Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Hyundai Azera, a sedan that is placed just above the midsize Sonata. For a better photograph and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Ken Ziegler, of Evans, who wrote:
“The vehicle in this week’s paper is the all-new, redesigned 2012 Hyundai Azera. It basically is a slightly larger and more luxurious Sonata with very similar styling inside and out.
“It should sell very well just as the Sonata has and should be another home run for Hyundai as they continue to increase their market share in America and reputation for making quality vehicles.”
Ziegler wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Being a common brand, but a rarely seen model, this week’s What Is it? was a challenge to pinpoint. I would imagine that some readers are saying, ‘The Hyundai what?’ Actually the Azera has been a part of the Hyundai lineup probably for nearly as long as the brand has been in this country.
“The Hyundai marketing focuses on the more mainstream-market cars with which we are all familiar – the Accent, Sonata, Elantra and even the recently introduced Veloster.
“The Azera is Hyundai’s entry-level sedan into the ‘premium luxury sedan’ market aimed at the brands similar to Lexus and until this most recent restyling, it always (at least to me) seemed to have an awkward, almost what-were-they-thinking styling. Being a step up from the already nicely done Sonata, a tagline on the Hyundai Web site teases with ‘Upgrade your expectations’ and the Azera does in fact offer a standard navigation system along with other standard features that are optional or not available on the Sonata.
“In the last few years, the Azera has been joined by two even higher luxury options, the Genesis sedan and coupe and the highest-end luxury sedan, the Equus. Hyundai is a major player in nearly all forms of transportation, outfitting construction sites across the country with heavy machinery and providing transport trailers to the all important trucking industry.
“It is therefore no surprise that they cover everything in the car marketing realm from the basic transportation 40-plus mpg compact, to the highest end luxury family sedan where all scheduled maintenance is included for the first 60,000 miles and they even come get the car from you and bring it back for all service and repair.
“Hyundai is a serious contender, not only here but worldwide, and they are proving time and time again that they are up to the challenge.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “It is attractive and has a 3.3-liter, 293-horsepower V-6. GPS and a rear-view camera come as standard. Hyundai has slotted it just between the top-of-the-line Toyota Camry and the Toyota Avalon, which is a narrow slot indeed. Its new styling is less conservative than the Toyota’s, which may give the Azera a leg up.”
Also, Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski and Jeff Miller