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Category Archives: Hyundai

2013-2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe: Two For the Road


Once a common animal on America’s roads, the small inexpensive coupe has become an endangered species. In today’s compact car market the choices almost narrow down to a handful- or … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

1975-1982 Hyundai Pony: An Almost Cinderella Story


Korea’s auto industry reads like a Cinderella story. After the Korean war, a battered South Korean was content with trying to copy decommissioned jeeps from U.S. Army surplus. Gradually the … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

2001-2005 Hyundai XG: The Evolution of Value


It seemed not long ago that the mention of Hyundai and luxury would inspire laughter. No one’s laughing now, but Hyundai was not always crossed shopped with the likes of … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Is Luxury?


Most dictionaries would define the term luxury car as a “marketing term for a vehicle that provides luxury — pleasant or desirable features beyond strict necessity — at increased expense”. … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

2008-2013 Buick Regal Opel/Vauxhall Insignia: From Mild to Nearly Wild


In The global parts and platform sharing world that we live in, one car can have multiple personalities. GM’s Epsilon II platform is home to cars like the Buick Regal … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

2012 Hyundai Veloster: More Than a Tiburon Placeholder?


Hyundai’s new Veloster is no Tiburon, but it fills in a void left by the dearly missed sports coupe.  In Korea Hyundai markets the Veloster under its Premium Youth Lab … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

1985-1994 Hyundai Excel: The Car that Launched a Thousand Ships


The word Hyundai today is associated with quality, you might even say world-class. That was not always the case. If you were in the market for cheap new ride, in the 80’s you … Continue reading

May 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

2011 Hyundai Equus: Dancing With the Big Boys


The true question poised by the Equus and to some extent the Genesis, is are wealthy car buyers shopping on price, style or brand image?

December 13, 2010 · 2 Comments

2003-2009 Kia Amanti


Life is full of imitations. We see them with mp3 players, handbags and even movies. Americans aren’t used to seeing blatant Chinese style imitations of cars. Sure everyone wants to be … Continue reading

April 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

1995-2010 Hyundai Accent GT


The Accent is Hyundai’s entry level car, sold in some parts of the world as the Excel, the name it used in the US at its introduction in 1985. The … Continue reading

February 8, 2010 · Leave a comment