The Hyundai i45 has been discontinued from Hyundai’s Australian line-up in favour of its newer, European-designed and almost identically sized Hyundai i40 sibling.

Hyundai Australia today confirmed its decision to suspend importing the i45 was based on increasing global demand for the mid-sized sedan – known as the Sonata in most overseas markets – and limitations in global supply.

The local division said high demand – particularly from the Middle East and North America, which receive priority from the car’s production plants – made it difficult to secure enough Hyundai i45 volume to deliver to the car’s potential.

Hyundai Australia public relations general manager Bill Thomas said the decision to drop the i45 from the line-up was unrelated to the car’s history of criticism from local motoring media over its dynamic ability.

“No, that wasn’t it. It was to do with supply,” Thomas said.

“That kind of press reporting is pretty difficult to shake off, but no, that wasn’t the point really. It was just being unable to get the right number of cars means that it doesn’t stack up as a business case.”

Thomas said it was unclear at this point if the Hyundai i45/Sonata would ever return to local showrooms.

“As things progress, who can say?” he said. “We might bring it back later on if there’s a new generation, but we don’t know at this point.”

The Hyundai i45 went on sale in Australia in May 2010, replacing the previous-generation NF-series Sonata. Sales peaked in 2011, when Hyundai sold 4872 examples of the mid-sized sedan across the country, giving it an 8.4 per cent share of the sub-$60K medium car market.

That share fell to 5.3 per cent last year as sales dropped 25.3 per cent to 3640, although much of that can be attributed to the introduction of the Hyundai i40 (above), which recorded 2392 sales in its first full year on the market.

The Hyundai i40 range is considerably more diverse than the i45, with the i40, which was designed in Germany primarily for European tastes, available with petrol and diesel engines and in sedan and wagon body styles, the i45 is available only as a sedan with 2.0- and 2.4-litre petrol engine options. The i45 is 80mm longer and 20mm wider than the i40, as well as 25mm longer between the wheels.

The discontinuation of the i45 sees the price of Hyundai’s mid-size offering increase $3000 – up from the i45′s $26,990 starting price to $29,990 for the entry-level i40.

Hyundai Australia says local supply of the i45 is now limited and is expected to be absorbed by corporate and government fleets.




  • MisterZed

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • matt

      lol, didnt see that comin did ya.

      • Zaccy16

        hahahah! finally hyundai have relised were not dumb enough to buy something so rubbish!

        • Barry

          We don’t agree on much Zaccy 16.But im with ya on this one.

        • Save It For The Track

          doesn’t explain the years of Corolla and Camry sales success…

          • LeStori

             They sell for people who buy White Goods cars, the ones who have only one thing to say about Toyota..they are reliable.

          • Ausbloke76

            and Hyundai is proving to be more reliable. I co-manage a 3000+ rental fleet of all brands, we dont see i30′s blowing pistons out the side walls of the motor unlike Corolla’s. The public now request these over a Toyota…

    • Sonic

      I feel you! This is one of the few current sedans for sale in Australia which I really like. This is a shame. :( 

      • MisterZed

        Bye Hyundai – you’ve lost me as a customer.

        • Zaccy16

          Finally mister zed are you going to sell the 145?

          • MisterZed

            Er, no, but when I do sell it, I won’t be getting another Hyundai.

          • Zaccy16

            Very good move!

          • MisterZed

            Oh gee I didn’t see that one coming. Nothing to do with the quality of their cars, just that I’m not interested in anything smaller than an i45, and don’t care for SUVs, so their brand no longer has anything to offer me. My next car might be a Nissan Altima or Kia Optima (next gen).

          • Amlohac

            What about the new Mazda 6? Surely thats worth a look?

          • TheRealThomas

            Mister Zed, try the new Renault Latitude 3.5L.

          • Dave W

            The new Genesis sedan/coupe?

          • DAVIDZ

            YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE WHATEVER YOU DAD BUYS FOR U AGAIN
            ENJOY YOU SAVAGED RESALE TEAR UP
            LOL ONYA KOREAN ORPHAN

          • Tex

            Oh, that’s a shame. Hyundai have a better product in their line-up; the i40. You should check it out.

          • Fairlane

            These look like they have been extruded though a mister whippy machine.

          • MisterZed

            I don’t know whether to take the Renault Latitude comment seriously. Aside from being incredibly bland, the only good thing about the car is the engine, but then you have to put up with a CVT transmission. Besides, why wouldn’t you buy it’s twin, the Nissan Maxima, instead? I’d rather wait for the Nissan Altima later in the year and see if they offer the 3.5 with that.

        • DAVIDZ

          ERRRR CORRECTION, YOUR DAD PAID SO THEY  LOST HIM

          JUST BUY A VASTLY SUPERIOR CAMRY HYBRID

          • MisterZed

            Why? It doesn’t have LED tail – lights. It doesn’t have a panoramic moonroof like my car does. It doesn’t have direct injection like my car does. It has a crappy CVT. No thanks.

          • Ghj

             hehe Mr Z, how often do you look at your cars tail lights when they are illuminated? Do you switch the tail lights on, then get out of the car and look at them? It’s about as useless as which side your fuel cap is on and the location of the windscreen nozzeles…….oh wait hahahaha.

            The direct injection is obviously useless in the i45 as the standard Crapry gets better fuel economy and better acceleration without it. The Hybrid Crapry does better on both counts again. What’s more important to you – that fact that a car boasts direct injection or whether a car actually gets good performance AND economy?

          • DAVIDZ

            AND THE CAMRY NEEDS ALL THAT NONSENSE BECAUSE?
            TOYOTA #1 IN AUSTRALIA, #1 IN THE WORLD
            GAME OVER

          • tin

            popularity doesn’t mean quality, it usually means the opposite. people who think of cars like fridges abnd washing machines buy Toyotas because they can’t think of another brand name.

          • MisterZed

            Oh, and the i45 has a 5 year warranty compared with hybrid Camry’s 3 years. Why can’t Toyota offer a 5 year warranty? Pathetic. Which car has had more recalls in the past few years – Camry or i45/Sonata?

          • DAVIDZ

            WHICH CAN YOU BUY, WHO IS #1….NEXT!

          • Poison_Eagle

            Have another tinny ya d1ckhead.

      • F1orce

        Yeah it was a good sedan..

        I guess hyundai can continue to fulfil NORTH AMERICAN demand

        • MisterZed

          The North American model is built in the US! Suppy from Korea is not affected by them. Excuses, excuses.

          • F1orce

            Yeah I know..

            But if there is too much demand they could export the Korean models to USA, since the USA factory is running at the limit..

          • $29896495

            Demand apparently isn’t that high over there. But maybe that’s relative to how many they can throw together?

          • MisterZed

            No, actually they can’t, for several reasons. For one, the US model has completely different colours. Of the 10 or so colours offered in the US, only 1 or 2 are shared with the Korean model. The rest are unique.

          • F1orce

            Indeed the main reason why they’ve given the i45 the sack is because it has failed..

            I guess most people who want a sedan could go for the Optima or an i40 sedan.

            No room left for the i45

          • Tin

            The Optima is Kia’s version of the i45.

          • bd

            There isn’t enough supply in the US.

            Some Sonatas, including hybrid Sonatas are imported into the US and all Sonatas sold in Canada are imported from Korea.

          • MisterZed

            How do you know the Canadian models are built in Korea?

          • Tex

            Do you honestly think that different colours means it can’t be manufactured in South Korea for the US?
            Quite a few manufacturers have country-specific colours that come out of the same factory. It isn’t hard…

      • Able

        Yeah, just like the Mazda2 sedan. 

        COUGH!

    • Henry Toussaint

      I like it To!!!!! :( it sells better than the i40 aswell. No!!!!! R.I.P

    • Dave

      Good to here and glad they came to their senses. Also they should not stop with i45. They should cut some more models, get rid of velotsa, i40, i30, i20, i10, etc.

      • MisterZed

        Yeah well, ideally they would get rid of the crummy Indian-built i20. Thankfully, we don’t get the i10. The rest are OK but I prefer the Accent and Elantra, and of course Genesis and Equus.

        • F1orce

          American Hyundai lineup and configuration is perfect..

          If Azera and i40 are same price than why don’t we get superior Azera? With the 3.3L GDI V6?

          Instead we get the underpowered and small i40

  • Blair Waldorf

    I find the swoopy, creased (tacky) styling of the i45 has aged very, very quickly and now, to be blunt, looks horrible, especially from the front. It seems to also get pretty poor reviews all round so im not surprised they axed it. It didnt seem to be selling well either so i think Hyundai’s whole lack of supply story is a cover for them axing it for the above reasons.

    • MisterZed

      Lack of supply is rubbish because the North American model is built in the US so the only demand for it could come from Korea. If Korea can’t build enough to satisfy their own market plus a few others overseas, there’s something wrong.

      • $29896495

        Simply it was a BIG car not a mid size car like the i40, that, and probably some bad reviews killed it. It’s obvious and should be a lesson to other manufacturers. When the i40 was released with barely any price difference people chose the smaller car. How obvious is that?

      • bd

        Canada imports the Sonata from Korea.

        And US Sonata hybrids are also imported from Korea.

      • Tex

        I think you are missing the point. The i40 is manufactured in Korea, so I assume that Hyundai want to get more supply of the i40, which has meant we have had to forego the i45.

        Good news too. Look at how many people are buying the more expensive, yet smaller i40…

    • DanielD

      The Ford Mondeo has been selling poorly….. I mean having supply issues for some years now too.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah i agree, looks very dated like the ix35 and most other hyundais, yep i think they axed it for ots rubbish suspension and engines and quality

      • Blair Waldorf

         Their engines are so obviously over rated power wise, i’d love to dyno their cars, most reviews commented on how gutless the i45′s 2.4l 148kw/250nm engine was, their other engines all also seem very optimistic power, torque and economy wise in comparison to competitors.

        • Zaccy16

          Exactly!! The old Mazda 6 with 125 kw was tested in real life against the 2.4 in the i45 and the Mazda was faster!

          • Kjhkjh

             So true. Wheels also tested the Octavia 90TSI wagon and it got the same 0-100kmh time and a faster 0-400m time than a 2.4L i45. That’s with more than 50KW less power!

          • Zaccy16

            Exactly! Shows how incorrect Hyundais figures are!

          • Jerrycan

            Not a fair comparison, Octavia is lighter and turbo-charged so it has a broader spread and more torque.
            Better to compare with Camry, similar weight, low tech aspirated engine and stil cannot beat it.

          • Dfj

            The Octavia90 does not have more torque, it only has 200NM whilst Hyundai thinks the i45 has 250NM.
            Besides, torque really doesn’t account for much in 0-100kmh tests. It’s power to weight you want and whilst the Octavia is lighter, the i45 has a power to weight ratio of 10.3KGs per KW whilst the Octavia DSG Wagon is way, way behind on just 15.8kgs per KW.

        • Jerrycan

          Amost totally agree with you regarding Hyundai/Kia power, performance and economy claims. I have had several Korean vehicles from new and I always had reservations about the claims unlike vehicles I have had from other manufacturers.
          However while I have never seen any independant verification of Kyundai claims, some other manufacturers have been put on a dyno and found to produce far more than published, so maybe it is a relative thing.
          Another thing to note is the variation in performance achieved between individual cars of the same type. Wheels testing of mechanically identical vehicles (different trim only) often produce radically different acceleration figures.

          I have often chastised this site for not investing in a black box to at least test the 0-100 claims on a quiet stretch of road or track. 

          • $29896495

            I agree, they need a data panel, for the cars, other wise we or potential buyers are flying blind. Would also improve credibility.

        • tin

          if they were lying about such matters they would be exposed fairly quickly. no point measuring driven wheel power as all car engine specs at taken prior to transmission and drive train. you’d have to bench test an engine.

    • $29896495

      It like ALL Hyundais were way over styled. Probably have the MD’s kid and his crayons doing the finishing touches.

  • ABC

    It was ugly anyway… Just like the rest of there cars!

    • Elantra

      At least they have originality

    • Sonic

      They’re one of the few mainstream manufacturers these days who are brave enough to give their cars a proper design. I respect them for this, and they actually look very attractive.

      Also, please google ‘there their they’re’ and learn the difference between them.

      • $29896495

        Sonic, you are wrong on both counts. Admiring something so badly styled really is questionable. Hyundai still have tendency to copy THEIR “style” from  others which is a problem for them. Often over using elements, which with some restraint could look good.

        In regards to the “there” “they’re” issue, you are wrong and so is ABC – he was using the “their” that is to own something, belong to, e.g. their car. You are using the “they’re” as in, “they are” abbreviation  which is not appropriate in that sentence. Where as he used, “there” as in, “over there” 

        In this case Google didn’t help you.

        • Sonic

          Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s rather pointless arguing about the design of the car. It seems a lot more interesting than a Camry, I’ll put it that way.

          No, I’m right about the ‘there’ issue. Let me reconstruct my original sentence without the abbreviation…

          “They are one of the few mainstream manufacturers these days who are brave enough to give their cars a proper design.”

          Fits perfectly, right? What would you use instead? 

          • $29896495

            Yeah I realized that after I posted it. So thought the best way to correct it was to let you point it out and then apologize.

          • Sonic

            That’s cool… We’re all human! :)

  • Kampfer

    Hyundai line up make more sense without the i45. $26,990 starting price really get into Elantra area. Now it’s i20 -> Accent -> i30/Elantra -> i40

  • http://www.facebook.com/martinclarke87 Martin Clarke

    The i40 is clearly the better of the twins. It looks premium, the styling language is far more refined, the drive is far superior, availability of a diesel and petrol engine, and it fits comfortably in the current line up. The i40 aged too quickly and it was never a great drive – the car was clearly targeted at the Americans with its soggy ride and fat ass seats.

    Now to introduce a i40 hatch…

    • Martin

      Darn I mean the i45 aged too quickly and was never a good drive. The i40 is a far superior car in every respect and fits the target market here in Aus.

  • raphinion

    After the release of the i40, there really was no point to have the i45 anymore.

    • MisterZed

      Now that it’s gone, my suggestion would be to buy it’s twin, the Optima, instead.

      • raphinion

        Pity, I already own an i45 Premium!

  • Golfschwein

    The funny thing about this is that the above-named PR man, Bill Thomas, is the just departed editor of WHEELS, and one of the very people responsible for its bottom-ranking in multi-car comparisons.

    • Don Quay

      That occurred to me too. I think he was more honest when he was at Wheels. The i45 was dumped because it is a crap car to drive, ugly inside and out and no one was buying them except for rental companies. Also Hyundai’s line up has too many models fighting for the same segments and there is an obvious overlap, particularly with the i40/i45, but also others in their current range. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Elantra or Accent disappear too.

      • Blair Waldorf

        Agreed, the i20 and Accent hatch are way too close, the upper spec Accent hatches could possibly step on base i30 model’s toes. The Accent sedan would do the same to the Elantra etc. The Aus market could do without the accent and the Elantra should have been name i30 sedan, despite their styling differences (like the Corolla hatch and sedans.

    • DanielD

      Well in his defence, at least he acted on his dislike of the car, as soon as he was in a position to do something about it. ;)

      • Golfschwein

        Ha! He did, indeed!

      • Don Quay

        That’s true. Maybe I shouldn’t be so critical of Bill. The i45 however is another matter.

    • Zaccy16

      at least he was honest when he was the editor of wheels! they found out its major handling flaws with its pogo stick suspension and unrefined engines!

  • Dave S

    Does that mean Hyundai cant even sell their cars below market price?

    • Jtyj

       No, they sold heaps of i45s below market price to the rental companies. Take a close look at any i45s you see on the road, most have a little “Hertz” or “Thrifty” etc sticker  somewhere on them – usually on the rear window or the number plate surround.

      • Ausbloke76

        I com-manage a fleet of over 3000+ vehicles including these and that statement is unfounded and untrue, they aren’t discounted any further than any other makers cars we buy. 

  • Zaccy16

    very very good move by hyundai, the only good move they have ever made! the i40 would be a good car if they fixed the steering and gave it better engines and not dated styling

    • Barry

      Zaccy was surprised they almost sold 5000 of them last year.Outside of the nice interior the car pretty average.Just shows you Hyundai are very good at selling cars in Australia.

      • Zaccy16

        Exactly, marketing is the only good thing about Hyundai!

      • Captain Nemo®™

        Barry, I looked at the interior of your much loved daewoo sv6 ute at the dealers today. Wasn’t surprised to see how ‘bland’ the interior was. With a handbrake sourced from Uncle Petes and a Satnav system that takes an era to load, it’s no wonder why people vomit when they set foot in the daewoo.

        Perhaps you can tart up your GM Woo by licking the dirt off your chrommies.

  • SKFail

    Seriously L O L.. To all the Toyota haters that constantly criticize Camry in relation to these Trendy/Swoopy P’s O S , saying these things are the greatest things to ever happen to the Mid size sector… Then glad you guys don’t create or design cars ’cause this car had what it took to last 5 minutes on the market and now leave the owners so high and dry there will be next to no chance of getting out of one of these without a devastating and serious loss of coin and face .. Hyundai = Fail (and in a big way with this debacle…) I dare them to bring out Genesis Sedan and try to compete here in the $80k+ bracket… Well see how long that experiment doesn’t last too…

    • Ausbloke76

      i45 is a better vehicle and just as reliable as a Camry, your argument has no substance and you are a brand snob. Toyota took their eye off the ball years ago, and wont be able to rest on Landcruiser cred forever….
      Hyundai/Kia is growing at a much faster rate then Toyota at the moment and is becoming a big threat to them.

  • F1orce

    Why can’t we have the Azera?

    The i40 is too slie

    • MisterZed

      Why Azera – it’s FWD. The Genesis is the real gem – RWD, 3.8L direct injection V6, 8-speed auto, and only $34,200 in the US. That’s like 9 grand more than a Sonata Limited.

      • F1orce

        $35k in USA is the equivalent of 65k here..

        Add some options an it will quickly rise into the 80k range..

        If Hyundai cannot sell the i45, what chance will they have with the big and expensive GENESIS?!!

        • bd

          So why would they do away w/ the i45 and keep the higher priced i40 for the Aussie market?

        • Tex

          They’re selling the more expensive, smaller and less powerful i40 quite well. I think the Genesis could slot in fine when it arrives (in 2-3 years with the new model)

          • bd

            And it’s not like Kia is going to do the same w/ the Optima.

            Not that Kia has a Euro-specific model like Hyundai has with the i40.

  • MisterZed

    Oh well, there goes any chance of us seeing the Genesis sedan here in Australia (as was hinted at in an article on here a few days ago).

    • bd

      Not really – considering that the i40 is more expensive than the i45.

  • Amlohac

    No great loss. Its just Hyundai cutting their losses while they can. Perhaps some other brands should follow suit? Theres a few cars out there that im sure are just “gap fillers”

    • JooberJCW

      I can see this with Mini…

    • Ausbloke76

      So should Holden and Ford, by your reasoning…

  • Ophelia

    This is a real pity. Sure the i45 wasn’t exactly class-leading, but this will reduce the likelihood of us seeing the inevitably better next generation of the model.

  • LowRezFez

    I think Hyundai will struggle with shifting i40s at the current asking prices. The styling is already looking dated and Mazda is on the scene with the new 6. The wild card in this could be Honda with new sharply priced product. I see Hyundai getting a reality check soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/martinclarke87 Martin Clarke

      The pricing for the i40 is way too ambitious I think.

    • Blair Waldorf

       agreed, the i45 looked decent and striking when first released, but that aged and became ugly very quickly. The i40 resorts to the same styling tricks to look good and i have a feeling the same will happen too. I also find the i40 very overpriced for what it is.

  • Golfmother

    Just when robin was considering it as a replacement for his aging G6E , always looked over the top style wise from day on , below average handling sealed the deal .

    • Robin_Graves

      Never considered an i45 Flogmother.  Maybe an i40 if they used the R series 2.0 or 2.2 diesel but seeing as they choose to go with the underpowered 1.7 diesel I’ll give it a miss.  My FG is not really ageing at all by the way, still has at least 300k left before it needs a spanner put to it, unlike your beloved VeeDud that needs more repairs than Pete Burns

      • Golfmother

        i40 check the handling before you trade your dino falcoon , 300k thats a laff , front end will gone by 120,000km , and trade value will be zilch , bad now, will be a shocker by 2014 , ditch it know .

        • Sumpguard

            I gave that advice to the owner of a 2009 golf this week. She’s the second owner and has had 3 sets of injectors in it and replaced the DSG all within just under 2 years .  All after 60,000k’s from new. 

              A mate who owns a dealership up here simply won’t put them in his yard to avoid the nightmare.

              Her caryard’s warranty expires in a couple of months.  Amazingly I used those same words. “Ditch it now”. Her father has encouraged her to take my advice.

              

          • Golfmother

            Maybe the sportage with the wobbly front end should get ditched , starting to see the Hyundi/kia bubble burst , my mates Highlander is cracking under the strain of 80,000 km in 2 years , motor is a dog ,and i cannot believe what rubbish the Getz is .

          • Don Quay

            Yes my nephew had an early Elantra and the engine computer died. The parts were so expensive and the resale so poor, it would have cost more to repair than the car was worth. My other sister had a Getz and it was so gutless she gave it to her youngest and bought a much superior Echo. At least the Getz lasted a bit longer than the Elantra, but it was pretty ordinary car.

          • Robin_Graves

            Weren’t you spruiking the same story a year ago? If your ‘mate’ knew the difference between petrol and diesel then the engine would be fine.  Same cant be said for the poor dummies who had been putting 95 or 98 RON into their VeeDuds only to be told when it went das klunk that it was their fault for using the wrong fuel.

          • Sumpguard

              Yep same spruiker Robin. It’s interesting he is fascinated by my alleged stalking of dealerships and yet only seems to post in the Korean car threads despite claiming to hate them. 

                They have medication for OCD but I’m not sure it will work on Donkeys..

               

          • Don Quay

            Sumpguard, your comprehension is failing you again. Robin was referring to your post, not mine. Obviously the schools in Bumcrack aren’t very good or more likely the students. That’s what happens when cousins marry.

          • Don Quay

            Still harassing strangers at car dealers, I see. Get a life mate, no one would really take the unsolicited advice from you, no matter how much you want to believe it. You need to realise that they are just being polite and hope you will go away.

          • Sumpguard

            Still an ignorant fool I see. Show me where in that post I said I was at a dealer. I see my clients at their homes ,not at car dealers.

                Not everyone sees their clients where your peroxide ,silicone bride does ;)
             
              I have no trouble finding people very happy with their hyundais after years of ownership and you have an extended family full of duds. If your sister and nephew have your lack of intelligence then the reason for the condition of the cars is self explanatory. Hyundai’s reliability is constantly ranked well and yet you have a family of bad ones. Go figure. 
              

                  I see you and Goofmother are still an item. How cute.

          • Don Quay

            My mistake, I didn’t realise you had been barred from the dealers. They finally took out the AVO I see. When you say you visit your customers at home, you really meant caravan, didn’t you? Or perhaps a little shack in the forest on the outskirts of Bumcrack FNQ.

            Tell me genius, what maintenance do you do to stop an engine computer from failing or to overcome a lack of power exacerbated by excessively tall gearing? BTW, these were a few years ago, but were serviced to schedule.

            You know just because they are made in Korea doesn’t mean they’ve always been perfect. Remember the wheels falling off and I believe there was once some problem with Carnival engines.

          • Sydlocal

             Play nice children…

  • Guest

    Ouch! i45 owners gonna face deep, deep depreciation on their cars when they decide to sell. Despite all the fancy bells & whistle in the i45, it made no dent on sales of the market leader, the Toyota Camry. Maybe it was the negative motoring publicity, maybe it was too expensive for a Korean car, maybe the styling was OTT, etc. One thing I know is that I’ll be very careful with buying a Hyundai in the future!

    • Yawner

      they had to expect that anyway, the previous sonata tied with the fleet falcon for the worst resale in Australia

    • gtrxu1

      Think Hyundai should stick with there vechle range that appeals to middle class people all over the world.Taking the next step trying to make a more prestige brand will end up like i45.
      Hyundai done well to shift as many i45,s as they did.Stick with your small cars and suvs.Or bring an outsider in to do the steering and suspension work.

  • MisterZed

    Maybe this has something to do with Korea axing the 2.4L engine from their local model? They now only offer a 2.0L and 2.0L turbo engine. If the same is true for exports, then this would leave Australia without a 2.4L model, and a 2.0L would not make sense with the i40 already having that engine. Just a thought.

    • Sydlocal

      It hasn’t stopped them from offering a 2.0L i45 before considering the 2.0L has been available in the i45 here for a while now…

  • Dave

    Is the Bill Thomas mentioned the ex Wheels editor?

    • Zaccy16

      Yep he is

  • 42 = The Answer

    The only thing I found really decent in this car was the sound system!

  • Stop_the_boats

    looks dated the moment it left the factory .

    • Robin_Graves

      At least it was able to leave the factory, unlike so many VeeDuds with the ‘concrete warranty’ – guaranteed while it is still on the dealer’s concrete.

      • Stop_the_boats

        A bit rich dobin, VW & BMWs keep pumping out magic, satisfied customers, no complaints, zilch, prepare your shovel, might need to bury the geriatric falcoon soon .

    • gtrxu1

      Fair enough it handles like a wet sponge and looks terrible.Still a better car than vw Jetta.But then again the Jetta is an average effot..

  • Save It For The Track

    Not a single family member, friend or acquaintence that I know has had issues with their VW’s. The same cannot be said for Commodores and Falcons.

    • Sumpguard

         So you have no family or friends. Join a club or something.

  • Save It For The Track

    comedian.

    • Karl Sass

      It was pretty funny lol

  • SMC

    They phased the i45 out for two reasons, the i40 will comfortably cannibalise it’s sales and fill the gap when it’s gone as part of model rationalisation and it leaves room for the next generation Genesis to sit above the i40 as their large offering along with the Genesis Coupe to sit above the Veloster Turbo in their sports segment.

    • F1orce

      You fool the Genesis will be priced over 60k

      If it cost 50k than it would cannibalise the i40 and Hyundai will face the same problem..

      • bd

        The i40 and i45 are on the same platform (FWD) with the I40 being a bit smaller and a bit nicer inside.

        The Genesis will be quite a bit larger than the i40 and RWD/AWD – but yes, the Genesis will be quite a bit more expensive than the i40.

      • SMC

        I am well aware that the Genesis will be pitched further upmarket of the i40, it is a large V6 and V8 engined car as pointed out by bd, my point was it will fit in the large car segment above the i40/i45.

        The current price premium of the i40 over the i45 allows a higher ceiling to pitch the Genesis in the 55K+ range. Also, having two medium options is not financially viable when one product is perceived as being better than the other.

  • Bc

    Oh well at least we won’t see these as much on the roads anymore.

  • Al Tungupon

    It’s hard to penetrate in a market where there is a fixed buyer favourite. This is Camry territory, and even if the Hyundai is less of an appliance, the Toyota is the long-trusted car. It also didn’t help that the i45 did not have the turbo option unlike in America. It’s the exact same story with the Falcon as opposed to the Commodore. The Ford is better no doubt, but it doesn’t even sell half as many as the Holden.

    The i40 is more like a rival to the Accord Euro, and that itself is a great car, (maybe the only Honda worth looking at, but still). It would help if more performance is available.

  • idlebrain

    It’s funny how people assume that Hyundai doesn’t have any supply issue with i45.

    “Automotive NewsSeptember 18, 2012Even after Hyundai’s best August ever, its dealers are painfully aware they could sell many more vehicles if the automaker could provide them. Aside from that annoying reality, Hyundai dealers and the factory are thriving with lean inventories.Dealers are selling vehicles rapidly, mainly to keep their precious vehicle allocations. Transaction prices are rising modestly despite the pressure to sell vehicles quickly, while floor-plan and incentive costs are low.“Years ago, I remember, if we wanted cars, especially domestically made cars, there were tens of thousands of cars on the ground in Alabama. Now, there’s none,” said Scott Fink, chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council. His flagship Hyundai store in New Port Richey, FL, sold 555 new vehicles last month. “We don’t have enough cars, the manufacturer doesn’t have enough cars, and we have consumers standing in line to buy our cars. It’s a far better situation.”A few numbers explain the demanding sales environment that Hyundai dealers are battling. On Sept. 1, Hyundai had a 29-day supply of vehicles. For comparison, the Ford brand had a 56-day supply, and Toyota was at 40 days, according to the Automotive News Data Center.Bob Lisy, general manager of Ganley Westside Imports (Hyundai-Volkswagen-Subaru) near Cleveland, said he doesn’t have a single Sonata GLS in stock. The GLS is the Sonata’s base trim level. In addition, Hyundai just reported its best August ever in the United States. The brand sold 61,099 vehicles last month, up 4% from August 2011. But the U.S. industry rose 20% in August, suggesting Hyundai could have sold more.”

    • Asdfdfg

      Yet here in Australia, Hyundai needed to do special discounted deals with the rental companies to get rid of excess i45s.

    • $29896495

      Yes but as some one else stated, Hyundai manufacture in the US,  and in fact Europe as well as Korea. It’s not an issue that would effect Australia.

  • idlebrain

    And yes, they do have a factory in US. But it’s more like assembling rather than building everything over there. Which means they still need to be supplied from the factory in South Korea. Also, South Korea has the free trading agreement with US. I would not surprise if they bring the car from South Korea if they can make more money.

    Also Zaccy16, I know you are big fan of VW. But I don’t understand where your all the hate 
    to Hyundai come from as I’m not royal to any brand when I buy things. 
    Just funny thing is Hyundai was number 1 seller among the import cars last year in German.

    • bd

      They make the transmissions and engines in the US as well.

  • Rocket

    Another good reason to buy a Falcon Ecoboost. More power, better economy, better ride and handling, more room, etc etc ……

  • Sally Forth

    The sales were very poor and it’s paid the price. Now that we are rid of the poorly styled and engineered car it just demonstrates the future for Hyundai is small cars and small SUVs. The only chance we’ll ever have of seeing Genesis here is if Phil Collins starts drumming again and the band reforms, because there will never be a Genesis from Hyundai in Australia.

  • Golfmother

    Phil might need to , hes had some pretty big divorce pay outs .

  • Al Tungupon

    I haven’t seen an i40 sedan on the road yet. It’s similar in size to its Optima sister car. Again, it has no performance version and 4WD. It could well compete with the Subaru Liberty, with better looks as well.

  • DAVIDZ

    THIS HAS BEEN A JUNK BOX FROM ITS FAILED DAY ONE, NO LOSS REALLY

  • spice

    a very boring and uninspiring car, had no on rental for a week hated driving .

  • Al Tungupon

    It would have sold like pancakes with a Holden badge.

  • Golfmother

    Corporal nemo i didn’t know you cared