Hyundai Spins Off Two Elantra Variants at Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai introduced two new body styles for its brisk-selling Elantra in Chicago on Wednesday: the 2013 Elantra GT four-door hatchback and Elantra Coupe. The offerings will join the Elantra sedan in the cutthroat compact segment, a class that includes the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza, among others.

With Elantra sales exceeding expectations, the automaker has had difficulty meeting demand. As such, the Elantra variants will be assembled in South Korea, unlike the sedan, which is built for the North American market at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Ala.

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New Hyundai Elantra Previewed at South Korean Motor Show

Hyundai may have shown off its next-gen Accent at last week’s Beijing auto show, but the company unveiled its next-generation Elantra — also known as the Avante — today at the Busan motor show in South Korea.

“The new Avante encompasses Hyundai’s latest ambitions, featuring the best styling and performance in its class,” said Hyundai’s Steve S. Yang, president & CEO of the Global Business Division. “We’re confident that it will once again redefine the compact segment worldwide.”
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