In another bold bid to increase its share of the American market, Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to introduce seven new or redesigned models in the next 24 months. After that, more surprises are in store, with new models planned for 2012 and 2013.
Hyundai certainly can’t be accused of being timid in recent years, and by the looks of things has no plans to ease up on its climb toward domination in the U.S. car market.
Things may become a bit dicier for the Koreans, though, especially considering the hefty dose of hot and spicy Italian offerings on the horizon.
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While rumors of a return to the U.S. market by Fiat and Alfa Romeo have been swirling for ages, now could be the time they finally come true. Since Fiat and Chrysler are now intimately familiar with one another, the Italians will help beef up Chrysler’s uninspiring small-car lineup. Fiat has awarded 200 Chrysler dealers the right to operate Fiat stores, which we know for sure will feature the Fiat 500 early next year. Now reports also suggest offerings from Alfa Romeo will join them.
Alfa is expected to bring over its midsize Giulia, the Giulia sport wagon, and a compact crossover SUV in 2012, followed by a return of its legendary Spider convertible in 2013, along with the five-door MiTo hatchback and a larger crossover SUV in 2014. The plan is for Chrysler to build the Alfa crossover models in America.
One thing for sure, the presence of sexy and curvy Alfas will be a refreshing sight next to familiar Asian and domestic models.
This could be the motivation for Hyundai to go on its product blitz. Here is what we can expect:
- A redesigned Accent with a 1.4-liter, 106-hp engine
- An Elantra sedan and five-door, both with styling cues from the new Sonata
- The heavily anticipated Veloster, with a 140-hp, 1.6-liter direct-injection engine teamed with either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission – Hyundai claims it will get 41 mpg
- A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged Sonata that will make 274 hp and get 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway
- A new front-drive Azera, which will slot between the Sonata and the RWD Genesis
- The Genesis sedan with optional AWD and the same 5.0-liter V8 planned for the upscale Equus
- Hyundai’s flagship Equus, priced at around $60,000, with a V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission
Which fires you up: the possible arrival of Alfa Romeos or Hyundai’s planned changes?