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Old 10-16-2006, 06:43 PM
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To be honest the current (XD) Elantras don't illuminate to the side very well either. I think the HD might be an improvement actually.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:37 PM
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Available colors:

Black Pearl
Captiva White
Carbon Gray
Laguna Sand
Purple Rain
Quicksilver
Redfire Pearl
Regatta Blue
Seattle Blue

so basically
all shade colors = black, white, silver, gray
colors = red, gold, purple, and two blues

I assume that 'Regatta Blue' and 'Seattle Blue' correspond to the Canadian colors 'Indigo Blue' and 'Moonlight Blue.' I'm not really sure what 'Purple Rain' looks like, but I don't think that I really care.

Here's a high-res pic of Indigo Blue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...a.JPG

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Old 10-19-2006, 04:18 PM
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I have still yet to figure out why EVERY auto manufactuer insists on making up stupid names for colors. To date, the only one I have ever liked is Caddy's White Diamond.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:45 PM
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I drove an SE auto about an hour ago.

The electic power steering is not nice. It's light at all speeds, overly sensitive at highway speed, and has almost no road feel.

Other than the steering, the car handles nice -- it's not "floaty" like Hyundais used to be. In fact, other than the steering, it drives very much like a slightly smaller and lighter Honda Accord. Nice firm brake pedal too.

The car is very solid and quiet, but the engine is rough and noisy when you push it. The 2.0 GEMA with balance shafts would probably be a lot smoother. It seems underpowered to me, but I'm used to a V6, so it's probably about average for this class.

The flangeless alloy wheels are very nice, and as I've said before, the interior is the best in its class.


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Old 10-20-2006, 11:51 AM
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There is no 2.0L GEMA, or is there? I believe they have 1.6L GEMA currently used in the Korean version of Elantras. In the beginning I was hoping for 2.0L GEMA but Hyundai has settled with 2.0L Beta instead. I wonder Why.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:39 PM
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There is no 2.0L GEMA, or is there? I believe they have 1.6L GEMA currently used in the Korean version of Elantras. In the beginning I was hoping for 2.0L GEMA but Hyundai has settled with 2.0L Beta instead. I wonder Why.

Actually GEMA is making 1.8, 2.0, 2.4 for DaimlerX for use in the Caliber/ Compass vehicles. 1.8 is standard with manual trans, 2.0 for the CVT, and 2.4 for the CVT AWD R/T-

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Old 10-20-2006, 02:51 PM
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Hyundai may use it in the future, but for right now they are only using the 2.4 L.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:32 PM
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Hyundai use the 2.0 litre Gema/Theta in the Sonata at present for the Korean and European market
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:46 PM
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So, Hyundai has a new array of good engines that they can make a good use of with the new NA Elantra but they thought that the biggest and toughest automarket in the world, NA deserves less. Am I missing something here? I am also wondering if I can expect a marketing nonsense of this magnitude from Honda or Toyota. Hmmm.....
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Old 10-21-2006, 11:34 AM
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So, Hyundai has a new array of good engines that they can make a good use of with the new NA Elantra but they thought that the biggest and toughest automarket in the world, NA deserves less. Am I missing something here? I am also wondering if I can expect a marketing nonsense of this magnitude from Honda or Toyota. Hmmm.....

Well, it could be a production issue -- maybe they can't make enough GEMA engines to meet demand for both the Caliber and the Elantra yet. The Caliber is selling above expectations, and I expect the new Elanta will sell better than the outgoing model as well.

Myself, based on the test drive of the new Elantra, I would wait. The Beta II is pretty thrashy.

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