- - Thursday, September 27, 2012

Since the launch of the all-new model, Azera has been the hottest- selling nameplate in its segment. According to J.D. Power PIN data, the new Azera sits on a dealer’s lot for an average of 16 days before being sold, compared with a Nissan Maxima at 65 days, Toyota Avalon at 28 days, Buick LaCrosse at 63 days and the Ford Taurus at 70 days. But the good news doesn’t end there. The new Azera is enjoying a 61 percent conquest rate - an amount that’s unheard of in the large car segment.

Azera is a modern and sophisticated interpretation of Hyundai’s signature Fluidic Sculpture design language. This flagship sedan also features Hyundai’s new generation Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine, a six-speed transmission, a wide range of advanced safety equipment and outstanding fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Hyundai engineers improved highway and combined fuel economy by one MPG to 30 and 24 respectively, making Azera the first V6 powered Hyundai to achieve 30 MPG highway.

The 2013 Azera represents an advanced approach to the traditional large sedan segment by delivering a powerful yet efficient powertrain, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundai’s strong value proposition. With the new Azera, Hyundai continues to offer customers the highest levels of luxury, performance, and efficiency, all brought together in the praised design.2013 AZERA MEETS THE MECHANICS OF FLIGHT

Azera’s Fluidic Sculpture design takes inspiration from the mechanics of flight. The exterior of the Azera is long, light and low. The unique, undulating beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window and wraparound LED taillights. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines in the rear quarter panel. The face is masculine with a powerful, winged chrome grille and HID headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by available 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.

The elegant look continues inside where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance, thanks to a flow-through center fascia and instrument panel that creates a dual-cockpit front passenger space. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers.ACCOMMODATING INTERIOR WITH STANDARD LEATHER

The 2013 Azera offers luxurious appointments that rival the finest premium competitor brands. It offers a roomy cabin with more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front-seat passengers.

Hyundai focuses heavily on other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin and 3D Carbon interior accents. Ambient lighting compliments the vehicle’s modern appearance. Other standard luxury equipment include, power front seats, power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades. The side shades, not found on any other car in the Azera’s segment, can be inconspicuously tucked away when not in use.

Given the functionality and design of the Azera, seat quality and comfort is of extreme importance to the feel of the car. The 2013 Azera offers first-class seating for all passengers, offering leather seating as standard equipment. A ten-way power driver and eight-way front passenger seat are also included. The driver’s seat has an optional cushion extension and an integrated memory system for the seat, steering wheel and side mirrors, while the Azera’s climate and seat temperature controls keep occupants in total comfort.

Best-in-class specific output

With the introduction of direct injection, Hyundai didn’t have to increase the displacement of their V6 engine in the pursuit of more power. The Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI engine is the heart of the 2013 Azera. It produces a best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while also boasting the smallest displacement in its class. The engine’s high-pressure (over 2,200 psi) direct injection system increases power and torque, while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The system eliminates the need for larger displacement, and increases the compression ratio from 10.4 to 11.5 in the pursuit of greater thermal efficiency and power output. The new engine also features all-aluminum construction, four valves per cylinder, piston cooling jets, roller timing chain, CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating on the top ring chamfer and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A three-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) further broadens the engines power curve to improve the vehicle’s off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Azera are 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined.

The engine is mated to Hyundai’s in-house six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control. This system offers smooth shifts and a wide ratio spread that ideally suits the engine’s power delivery.

Azera’s powertrain also has an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy. This translates into a more than a five percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.

Balanced steering and suspension solutions

The Azera is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension, coil springs and a 24 mm diameter front stabilizer bar. The sophisticated multi-link independent rear suspension enables precise geometry for a premium ride, while not taking away from the agile handling. The capabilities of the advanced front- and rear-suspension are maximized through Sachs Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD), allowing tuning flexibility at smaller damper displacements. The ASD suspension provides:

*Improved ride comfort with more body/wheel control

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