Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport to be shown at SEMA

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Hyundai will display a custom concept version of its Tucson Sport developed by Vaccar at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, showing a more muscular-looking crossover that contains a full aero kit and significant additions to the powertrain, design, infotainment and suspension.

The concept enhances the Sport, the third-highest of four trim options for 2017, by adding a Boostec turbocharger, AEM air intake system and charge pipe kit, a Mishimoto G-Line intercooler, new piping and exhaust, and other elements to the standard turbocharged 1.6-liter, inline-four engine. It also gets forged wheels, new tires, and Vaccar-Power Stop front and rear Z23 Evolution brakes.

The exterior gets a blue and silver metallic two-tone paint treatment from BASF, an M&S mesh front grille and Vaccar front lip, side skirts and rear diffuser. Interior features include Katzkin ice grey leather, 9-inch headrest-mounted LCD screens, and an Android-powered 9-inch head unit with WiFi.

“The Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept takes the Tucson far beyond its OEM roots without sacrificing reliability,” said Aaron Vaccar, president of Vaccar. “By building upon the well-developed Tucson platform, powertrain and design, we’ve given enthusiasts a vision of just where this affordable crossover aspires to go.”

SEMA runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

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Bisimoto tunes Hyundai Ioniq SEMA show car for efficiency, not power

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Automotive tuner Bisimoto is probably best known for its wildly powerful SEMA show cars, such as its 1,029 horsepower Honda Odyssey, and last year’s 1,040-horsepower, rear-drive Hyundai Santa Fe. But this year, the company tried something different, building a Hyundai Ioniq hybrid not for power, but for fuel economy. According to Hyundai and Bisimoto, the resulting HyperEconiq managed to repeatedly exceed 80 mpg, based on 83 tests by the tuning company. That’s a seriously impressive gain considering the standard Ioniq hybrid is rated at 57 mpg city and 59 mpg highway.

Bisimoto was able to do this by enhancing just about every aspect of the car inside and out. But the most obvious changes are on the outside. The HyperEconiq features a custom body kit with front and side splitters, and a rear spoiler. There are also some prominent wheel spats, something we haven’t really seen since the first-generation Honda Insight. The car also features lightweight, one-piece carbon fiber wheels from Carbon Revolution, and they’re shod in high-silica low rolling resistance tires. Aluminum brake calipers further lighten the car, and coilover suspension lowers the car for better aerodynamics.

There are a few other mechanical changes under the skin, too. The engine features unique low-friction 0W20 oil from PurOl. It has also been tweaked so that more air can be pulled in during valve overlap, and the exhaust was upgraded to improve exhaust flow out of the engine.

The overall look is rather attractive. The body kit makes the car look sportier and more aggressive, and the carbon wheels are a nice accent to the dark gray color. We’re still undecided on the looks of the wheel spats, but if they’re functional, it’s hard to argue with them. It will also be interesting to see if hypermiling upgrades enter the aftermarketmainstream.

Hyundai to offer new shopping service with money-back guarantee

The internet has made purchasing a car easier than ever before. There are dozens of websites, including Autoblog, that have apps and search tools to help find and compare new car prices. Still, the idea of actually walking into a dealership to deal with haggling, trade-ins, financing and paperwork still seems daunting. Starting soon, Hyundai will be streamlining much of that process with its new Shopper Assurance program. The new service helps knock out much of the legwork before you even step into a dealer. There’s even a money-back guarantee.

With Shopper Assurance, potential customers can search Hyundai inventory with “market prices” listed. That price includes the car’s MSRP minus incentives and other dealer discounts. Most of the paperwork for the purchase can be done online. This includes valuing a trade-in, applying for financing, checking credit scores and calculating payments. Test drives can be scheduled online and can be done anywhere, including a customer’s home or office.

The most interesting part of the new service is the three-day money back guarantee. If for some reason a customer isn’t satisfied, they can return the car for full refund. That said, there are a couple of caveats. The car must have fewer than 300 miles on the odometer since purchase and a dealer must inspect the car for damage or wear.

The new service will launch later this year in Miami, Orlando, Dallas and Houston and will roll out in 2018 nationwide.

2018 Hyundai Accent vs subcompact sedans: How it compares on paper

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Hyundai  first revealed the new 2018 Hyundai Accent a few months ago, but that debut was in Canada for the Canadian-market car. We didn’t get our look at the U.S. version until just recently, which is when we also finally got plenty of specifications on the little car. So as we did with the Genesis G70, we’ve brought you a breakdown of the Accent’s specs and some of the segment’s best and most popular: the Nissan Versa, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris iA.

Before we get to the chart, let’s give you a quick reintroduction to the 2018 Accent. The subcompact is completely new this year, and under the hood is again a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 7 fewer horsepower and 4 fewer pound-feet of torque than the outgoing model with totals of 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet. This drop in power probably won’t be noticeable, though. It’s also available with either a manual or automatic transmission, both featuring six speeds. Fuel economy hasn’t been announced, but the Rio’s numbers below are probably a good indicator as they share powertrains.

The one thing that isn’t available with an Accent is a hatchback. According to Autoweek, the hatchback was canned with the assumption that hatch buyers would simply purchase an example of the upcoming Kona crossover. But if you want a traditional subcompact hatch from South Korea, Kia is happy to oblige, as the Rio is still available as a hatchback. Learning that the Kona may have killed the Accent hatch causes us to wonder if Kia brought the Rio hatch to the U.S. because it wasn’t planning on offering the Stonic.

Hyundai and Rockstar team up to build Moab-inspired Santa Fe for SEMA

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We’re in the run-up to SEMA 2017, and the early looks at the show cars are rolling in. Hyundai is letting this render out early. It’s called the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader Santa Fe Sport Concept, and that mouthful shouts everything Hyundai wants this thing to communicate from the top of its lungs. Most of those words, however, aren’t likely on the minds of shoppers looking at this three-row crossover, but logic and SEMA do not always find each other.

Before we get into details of this build, we reached out to Hyundai and a representative clarified a few things. This Santa Fe hasn’t been out bouncing off rocks at Moab — yet. We were told it “will be HEAVILY tested at Moab and a special video prepared for SEMA.” We can’t wait.

While Hyundai says this is an all-new vehicle, it treads much of the same ground as last year’s nitrous-huffing Rockstar concept Santa Fe. The King coilovers, R1 brakes, AEM intake and Mishimoto plumbing are all present and accounted for. And yes, there’s another Nitrous Express system installed. New wheels and tires are present, as is a new wrap and more LED lights up front. (Can there ever be enough lights on a show truck?) It doesn’t look like a winch is fitted, but there’s a rooftop tent.

SEMA is coming up at the end of the month, so we expect more details on this and other concepts soon.

Hyundai and Rockstar team up to build Moab-inspired Santa Fe for SEMA

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We’re in the run-up to SEMA 2017, and the early looks at the show cars are rolling in. Hyundai is letting this render out early. It’s called the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader Santa Fe Sport Concept, and that mouthful shouts everything Hyundai wants this thing to communicate from the top of its lungs. Most of those words, however, aren’t likely on the minds of shoppers looking at this three-row crossover, but logic and SEMA do not always find each other.

Before we get into details of this build, we reached out to Hyundai and a representative clarified a few things. This Santa Fe hasn’t been out bouncing off rocks at Moab — yet. We were told it “will be HEAVILY tested at Moab and a special video prepared for SEMA.” We can’t wait.

While Hyundai says this is an all-new vehicle, it treads much of the same ground as last year’s nitrous-huffing Rockstar concept Santa Fe. The King coilovers, R1 brakes, AEM intake and Mishimoto plumbing are all present and accounted for. And yes, there’s another Nitrous Express system installed. New wheels and tires are present, as is a new wrap and more LED lights up front. (Can there ever be enough lights on a show truck?) It doesn’t look like a winch is fitted, but there’s a rooftop tent.

SEMA is coming up at the end of the month, so we expect more details on this and other concepts soon.

Hyundai gives 3 millionth Elantra in America to hurricane hero near Houston

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Hyundai has just crossed a significant milestone in its history. Since the company’s Elantra compact sedan was introduced to the American market back in 1991, the company has now sold the 3 millionth example here. The 3 millionth car is a normal Elantra sedan, a handsome, competent car that we don’t find to be terribly exciting unless it’s the Sport model with the turbo engine.

But we’re certain the owners of this new Elantra are pretty excited regardless. See, Hyundai didn’t exactly sell the 3 millionth American Elantra. It donated it to Henry Rogers, a paramedic field supervisor in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. His town was pummeled by Hurricane Harvey, and he was out helping people for two days straight.

Unfortunately, while he was out helping the citizens of Baytown, his family’s home was being swallowed up by water. Neighbors came by to rescue his wife, three adopted kids, and three dogs. Everyone came out all right, but the house and its contents were lost. So for Rogers’ contribution to the town, and for everything his family lost, Hyundai saw fit to get them started on the right foot with a fresh car, and a fairly historic one no less.