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Hyundai Sonata Facelift 2013

Awhile ago, the Hyundai Sonata has just launch a brand new facelift in Malaysia market. Positioned as the Hyundai Sonata for the year 2013. Hyundai made a few improvements in the interior as well as exterior.

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The exterior upgrades include a brand new front grille, a new pair of tail lamps with LED illumination, incorporated LED to redesigned fog lamps and LED side mirrors. There’s new 18″ rim design as well as the cat-eye shaped HID headlamps exclusive for the 2.4L Hyundai Sonata that helps increase visibility on road especially at night.

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The new facelifted Hyundai Sonata 2.0L gets a new 2.0L Nu engine that is 30% ligther and promises to deliver better fuel efficiency. With a lighter engine that shave off 33.6 kg, Hyundai claims that it has improve the vehicle handling as well.

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Hyundai Inokom Elantra 1.6L 2012 Malaysia Review

It is an exciting season for the compact cars (C-segment) in Malaysia. Think about the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte and many more in this category. The all new Hyundai Elantra is Hyundai’s answers to compete. While all other competitors strive to create the best styling, performance, handling, comfort, fuel economy Hyundai did not lose out at all. In fact, just like the Korean pop band – Girls Generation, the Hyundai Elantra is sexy to look at, attractive, energetic and at the same time comfortable. It is a mixture of good feeling for the Hyundai Elantra.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia
2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The Hyundai Elantra also known as Inokom Elantra, it’s a CKD product by Sime Darby Motors. The design of the Hyundai Elantra are based on the “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy found in the Hyundai Sonata that we report a while ago. With this design theme & incorporating a new “Wind Craft” concept grafted into the 5th generation of Elantra, the car’s design is well balanced and looks really competent to the segment. The distinctive hexagonal grille and fluidic designed head lights with sporty looking bumper gives the Elantra an unique attitude. This is one of rare cases we look at and didn’t find a part that looks like other competitor in the market.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The rear tail lights design continuing the body line from the front certainly looks handsome and sporty. In fact, this is probably my personal favourite part of the Hyundai Elantra. The boot space of the Elantra certainly looks big and definitely one of the few largest boot space car in the compact segment. The Elantra coupe-ish sleek design and low roof line resulting good aerodynamic and good looks.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

Once you stepped inside the Hyundai Elantra, you will immediately feel the spacious & comfortable. The fluidic design continues to the interior. There’s soft-touch material on the top part of the dashboard but the plastics on the below. The center part of the dashboard is crafted as it is from a sexy lady body line. There are some glossy black and silver theme to highlight the high-tech look and feel. However, with this choice of material used for the dashboard, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The steering is leather wrapped with and equipped with basic audio control as well as some function for the Multi-info display in between the speedometer. As the car we tested was the 1.6L High Spec model there’s no auto cruise, the 1.8L Premium Spec Elantra will be the one to go for if auto cruise it’s a must for you. The electronic power steering is light and very easy to manoeuvre. The audio system supports AUX, USD and iPod connection, however we believe special connection cable is required from Hyundai for your “i” devices.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The Hyundai Malaysia packs the push-start button as standard across the Elantra variant line up other than the manual transmission model. Aligned with the trend, the Elantra also equipped keyless entry system. Between speedometer there will be a green “ECO” word to indicate if you are saving earth (driving economically). Hyundai has also specially design the 6-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic themselves. The smaller and lighter designed gearbox gives better performance and reliability. Hyundai also claims the gearbox it’s maintenance-free for life. When we drive the Elantra, the gear change was smooth and quiet, each higher gear changes gives the Elantra a continuous seamless pickup resulting a near no performance loss. Drivers that like to take control once awhile can switch plus-minus gears on the gear lever. There is a manual transmission model but only in the 1.6L variant.

 

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All New 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launched in Malaysia

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has officially launched the new 2012 Hyundai Elantra in Malaysia. The locally assembled all-new Elantra wears the Inokom-badged and comes in 4 variants.

 

The new Hyundai Elantra’s wheelbase is now longer by 50 mm than its predecessor to 2700mm. The interior room goes up by 18-litres and the boot capacity now with 420-litres. In addition, the drag coefficient is claimed to be low at 0.28.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

The 1.6 D-CVVT come with the engine that produces 130PS @ 6,300rpm with a max torque of 157Nm @ 4,850rpm. For top of the range variant, the 1.8 D-CVVT engine output 150PS @ 6,500rpm and 178Nm of max torque @ 4,700rpm. Regardless auto or manual transmission, both comes with 6-speed and powering to the front wheels.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Electric Power Steering (EPS), Head lamp with auto light control, fog lamp, 2 airbags, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), steering wheel auto control and all power windows are standard across the board. Moreover, 1.6 Auto High Spec and 1.8 Auto Premium come with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Telescopic Steering Wheel.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Except for the 1.6 manual standard, all other variants come with engine start/stop button. Of course, the 1.8 Auto Premium come with more goodies –  full auto climate control with dual zone, auto cruise, tilt & sliding sun roof, rain-sensing wipers, GPS, reverse camera, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels instead of 16-inch on other variants.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Inside the car, the 1.8 Auto Premium comes with Nappa leather seats while the other variants with standard leather seats.

 

According to the specification from Hyundai, the fuel efficiency for 1.6 manual returns 16.4 km/litre, the 1.6 automatic with 14.9 km/litre, and the 1.8 automatic with 14.1 km/litre. All thanks to the D-CVVT engine and electric power steering which help to gains fuel efficiency.

 

Prices for 2012 Inokom Elantra

 

- 1.6 Manual Standard – RM 86,888

- 1.6 Auto Standard – RM 91,888

- 1.6 Auto High Spec – RM 96,888

- 1.8 Auto Premium – RM 111,888

 

The prices quoted above are on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. All Hyundai cars come with five-year/300,000km warranty.

 

The all-new Elantra available in seven colours: Ceramic White, Sleek Silver, Hyper Silver, Clean Blue, Tomato Red, Santorini Blue and Phantom Black.

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

Hyundai Motor Group Aims To Sell 7 Million Cars in 2012

 

Hyundai Motor Group announced that the South Korea’s largest automaker aims to sell a record 7 million cars worldwide in 2012 by strengthening production and sales abroad to outpace competitors amid the global slowdown.

 

Group chairman Chung Mong-Koo, in a New Year’s message to employees, said the world’s auto industry would see growth stagnate this year and competition intensify as the downturn cuts demand.

 

According to Hyundai Motor Group officially, the automaker sold 6.6 million cars worldwide in 2011. The production would reach full capacity in 2012 after adding its 30 overseas plants in 9 countries, including new factories in Beijing and Brazil.

Honda Models Found Most Pothole-proof in UK (Based on Survey)

Based on the survey conducted in UK, Honda cars are found to be the best-equipped to deal with potholes on “UK roads” (Please note: Not Malaysian road. Anyway, we expect the rate will be higher if the survey is conducted in Malaysia).

 

In the details of the survey, only 1.4% of Honda owners emerged to have to make a claim due to suspension or axle damage, which is the lowest follow by Toyota and Hyundai.

 

 

The survey results:-

 

Most resilient brands
1. Honda
2. Toyota
3. Hyundai
4. Nissan
5. Kia
6. Mitsubishi
7. Mini
8. Suzuki
9. Ford
10. Mazda

 

Least resilient brands
1. Chrysler
2. Smart
3. Mercedes-Benz
4. Land Rover
5. Jaguar
6. Saab
7. Fiat
8. BMW
9. Seat
10. Vauxhall

 

According to Duncan McClure Fisher of WarrantyDirect.co.uk, for luxury brands, such as Jaguar, Mercedes and Land Rover all featured in the least-resilient list. He expressed that surprisingly the high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than ‘value’ manufacturers.

 

Back to us, what you think about your Honda? Is it pothole-proof as describe as comparing to other manufacturers?