Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

  1. Welcome to GM Inside News Forum – General discussion forum for GM

    Welcome to GM Inside News Forum - a website dedicated to all things GM.

    You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, Join GM Inside News Forum today!
     
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 31

Thread: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

  1. #1
    Guest
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    1,041
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    First Impressions:
    Packed with luxury features and standard safety equipment, the Hyundai Azera is poised to give even the finest full-size Japanese sedans a run for their money.

    Hyundai Embraces Luxury

    By Kelly Toepke
    Date posted: 10-24-2005

    "Koreans are never satisfied," said Shi Hong Choe. "We are always working, always improving. If I see something out of place, I cannot rest until it's corrected."

    It's employees like Mr. Choe, Hyundai's senior vice president of vehicle test and development, who are enabling the Korean automaker to challenge the Japanese Big Three — Toyota, Honda and Nissan — one carefully engineered new model at a time.

    Hot on the heels of the successful redesign of the midsize Sonata is Hyundai's new flagship sedan, the 2006 Hyundai Azera. Replacing the outgoing Hyundai XG350, the Azera is a modern sedan that should allow Mr. Choe to rest easier. A polished new look, luxurious interior, and a lengthy list of standard safety equipment provide the Azera with the right hardware to take on Toyota's popular full-size Avalon sedan.

    More at Edmunds. LINK

  2. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    6,054
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by CarShark
    First Impressions:
    "Koreans are never satisfied," said Shi Hong Choe. "We are always working, always improving. If I see something out of place, I cannot rest until it's corrected."
    If that's true then where have Hyundai's been made for the past 25 years.

  4. #3
    R2-D2 Astromech Droid Premium Member mbukukanyau's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Carlsbad Commiefornia
    Posts
    31,631
    Thanks
    5,888
    Thanked 8,307 Times in 4,034 Posts
    My Ride
    2013 Traverse | 2018 Fusion

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Who wants to listen to the virtues of Koreans? Where is that Edmunds Skepticism?

    They call Hyundai and that boat Luxury? Edmunds is a Joke

    Check those plastics...
    Does not measure up to the impala if you ask me
    Last edited by mbukukanyau; 10-25-2005 at 07:07 PM.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    4.6 Liter Northstar V8 ElmerMCR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Jackson, New Jersey
    Posts
    1,829
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Oh really, you've got feel-o-vision on your computer monitor. You need to let me know where I can get that...

  7. #5
    GMI Staff Member Premium Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    12,554
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 842 Times in 412 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    naaaaaah this car is just average. lexus competitor? hyundai wishes. It looks like its gonna be another XG if you ask me.

  8. #6
    6.0 Liter L76 V8
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    2,001
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    I thought I posted something earlier. Are there two threads?

    I sat in the Azera at the Orange County show and the flimsy cup holder cover was the first thing I noticed. The seats look good in photos, but are not comfortable. The dashboard plastic is indeed cheap. The Impala is indeed nicer.
    Some of my radios are on Hidden Content - FStephenMasek
    My company: Hidden Content

  9. #7
    GMI Staff Member Premium Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    12,554
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 842 Times in 412 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by FStephenMasek
    I thought I posted something earlier. Are there two threads?

    I sat in the Azera at the Orange County show and the flimsy cup holder cover was the first thing I noticed. The seats look good in photos, but are not comfortable. The dashboard plastic is indeed cheap. The Impala is indeed nicer.
    when will they hit showrooms?

  10. #8
    6.2 Liter LS3 V8 TriShield's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Posts
    3,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    My Ride
    Holdens, Saabs and 1 Escalade

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    GM isn't producing any cars that are as competitive as Hyundai's new models. In fact most of their growth is coming at Ford and GM's expense. It's not hard to see why, they make a near class leading car and sell it at a great price with a fantastic warranty. They have a V8, RWD in the pipeline as well.

  11. #9
    4.4 Liter Supercharged Northstar Vintalage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,905
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by FStephenMasek
    I thought I posted something earlier. Are there two threads?

    I sat in the Azera at the Orange County show and the flimsy cup holder cover was the first thing I noticed. The seats look good in photos, but are not comfortable. The dashboard plastic is indeed cheap. The Impala is indeed nicer.
    Keep in mind that you sat in a pre-production model.

    Now I wonder why Hyundai can manage to put together great competitor to the Avalon and even the Lexus ES but GM can not do as good of a job?
    Last edited by Vintalage; 10-25-2005 at 10:14 PM.
    Hidden Content

    The Recession may be over but the Greatest Depression has only just begun.

    2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430
    1988 Nissan 300ZX 5 spd
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 [Sold]
    1992 Honda Accord EX Sedan [Stolen]

    Knowledge + Action = Power that builds an experience which forms wisdom

  12. #10
    6.2 Liter LS3 V8 GM_Fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,465
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    I'll admit after seeing the new Sonata I was starting to worry and really take Hyundai seriously. But the styling on this thing is horrible. I guess thats just my opionion but the rear end looks like the old Accord before the refresh. The front just looks plain Korean, no character whatsoever. The flares on the side looked promising but just end up looking disproportioned...especially in the rear. I would easily take the Avalon over this.
    My thoughts and random babblings...
    Hidden Content

  13. #11
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    6,054
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintalage
    Keep in mind that you sat in a pre-production model.

    Now I wonder why Hyundai can manage to put together great competitor to the Avalon and even the Lexus ES but GM can not do as good of a job?
    wow, there's no chance in hell that you'll stop the GM bashing :p

    Again this is a personal thing, the Lucerne kicks the Azera's ass in many ways as does the Azera compared to the Lucerne. Still I'd rather take a Lucerne or ES over the Avalon and Azera.

  14. #12
    GMI Staff Member Premium Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    12,554
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 842 Times in 412 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by GM_Fanatic
    I'll admit after seeing the new Sonata I was starting to worry and really take Hyundai seriously. But the styling on this thing is horrible. I guess thats just my opionion but the rear end looks like the old Accord before the refresh. The front just looks plain Korean, no character whatsoever. The flares on the side looked promising but just end up looking disproportioned...especially in the rear. I would easily take the Avalon over this.
    i agree 100%. this car looks dated next to the avalon and much smaller too in pics. to me the interior is awful in execution, heck id take a sonata over this anyday.

  15. #13
    4.4 Liter Supercharged Northstar Vintalage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2,905
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    This is from some time ago, but it gives a better perspective of the interior. The photos below are from the korean model.





    Hidden Content

    The Recession may be over but the Greatest Depression has only just begun.

    2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430
    1988 Nissan 300ZX 5 spd
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 [Sold]
    1992 Honda Accord EX Sedan [Stolen]

    Knowledge + Action = Power that builds an experience which forms wisdom

  16. #14
    Guest
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    1,302
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by IAMCANADIAN
    wow, there's no chance in hell that you'll stop the GM bashing :p

    Again this is a personal thing, the Lucerne kicks the Azera's ass in many ways as does the Azera compared to the Lucerne. Still I'd rather take a Lucerne or ES over the Avalon and Azera.
    And I'd take an IS over an ES any day.

  17. #15
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8 Michael_S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    8,971
    Thanks
    480
    Thanked 111 Times in 67 Posts

    Re: Edmunds First Drive: Hyundai Azera

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Burns
    It looks like its gonna be another XG if you ask me.
    It costs the same as the XG, but has 69 more horsepower (265), 257 pound feet of torque, a five speed automatic transmission, 8 airbags, 7 more cubic feet of passenger space than the XG (putting it on par with the Ford Five Hundred, so it has more interior volume than all but 3 or 4 other cars on the road), electronic stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution standard. I believe the base sound system is also MP3 compatible. Supposedly it handles much better than the XG too.

    That's really good for a $24,000 large car with a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. I'd definitely take one over the Avalon, Maxima, or Five Hundred/Montego and would probably favor it over a (non Hemi) 300 or the (non SS) Impala.

  18. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Test Drive: GM hopes new vans seem more "sporty"
    By Ming in forum Global GMC & Wuling News
    Replies: 59
    Last Post: 11-11-2005, 12:49 AM
  2. Hyundai Can Do It, What's GM's Excuse?
    By TriShield in forum Competition News
    Replies: 75
    Last Post: 10-16-2005, 10:29 AM
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-28-2005, 09:18 PM
  4. Edmunds Z06 First Drive
    By VivienM in forum General Car Lounge
    Replies: 48
    Last Post: 09-13-2005, 09:44 PM
  5. Alabama Gives Hyundai $253 Million Incentive
    By Perian in forum Competition News
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-21-2005, 10:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.2