Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra, also known as the Hyundai Avante in South Korea, is a compact car from Hyundai of South Korea launched in 1991. This vehicle was also known as the Lantra in some markets. Furthering the confusion, between 1996 and 1998, the Elantra was called the Bimantara Cakra and the Bimantara Nenggala in Indonesia. In the 2001 model year, the name was replaced and brought into line worldwide. Mitsubishi Motors of Australia complained that Elantra was too close to its Elante trim level, and Lotus, as well as Kia, in the UK and Europe suggested it was too close to their Elan name. This turned out to not be a problem because by 2001, both the Elan and the Elante had ceased to exist. The Avante's renaming was required, given that Audi owns the Avant name in Europe. This model was initially launched in 1991 to compete with the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The Elantra, known internally as J1, received a mid-term facelift in 1993. In the United States, it was introduced in 1992 to replace the upper-end GLS trim of the Hyundai Excel. In 2006, a remade Elantra, this time known internally as HD, debuted at the New York Auto Show. In the United States, the Elantra will be redesigned for the 2007 model year and was slated to be available in the late fall or early winter of 2006. The hatchback GT trim is expected to be redesigned and available for the 2008 model year. The Elantra features 4-wheel 4-channel ABS disk brakes with 4-sensor Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) standard on all trims. The Elantra was formally powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6 L straight-4 This DOHC 16-valve unit produced 113 hp (84 kW) at 6000 rpm and could push the Elantra to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds.