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2010 KDM Hyundai Sonata – Click above for high-res image gallery

Talk (and at least one Photoshopped image) of a possible two-door based on Hyundai's Sonata had Autoblog HQ abuzz – for a while, anyway. We never actually believed it was real, but that didn't stop us from dreaming about another choice in the coupe market - a car that would slot neatly between Nissan's Altima couple and Honda's Accord. We checked with one of our favorite Hyundai insiders, who replied back that any talk of a Sonata coupe is sending us down the wrong path.

All is not lost in the spice patch of Hyundai's garden, however. There's the Genesis Coupe, but if your tastes are for a front-driver, you'll have a short wait until the Veloster hits stores. While the rear-wheel drive Genesis Coupe is able to mix it up like a pony car, the Veloster has been described as "a little car you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage" according to Hyundai of America CEO John Krafcik. If we had to pick between a two-door Sonata or a neo-Honda CRX dubbed Veloster, we'd make the same choice that Hyundai has, especially since the coming four-door sedan is rakish enough.



[Source: Hankyung.com]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I preorder one of these, in black please? I love my NF Sonata by dang... I got room in the driveway for a YF.

      Only 10 automakers left? I think that's silly given that the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti will always be around, and that's before we even start talking about the regular Euro automakers like Fiat, Renault, Citroen, Opel, Seat, etc etc.

      Get to North America and there's stalwarts like Ford and... moving on. Seriously, Chrysler is about to become a brand in name only, consisting of nothing but rebadged stuff from overseas (either built here or imports). Dodge by itself will be great but practically a boutique brand of one product: the Ram pickup. GM's many brands have not yet finished falling into their final places and the whole thing may yet collapse. Only Ford seems like a survivor.

      Asia, we have Toyota, Honda, Hyundai/Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Mahindra, Tata, and the lesser ones like Mitsu, Suzuki, Daewoo, and probably four or five Chinese brands that have the likelihood of going worldwide.

      Far more than 10 of these will survive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What they're referring to as 10 automakers is 10 major automakers that own other automakers. As Lambo and Seat are owned by VW, Kia by Hyundai, Citroen by Peugot, etc., the subsidiaries would not be considered part of the major 10.

        In any case, this type of talk has been going on for years now, and we still have many more majors than 10 in the world, so I doubt we'll see this any time soon. Perhaps in 10 or 20 years, but who knows if we'll even have regular cars by then. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the newSonata, but the first thing they have got to do is change the Hyundai moniker. How about Chrysler for instance?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh pooh.

        You guys are insufferable.

        Here's a thought for the day...

        There are projected to be only 10 automobile manufacturers that will survive the current economic malaise and meltdown. Who are they?
        [Hint: 3 in America, 3 in Europe, 3 in Asia]
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can safely say if they put a Chrysler badge on a Sonata, I'd never even consider one. This isn't 1989, sweetie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The point being is that CHRYSLER is a more marketable brand than HYUNDAI is in America. Quite the opposite is true in Asia.

        When you are trying to sell a product, you have to go with your strengths (or perceived strengths) to achieve maximum market penetration. Personally, I think Hyundai would sell better as a Chrysler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See, this is something that irritates me. There's nothing outlandishly wrong with the Hyundai brand anymore. Nothing. This isn't the Hyundai you knew back in 1991 anymore. These aren't Excels and Scoupes on lots anymore. Hyundai is smart, providing excellent value and excellent vehicles. I don't really get why the public's opinion refuses to change.

        Even Honda's CEO knows what's up with Hyundai. If any brand should be the butt of quality jokes, it IS in fact Chrysler; and that's coming from a lifelong Chrysler owner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, Chrysler is more marketable brand than Hyundai in Asia. Chrysler has an advantage of being an "Western" car and didn't have enough time to show its unreliability. People still pops their eyes when they see 300. Chrysler is a entry-luxury car there (it's for people who can't afford BMW and Mercedes)
        • 5 Years Ago
        So your solution is for Hyundai to sell it's cars with a Chrysler badge?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler??? Ummm No
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There are projected to be only 10 automobile manufacturers that will survive the current economic malaise and meltdown. Who are they?
        [Hint: 3 in America, 3 in Europe, 3 in Asia]"

        What? First of all, that's 9. Second of all, that is not a foregone conclusion by ANY means. Did you pick up a USA Today this morning and think you know something about Economics? You keep throwing around these terms that anyone with any business training at all would laugh at. And do you honestly think if only 10 manufacturers survived, Chrysler would be one of them?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So where is this Veloster already? Where are the spy-shots of the production model? I thought it was supposed to be revealed at Frankfurt, but it wasn't.

      I know the concept photos exist, but they are very fanciful. I want to see real images of the production model (especially the interior).

      Anyone know when these might be expected to materialize? They must be pretty close to this stage by now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTH is a cluster ionizer? Is this for battling Godzilla?
        • 5 Years Ago
        doesn't the camry have one?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "is a Fiction", really? Come on Autoblog, at least get the grammer correct in the title.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, Mike, Autoblog's use of fiction as a noun is correct per dictionary dot com. As an an adjective they would have to say fictional, however one could argue that calling "a" fiction is questionable, but that is more a matter of preference and correct under item 5 below.


        See items 3 and 5 in the first part in the link ...
        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fiction
        3. something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story
        5. an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just kidding. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's pretty bad... grammar... Sorry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lcuikly selplnig dseon't rlaely mtaetr
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they decided not to make a Hyundai Sonata Coupe after seeing the low sales numbers of the Accord and Altima Coupes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Jamie

      "There are projected to be only 10 automobile manufacturers that will survive the current economic malaise and meltdown. Who are they?
      [Hint: 3 in America, 3 in Europe, 3 in Asia]"

      That is pretty good news (if not good math) to hear that there will be 3 survivors in America. What 3 will they be?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford, Lincoln, Mercury

        Not too sure about that last one, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey guys,

      Be nice... Jamie's entitled to her opinion. I personally don't agree with Jamie but she has a good point. I think Chrysler's problem was with their quality, marketing, and strategy and not with their name. Hyundai may do better with the Chrysler name. However it's not going to happen. I personally can't wait for the velostar. Hope they keep much the the styling cues from the previous Tiburon and vastly improve the power of the engine. The Tiburon was the modern day Celica. As the commercial said, "It(just) looks fast!" Bring the Velostar already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      YF is too big to underpin a coupe. Veloster(Tiburon replacement) is based on Elantra, not YF.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no need for a Sonata Coupe. I don't know why anybody would be disappointed in this news. There's a Genesis Coupe and a new Tiburon coming. We need a Genesis Coupe as much as Cadillac feels they need a Coupe DeVille (apparently, they don't).

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.hyundaikiaforums.com
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