Elantra revealed to Montgomery city leaders at preview party

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LOS ANGELES, CA (WSFA) - It's a small car already making big waves in the auto world.  But most folks will have to wait until Thursday morning to see the new Hyundai Elantra. However, Montgomery leaders, Hyundai executives, and some media members got a sneak peek a little early.

It may be a preview party for the Elantra, but for Mayor Todd Strange the trip to Los Angeles is a chance to move Montgomery forward.

"If Elantra really takes off like everybody thinks it is, what is that next step?  Another thing we want to accomplish is we want them to understand how important we think they are and how much we appreciate them," says Strange.

Hyundai executives are thrilled about the official unveiling of the Elantra and even though they're giving a sneak peek before the big show, they say no matter when the car is revealed, they believe folks are going to be shocked at what they see.

"We're getting now very confident in our ability to attract new buyers into our brand. We tried some really edgy styling, I think," says Executive Vice President of Sales for Hyundai Motor America, Dave Zuchowski.

Even the auto bloggers are impressed.

"I think it's gonna be a real stunning car in the smaller class it's in. I'm surprised at how stylish it is," says John Gilbert, a writer for various car websites.

Morgan Segal who writes for car magazines says, "I think it's a lovely design. It's very modern and has a unique look and should work really well with young buyers."

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