The rakish 2011 Hyundai Elantra hit U.S. dealerships back in December. Since then, Hyundai's 40-miles per gallon rated compact, which is priced from $14,830 (plus a $720 destination fee) for the base GLS equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, has flown off the lots. In December, Elantra sales totaled 13,096 units, up from 5,763 in 2009.
This increased demand has prompted Hyundai to consider importing some Elantras from Korea. Currently, Hyundai produces U.S.-market Elantras at its Montgomery, AL plant. This facility's annual production capacity, which stands at 330,000 total units, may not be enough to satisfy the U.S.' thirst for the rakish compact. Recently, Hyundai spokesman Frank Ahrens told Automotive News (sub. req.) that:
If Elantra does what we think, hope it will do, it will mean we'll have to export them from Korea. We're pretty bullish on it, given the reviews it's received so far and the price.
The 2011 Elantra is $1,445 cheaper than a base Chevrolet Cruze and $1,440 less than a base 2012 Ford Focus, which makes Hyundai's model a pocketbook-friendly alternative to its main competitors in the compact class.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the country’s largest car manufacturer today unveiled it’s much awaited luxurious and sporty sedan, ‘Kizashi’. Kizashi is the company’s first offering in the upper end of the Indian car market.
Kizashi offers an excellent packaging of feature rich luxury, style and sporty performance. It is manufactured at Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Sagara plant in Japan and will be imported into India as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU). After its launch in Japan in late 2009, the Kizashi was introduced in the US.
Kizashi will be available in India in two variants: Manual Transmission (MT) and Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT).
At the launch, Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The Kizashi is a major step forward for Maruti Suzuki. With the launch of this luxurious sporty sedan, Maruti Suzuki is able to offer an international car to top-end customers in India. I am delighted to note that most previews by auto experts here have been positive, appreciating the Kizashi’s stylish looks, sporty performance and luxurious feel. We are fully geared to delight customers in a segment where we have been absent so far.”
Kizashi delivers a sporty performance thanks to its powerful engine. The agility and performance is well complemented with a sporty look and profile of the Kizashi. With the array of top-end features Kizashi compares well with the premium luxury sedans in higher segments.
The imposing front grille, compact and sleek exteriors coupled with exclusive interiors makes Kizashi stand tall among competing brands. The Kizashi aptly reflects the sporty DNA of Suzuki Motor Corporation in the styling and performance.
The Kizashi is powered by the celebrated 2.4 litre DOHC J–Series engine that ensures potent performance (maximum output: 178 PS @ 6,500rpm and a maximum torque: 230Nm @ 4,000rpm) while offering excellent fuel efficiency of 12.53 Kmpl (CVT) and 12.45 Kmpl (6-speed MT).
The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi will give customers a choice of Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), which further promotes fuel economy along with a superior driving experience. The 6-speed Manual Transmission (MT) is tuned for the true driving enthusiast to give a taste of Suzuki Motor Corporation’s high technological competence.
Rigourous endurance testing for all terrains:
The performance and handling of the Kizashi shall reflect the benefits of testing and tuning conducted in diverse conditions around the world. Kizashi has been tested in some of the most extreme conditions, like cold-weather trials in Minnesota and hot-weather trials in Death Valley, USA. Kizashi’s handling has been honed on challenging country roads in the United Kingdom and on autobahns in Nürburgring, Germany.
Kizashi has been developed with special emphasis on combination of sportiness and elegance in its design, smoothness and quietness befitting a vehicle in this class and superior engine performance and fuel efficiency.
Kizashi is, indeed, a true sign of a great thing to come !
Kizashi can be booked with an initial deposit of Rs 50,000/- at any Maruti Suzuki Dealers immediately. Deliveries for Kizashi will begin in March 2011.
Comfort & Convenience
10-way power seat for driver with 3-position memory
4-way power seat for Co-driver
Smart key entry & advanced keyless push start system
Paddle shift in CVT variant
Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel adjustment
Multi functional steering wheel with Audio Control and Cruise Control switches
One touch Up/Down front power windows with Anti-pinch function
Sunvisor with illuminated vanity mirror
Glove box with illumination
Electircally adjustable and retractable ORVM
Recipient of five star rating in US NCaP crash tests
6 Air bags (Driver & Co-driver, 2-Front Side, 2-curtain)
*ESP Electronic stability Program with traction control
ABS with EBD
Hill Hold Control (HHc) in CVT variant
ISO fix child seat anchorage
*ESP* is a registered trademark of Daimler ag
Ex Showroom (Rs)
Kizashi 6-speed Manual transmission (MT)
Kizashi Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)