and I'm living to tell the story! Although the car is totalled, I only had a few scrapes and bruises. The car saved my life! Everyone (including me) thinks it's a miracle. As soon as the insurance business is worked out I'm buying the same car again and even convinced a few non-believing friends to give the Elantra a try too. It's really a GREAT car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Which has better long term dependability, Chevy, Ford, Chrysler or Hyundai brand vehicles? You answer is here: http://www.jdpower.com/news/releases/pressrelease.asp?ID=2005089
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      we need these guys to build a full size pickup. great quality and design at a resonable price. something that is not yet available from either Detroit or the Japanese co's. as long as it is not built in the usa. look at the defect ridden Titan truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 The 10/100 has been out since 1999, if they built shitty cars, they would be out of business by now.

      The 2 don't really go hand in hand, warranty costs are built into the price of the car, you actually are paying for it in advance. Simply look at the increase in the market price of the product.

      The other thing is this, when does the actual warantycost kick in. Lets say you don't start having some major warranty costs as a manufacturer at 60,000 miles. But, because you use warranty as a marketing tool you sold a ton more cars because of that "percieved quality and value" all with warranty costs built in to the price. Quality perception up, sales up, warranty account in bank, up. Now some warranty costs incur, there is money in the bank to cover those costs easily.

      One of the few companies that nearly did not make it through a problem period? Honda in the mid 70's to about 1980 with their massive warranty costs. Warranty costs were exceeding sales income.

      You also have to look at if and how the warranty transfers, VW for example had a 10/100,000 on the drive train for awhile but if you traded the car or sold it it dropped to 50,000 miles

      Unless major failures occour early in the life of the product there is generally plenty of warranty money in place.

      Warranty more than anything is a marketing tool, not a true indication of how good the product may be.

      Honda, Toyota the names that folks associate with quality and durability actually have some mainstream or even short warranty.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Puff Chippy, what are YOU smoking? Or did you miss the last two to four years while Hyundai have brought their quality up to near Honda and Toyota standards?! That exceeds "Detroit brand" standards by - oh, about a LIGHT YEAR. Maybe you just woke up, after a long hibernation???

      Hyundai truly are a force to be reckoned with. Even Toyota execs are looking over their shoulders, apparently.

      I won't say my '02 Hyundai Sonata has been "perfect" - there were a handful of small issues which the dealer took care of under warrantee (wow, what a revelation after having Detroit brand cars/dealers for 30 years).

      But overall, except for my latest '05 Prius, the Hyundai has been the best new car I'd owned. Any I'm apparently not alone, especially with 2004 cars and newer, which were even better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems to be a conservative and predictable 'dressing up' for the new model. Nothing revolutionary or interesting. Just handsome, small econo-styling. Stuck more in the jelly-bean aerodynamic mode than the edgier, and more "in-style" looks. But, I agree Hyundai is improving vastly every year, as is GM, in their reliability. They are very close, just under the major Japanese players. Both Buick and Hyundai carry the longest warranties for their class, and are serious about reliability. My advice to Hyundai & Buick: Prove it and make some fans, and help quell all the doomsayers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny - I thought this post was about a Hyundai passenger car, not the "defect-riddled Titan." Check out Strategic Vision, CR and even the upcoming JD Power numbers and you'll see that Titan owners love their trucks and the relatively few initial problems they had in 2004 have been fixed.

      Something tells me Paul and Tad are the same person & they're unusually worried about Nissan for some reason.

      We now return to the topic... the 2007 Hyundai Elantra.
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