Established over two decades ago, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) is currently the second most popular carmaker in the country. The South Korean carmaker commenced its Indian innings with the Santro and the Accent, both of which met with resounding success.While these led the way for bigger hits like the 'i' series, Creta and the 2nd generation Verna, not all Hyundai models were the darling of buyers in the Indian car market. Here are 10 Hyundai cars that are best forgotten -Hyundai cars that are best forgottenHyundai Sonata Gold (fourth-generation)Also Read- Upcoming Hyundai Cars in IndiaThe Hyundai Sonata Gold was launched in India in 2001. It was the flagship model in the carmaker's lineup during its initial years. The Sonata had a Jaguar S-type-inspired design, which made it look quite elegant. However, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry ran rings around it as they had a better brand and residual value. Finally, it was taken off the shelves in 2005.Hyundai Accent VivaThe … [Read more...] about 10 Hyundai cars that are best forgotten
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Given that Hyundai is second only to Maruti Suzuki in the world's fourth largest car market, and has held on to that position for most of the 20 years in operation, the Korean company is a household name thanks to the Santro, Accent and i10. HMIL is to be credited for infusing excitement into the market with every launch in the last ten years and has pushed the bar on design and features with each generation.However not every Hyundai sizzled, and several introductions were only a learning experience for the Korean company.Here's a list of 10 Hyundais that are fast becoming a rarity.2005 Hyundai TucsonThe first generation Tucson made its debut in India in 2005 and was launched as a luxury soft-roader with a capable 2.0-litre CRDi diesel unit. The market was not ready for this segment of SUVs back then, and Hyundai failed to find success with this model because many thought it was too expensive for a Hyundai. Taking a cue from this setback, Hyundai didn't release the second … [Read more...] about 10 Hyundai launches that didn’t go according to plan in India
It was only five years ago, the year Boston won another World Series, the year Obama was inaugurated a second time, the year “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year. It was 2013, and Americans were buying and leasing an average of 200,000 midsize cars every month. Tastes have changed. That figure fell below 150,000 in 2017, and through the first two months of 2018 – admittedly a low-volume time of year – is down 15 percent to 111,000. There’s no reason to believe all midsize sedans are going to die off simply because the market is shrinking. Remember that the collapse of the minivan market (U.S. sales plunged 56 percent between 2005 and 2017) didn’t result in the disappearance of all minivans. Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn still fielded minivans in 2005. Only Chrysler/Dodge, Honda, Toyota, and Kia do so now. Similarly, many midsize sedan players have already left the … [Read more...] about Want More Proof That America’s Midsize Sedan Segment Is Dying? Here Are Three Key Evidence Exhibits
Subaru of America is fresh off its best U.S. sales year.Its lineup is anchored by three all-wheel-drive crossovers that remain in strong demand, and the brand has achieved 74 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.This year, with a flowing pipeline of fresh products headed to retailers, including its largest model ever, the three-row Ascent, Subaru anticipates it will chalk up still another record sales year in the United States.That hasn't always been the narrative for Subaru, a car brand created by the Japanese industrial conglomerate formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries.This month, as the automaker marks its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in the U.S., Subaru of America officials and people who shaped today's business over the last few decades remark that success has been a long, and occasionally bumpy, road.Since its start here in 1968 as an importer of a quirky microcar called the 360, Subaru has fought — and usually won — a slew of uphill battles … [Read more...] about Underdog Subaru celebrates 50 years in the U.S.
As Americans, we ask a lot out of our family vehicles. But none exerts itself harder than the full-size, three-row SUV. These seven- and eight-seat SUVs are tasked with shuttling family members to school, jobs, and sports practice during the week. On the weekend, these workhorses support our hobbies—from towing horses or boats on trailers to taking us down remote two-tracks to our favorite hiking or hunting spots. While we play, they work even harder.Because of the honeydew lists we place upon these big family SUVs, manufacturers build ’em tough. They typically feature big V-8 engines, four-wheel drive, and full-size pickup-based platforms. Given how many jobs we expect these SUVs to do, our testing will ask more of ’em, too. On top of the usual criteria—you know, driving, riding, and handling, plus the ability to comfortably swallow at least seven passengers and their cargo, all without breaking the bank—we’re also going to ask our trucks to tow a … [Read more...] about Beasts of Burden: Ford Expedition vs. Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Dodge Durango vs. Toyota Sequoia vs. Nissan Armada