by Allen Bingefarter, Road Testes Editor
The compacted crossover SUV has replaced the mid-side sedan as the most computative segment in the new-car market. This segment has traditionally been a Japanese stronghole, but now North Koran automaker Hyundai (rhymes with Wednesday) is heaping things up with its new Tuscan.
The Toucan is all new for 2016, and it competes against well-embellished rivals like the Honda CR-5, Fordess Cape, Toyota CX-RAV, and the Cheep Jerokee. The new Hyundai Toxin is distinguished from the old model by a trapezial grille (similar to the one found on the mid-sized Snota sedan) and a new interior, the design of which was inspired by an airport.
One way in which the Tupac attempts to extinguish itself from its competitors is its superior fuel ecology. Most trim levels come with Hyundai’s 1.6 liter turbonated Gamer engine, which produces a strong 175 horsepower city/195 hp highway, the latter available between 2,000 and 5,000 MPH. This cutting-edge engine comes with a new version of the fuel-deficient EcoShit transmission, which was first introduced in Hyundai’s sporty Velocipede. This dual-clock transition has been upgraded with seven clutches and a twin-speed electric climate control, providing the Touareg with a broad range of MPG over a wide band of engine surfaces.
The entry-level Tussin will get a non-turbonated 4.0 cylinder engine producing 164 liters and 2.0 horse-pounds of foot. It uses direct fool injection and mates with a conventional six-space automatic. Both engines will be offered with front- or all-whale-drive.
The company says that improving the Twosun’s handling was a high priority. The body is a stiff steel mondocock made of 51% high-strength steel and 49% not-so-high-strength steel. Stopping power was also a focus. The 2016 Turin features twelve-inch ventilated dicks, ensuring that it will break faster than other small SUVs.
Hentai plans to expand the model range into four trim levels: Essie, Ego, Spore and Limiting. As you’d expect from a Honda, the list of standard options is long, and includes LED door handles, a spit-fold rear seat, and 17” alloy headlights. Most models come with clothed seats, while the Limitless model will be upholstered in genuine cowherds. Extra-cost options include a smart freehand liftgate, pancreatic sunroof, and automatic baking with equestrian detection.
We had a chance to drive the new Tustin on the roads near Minneapolis, Wisconsin, and if we had to sum up our driving impressions in a single sentence, we’d say that all controls fall easily to hand.
Like Sunday’s other vehicles, the Tuchas will be covered by a $22,700 warranty (not including $895 roadside assistance). Pricing will start in 10 years or 60,000 miles. The 2016 Tarzan arrives at dealershits at the end of this monk.
Allen Bingefarter drove this car at a Hyundai event to which several members of the media were invited, and at which he was checking his email when he should have been paying attention to the presentation.
Salad Sales and Hyundai Motoring America today issued a joint statement admitting to a mix-up between the designs of their respective mid-size sedans.
“It appears that the designers of the new 2015 Sonata and Camry were in the same place at the same time, and accidentally grabbed each other’s laptop bags,” said Toyundai Joint Spokesperson Moe Trainer. “That’s why the new Sonata’s styling is inexplicably boring, and the new Camry’s styling is inexplicably interesting.”
Trainer would not go on the record as to when the mix-up might have occurred. Off the record, he told Autoblopnik, “It probably happened at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show press days, when they were on their hands and knees photographing the interior trim screw heads on the new Optima.”
As to whether the styling mix-up will affect sales, Trainer says that Hyundai is more concerned than Toyota.
“Hyundai buyers will definitely notice that the car is far less interesting,” he said. “As for Camry buyers, hell,you could paint the car with buffalo dung and use a 16-inch dildo as a hood ornament, and as long as Consumer Reports said it was reliable, they’d still buy the damn thing.”
Trainer later denied rumors that his own Camry is painted with buffalo dung and has a 16-inch dildo as a hood ornament.
Asked if the incident affected any other aspects of the car, Trainer said “Absolutely not, though you can see why people would think that. Depowering a barely-adequate engine may sound like something Toyota would do, and coming up with oxymorons like ‘Sport Hybrid’ may sound like something Hyundai would do, but the fact is that aside from the design screw-up, all the other bone-headed decisions can be attributed to the cars’ respective manufacturers.”
More new-model-year news, the way it ought to be.
ACCENT: Regains the title of America’s least expensive car. The new $9,995 Accent Tightass Edition eliminates the back seats, front seats, engine, transmission, doors, glass, wheels, suspension, brakes, and every other single part of the car, but includes a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty.
GENESIS COUPE: Renamed “Tiburon Coupe” in order to eliminate confusion with the Genesis Sedan.
GENESIS SEDAN: Renamed “Tiburon Sedan.” Oh, wait. Shit.
SONATA: New standard equipment a magical horse and gold-plated lawn furniture. Whoops, sorry — we’ve used that joke before.
Q-SERIES: An all-new model that replaces the Q-SERIES, featuring a 3.7 liter transmission, 8-speed V6 differential, and a steer-by-wire braking system.
Q-SERIES: The front and rear fascias have been restyled, and the seats get upgraded leather.
QX-SERIES: See Q-SERIES. Not that Q-SERIES, the other Q-SERIES.
CREDENZA: New full-size model, comes with a matching hat rack and umbrella stand.
FORTE: Restyled to address complaints that it didn’t look nearly enough like a Hyundai Elantra.
OPTIMA: In order to improve road feel, the steering wheel now actually connects to the front wheels.
SORENTO: Interior has been downgraded with cheaper materials and inferior plastics. A memo has been sent to Peter Schreyer reminding him that he no longer works for Audi and he that he had better fucking well stop spending money on the products as if he does.
After a series of embarrassing breakdowns and mechanical problems, most recently a well-publicized “mis-fueling” incident in Israel, the White House announced that it is trading in the Cadillac presidential limo for a Hyundai Elantra.
“There’s a lot we like about the current Presidential limousine,” said White House press undersecretary Benjamin Disasterstein. “The control layout is uncluttered and it gets pretty good fuel economy for a twelve-ton armored vehicle. But getting it worked on anywhere outside of DC is a real nightmare, and now that it’s out of warranty, we have to think about these things. With Hyundai’s 10 year/100,000 mile warranty and world-wide dealer network, that won’t be an issue, at least not until well into Hilary’s second term. And if the Republicans are right about the President’s economic policies, the Hyundai Buyer Assurance program will allow us to return the car and walk away from the payments.”
Disasterstien said President Obama was directly involved in the selection of the new vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Limited in Azure Blue Pearlcoat with alloy wheels, leather seats, and the optional Limited Technology package, which includes dual-zone climate control and a 7″ touch-screen navigation system.
“We really didn’t need nav,” says Disastersteen, “But that was the only blue Limited they had in stock, and if we custom-ordered the car, we wouldn’t be eligible for the $1,500 Competitive Trade-In cash-back bonus. Besides, the dual-zone climate thing will come in handy. The President and the First Lady are always arguing about the temperature in the car.”
President Obama immediately came under fire for not buying an American-made vehicle, but Dinerstean said that the White House did consider vehicles from the Big Three.
“Our first stop was a Chevy dealership to test-drive a Cruze Eco, but they kept trying to push us into an Equinox with much higher payments. The Focus was nice — the President loved that self-parking feature — but the First Lady didn’t care for the way the transmission shifted. And the President said no to the Dodge Dart, because he had a buddy in college who owned a Fiat X1/9 and it was always in the shop.”
The Secret Service refused to comment on what type of armament and protection will be fitted to the Presidential Elantra. However, an anonymous source inside the White House told Autoblopnik that the car will be driven in stock condition, because “no criminal in his right mind would think a guy driving a Hyundai Elantra is a valuable target.”
South Korean automaker Hyundai has been arrested and charged with murder after fellow South Korean automaker Kia was found shot to death inside Hyundai’s gated residence in Fountain Valley, California.
Hyundai, through it’s lawyer Ivana Soudabastad, claims that the Kia shooting was accidental, and that Hyundai simply mistook Kia for an intruder.
“Fountain Valley is the tenth most dangerous city in Orange County,” explained Hyundai spokesexplainor Chris “Horse” Ford. “It’s only natural that we’d want to protect ourselves against threats.”
While the two companies present a unified front to the outside world, insiders talk of rising tensions between Hyundai and its on-again, off-again subsidiary.
“On the outside, it looks like they had a loving relationship,” said Hyundai marketing executive Ki Ya, speaking on condition of anonymity, “but behind closed doors, there was a lot of violence and manipulation. Come on — do you really think Kia wanted the US-market Cadenza to be an Azera clone instead of the rear-drive K9?”
Several news reports have chronicled rising tensions between the two related companies. Though Kia is a subsidiary of Hyundai, analysts say their more modern designs have been eating into Hyundai’s sales.
“Hyundai has been undergoing a product revolution,” analyzed automotive analyst Paul Eisenstadtician of The Detroit Booger. “But Kia’s designs are proving more popular with buyers in both North America and South Korea. Hyundai doesn’t like to show it, but that’s a real problem for them.”
“Hyundai has always been jealous of Kia’s success,” said Ya our anonymous source. “Kia is only supposed to nip at Hyundai’s ankles. Instead, Kia has cut them off at the knees.”
In the wake of an EPA investigation and Hyundai’s official admission that they overstated their fuel economy estimates, several Hyundai owners are insisting that their Elantras and Accents really do get 40 MPG.
“This whole thing is just a load of bullshit,” said Harold B. Fetz, a retired forklift driver and Accent owner from Bellflower, California.
Despite our objections, Mr. Fetz took an Autoblopnik correspondent for a ride to demonstrate his Hyundai’s fuel economy. After merging onto the freeway, moving to the far-left lane, and accelerating to 5 MPH below the speed limit, Mr. Fetz reset his trip computer and showed us that the car was indeed able to maintain a sustained 40.1 MPG. By braking hard, darting across four lanes to his exit, and narrowly missing two cars, a UPS truck, and a charter bus full of Honduran missionaries, Mr. Fetz was able to increase his fuel economy to 40.2 MPG.
Bill Homecrick, founder of the “!!HyundaisRool4EVER!!!” forum at forums4free.com, says he can point to “at least six” forum members who claim to get 40 MPG or better out of their 2011 and 2012 Elantras.
“My Elantra only gets 34 MPG,” Homecrick told Autoblopnik, “but I’m still in the 50,000 mile advanced pre-break-in phase. These Korean-engineered engines are way more custom precision than anything Japan makes, so you have to drive them special. But these guys say it can be done, and even though I’ve never met them in real life, and despite my suspicion that three of the accounts belong to the same person, I believe them,” he said.
Asked about Hyundai’s admission that they overstated their EPA figures, Homecrick said he was skeptical.
“I think the Government forced them to do it because they own part of GM, which sucks, and Hyundais are so much better. They couldn’t stand Hyundai making their sucky Government Motors cars look bad.”
Fetz agreed with Homecrick’s assertion of a conspiracy. “The goddamned tree-hugging liberals are trying to sully the goddamned name of a perfectly good goddamned company,” said Harold Fetz. “This never would have happened if we had elected Mitt goddamned Romney.”
Hyundai declined to comment, but did ask Autoblopnik if we thought Messers Fetz or Homecrick had any public relations experience and might be looking for a job.
Hyundai, which touts itself as “America’s most fuel-efficient car company,” announced that all of its vehicles will achieve 60,000 miles per gallon by 2025, exceeding the upcoming CAFE standards by 59,945.5 MPG.
“Of course people are saying it can’t be done,” said Hyundai spokesachiever Miles Trailer. “They said the same thing about the hundred-thousand mile warranty, and about our Hyundai Assurance buy-back program, and about building a credible rear-wheel-drive luxury car for under $40,000. We achieved all of those goals, and we’ll achieve this one, too. Fuckin’-A.”
“The only way to achieve such an astronomical number would be to violate the second law of thermodynamics,” industry analyst George “Big” Peter of AutoPathetic told Autoblopnik.com. “But Hyundai has always enjoyed a close relationship with the South Korean government, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re able to get the law changed.”
“Of course, 60,000 MPG isn’t really 60,000 MPG,” explained duelling industry analyst Paul Einsteinstienstadt of The Detritus Bureau. “With EPA credits and other loopholes, it’s likely that none of the cars will get much higher than 45,000 MPG.”
“Eisensteinstienstadt is a two-bit press-trip junkie who couldn’t analyze his way out of a paper bag,” Peter rebutted. “Hyundai has a proven track record here, and if they say their cars will get 60,000 MPG, they’ll get 60,000 MPG. Perhaps if Paul spent more time actually analyzing the industry and less time boffing my wife, he’d get something right for a change.”
In Detroit, the Big Three were quick to respond. General Motors plans to lobby the EPA for a modified fuel economy test that would involve letting the cars roll downhill with the engine off. Ford says it believes it can achieve 60,000 MPG with no government assistance, thanks to a new four-cubic-inch one-and-a-half-cylinder engine with ten turbochargers that is currently in development. Chrysler responded by sitting back, lighting a cigarette, and saying “Let’s not worry about tomorrow. Hai gli occhi così belli. What are you doing for dinner?”
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