• Nov 9, 2010
Take a look-see at what slipped out of Hyunda HQ via the miracle of Twitter. Despite the best efforts of one very dedicated member of Hyundai's PR team, the 2011 Elantra managed to show the internet some skin ahead of its debut at the LA Auto Show. The new Korean economy fighter is fabled to break the 40 mpg barrier across the board all while wearing the company's snappy new design language. Let the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze take this as fair warning; you may have a fight on your hands once the Elantra hits town.

We'll be getting a closer look at the 2011 Elantra later this week, so stay tuned.

[Source: Twitter]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now just ensure it has a fully independent suspension and offer it in a 2 door hatch with the exact same lines, and I'll buy one...

      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get it, what's the big deal, there are photos of it already on the internet - it is sincerely one of the most beautiful/attractive cars i've ever seen.

      See: http://ethiopedia.com/world/548535
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTH. this car has been out in Korea for a few months already. T_T

      I saw one parked as a display back in August in Insadong.

        • 4 Years Ago
        lol. But the cars are practically the same, less the rebadging. You're right though, it is called the Avante here.

        I'm studying abroad so whenever there's a release for Kia or Hyundai stateside, I feel like we're always behind (like the remodeled Tuscon, and 2.0T Sonata, 2.0T Optima, the Kia soul, and even the White Tiger/Hamster versions) since the cars are already out here in Korea.

        I guess I should be happy though since I get to have a glimpse of what's to come
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it was staged for viral web thing? Still kind of a yawner...
        • 4 Years Ago
        *Facepalm* it was obviously staged, it was posted on Hyundai's Twitter acct.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SO basically it looks like a small Sonata...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, 150hp 1.8 liter port injected engine & 175hp direct injected 2.0 engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about a Civic SI with the Acura RDX turbo engine. So the Elantra can have
      a worthy adversary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's waving to me! He doesn't look Korean though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "NO! WAIT! STOP!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stupid fake leaks.

      Marketing is becoming more and more like politics. Everyone is lying. At some point the consumers are eventually tricked. Our gullibility is justification to continue lying and telling half-truths.

      These leaks and teases get worse with each passing year. I long for the good ole days when marketers just over-hyped the product until the consumers resented it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Holy freaking hell, how can you not realize that this is a "spoof spy photo". It's a tease from Hyundai which is completely making fun of all of the other manufacturers who try to release fake spy photos only to be called out by semi-intelligent internet naysayers.

        Get a clue.

        PS - Looks good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Fake" is not a clear enough descriptive word?

        Which one of us is confused? I'm aware that this is a Hyundai production and I'm aware that it was meant to be leaked all over the internet with only indirect connection to Hyundai twitter. I also understand that this is a fake not a spoof. If you put this in a car mag with the other spy photos, the average car person wouldn't crack up at it's comedic message.

        If this were a spoof, the car would be guarded by ninjas and military personnel. Korean engineers in lab coats would be removing the cover and their facial expressions would be hilarious. This is not a spoof, it is a fake. It's realness is supposed to elicit the same response as the partial celeb photos in the grocery-store-checkout-rags. You've got to look.

        This is a fake leak is designed to inform knowledgeable car people, and stimulate the people who don't know what's going on with gotcha advertising. A spoof is meant to entertain.

        Now you know. Do something useful with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So was the guy taking the picture pointing a gun at the pr team member? By the look on his face, that's what it looks like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I didn't hate FWD so much, that might be a nice little runabout.

      it is less overt than the Sonata, and a bit more handsome for it. It is still sleek and well proportioned.

      I don't get the face-lift gone wrong headlight trend that affects a lot of cars, including this one.

      It is much better looking that pretty much every one of it's competitors, as is it's cousin the Kia Forte.

      Corolla, Civic, and Cruze are boring and bland, and not as sleek as this.
      Impreza, Focus, and Caliber are ugly and bloated. Mazda 3 is straight out demented.

      This is a nice looking little car. If only the Hyundai Genesis Coupe's lines were as clean as this car's window sill, and slightly less stretched front end aesthetics. That would be great.
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