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2015 Hyundai Azera is refreshed, may still be on life support

2015 Hyundai Azera

What you see above is the 2015 Hyundai Azera. It’s slightly refreshed for the new model year, with a new grille, lighting elements and fascia joining some newly standard technology bits inside the cabin. Other than those few updates, this is the same Azera we’ve known and loved since its most recent redesign for the 2012 model year.

Thing is, we’re not sure if the Azera will actually live past 2015 here in the United States. Hyundai has said that it still sees some space above the Sonata midsize sedan and its larger and more luxurious Genesis Sedan for a vehicle sized and priced like the Azera, but just hasn’t been able to find many buyers who agree.

Put simply, if you like what you see in the 2015 Azera, now would be a good time to mosey on over to your nearest Hyundai dealer to see if this fullsize sedan suits your specific needs better than competitors like the Chevy Impala, Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse.

2015 Hyundai Accent Changes: What’s New

Since the day it replaced the Excel back in 1995, the Hyundai Accent has been selling extremely well in the subcompact market.

The vehicle has undergone 4 design changes during that time, with the last coming in 2012.

With the 2015 model year, the Accent will be given a little bit of a refresh.

Exterior: There are very few visible changes to the exterior, but they are there.

2015 Hyundai Accent White 300x158 2015 Hyundai Accent Changes: Whats NewThe front signature grille has been changed slightly, with the center bar now straight instead of curved towards the “H” logo.

The GS and GLS trim levels now come with the same premium headlights found on the 2014 SE model.

These lights have an LED daytime running light, as well as projector beams and a turn signal that has been repositioned. Word out of Hyundai is that the tail lights have also been redesigned, but as of yet there are no images to back up that claim.

Other exterior changes include restyled 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as newly designed hubcaps for the 14-inch steel wheels.

Colors: Three new exterior colors will also be made available: Pacific Blue, Misty Beige, and Vitamin C.

Interior: Changes carry on over to the interior, with new fabric patterns the first of the changes to the 2015 Accent.

The GS and GLS trims get a reversed LCD audio system that improves visibility, and an exterior temperature gauge as standard.

The GLS trim is now available with the Popular Equipment Package, which comes with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a tilt and telescoping wheel, and a sliding armrest for around $600.

The SE trim level will be ousted in favor of the Sport trim level for 2015.

Prices: Pricing starts at $14,745 for the GLS trim with manual transmission, which is a small $100 price bump.

The top of the line Sport Hatchback starts at $17,495, and comes with a 6-speed automatic.

2015 Hyundai i20 On-Sale Date, Prices Announced In The UK

When the new 2015 Hyundai i20 5-door hatchback hits the UK Hyundai showrooms in January, it will be priced at £10,695, which is £500 more than the out-going model.

The price increase is not significant at all when you consider all the major upgrades and enhancements that the compact car has received across the board for the new model year!

Read further to find more details on pricing and available safety and convenience features.

New Hyundai i20 Trim Levels

There are 6 trim levels available including the:

  • base S
  • S Air
  • S Blue
  • SE
  • Premium
  • range-topping Premium SE

The price mentioned above is of course for the base model i20 S, which has standard features such as remote central locking, electric front windows, and a stereo radio with USB connectivity.

For an extra £750 you can get the i20 S Air, which also features air conditioning.

New Hyundai i20 priced UK 300x200 2015 Hyundai i20 On Sale Date, Prices Announced In The UKBoth models come with a 1.2L petrol 4-cylinder engine under the hood.

Coming in at a starting price of £12,445 is the Hyundai i20 S Blue, which has a number of fuel saving features, not to mention a 1.1L CRDI diesel engine that keeps CO2 emissions to just 84 g/km.

Hyundai believes that the most popular model will be the loaded i20 SE model, which comes in at £12,725.

Voice-activated Bluetooth, 16-inch alloys, cruise control with speed limiter, rear electric windows, lane-departure warning system, and rear parking sensors are just a few of the standard features included.

Consumers also get to choose between a 1.2L or 1.4L petrol engine and a 1.1L and 1.4L CRDI diesel.

If luxury is what you are after, you will find it on the all-new i20 Premium, which comes with automatic headlights and wipers, climate control, LED lights and tinted glass. You will also find a standard smartphone dock that can handle most of today’s most popular smartphones. This model starts at £13,725.

The top of the range Premium SE starts at £14,725, and comes with features such as heated front seats and steering wheel, front parking sensors, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

The Premium and Premium SE come with the option of any engine in the i20 lineup, except for the 1.1-liter diesel.

Optional Features

Hyundai states that the new i20 hatchback is the only vehicle of its kind currently on the market to offer the full-size panoramic sunroof option.

It also comes with a rather cavernous 326-liter boot, which is the biggest in the supermini category. The models at the top of the line come with a boot that is a little less spacious.

You also have the opportunity to select a built-in touchscreen navigation system from the options list.

Safety is well represented, with 6 airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, and electronics that help control grip and stability all included.

Hyundai sued in Korea over inflated fuel economy claims

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai remains in hot water in its home market after the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport alleged that the country's largest automaker, along with Ssangyong, misstated fuel economy numbers on some of its crossovers. Now, though, the country's consumers are going after Hyundai, with a lawsuit from 1,500 Santa Fe owners.

The suit was filed in Seoul Central District Court by a firm called Yeyul. Its spokesperson, Kim Woong, said the suit was a sign that angry consumers could go after the manufacturer if they're wronged by a company's product.

"It is essential that as many affected consumers as possible take part in this lawsuit to show not just the carmaker but the rest of the companies in Korea that you can get a red card if you mess with your customers," Kim told Bloomberg.

Yeyul and its clients are targeting 1.5 million won (about $1,500) in compensation for owners of the Santa Fe models built between May 2012 and June 2014. It's unclear if Hyundai will settle for a lesser amount, as the $1,500 figure is considerably higher than the what the company compensated American owners with, after copping to incorrect economy figures in US-market Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

Hyundai sued in Korea over inflated fuel economy claims originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:30:00 EST.