10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Is Pronounced, Manuals Shift Into High Gear


Back in the mid-1980s when Hyundai first introduced itself to the U.S. car market with the Excel, people pronounced the South Korean automaker’s names all sorts of different ways: Hy-un-dae, Hy-un-die, Hon-die and every variation in between. And while this Korean variation on the word “modernity” is actually pronounced “hyeondae” in its native tongue, there’s only one correct pronunciation in America, according to the company, with a super-cute mnemonic device to help you remember what — some three-and-a-half decades later — you may already know by now: “Hyundai like Sunday.”

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Scoff all you like, know-it-alls, enough confusion and curiosity remain for the matter to have propelled our explainer article on how to say Hyundai to the No. 1 spot this week among Cars.com’s most popular published stories. We’ve previously addressed this topic for the likes of Lamborghini, Jaguar, Porsche and Audi to similar success, but Hyundai may well … how do you say? … take the cake.

Also popular this week has been our coverage of the Cars.com-created, manual-transmission-celebrating holiday that is National Stick Shift Day — articles related and adjacent to our day of automotive enthusiasm occupy half of this week’s content countdown. Wanna know which cars with manual transmissions are cheapest to buy for the current model year, or perhaps which potential future-classic stick-shift models you should buy for regular prices now and sell for collector’s prices later? Check out Nos. 3 and 9, respectively. How ’bout a think piece on why the stick shift is headed the way of the woolly mammoth, or maybe an instructional video for teaching your teen to row their own gears? Try Nos. 6 and 10. We even were the bearers of Stick Shift Day-adjacent bad tidings, reporting the very next day that Honda was putting its manual Accord down for a dirt nap; you can pay your respects at No. 2.

Elsewhere on the roster is news on the popular Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade SUVs, as well as our expert review of the Mercedes-Benz GLB, so be sure to peruse the list top to bottom. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. How Do You Properly Pronounce Hyundai?

2. Sleepin’ With the Fishes: Honda Fit, Civic Coupe, Manual Accord Get Whacked 

3. What Are the 5 Cheapest Cars With Manual Transmissions for 2020?

4. What’s New From Honda for 2021?

5. 2021 Kia Telluride Adopts the Dark With Nightfall Edition

6. Why Manual Transmissions Are Dying … and What’ll End Them for Good

7. 2021 Hyundai Palisade Gets Fancier With New Calligraphy Model

8. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Review: Good, But Why?

9. Save the Stick Shifts … to Sell Them Later? Future Manual ‘Classic’ Cars

10. How to Successfully Teach Your Teen To Drive a Stick Shift

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