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2012 Hyundai Azera [w/video]

Finally Focusing On The FWD Luxury Game Luxury used to be so simple in this country. Life was demarcated by a series of vehicular gradations from Chevrolet to Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile to Buick and finally, when one had clambered up every last rung of the socioeconomic ladder, Buick to Cadillac. But that was generations ago, a time before German automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz quietly brushed aside makes like Lincoln and Cadillac to establish themselves as the pinnacle of luxury. It was before names like Acura, Infiniti and Lexus elbowed their way up to the luxury buffet as well. ... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.3L V6
Power:
293 HP / 255 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Automatic
MSRP:
$32,000 base
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    Video: Hyundai Grandeur/Azera gets KDM 4D promo
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    Avatar may have been a box-office king thanks in part to its wonderful use of 3D film-making. Hyundai, however, is not impressed by Mr. Cameron's science-fiction epic and it's decided to show-off the all-new Grandeur/Azera to the Korean public by way of a 4D commercial shown in theaters. Hyundai wants those watching this clip to get the sensation that ...

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    Video: New Hyundai Azera/Grandeur caught in motion
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    We've seen spy photos of it running through Europe and renderings of what it will look like unmasked. Now we have clear footage of the 2012 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur as it rolls down the highway. The lines stay very true to what we saw in the rendering and the result is a uniquely-Hyundai, stylish full-size sedan. The big Hyun's 'fluidic sculpture' design ...

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    Hyundai previews next-gen Azera with new batch of renderings
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    Once derided as a budget brand, Hyundai has been campaigning a relentless march up-market over the past few years with the likes of the Genesis and the Equus. Beneath them sits the Sonata – an impressive new vehicle to be sure – but there exists a wide gulf between these models, and it's the Azera's job to fill that gap with a ...

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    Review: 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited
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    Refresh Fails To Meet Brand's Own High Bar Even five years ago, Hyundai was widely considered to be a bargain-basement marque. After all, anyone interested in checking out the brand's lineup could visit a rental company within five miles of any major airport. But why dwell on the past when the Korean automaker is kicking butt and taking names in the ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #192 - Slow Edge Sports, GM High Performance, BMW Megacity
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    Chris, Sam and Dan return for Episode #192 of the Autoblog Podcast. We cover the reinstatement of GM's high performance division and its new focus on small cars, the Ford Edge Sport being out-dragged by its lesser SEL sibling, and the BMW Megacity electric car. It's an hour and eleven minutes, bookended by what's in our respective garages and your ...

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    Spy Shots: Next-gen Hyundai Azera caught in Europe
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    The current Hyundai Azera is not a bad looking car, but compared to the glut of new models that already are or will soon be populating Hyundai showrooms in the next year, it's starting to look long in the tooth. Hyundai appears to be on the case, as an all-new Azera has just been spotted testing in Europe. Like the current sedan, the new model will slot ...

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    Consumer Reports picks best cars for teens and seniors
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    The car-savy folk over at Consumer Reports have released a new list of its best picks for vehicles suited for teens and seniors. The group suggests parents looking to send their teens off to school with a newer vehicle should try to avoid the common misstep of assuming that a larger SUV is safer than its smaller, more efficient counterparts. Instead of ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #166 - Chicago recap/Geneva preview
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    It's Chris² as both Shunk and Paukert join Dan and for Episode #166 of the Autoblog Podcast this week. First up, as usual, is the Autoblog Garage, housing a Suzuki Grand Vitara and a Kia Soul this week. From there, we take a quick trip through the Chicago Auto Show's highlights. The 2011 Ford Edge, Toyota Avalon, Honda Odyssey concept, and Hyundai ...

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    Chicago 2010: Hyundai sneaks revised-for-2011 Azera into Windy City
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    Things are looking good for Hyundai. Not only has the brand been named the most fuel efficient automaker in the country, but they are releasing lots of new-and-improved metal. In a market where product is king, that's a good thing. First we saw the 2010 Tuscon and the just about-to-be-released 2011 Sonata. This morning, despite no official Hyundai press ...

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    Spy Shots: 2012 Hyundai Azera frolics in the snow *UPDATE: Not the Azera
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    UPDATE: We mistakenly called this the 2010 Hyundai Azera. It's in fact the 2012 Kia Optima. Please click here to read the full update. In its current form, the Hyundai Azera (known as the Grandeur outside the U.S.) has been around since 2005, and despite the new Sonata's push upmarket, Hyundai apparently still sees the need for another model to slot in ...

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    Hyundai recalls 65,000+ 2006-2009 Azera sedans over seatbelt issue
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall campaign directed at certain model year 2006 through 2009 Hyundai Azera sedans. All affected Azera models were manufactured between September 27, 2005, and October 1, 2008 - in total, 65,226 vehicles are subject to the recall action. The Azera was previously dinged by NHTSA last April ...

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    Visions of Grandeur: Refreshed Hyundai Azera on the horizon?
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    The Hyundai Azera is a perfectly nice car in a background-supporting-role kind of way. While the slow-selling model might seem to be something of a moot point now that the Genesis sedan is on U.S. soil, a refreshed version of the sedan has just debuted in its home country – albeit under the Grandeur nameplate. It's still unclear whether this ...

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    New Hyundai Assurance provision locks gas at $1.49/gal for one year [w/VIDEO]
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    Hyundai is piling on additional incentives to boost its Assurance program as the industry heads into the dog days of summer. The newest promotion, Gas Lock, fixes the price of regular unleaded at $1.49 per gallon for the next year. The program runs July 1 through August 31, and eligible vehicles include the Accent, Sonata, Tiburon, Elantra, Elantra ...

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    New Hyundai Assurance provision locks gas at $1.49/gal for one year [w/VIDEO]
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    Hyundai is piling on additional incentives to boost its Assurance program as the industry heads into the dog days of summer. The newest promotion, Gas Lock, fixes the price of regular unleaded at $1.49 per gallon for the next year. The program runs July 1 through August 31, and eligible vehicles include the Accent, Sonata, Tiburon, Elantra, Elantra ...

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    Multiple Hyundai recalls for brake lamps and rust issues affect nearly 1M units
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Hyundai have initiated recalls on 963,305 vehicles as part of four separate campaigns. The first recall, blanketing over one half million late-model vehicles, is nationwide. The other three recalls, all corrosion-related on older vehicles, are limited to the regions of the country where salt is ...

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    Kiazera: Kia VG concept leaked
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    So, what happens when you build a Kia based on the Azera's architecture? You get Kia's upcoming flagship sedan. The Kia VG concept has leaked onto the web and will debut at the Seoul Motor Show later this week. It's one of these concept-in-name-only deals, so look for the production version to hit South Korean showrooms in September, with a North American ...

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    Spy Shots: Kia Amanti replacement spotted cold-weather testing
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    The Kia Amanti is what happens when designers can't decide whether to copy a Mercedes or a Jaguar, with the result being a quantifiable and qualified mess. Hyundai has quickly improved its styling with winners like the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, and we've been hoping for sister company Kia to follow suit. We can think of no better place to start than the ...

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    Hyundai details new, in-house developed six-speed automatic
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    After four years of development, Hyundai has joined the ranks of GM and Ford as the only automaker to develop its own six-speed automatic transmission in-house. The new 'box sheds over 26 pounds and 62 parts from Hyundai's five-speed unit, while increasing fuel economy by 12% and decreasing shift times. Five different variants of the six-speed will be ...

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    Spy Shots: Kia VG foretells next Azera
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    Spies have caught a sleek new sedan doing the rounds in Korea. Word is that it's codenamed VG, will be arriving in '09, and will be "closely related to" the Hyundai Azera. While there is no word on engines yet, the car is expected to be front-wheel-drive. That doesn't exactly bode well for Kia's brief of being the sporty brand -- so sayeth Hyundai -- but ...

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    Better late than never: Hyundai's new nav systems finally arrive
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    Hyundai has quickly developed a full range of products in its US lineup, and quality scores from companies like JD Power show those vehicles now rank among the best in the industry. For all of Hyundai's progress the past few years, the South Korean automaker has taken its time getting navigation systems into its fleet of cars and trucks.For '08, the Azera, ...

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