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2010 Hyundai Azera

snaxsnax Posts: 2
I've seen discussions on here and elsewhere where people seem to think that Hyundai may discontinue the Azera. This is the only reason I haven't bought one yet (I'm expecting that if they are discontinued that the price will fall). Last night I visited (again) Hyundaiusa.com and noticed that the "build your own" feature works for all models except the Azera. Has anyone else had this experience?
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  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    There's no reason to believe that. You should register with the Hyundai Think Tank and you'll learn of new and exciting things that lie in wait for Hyundai. The Azera is indeed going to remain in the Hyundai stable. From what I've read before, the Azera will be the first car to get the new 6-speed Hyundai-made transmission and then it will find its way into the Sonata, Veracruz, Santa Fe and possibly the V-6 Genesis.

    This should be interesting, I was browsing around and came across this new concept vehicle for Kia codenamed VG. If you don't see the Azera/Genesis lines in it...you're ether in denial or blind. Maybe this should be some indication of the direction of the future Azera as well.

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  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Allmet, you'd better tell us about it yourself. I just got rejected for access to the Hyundai Think Tank based on my age and occupation alone.

    By the way, the new Amanti has been widely showcased on other websites, including interior shots. I'm just not sure if it will come to America only as a Kia because of the Genesis sedan. Whaddaya know?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Funny thing...I was able to register, but I haven't had the time to sign on during one of their sessions. There's a couple of posters that have and they put some good info on here. Try registering again, change your age and occupation and see if it lets you in. I'm 38 & and IT Specialist and I had no problems registering.

    Kia will have it's own flag ship as Kia has been working to branch off from Hyundai in terms of design and styling. I think Kia's market will be the hip younger crowd.
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    Where did you guys to go to sign-up? Google (Bing for me) turned up http://hyundaithinktank.com and I didn't see a place there to sign up.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Shut out again: "Sorry, but you have already taken qualification once."
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 495
    Apparently Hyundai does not want to hear from you if you are over 50, retired or do not have a "professional" job with high income. I have heard that many people who got in actually falsified their information which means their "population" is not what they think it is.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Oh well. Like Groucho, I'm probably better served not to be in a club that would have someone like me as a member. :P
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    Yep, old and retired evidently means you're best suited for euthanasia, as far as this Asia-n company believes!... :shades:
  • stan28stan28 Posts: 14
    My feeling is that Hyundai/Kia are aligning to become the Lexis/Toyota
    of South Korea with Hyundai the Lexis class and Kia the Toyo competitor.

    The Kia Optimia has the same dimensions as the Camry. I saw a new one the
    other day in Maroon and it was a sharp looking car.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Yeah...the Optima was always the Kia version of the Sonata.

    It would make sense to do that since both brands are already established. Hyundai could eliminate the Accent, Elantra, Tiburon & Tucson and start their stable with the Sonata.

    Sonata, Azera, Genesis Sedan & Coupe, Veracruz, Entourage & Equus...a very good line-up to have for the premium line.
  • I'm no expert, but from what I read there is a lot more difference between Hyundai and Kia vehicles. They really do not share that many components. Also, Hyundai only owns part of Kia, not the whole company.
    Having the two split as you advise would only work if the same dealer sold both brands and right now that is not going to happen. Hyundai will not allow their dealers to sell Kia's and vice versa.
    To make it today, the dealer needs to sell a full range of cars. That is why Chrysler and GM are consolidating dealerships. Also, why many Toyota dealers own the Lexus next door, Audi owns the VW next door, etc.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    As of late there may be more differences between Kia & Hyundai vehicles with Kia going in their own direction, but for the longest time...they were the Korean Ford/Mercury. They probably wouldn't sell them on the same lots because the cars are so similar...don't you think? I mean...the Amanti is the mechanical twin to the Azera (it used to be the twin to the XG350). The Sonata's twin was the Optima...at one point, the interiors were almost identical.

    I'm curious to see what differences the upcoming Kia VG will have in comparison to the Genesis.
  • Amanti is not twin of Azera. For one, different suspensions. Interiors, instruments, audio, etc are different.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Dude...for real, stop being...nevermind. The Amanti and Azera are related mechanically speaking. The suspension isn't that much different than that of the Azera, the powerplant & transmission...are the same.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Allmet, as you understand it, is it certain there will be a U.S. version of this car sold as a Hyundai?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    tonycd...yes, absolutely...that is my understanding.
  • I think we can be comfortably secure that a 2010 model would come. Infact, if you look at Hyundai's site, they show that a 2010 Veracruz is going to be available.

    If a car like Veracruaz, which sold in far far fewer numbers than Azera, could survive, I don't see why Azera wouldn't.

    I don't want to start another food fight here, but Hyundai wants to be known as a carmaker with a full lineup. So, they can't drop out of the entry-level lux dept so fast. It would leave a big big gap between Sonata & Genesis.

    However, 2010 might be the last year for the current body style. Shots of new 2011 Sonata look stunning & I am sure those design cues would follow into 2011 Azera.
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    Thanks, Allmet.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I would have to agree with wobbly_ears...the 2009 model year was a refresh over the '08. So it would most likely go into '10. With the Genesis receiving a refresh to make it look a little more like the Equus, the Azera would probably get something of a re-fresh so that it shares similarities with the Sonata. Just a guess on that though.
  • I am considering a used 2008 Azera, both front door body side moldings are open, looked like unfinished on the back end towards the door opening. Would both sides break or were these moldings replaced and cut to fit then not finished on the ends?

    Edscrz
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