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Elantra Touring provides the five-door versatility customers need, with all the features they demand. With package/option changes for 2012 including the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels, an optional roadside assistance kit and two new color choices, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring continues to add value in the compact car segment.

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NEW EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2012

• Preferred Package replaces Popular Equipment Package
• 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires added to the Preferred Package
• Optional roadside assistance kit
• Two new colors: Volcanic Red and Dove White

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS - THE GOOD STUFF COMES STANDARD
2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS continues to offer standard air conditioning, EZ Lane Change Assist, headlight welcome function, power windows, heated mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and plenty of storage compartments including a cooled glovebox. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring also offers standard advanced safety technologies including Electronic Stability Control (ESC). For audiophiles, an integrated 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod/USB/Auxiliary inputs is standard.

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The optional newly named Preferred Package on the GLS adds new 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires. The Preferred Package also includes silver roof rails, a telescopic steering wheel, trip computer, steering wheel mounted audio controls, eight-way driver’s seat with lumbar support, dual tra Touring, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, produce an interior that delivers class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. At 125.5 cubic feet, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring has the most interior volume (passenger volume plus cargo space) of any five-door in its class. In fact, Elantra Touring’s cargo capacity is 65.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, resulting in more cargo space than any other five-door in its class.

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The clarity of the instruments, optional B&M Racing sport shifter (M/T) and tilt and telescopic steering wheel contribute to a superior driving experience. For extra clarity, Hyundai’s signature blue LCD lighting technology has been used for the central information display and gauge cluster. Two-tone beige interior trim, delivers a premium feel. Black and beige are the two interior color choices.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring offers XM Satellite Radio® and iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs as standard equipment. The inputs are located in the center storage compartment assuring iPods are safely stowed out of sight.

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INTELLIGENT ERGONOMICS
With its cutting-edge designs, Hyundai has proven through the years that vehicles do not need to be large to feel spacious, nor carry a premium price when offering intelligently designed interior cabins. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is just the latest expression of this thoughtful approach, incorporating a telescopic steering wheel, conveniently located steering wheel audio/cruise controls and column stalks, easy-to-reach heating and air conditioning knobs, as well as conveniently positioned power windows and mirror controls. Even the positioning and precise feel of the automatic gearshift has been optimized. The integrated 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system, map pockets and other storage areas round out the conveniently and intelligently designed interior.

The front seats are designed to complement the driving dynamics of the vehicle, and carefully contoured rear seats provide long distance comfort and support. Hyundai engineers focused not just on the seats’ form and function, but also on the stitching, materials and bolstering. The available eight-way driver’s seat includes height adjustment and lumbar support.

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IMPRESSIVE PACKAGE EFFICIENCY
Elantra Touring’s exterior dimensions (176.6 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) means that 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring offers class-leading interior volume. Every 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring has 60/40 split folding rear seats for added storage, functionality and practicality.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring matches best-in-class passenger volume with best-in-class cargo capacity. Features include a useful 24.3 cubic feet of luggage space with rear seats upright and a cavernous 65.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. As in any Hyundai, the utility and convenience in the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring has not been overlooked, with a stow-and-go removable luggage cover that stores conveniently out-of-site under the trunk area. An optional restraining net is also offered. The available silver roof rails are designed to accommodate a rack system to take Elantra Touring’s utility to an even higher level.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring includes a number of convenient and standard storage features, including a sunglass holder, two front and two rear cupholders, door bottle holders, dash storage, central console storage, front storage tray, and a cargo area under-floor storage. For tailgaters, the cargo area also has a 12-volt outlet for using portable electronic devices, even when the vehicle is not on.

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ENGINE PERFORMANCE
2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter, in-line four-cylinder. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).

TRANSMITTING THE POWER
An ergonomically located gated gear shift controls the Elantra Touring’s four-speed automatic transmission delivering confident mode selection. A unique-in-segment optional B&M Racing sport shifter delivers smooth, short-throw shift control for the standard five-speed manual transmission.

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AGILE STEERING, SUSPENSION AND BRAKING
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring offers a dynamic driving experience. A MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension have been fitted to perfectly complement the body structure’s high rigidity. Ventilated 11.8-inch front and solid 10.3-inch rear discs with ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) provide excellent stopping power with added handling control.

Elantra Touring’s steering character is another key driver of its driving nature. Hyundai chassis engineers focused on delivering an agile feel, with direct responses to driver inputs. All drivers will appreciate Elantra Touring’s nimble turning diameter – at 34.2 feet it is better than Volkswagen Golf’s 35.7 feet and Toyota Matrix’s 36.0 feet.

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ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
Like every Hyundai, top-tier safety was a key development goal for the Elantra Touring, which is fully equipped to protect driver and passengers. In terms of passive safety, it features dual front, side and curtain airbags, for a total of six protective airbags in the vehicle. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring also features active front head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners and a seatbelt reminder. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 52 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also according to the IIHS, active front head restraints improve rear crash protection.

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring comes standard with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry’s most effective life-saving technologies. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies show passenger cars equipped with ESC experience 30 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes.

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