2006 Hyundai TG

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The replacement for the current XG350 is evidence that Kia and Hyundai are serious players in the global auto industry. The interior quality was stellar, with fits and finishes and materials that put the new BMW 3-series to shame (although the license plate fasteners could use a little work). And while the exterior styling didn't impress as much as the interior's, it's a far more attractive car than either the current Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, and comes with an impressive mechanical specification. American versions will be powered by an all-new, aluminum-alloy, 3.3-liter DOHC V-6 engine that makes 230 hp and 224 lb-ft of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. These aren't class-leading numbers, but they are in the ballpark. For Europe, a 143-hp, 2.2-liter diesel engine will become available in the future. The front-wheel-drive TG/Grandeur rides on a control-arm front and a multilink rear suspension, with standard stability control and seventeen-inch wheels (shod with 235/55 tires). At 192.7 inches long, 72.6 inches wide, and 58.7 inches tall, the Grandeur is 0.8 inches longer and wider and 2.8 inches taller than the outgoing car. If and when Hyundai and Kia start producing cars with dynamics to match their quality, durability, and value, the rest of the industry will be in trouble.

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