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The Hyundai Stellar (Hangul: 현대 스텔라) was a mid-size rear-wheel drive automobile that was produced by the Hyundai Motor Company. The Stellar was launched in July 1983 as a replacement for the Ford Cortina that Hyundai had been building under license previously. The Stellar was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, but the chassis from the Cortina Mk V was kept.


The engine and transmission were licensed from Mitsubishi Motors. Engines available were 1.4 L (4G33) and 1.6 L (4G32) I4s until 1986 (same as the Hyundai Pony, using either a KM119 5-speed manual or a Borg-Warner 03-55L 3-speed automatic) and a 2.0 L engine for 1987. Trim levels included L (base), GL/CL, and GSL/CXL. The GSL/CXL featured power windows, locks and mirrors; remote fuel door, remote trunk, premium sound system, full instrumentation (speed, tach, fuel, water temp, volts, and oil pressure) and available air conditioning, a rather surprising list of features for the year and type of car. For 1987, the Stellar II (Or Stellar 2.0 in Canada) was refreshed. Changes included a 2-way catalytic converter, new instrument cluster, larger 2.0 L Mitsubishi engine with a feedback carburetor, higher output alternator, larger headlights and restyled taillights. The front double wishbone suspension was changed to a MacPherson strut design, along with larger brake calipers, as well as a two-piece driveshaft. The Stellar had the option of riding on several types of aluminum alloy wheels, and was equipped standard with Michelin all-season tires (Canada). Also that year, an automatic transmission with overdrive was available as an option. The Stellar was not available in the United States due to strict emission standards there, but it was available in Canada and other countries. The Stellar was replaced in Canada by the Hyundai Sonata for 1988.

Major specifications

  • Overall length: 4556 mm (179.3 in)
  • Overall width: 1716 mm (67.6 in)
  • Overall height: 1372 mm (54.0 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2579 mm (101.5 in)
  • Front track: 1445 mm (56.89 in)
  • Rear track: 1425 mm (56.10 in)
  • Curb weight: 1000 kg (2204 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1475 kg (3251 lb)
  • Wheel dimensions: 13 x 4.5 in or 13 x 5.5 in
  • Steering type: Rack and pinion
  • Front brakes: Disc
  • Rear brakes: Drum
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