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2012 Hyundai Azera

Anyone have any idea on the pricing? Similar to 2011?

p.s. I saw a really nice looking Tucson at the dealer yesterday but upon reading reviews , it seems to be a very noise car with stiff suspension. Anyone driven one?
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  • jkolehjkoleh Posts: 38
    Anyone know when the 2012 Azera will come on market??
  • graphorgraphor Posts: 3
    edited November 2011
    I am an owner of 2011 Hyundai Grandeur (2012 Azera in the US) in Korea. Recently, a significant gas fume problem has been discovered, that is, the gas fume enters the cabin through the trunk space. If a car is driven for several hours at high speed (like 70~80mph), which is a common driving situation using highways in the US, then CO level can go up to 30~40ppm, which could be a significant danger to health. I hope American version fixes this problem, but Hyundai still does not want to recall Grandeur in Korea (what Hyundai is currently doing is providing a temporary solution, which is closing all the holes in the bottom and inside of the rear bumper using plastic stickers and sealant). This is a link to the news article regarding this problem in Korea (I hope you can read Korean ;-):

    http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/economy/car/503485.html

    I read a similar post by one of the Genesis owners in the US. I am not sure if Genesis has a same problem, but it seems so according to this post:

    http://www.genesisowners.com/hyundai-genesis-forum/showthread.php?t=7937

    I hope US customers are wise enough when choosing a car.

    Best,

    From an angry hyundai owner in Korea
  • Here's info on the 2012 Azera that might interest a few...

    Hyundai USA link

    Press Release Info
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    I'm still not entirely sold on the grill style that Hyundai is using on cars with the "fluidic sculpture" design but I very much like the rest of the body.

    293HP from 3.3L w/29MPG highway. It matches the Avalon's economy but provides more power & more power/liter. Hyundai's getting a lot of benefit from their transition to GDI.

    The interior lighting accents look overdone in the pics but I'm guessing the effect is more subtle IRL.
  • 2011 Hyundai Grandeur, which is same model as 2012 Azera, has a significant health issue. Exhaust gas enters the cabin space.

    http://tvpot.daum.net/v/37298848?lu=flvPlayer_out
  • I like the grill on the Azera better than the Sonata. They have toned it down a touch in my eyes. The profile of the Azera is closer to an Optima than Sonata and that's a good thing.

    The Hyundai website lists a curb weight range as 3,605 to 3,825 lbs. Any idea why the spread is that wide? With only one drivetrain/powertrain available, that seems (220 lbs) unusual.

    The Azera could be the entry-level luxury car that Hyundai needs to break into the middle-class, baby-boomer market in a big way.
  • Hyundai has had 6 years to break into that middle class, baby boomer market and it hasn't happened yet. It's a great car, but gets no marketing and is pretty much a stealth car - I may see another Azera once a month or so.
    IMO, the Sonata will continue to get the marketing and the big sales numbers.....although Azera does have a chance to pick up sales of customers who must have a V6, since Sonata no longer offers one.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    On the weight, my guess is that's a "world" weight range and allows for powertrains that aren't going to be offered in the US. Then there are options like the sunroof.

    I checked the Sonata's specs & Hyundai's shows it weighing anywhere from 3161 (GLS w/MT) to 3452 (2.0T w/AT and I presume gobs of features).

    WRT to cobrazera's marketing concerns, now that Hyundai is more established & moving up the ranks in the US, perhaps they'll spread some marketing money to the new Azera. I'm sure they will at least when they new car is released to dealers, but after that IDK. After all there's only so much to go around & they offer 6 sedans: Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Genesis, and Equus. There's a lot of overlap as you move from car to car.
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    edited November 2011
    The current generation Azera is a nice car. Hyundai spent the last few years upgrading every model, so this new Azera might be the one that knocks the door down on a lucrative class that includes the Toyota Camry XLE V6, Honda Accord EX-L V6, and Buick Lacrosse CXS.

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    After seeing this image, it appears much of the 220 lb spread in the 2012 model's curb weight goes into the huge glass roof.

    image
  • gamlegedgamleged Posts: 442
    Where in the car do they hide the interior cover for that glass?!...
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    It's a split cover; half comes out from the front & half from the rear. In the Azera promotional video they show it opening.
  • jamazerajamazera Posts: 149
    edited November 2011
    wrong class Azera is classed as a LARGE sedan; those you mentioned are mid sized offerings only a few Large sedans in the US that aren't lux Chevy Impala, Toy Avalon, and big Caddy....there's the usual Euro?Asian suspects that still make Large sedans ...M-B, Audi, VW, Jag, RR, Bentley, Porsche ,Lexus, Infiniti
  • Most people shop by market class such as "Family-size sedans", not EPA-size class. The Sonota and Elantra are technically mid-size and large respectively but their market-classes are compact and mid-size.

    Models are cross-shopped all the time. A bit more definitive is Luxury vs Mainstream and even those models are cross-shopped a la ES350 versus a loaded Camry XLE V6. Just as an Azera will compete will a loaded Sonota Turbo.

    The Azera has the size and weight (and hopefully price) to land the middle-class baby boomers that want a full-size, refined sedan.
  • cobrazeracobrazera Posts: 352
    edited November 2011
    It's hard to imagine anyone trying to decide between a Sonata turbo and an Azera. Totally different focus on those two cars. One a somewhat coarse midsize performance sedan with a turbo 4, and the other a refined 6 cylinder touring car.

    BTW, my son has a Sonata turbo and the advertised horses are just not there unless premium gas is used - it does return over 35 MPG highway on regular gas, though.
  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    edited November 2011
    I was using a high end Sonata and the Azera as examples. I'm certain some will cross shop them but I see your point.

    A friend of mine bought a Lexus ES350 with the two other models considered being Toyotas, a Camry XLE V6 and an Avalon.

    Your observation regarding the Sonata Turbo are similar to my thoughts. The Azera is more my speed and when I saw the curb weight of the new Azera - I was surprised in a good way. It should drive and feel like a substantial vehicle.
  • jamazerajamazera Posts: 149
    I agree also...2 different cars for 2 different markets using premium sucks
  • From the pics and videos that I have seen so far, I can't wait until February to trade in my '07 Azzy.

    Not saying that there is anything wrong with mine...72,000 miles and still not a rattle in it. This is definitely the best car I have had in many years!
  • cobrazeracobrazera Posts: 352
    edited December 2011
    In regard to Sonata Turbos requiring premium gas to attain the advertised horses.......with premium gas at $.20 higher than regular, it becomes more of a bargain, percentage wise, as gas prices increase. Some stations around here are starting to charge more than that $.20 for premium, but there are still some where the price is holding. My truck requires 89 octane, it will run fine on 87, but then the power and fuel economy is down - enough so that I use the higher octane stuff.
    The Sonata Turbo will probably return better economy on premium, and if that offsets the added per gallon cost, then the added power becomes a bonus.
  • LASHAWNLASHAWN Posts: 303
    I'm with you man. I'm getting the one without the panaramic roof, just want a regular sunroof.
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