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Hyundai's Elantra coupe and Redesigned Azera

Hyundai revealed to dealers at the NADA convention in San Francisco that a two-door coupe version of the 2011 Elantra will go on sale this spring.  A redesigned Azera sedan will also go on sale in January 2012.

“They showed us a photo of it and it's gorgeous,” Doug Fox, a multi-franchise dealer who owns a Hyundai dealership in Ann Arbor, Mich., said of the Elantra coupe. “We weren't expecting that.”

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an Elantra 2-door, but he stressed that no such vehicle would arrive this spring.
Fox said dealers were also shown a redesigned Azera large sedan.

“It'll give us that step-up car from the Sonata for when Sonata owners come back and want something a little bit larger,” Fox said.

The redesigned Azera will be powered by a new 3.3-liter, gasoline, direct-injection V6 that generates about 260 horsepower and is more fuel efficient than the current Azera.

Zuchowski said the new Azera has the potential to sell 18,000 to 20,000 units a year in the United States, a major leap from the car's current volume. Hyundai sold 3,051 Azeras last year, a drop of about 20 percent from 2009.

Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik also said the brand is adding a new highline trim level when the Genesis sedan gets its midcyle freshening for the 2012 model year. The new trim level will feature a new 5.0-liter V8 engine from Hyundai's Tau engine family producing 429 hp, mated to a new Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model, to be called the Genesis R-Spec, will be shown at the Chicago auto show this week and will cost $45,000-$50,000, Krafick said.

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