2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team
Hyundai’s New Elantra: Bigger Than The Rest
Hyundai is rolling steadily toward its goal of selling
500,000 vehicles in 2006, vice president John Krafcik told
audiences on Thursday. The brand saw record sales in January and February, and
with vehicles like its Elantra drawing back customers for a second Hyundai, the
prospects for a record-setting year seem good. The arrival of a new Elantra this
year should help Hyundai toward its half-million target. Taller and wider than
the outgoing car, the new Elantra has more space than the Nissan Sentra, Honda
Civic and Toyota Corolla – even the Acura TL, Hyundai says. Sitting 2.2 inches
higher with a higher driving position, the Elantra is two inches wider as well.
In EPA terms, it’s large enough to be classified as a mid-size car. Power comes
from a 2.0-liter four teamed to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
Hyundai’s extensive standard safety package includes front, side and curtain
airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes. Hyundai promises a base price of under
$14,000 for the GLS model.
Honda Goes Urban with ElementSC
With the Koreans edging into its
niches, Honda is expanding its lineup and is itself experiencing record sales.
“Honda now has the most comprehensive lineup in its history,” says
sales chief Dick Colliver, who predicts another record sales year for the
Japanese brand thanks to the addition of vehicles like the Civic GX. The
natural-gas-powered Civic goes on sale in
next month coupled with the home
refueling station, called “Phill,” that lets owners refuel their vehicle in
their own driveway. The Civic GX will go on sale in
in the fall,
Honda also confirmed.
Honda also used its
York bully pulpit to
boost the street cred of the Element SUV. The new SC edition, coming this fall,
adopts a monochromatic look and performance gear to craft a new urban
personality for the postmodern surf wagon. Honda’s painted 40 more pieces on the
car, added a new bumper and body kit, and dropped the car three inches in ride
height while putting on 21-inch wheels. Inside, gloss trim on the dash meets
actual carpeting on the floor, new power seats with integrated seatbelts and a
center console. The four-cylinder engine will be mated to a five-speed manual or
a new five-speed automatic option, and the engine now makes 166 hp, up ten
ponies. Side impact and curtain airbags, as well as stability control, will be
standard on all 2007 Elements. The SC edition arrives in the