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New (2011) Hyundai Sonata Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

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The all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata appears to have made great strides in all areas of quality. Just recently, it earned the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the IIHS, a Top Safety Pick must get the highest rating of “good” in all three crash tests (front, side and rear) and be equipped with electronic stability control. This is the first year that the Sonata has received this honor.

So in addition to having a much more attractive exterior, one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its segment and very competitive pricing (prices start below the $20,000 mark), the all-new Sonata will be one of the safest cars on the road. This new mid-size sedan appears to be force to be reckoned with — the Camry, Accord and Fusion better watch their backs.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Will Look Like No Other Hyundai

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Hyundai-Santa Cruz pickup Truck Concept

The Korean pickup won’t look like the concept, but it will be distinctive.

Hyundai has apparently had a change of styling direction late in the development of the Santa Cruz pickup. While the concept featured a bold design language that was in line with Hyundai’s cars and crossovers, especially the front end, the production model will look like no other Hyundai.

In an interview with , Hyundai’s head of global design, SangYup Lee, suggested that company has adopted a new company design ethos that aims to turn more heads rather than make all models instantly recognizable as a Hyundai.

In other words, Hyundai has decided to ditch the Russian doll styling theme that has taken over the industry in order to inject more excitement into its lineup.

Lee added that the production Santa Cruz “will be a lot more distinctive” and have “a lot more character” than the concept. It will still be a crossover-based pickup truck like the Honda Ridgeline, one possibly sharing a platform with the Tucson, “but the look of it is a lot more progressive.”

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Baltimore Man Buys The First Hyundai Kona Electric In America

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The crossover is one of the first long-range electric vehicles to be sold by an established automaker.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is finally on sale in the United States, and the first one went to a lucky buyer in Baltimore, Maryland.

Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, took the keys in a small ceremony held by Hyundai.

He is a true green enthusiasts who has driven an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and his family has taken other measures to reduce their carbon footprint.

“As a strong advocate for eco-friendly living — which includes doing my part to reduce carbon emissions from the energy we consume — I’ve equipped my home with 64 solar panels connected to the utility power grid, and the sur renewable energy we produce is fed onto the grid.” Dr. Donald Small said. “By implementing renewable energy generation with net-metering, we rely less on the grid and produce more than 90% of our energy use.”

The Kona Electric is among the first of a growing list of long-range electric vehicles from mainstream automakers with mass-market price tags. It can travel for up to 258 miles (415 km) on a single charge, and has a starting price of $37,495 (before government incentives) for the 2020 model year.

Hyundai has not disclosed specific production numbers, but considering that General Motors has admitted that it’s some years away from making any money from EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt, it wouldn’t be surprising if availability of the Kona Electric remains relatively limited if it’s not it’s losing money for the company.

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Hyundai Is Going After The Porsche Macan Sporty Tucson N

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The Korean automaker believes its plebeian crossover can reach for higher heights.

Hyundai has some big performance goals for the Tucson. It has tasked its N performance sub-brand to develop a performance version of its bread-and-butter compact utility vehicle, one that could potentiality give the Porsche Macan a run for its money on the performance front.

According to , the Hyundai Tucson N will be ready sometime in 2020, before the arrival of the next-generation Tucson. The company is keeping most details under wraps, but we do know that it will have around 340 horsepower, explaining why some are already calling it the poor man’s Porsche Macan.

The Tucson N will serve as the halo vehicle for the N sub-brand until an even more high-octane vehicle wearing the Hyundai badge comes along. A source familiar with the project told Auto Express that they’re “going to take our time with this one – because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector.”

How do you envision the Hyundai Tucson N and what do you want to see from Hyundai’s engineers and designers?

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