Hyundai Elantra Canada
The Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan which arrived to Canada in 1991 powered by a Mitsubishi manufactured 1.6L DOHC engine, which proved to be a powerful yet fuel efficient engine for an affordable car. The Hyundai Elantra is manufactured in Korea and imported into Canada by Hyundai-Kia Canada Motors based in Markham, Ontario. The 1994 Elantra received an upgrade with an improved 1.6L engine and optional 1.8L engine with 124HP.
The second generation Hyundai Elantra was completely redesigned with a new curvier and stylish finish, providing an edgy youthful vibe. It was powered by an improved 1.5L SOHC engine and an optional 1.8L engine, Hyundai added a station wagon Elantra to the lineup which made it a family friendly spacious wagon, in Australia is was called Lantra Sportswagon, and known and Elantra Touring in Korea and Japan. The Elantra wagon in Canada was powered by the 1.8L SOHC engine and received a remodel in 1998 with an optional 2.0L engine available in the Elantra GLS trim. In the late 90's Hyundai experienced a historical growth and began opening assembly plants in other countries, the third generation Elantra while breaking sales records began production in China, Venezuela, Russia and Ukraine to name a few. Production grew threefold in developing countries where car ownership had always been seen as a luxury and the lower-middle class began to afford vehicles with Hyundai breaking the mold of an affordable yet reliable vehicle. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the fifth most sold SUV in China while the Elantra is not far behind as the top ten most sold compact sedans in Asia. With the third generation Elantra the station wagon was replaced by a 4-door hatchback, the new designed changed the Elantra segment from compact sedan to mid-sized due to the newer spacious interior. The Elantra GLS was the standard trim while the sportier GT trim included a leather seats, fog lights, an upgraded sporty suspension, with aluminum rims and rear spoiler. It later offered sunroof and ABS brakes. The 2001 Elantra in Canada arrived with a 2.0L 16-valve engine with 141HP. The 2004 Elantra received a modified and upgraded engine which CVVT technology (continuous variable valve timing), which automatically adjusts intake and exhaust valve timing for maximum performance at every speed.
The fourth generation Hyundai Elantra was unveiled in 2006 at the New York AutoShow with the 2007 Elantra model, Hyundai went to great lengths with the Elantra to distance itself from an entry level compact and left the Hyundai Accent as a base model while the Elantra grew in size and began competing with its big brother the mid-sized Hyundai Sonata. By adding a fully loaded Elantra which include GPS navigation, sunroof and leather seats among other upgrades. The station wagon made a comeback as the Elantra Touring also marketed as Hyundai 30i in China, the 2010 Elantra Touring was named Top 10 Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book. The new Elantra offers the most interior room in its class, making it comfortable for a mid-sized sedan. Hyundai also unveiled a Hyundai Elantra hybrid using LPI technology (liquefied petroleum injected), making it the first hybrid to be powered with a liquefied petroleum gas (or liquid propane gas), While the Elantra hybrid hasn't arrived in Canada yet, it's a groundbreaking technology developed by Hyundai. The same hybrid engine is shared by the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid. The 2009 Kia Forte also shares the same platform, engine and parts with the Elantra.
The last generation Elantra arrived to Canadian dealers in late 2010 as a 2011 model, The 2011 Elantra was named Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) while the 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named the Canadian Car of the Year by AJAC and 2012 North American Car of the Year, which was a great accomplishment for Hyundai. The Hyundai Touring station wagon was continued and a popular choice among families not convinced between an SUV or minivan, while Hyundai will be launching a Hyundai Elantra coupe in 2013 and a possible 5-door hatchback in the following year. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra in Canada is powered by a 1.8L CVVT DOHC engine, with 4-wheel disc ABS brakes and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, available in 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission with optional OD Lockup Torque Converter and shiftronics manual shift mode which is standard on the Elantra Limited trim and the fully loaded Limited with Navigation system featuring a 7-inch LCD touchscreen Navigation System and a rearview camera. The fully loaded Elantra Limited also includes Push-Button Start with Proximity Key Entry which senses your presence, allowing you to unlock doors and start the engine with the push of a button.