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2012 Hyundai Azera To Debut At 2011 L.A. Auto Show


2012 Hyundai Azera (Grandeur)

2012 Hyundai Azera (Grandeur)

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The Hyundai Azera represents a significant vehicle for the Korean automaker. In the U.S. market, it was Hyundai’s first foray into the luxury segment, and it was the first Hyundai sedan to break the $30,000 price barrier. As such, it paved the way for other luxury sedans, such as Hyundai’s Genesis and their flagship Equus.

The current Azera has been around since 2006 without a major redesign. That’s understandable, given how much effort Hyundai has sunk into the 2011 Sonata and Elantra and 2012 Accent, not to mention its refresh of the 2012 Genesis and Equus. The automaker hasn’t forgotten about the Azera, which was completely redone in their home market as the 2011 Hyundai Grandeur.

It’s now official: Hyundai has posted to Twitter that the newly revised Azera is undergoing final ride and handling tweaks, and will make its U.S. debut at this fall’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Expect the 2012 Hyundai Azera to follow the same “fluidic sculpture” styling as the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2011 Hyundai Elantra and 2012 Hyundai Accent, including the hexagon-shaped grille, the wraparound headlights and taillights and the deep character lines in the doors. The new Azera will likely use the same 3.8-liter V-6 found in the 2012 Genesis, which boasts 43 more horsepower and improved fuel economy over the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine.

The new Azera will remain positioned as Hyundai’s “near-luxury” segment offering, with pricing likely to slot in between the Sonata 2.0T turbo and the Genesis 3.8 sedan. There’s no word on when the 2012 Azera will hit dealer showrooms, but we’d bet on the first quarter of 2012.

[Motor Authority]

 
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Comments (5)
  1. Hyundai seems to be a superb job. Not only are they producing great looking vehicles with excellent mpg's.
    Look at their warranty, 5 years 60,0000 miles. all with nice pricing at all levels.
    All these put together makes for a very worthy opponent for other auto companies.
     
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  2. We agree. Hyundai is definitely on a roll.
     
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  3. Stunning, inside and out! I would love to see Hyundai take those Nazi's at Mercedes down!
     
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  4. The first Hyundai to break the $30,000 price barrier here in Australia was the 1991 Sonata - the top of the line model was $30,990 at the time, and rose to a high of $38,990 in 1995. Today, you can get a top of the line i45 (Sonata) for $37,490 here, which is $1500 less than it cost 16 years ago!
     
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  5. @David, what's the perception of Hyundai as an automaker in Australia? Do people see Hyundai's as price-centric cars, or a mainstream brand on par with Holden, Honda, etc.?
     
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