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Hyundai Curb Concept
Few average consumers want true off-road-capable SUVs these days, preferring comfort, fuel economy, and ease of driving to all-out utility. Still, most want an vehicle that looks off-road ready, even if it’s nowhere close. Witness the Hyundai Curb Concept.

It’s roughly the size of the Hyundai Tucson and shares that crossover’s wheelbase, though it looks more like a Kia Sportage crossed with a GMC Terrain and finished with Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture styling language. Wearing 22-inch wheels and low-profile tires, the Curb is designed for what Hyundai’s calling the “Urban Off-Road,” which doesn’t make any sense to us, either.

What they’re trying to say is that Curb is designed for people who live downtown but like the space and versatility that SUVs and crossovers offer. Think hip station wagon. It’s got cool features like tie-downs that sink down into the roof and hide when not in use, exhaust tips that pop out to reveal a bicycle rack and swipe-able touch pads that replace conventional door handles. We also like the “open-truss” A-pillars that increase outward visibility and the all-touchscreen interior controls.

The Curb also debuts Hyundai’s new Blue Link interface set to take on Ford’s popular Sync with a host of new tricks. Included on the list are Pandora internet radio, detailed point-of-interest look-up, a “location sharing” feature that shows everyone on your friends list where you are at the moment and, of course, turn-by-turn directions.

To traditional SUV fans, the idea of vehicles that look like SUVs but are built strictly for the pavement is absurd, but given the growth of the crossover segment, vehicles like the Curb are likely to become more and more common.

For more information, photos, pricing and release days on the Hyundai Curb Concept, visit your Phoenix Hyundai Dealership.

The Hyundai Veloster coupe, which is headed for showrooms later this year, comes with a sizeable third-door for easy rear-seat access.

The car, unveiled on Monday at the Detroit auto show, combines a compact-car style with the functionality of a hatchback.

Styling for the Veloster drew inspiration from a high-performance sport bike, with black A-pillars that give the glass a motorcycle-helmet-visor appearance.

The Veloster comes equipped with Blue Link, a telematics technology embedded in the car. It offers safety services such as automatic crash notification and navigation, remote unlocking and concierge services. Hyundai has not released pricing for the Blue Link service.

The Veloster has a 1.6-liter direct-injection, four-cylinder engine paired with Hyundai’s first dual-clutch transmission. The powertrain gets 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque.

The car comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels; two types of optional 18-inch wheels come with painted inserts.

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2012 Hyundai Accent 5-door Hatchback
Hyundai CEO John Krafcik faced Jalopnik readers today and took the opportunity to announce big news for the North American market: the five-door version of the much-improved new Accent’s coming to the United States and “it’ll kick the Fiesta’s butt.”

In our Ask Me Anything segment — where we push automotive execs onto Jalopnik’s passionate readers — reader fhrblig asked:
“Since the number of offerings in the subcompact market have 5-doors now (Fiesta, Chevy Sonic, Yaris etc.), is Hyundai working on a 5-door Accent?”

And the reply?
“For you fhrblig, we will officially announce right now a 5-door Accent is coming. By the way, it will kick the Fiesta’s butt.”

Awesome. You heard it hear first, in our comments, where newsmakers come to make news and talk about hooning.

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OnStar had the market cornered on “telematics” for several years, even rebranding its technology for other automakers at one point before bringing it back into the GM fold. But in the past year or so, several automakers have launched their own telematics systems. Hyundai is the latest with Blue Link, which will be available on most Hyundai models by model year 2013 and will debut on the Sonata this spring and also appear in the Veloster three-door coupe by this summer.

Blue Link will include all of the features made famous by the other service that uses the blue button: automatic crash notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen-vehicle location, remote door lock/unlock, remote horn and lights and remote start. In other words, most of the stuff you can get with OnStar.

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The 2011 Hyundai Equus makes its North American debut as this Korean brand’s new flagship sedan. This premium-large car is rear-wheel drive. It’s about 4 inches longer in wheelbase and 7 inches longer overall than the Hyundai Genesis sedan, the vehicle with which Equus shares its basic design. Also derived from the Genesis is Equus’ powertrain, a 4.6-liter V8 engine that pairs with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 385 horsepower when used with premium-grade gas and 378 horsepower when used with regular. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front- and rear-side airbags. Lane-departure warning is standard. Equus trim levels include base Signature and uplevel Ultimate. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a heated power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, keyless access/engine start, a navigation system, rearview camera, and heated power rear seats are standard. Equus Signature seats is for 5. Ultimate models have a two-place split rear bench for 4-passenger seating and a center-mounted chilled storage box. These versions also have a reclining rear-passenger seat with massage function. Also standard on the Ultimate are cooled rear seats, DVD entertainment, power trunk lid, and a front-mounted camera. We have not yet tested the 2011 Hyundai Equus.

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