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Hyundai Azera discontinued in the United States

Hyundai has officially announced what it will be offering for the 2018 model year. The lineup will include a refreshed Accent and Elantra GT, together with the brand new Kona compact crossover. The other models that were not mentioned will also be getting some upgrades for the next generation, except for one: the full-size Azera sedan. Well, in the United States at least. Nonetheless, the model will still be available in the Korean market, where it will be known as the Grandeur.

The main reason for the discontinuation is because the Azera has not been doing well in the U.S. for the past few years. The Azera first entered the western market in 2011, where it peaked in 2013 making just over 11,000 sales. Since then, it has just declined. Despite going through a makeover in 2015, it still did not raise its sales with just 5,539 units sold, and just under 5,000 units in 2016. That is a clear indication that the Azera is not seen as appealing in the market, especially if you consider that its rivals like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon are selling the same number of cars, in just a month - making the Azera way behind in terms of sales.

Other than that, the Korean automaker also has its upscale company Genesis in the market. Despite the fact that the Azera comes off as an upscale model with a touch of luxury and a number of options, it was never considered a proper sport sedan. And when being compared to a Genesis G80 sedan, both cars offer similar features and performance. In terms of price, the Azera Limited costs almost the same as the base Genesis G80. I’m guessing that there may be so much competition in the segment that the 2018 Azera will just drown. But who knows, its Grandeur twin might still make it in the Asian market.

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Hyundai reveals 2017 Grandeur in South Korea, previews 2018 Azera

Barely a week after Hyundai released some drawings of its redesigned 2018 Hyundai Azera, the South Korean carmaker made public actual images of the mid-size sedan. The updated Azera (referred to as Hyundai Grandeur in South Korea) features a new appearance with a couple of styling revisions. In addition, the new Hyundai Azera is now loaded with new technological elements that make it more contemporary both in looks and features.

Upon closer inspection, it is fairly easy to tell that the new Azera takes inspiration from the brand’s new design language, called “Fluidic Sculpture.” This styling theme made its debut on the Hyundai Sonata model and is defined by two characteristic side creases in the sheet metal. One of these creases commences just behind the headlamps, then runs to on top the fender and through the back door. The other crease commences ahead of the rear door handle and then goes upward.

While Hyundai has said that the new Hyundai Azera “spearheads a new era” of design for the South Korean carmaker, there have been observations about several styling similarities with the new offerings of the Genesis premium brand. Nonetheless, Hyundai is hoping that this new design language – marked by heavily sculptured and dynamic appearance – would be the brand’s new selling point.

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2015 Hyundai Azera Facelift introduced at 2014 Miami Auto Show

Instead of the bigger LA Auto Show, Hyundai chose the 2014 Miami Auto Show to unveil its facelifted 2015 Azera. According to the manufacturer, the 2015 Azera Facelift arrives with restyled front grille, bumper fascia and a rear bumper, while the Limited model gets new LED fog lights. Moreover, the Limited model receives features from the Limited model Premium Package as standard, including the safety features.

Moreover, the 2015 Azera gets standard Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic alert and Lane Change Assist, illuminated door sill plates, hands-free Smart Trunk opener, a new center stack design and an 8-inch color LCD navigation display.

The 3.3-liter Lambda II direct-injected V6 petrol engine produces 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Other features on the 2015 Azera include the next-generation Blue Link system, which includes the Vehicle Safeguards Alerts In-Vehicle App.

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Hyundai is recalling Sonatas and Azeras due to corrosion issue

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling around 240,000 older Sonata and Azera sedans in some states in the US due to a corrosion issue that may affect rear wheel alignment, according to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hyundai is also recalling 20,300 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport models (model year 2013) and 9,345 Kia Sorento crossovers (model year 2014) due to issues with the right front axle.

According to a filing with the NHTSA, road salt used in the District of Columbia and 20 cold-weather states – Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin – could result rusting of the steel on the underside of the vehicles, possibly leading to misaligned rear wheels.

The recall covers model years 2006 to 2010 Sonatas built between March 1, 2005 and Jan. 21, 2010; and model years 2006 to 2011 Azeras produced between Sept. 27, 2005 and Nov. 22, 2010, the South Korean carmaker disclosed.

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Buyers of the redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera has more upscale features, style and horsepower compared to the outgoing model but it comes with an additional price of $6,600. The base Azera is available for as low as $32,875, which includes shipping cost. The Azera is positioned between the Genesis and Sonata sedans.

The 2012 model is the first revamped variant since U.S. sales started in 2005. A gasoline direct-injection 3.3-liter V-6 is the only engine in the Azera. This replaces a 3.3-liter V-6 and optional 3.8-liter V-6 on the outgoing model. The new engine delivers 293 hp, which outperforms the bigger engine in the 2011 Azera.

It also achieves slightly better fuel economy compared to the older 3.3-liter. The front-wheel-drive Azera is on a longer wheelbase compared to the Sonata. The Azera is also wider and longer than the Sonata. In addition, the Azera has isolated back and front subframes for a quieter cabin. On the other hand, it is only the back subframe that is isolated on the Sonata.

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The pricing information for Hyundai’s totally redesigned 2012 Azera has been announced. The well-equipped Azera has a starting price of $32,000 while the top-of-the-line Azera with Technology Package is priced at $36,000. The all-new 2012 Azera offers a ton of standard features that are better than those used on the fully loaded 2011 Azera Limited.

The second-generation Azera is a bold version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language. It has a sleek, sophisticated style that offers the illusion of constant motion. Azera stands for a modern approach to the traditional, large sedan segment by providing an advanced powertrain, bold design, premium features and top-of-the-class safety features. 

2012 Azera is available with just two simple equipment levels. The 2012 Azera will start selling in April. Powering the 2012 Azera is a new, more efficient Lambda II 3.3L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, partnered to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.

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2011 LA Auto Show saw today the all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera, company’s fifth vehicle to adopt the company's signature Fluidic Sculpture design language after the Tucson, Accent, Elantra and Sonata. As you can see from the photos, the 2012 Hyundai Azera design takes inspiration from the mechanics of flight and its looks are completed by the 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.

The interior of the car promises to be more luxurious than the cars produced by competitors. Moreover, the 2012 Azera comes with more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front-seat passengers. Some of the interior highlights include the 3D Carbon accents, an optional panoramic sunroof, an electrochromic auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink, power rear sunshade as well as manual rear side window shades.

Under the hood, we find the Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivering 293 hp and mated to an in-house six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Azera are 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg combined. The 2012 Azera also promises to offer an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy.

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The gamble of Hyundai Motor Co. to offer edgier styling to differentiate its vehicles from rivals has proven to be worthwhile as it has achieved two consecutive years of record U.S. sales.

Building on those successes is about to get tougher, as the company is now betting on the six-cylinder Azera and three-door Veloster, encouraged by the success of vehicles like the Sonata and Elantra that helped lure clients from Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

The decision to develop a strategy around characteristic design still has the legs to further enhance market share well beyond next year, according to John Krafcik, who serves as the chief executive officer of the company's U.S. unit.

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The redesigned Azera from Hyundai Motor America is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in January 2012. The carmaker expects that the new Azera will appeal to Sonata owners, as well as buyers of other brands who are looking for a premium front-drive luxury sedan. Hyundai predicts that the new Azera will be able to sell 18,000 to 20,000 units annually in the United States, compared with the 3,051 units sold last year.

Michael O'Brien, Hyundai Motor America vice president of product and corporate planning, estimates that there will be about 500,000 Sonata owners by the time the redesigned Azera arrives at showrooms.

He said that the Hyundai has sold 196,000 last year and that by the date of the launch, there will be another 200,000 out there, bringing the total to 400,000. If the old generations are included, that means that there are over 500,000.

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Hyundai announced today that it retains the ‘Grandeur’ name, and will continue the brad tradition since 1986. Furthermore, the Korean manufacturer released the first renderings with the new car, and we can say the vehicle looks impressive.

Badged Azera in some markets outside Korea, the car was first launched back in 1986 and Hyundai’s first premium luxury sedan.

All-new Grandeur represents the fifth generation of the car, and was developed under the concept of harmonizing tradition and state-of-the-art technology.

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To spice up its lineup, Hyundai made some amazing updates for the 2011 Azera range to rival the Buick LaCrosse, Lexus ES350, and Toyota Avalon. This smaller, front-wheel-drive luxury sedan is now offered with updated powertrain options -- a 3.3-liter V-6 or the 3.8-liter Lambda V-6 engine, mated to Hyundai's new, in house built, six-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.3-liter, DOHC V-6, which comes standard for the Azera GLS, produces about 260hp and 233 lb-ft of torque and is estimated at 20 city / 28 highway mpg. Powering the Azera Limited is the Lamba 3.8-liter, DOHC V6 engine found in the Genesis sedan and coupe. It produces about 283hp and 263 lb-ft.

The Azera Limited is capable of 19 city / 27 highway mpg. Mated to each engine is Hyundai's own six-speed automatic with its Shiftmatic manual control feature, which Hyundai claims to be the most compact and lightest six speed automatic on the market.

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