Hyundai is reportedly adding a few extra inches to the Elantra in a bid to snag more sales in China. According to Bloomberg, the Korean manufacturer is opening a new $1 billion facility in Beijing to will produce a new, slightly longer version of the Elantra Sedan. The four door will also be a bit taller as well. Hyundai says young buyers want a car that looks as premium as possible, even in the small-car segment. As such, some exterior tweaks may be in the works. Meanwhile, Hyundai is also looking to push luxury models like the Genesis Sedan.

Last year, the automaker managed to move 757,583 units, a 6.7-percent increase over 2010. The Chinese auto market grew by just 5.2 percent by comparison. All told, Hyundai has worked its way up to become the fourth best-selling brand in China, behind Volkswagen, Nissan and Toyota.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the extended wheelbase Smart Four Two
      chugokuotaku
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol... Hyundai = anything but premium
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is absolutely ridiculous.
        hmmwv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        You are absolutely ridiculous. Obviously this is a completely different case than BMW and Audi's LWB move. The reason behind this move is that most families still only have one car so they need to backseat room to haul their family and relatives comfortably. A LWB Elentra is still going to significantly cheaper than a Sonata, so why not.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hmmwv
          Why would it sell for less than a sonata when they'd be more or less the same car?
      The Great 1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ewwww
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop posting this stuff. It is not news.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, china will soon be the biggest car market in the world. I shudder to think what the rest of the world will have to swallow from makers pandering to Chinese tastes while at the same time striving for one-car-fits-all economies of scale. "As premium as possible"? From what I've seen from local designers this means oversized grills, laughably fake wood/alloy/carbon fibre trim, chaotic and disjointedsurfaces all over the bodywork.....yeuch!
        wendavid99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kwijiboz
        China supplanted the U.S. as the world’s largest auto market since 2009.
      cardiologymidwest
      • 2 Years Ago
      They will have to advertise this with one Hyundai pulling up next to another...window rolls down..."Pardon me. Do you have any Grey Poupon?"
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chinese must have much longer legs than I thought. Every car is sold over there with extended wheelbase.
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for the LWB SmartCar for China. I'm sure they'll do one soon. Ferrari, too, will get into the game with the LWB 458 any day now.
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