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Old 12th May 2005, 06:21   #16
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Are they offering a 3.3l V6? Then its well worth the price tag. But if its a 2.7 V6, no ways.

Remeber a Honda 2.4 >>>> Hyundai 2.7 V6
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Old 12th May 2005, 10:08   #17
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If they are offering top end model for 16L then it will be more like poor man's ACCORD
as people going for Skoda or Corolla will streach their budget & will go for base model SONATA
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at 6-8L they got the accent, from 10-12L they got the elantra, next higher bracket is 15-18L i guess accord has painted everyone into a corner with their pricing.
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Hi all

Please go through my impressions of a new Sonata taxi in this thread:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4963&highlight=Hyundai+Accord


The car feels better and as mentioned in my earlier post they have offered 2 engine choices for the middle east - a 2.4 and a 3.3 V6, both petrol. They may be tempted to plonk in the Terracan engine (2.9 Turbo CRDi) as an option for India.

I am still skeptical about that blatently copied backend, as I am about the C Pillar and Rear Door that have been copied from the Camry and the nose profile copied from the Audi A4. However, the car comes across as more roomy, much better put together and plusher than the japs. The 3.3 was pretty hot off the blocks too, though I didnt get enough time to play around with it.

All said and done, if they plan to start the range at 16 lakhs the chap who does their pricing must be a refugee from Skoda India. No way that car is going to sell at those prices. 16 lakhs for a fully loaded 3.3 or 2.9 CRDi sounds pretty good, though.
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No way is it going to sell at a price of 16lacs. Its a similar case of Hyundai foolishness launch at higher price and then keep discounting them till they sell..
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Probably Hyundai created trouble for itself by not looking at the future while pricing the Elantra. There strong need for them to distinguish between the two cars on price...even though I don't expect Elantra to eat into the share of sonata.

They should actually fix the price of Elantra at the discounted levels that they sold it some time back at. That is the only way they can have better sales on the Elantra and can have an aggressive price on the Sonata. Else we may have another failure on the way due to no one making the right decisions when they are needed.
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Currently they are selling the v6 will spoiler. hehe.. so that they sell.. damn kewl..

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There is another issue I have come across while reading around about this car: the rear headroom. The sweepy roofline is all well and good but if you are close to 6 feet or over, forget it.

Although the average height in India is lower, this is still an issue if you want to get chauffeured around in comfort, without feeling claustrophobic. Perhaps Hyundai should use the "western" 95 percentile model and not Korean model when designing interior volume.

The new Hyundai Sonata: Not only a chavmobile, but also a midgetmobile. But I am quite sure Hyundai will somehow spin the lack of rear headroom as a feature for midgets...er, vertically challenged people. What about the rest of the world?
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If they are offering top end model for 16L then it will be more like poor man's ACCORD
I guess u meant a 3.3l by saying top end. Else it will be a no mans ACCORD.

It would only survive if they get a 3.3l. One doesn't put in 16 lacs on a Hyundai easily, if he gets a better Honda (in all aspects) for same. NO WAY!

I guess success is getting into their head a bit too much.
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I absolutely detest the styling, and thought only the price could save this car, but now I find out it's priced exhorbitantly.

Terrible.
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I don't think it is a good idea to introduce all models right from A segment to way up to D segment under one single brand. Toyota had recognized it long back and maintained a separate brand ( Lexus) for top end models.

Those who are paying top dollars certainly want (and demand) something exclusive. Imagine a situation where in a company president comes in Hyundai Sonata and followed by him , a junior engineer in a Hyundai Santro!

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This Hyundai Sonata looks H-O-T!!!



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Yep..its really looking good
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copule of questions GTO

sure the car looks good BUT

1. It doesn't look like Hyundai logo on boot?
2. Front number plate says STUDIE & not SONATA?
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Front number plate says STUDIE & not SONATA?
That's bcoz it's not a stock Sonata. "Studie" must be the DC of some other country, only diff is that he's much better. LOL

In the pics, it looks like one off the Lancer variants.

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