An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the Elantra two door would go on sale in the spring.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hyundai is continuing its recent product onslaught with two new or redesigned models to be launched by January 2012.
Hyundai told dealers attending the brand's make meeting on Monday that a two-door coupe version of the 2011 Elantra and a redesigned Azera sedan would be arriving stateside.
“They showed us a photo of it and it's gorgeous,” Doug Fox, a multi-franchise dealer who owns a Hyundai dealership in Ann Arbor, Mich., said of the Elantra coupe. “We weren't expecting that.”
The Azera is scheduled to go on sale in January 2012, Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai's U.S. sales boss, told Automotive News.
The redesigned Azera will be powered by a new 3.3-liter, gasoline, direct-injection V-6 that generates about 260 horsepower and is more fuel efficient than the current Azera.
Zuchowski said the new Azera has the potential to sell 18,000 to 20,000 units a year in the United States, a major leap from the car's current volume. Hyundai sold 3,051 Azeras last year, a drop of about 20 percent from 2009.
“It'll give us that step-up car from the Sonata for when Sonata owners come back and want something a little bit larger,” Fox said of the Azera.
New trim level for Genesis
Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik also said the brand is adding a new highline trim level when the Genesis sedan gets its midcyle freshening for the 2012 model year. The new trim level will feature a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine from Hyundai's Tau engine family producing 429 horsepower and to a new Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission.
The model, to be called the Genesis R-Spec, will be shown at the Chicago auto show this week and will cost $45,000-$50,000, Krafick said.
Hyundai dealers are responding to the product onslaught by upgrading dealership facilities.
Krafcik said 111 dealers have committed to either major renovations or to building a new stores this year, while 167 dealerships are making smaller scale improvements required by the factory to sell the new Equus sedan.
Last year, 103 dealers completed major renovations or built new stores and 158 completed Equus upgrades, Krafick said.
“Most of these are high volume stores representing a majority of Hyundai sales, so most Hyundai customers are going to see brand new or substantially renovated facilities in 2011,” he said. “It's pretty cool, and we did it without a facility program.”