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Hyundai Elantra 5-door



  • jkempskiejkempskie Posts: 49
    I, too, have found that the salespeople at dealerships tend to lack any knowledge outside of the cars they've got on the lot. I actually knew more about the Elantra than my salesman did... and he knew nothing about any kind of "hatchback!" :) The thing is, for many of them working at the dealerships, they do it for a job and not necessarily because they're interested in Hyundais like some of us are. I don't blame 'em.

    By the way, I really love the interior of the Elantra. I agree that the seat pattern is ugly, but I really like the quality of the dash and controls. At night, I think the greenish hue looks very classy. I'm sure the blue VDO gauges on the hatch will look even better! Keep in mind, by the way, that the U.S. seats will not have that ugly seat pattern. Most of the interior is black, I believe.

  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    damn us emmissions =), oh wellz i guess intake and turbo will fix that little problem.
    NOw about the dealers, i'm having second thoughts on goin there on saturday. I don't want to drive 20 min. to get a "hatchback?,u mean gls?" i swear i will slap the guy in the back of the head if i hear gls in a questionable way. I live in LI and the only people that know their is gonna be a GT is my dad,my bro and my gf(who i made memorize the specs of the car and wat i'm gonna do to it after i get it). I'm planning to trade in my moms 97 elantra and then give my mom my 2000 elantra that i'm still paying for. Good idea or no?
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Thanks for the link, tocan. I noticed the alloy wheels on the Canadian model appear different than those slated for the US model. That's too bad, because I think the Canadian spec wheels look nicer.

    Now is it just me or does the GT bear a more-than-passing resemblance to the forthcoming Kia Rio Wagon?? And with respect to the oddball interior fabrics noted by posters above, maybe Hyundai ought to change its tagline from "Driving is Believing" to "Funky Inside, Funky Outside".

    Seriously though, I appreciate Hyundai's unique styling efforts. I wouldn't want my car to look like every other "CiviCorolla" on the road...

    Have a nice weekend!
  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    i am slowly getting very angry at the hyundai site. When will they have the GT put there so i can check out the specs, colors, etc. The car is going to come out within 3 months right? Wats going on, and i can't go to the dealership since most hyundai salesman don't even know wat the Galloper is!! THose guys are real dumn
  • tocantocan Posts: 118
    My experience with the 2001 websites for quite a number of manufacturers was that the cars were on the lots and being advertised in the newspapers before they updated the websites to show the new cars. I assume that will be true here too.

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  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    The 2001 New York International Auto Show began yesterday with several automaker press conferences. To see the new products or concept cars that were introduced, go the the auto show website at "" and click the "whats new" tab. You'll be then be able to view photographs of new/concept cars and trucks (check out the Suzuki Sport Wagon!).

    With any luck, the site will later today or tomorrow include sneak photos of the elusive Hyundai Elantra GT. I'm not certain when Hyundai's press conference is to be held, but my guess is sometime today (4/12).

    I'll be attending the show tomorrow so I'll be sure to post whatever info I can obtain about the vehicle. Hopefully HMA will be forthcoming with details.

    Happy motoring!
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    I finally saw the Elantra GT coupe yesterday at the New York Auto Show. I have good news and bad news to report.

    First, the good news...the car looks a sharp in person as it does in pictures. Many people on the show floor were gushing about it. It does not have the "satellite dish" alloys, but rather a cleaner 5-spoke design (like the Canadian version). A rear wiper appears to be standard. The cargo hold appears to be at least as large as the Kia Spectra.

    Now, the bad news...according the to Hyundai marketing people I met at the show (who seemed very reluctant to give me information; they were fond of referring people to the catalogs), the GT will be released between October and December as a 2002 model. The rep I spoke to said "most likely Christmas". Also, the car I saw did NOT have a leather interior. Perhaps this was a prototype. Anyway, the fabric pattern was a muted grey which seemed classier than the "marble" pattern found in the Elantra GLS. Lastly, the GT does indeed have the 4 wheel discs and upgraded tires.

    I was unable to climb inside the car since Hyundai elected to display it on a raised platform. All my observations are based on the closest possible looking I could do.

    Lijonson, maybe you will have better luck. No one at Hyundai's booth seemed willing or able to discuss the GT, despite me prodding them. If you find out anything new, please post.

    The fact that the GT may not be available until XMas will probably mean I won't buy one (my wife and I can't wait that long). However, I was impressed as hell with the other Hyundai vehicles so we will continue to shop that brand. I can say with confidence that the GLS stacks up very well against nearly every other compact car I saw yesterday. The GT should do just as well.
  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    Darn, ok i'll try my best to kiss butt to get some info on this. I hope it isn't coming out in OCT-DEC. that would make me sad =(. I'll try to get as much info on it aswell. my dad is coming along with me because he wants to see it bad too. Maybe if i bug them enough they'll just give me more info. I'll give u all the info i get from this. Did it have the cool euro gages or did it have the regular 2001 gages?
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Don't know about the gauges; couldn't see indside too well. You'll see what I mean when you get to the show. Show attendees are unable to climb inside the GT. Too bad.

    Good luck and enjoy the show. Check out the HCD6 concept car. They ought to build that one. It'd sell like hotcakes. Rumored to contain a V-8 (although the show car doesn't even have a motor in it!).
  • tmundartmundar Posts: 70
    It's too bad about the Hyundai Elantra GT's release date. I finally got tired of waiting, and on a Libertarian bent (no sales tax), I started looking for used 5-door hatchbacks from private buyers. I ended up purchasing a 1994 Saab 900S 5-door from a dealer (not tax free, but less taxes than I would have paid for the Elantra, and I beat the governor's tax increase by a couple of months :)).

    The warranty would have been nice, but the extra $5,000 in my wallet is even nicer (not including the $1000 I saved in taxes and registration fees, or the money I save in insurance (the insurance on a 2001 Elantra is more than twice as much as my 1978 Porsche, the Saab is only 33% more)).

    I will keep my Elantra GT site up because I like the car, but I am no longer eagerly anticipating its arrival.

  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236

    Glad you got a car you wanted at a favorable price. Like you, I also don't want to wait until December for the GT. My wife and I will probably shop the Elantra GLS or Sonata. Funny that you bought a Saab since the GT so closely resembles one! Glad you are keeping your GT site up. You really beat Hyundai to the punch with all your info.

    I forgot to include this tidbit in my ealier post, but I got it from one of the Hyundai reps at the NY Auto Show that HMA killed off the Elantra Wagon for 2001 so it wouldn't steal sales from the Santa Fe SUV. I can only guess that HMA keeps putting off the introduction of the GT for the same reason.

    The longer HMA waits on the GT's arrival, the more competiton it will face. The Protege 5, Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix, Kia Rio Wagon and Focus 5-door are all waiting in the wings.
  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    I'm gonna check out the auto show this saturday and bug those guys to get all i can out of them. But as for me buying the car, i don't think i'll be getting one either. i can afford the xg300 so might as well get that or the sonota. They really are messing up if they come out with the late arrival. you can already that people are not really paying attention to this car no more since its coming out with or even after the other hatchbacks. Not smart hyundai, but wat can you do, they still got other nice cars.
    And good job tmundar. The saab is my favorite car, i think thats why i liked the elantra gt too. oh well, but i will get all the info i can.
  • tmundartmundar Posts: 70
    I like unique cars. My wife and I own three cars, and none of them have the ignition keyhole in the same place. One is on the left of the steering wheel, one is on the right of the steering wheel, and one is on the center console. :)

  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    yea the saab have the middle counsil ones right? that is my favorite thing about a cars interior. i wish hyundai did that, better that i wish every car company did that, then again i guess i wouldn't like it if everybody did do that.
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Release of the Elantra GT..... For those of you that don't know,I am a manager at a Hyundai dealership in Ohio. I posted earlier that the GT was due in late June,according to our regional distribution manager. As a matter of fact, when I talked to him in early March, he had just ordered the first batch of them. I will contact him again and see if something has changed,but as far as I know,the mid to late June time frame is still when the GT is to arrive . I will post here as soon as I hear back from him. Bob
  • dougndodougndo Posts: 136
    As someone who's been scouring the 'net for info on the GT, I've benefited from the interesting threads here. FYI, if you go to the site and click on "Build Your Own," you'll notice the GT is shown and listed as "Launching Soon." Currently, the link is not active, however.

    Also, FYI, I live and work in the Harbor Area of LA and I pass by the Hyundai storage dock every day where the ships off load the cars from Korea. It's one of four or five such facilities in the US. If I/as soon as I see GTs on the lot, I'll post that info here. It's a big lot, but with the right location and equipment, I can see everything that's there.
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    I was looking through the NY Auto Show press materials and I noticed Hyundai's own press release says the "...Elantra GT is expected to go on-sale (sic) this summer."

    So let's review...

    1. Hyundai's NY auto show press relase says Summer, 2001
    2. A decal on the window of the GT at the NY auto show said the car will be avaialble Fall, 2001
    3. The Hyundai reps at the NY auto show said Christmas, 2001

    OK, I'm confused. What gives? Hyundai should think about setting a firm release date lest they lose sales to the Protege 5 and Focus ZX5.

    If I can find out anything more I'll post details.
  • miked44miked44 Posts: 1
    I too have been very intrigued with the new hatch version, but am confused with their marketing ploy. I don't know how they could think that by delaying the Elantra hatch that I would then look at the Santa Fe. I'll have to give more serious consideration to other comparable hatches like the Mazda or new Civic Si, etc.
  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    thanks to the hyunai people, they confused the heck out of me so i'm just gonna admire this car and buy me a xg300 hehe.
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Just heard back from our regional distribution manager.... The Elantra GT IS in production in Korea right now!!!! It will be a 2001 model and ETA is still mid to late June. Be aware that quantities at first will be limited. Last I heard,the whole Central Region(midwest) will be getting only 300 units in the first batch. That has to be divided up among appox. 130 dealers. Bob
  • vellyvelly Posts: 8

    Do you know what the numbers look like for the Northeast?

  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    velly-I don't have any contacts in the Eastern Region of Hyundai,but I'll try to find out and post here. Bob
  • I live in Tampa Fl. Any ideas when it will hit the southeast? Thanks, Rick
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    If the GT is like the other models,they should hit the whole country about the same time. Bob
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Just heard back from my contacts at Hyundai. Here are the breakdowns on the initial orders: Central-300.....Eastern-640.....Southern....335 and Western-300.So,as I've said,if you have to have one of the first ones, I would visit your favorite Hyundai dealer asap. Bob
  • I checked it out with Brandon Hyundai yesterday- Expecting the dealership to receive them by June 6. I didn't put one on hold. I'd much rather deal with them when it arrives. Any idea of the cargo space? I have to see if I can fit the dog in the back w/the seat folded.

    Now, if only they made a Sonata 5-door. That would be the ultimate hatchback.

  • liljonsonliljonson Posts: 109
    i just came back from the auto show and i trutly have to tell you if it comes out like it did in the auto show, there is no way i'm getting it, not great in real life to me, it didn't have everything like in the pics and nobody was at the hyundai area to help me.
  • cjaccettacjaccetta Posts: 236
    Lijonson - sounds like you had the same auto show experience that I did. Did it seem to you that Hyundai was willing to show the car but unwilling to talk about it? I can't figure out why...

    Nobuynissan - June 6? That's encouraging. I'm in NJ (E.Coast) so I'll contact a dealer soon about availability. Maybe those Hyundai reps at the auto show didn't know what they were talking about. You should be able to fit your dog in with the seat folded (unless you're going to let him drive). It's my estimate that the GT will have at least as much cargo space as the Kia Spectra.

    BTW, if the GT never materializes I think we might just go with the GLS. What the heck, it's a neat car -- I'll just buy a bike/ski rack for the roof!!

  • pheopheo Posts: 10
    Actually, the GT was the first hyundai I saw there. It was on a platform near the xg's and santa fe's. It was not with the other elantras. I assume the one they have is a base model since it doesn't have everything like the guy said a couple of posts ago. It didn't have leather seats and the spoiler, and the interior seemed just like a plain elantra. It did have the purple guages, though. I personally think that the elantra gt and mazda protege 5 will be killed by toyota matrix and pontiac vibe. Cjaccetta, the gt has already been materialized since it's been on sale in Europe and Korea for months.
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