HYUNDAI has unveiled three new models to a European audience at the 2011 Salon International de L'Automobile in Geneva.
All three cars encapsulate the spirit of Hyundai's new brand slogan, “New Thinking. New Possibilities.” Making its world premiere at the show, Hyundai's all-new, Europe-specific mid-sized model, the i40, takes centre stage.
The i40 was designed and engineered at Hyundai's R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
With the i40, Hyundai sets out to make premium quality accessible to everyone, in line with its “modern premium” philosophy.
A number of features of i40 are not yet available on some competitor cars, including heated, folding rear seats; an auto-defog system that automatically detects and clears condensation; and a heated steering wheel.
Furthermore, the i40 demonstrates Hyundai's commitment to eco-friendly technology, with its 1.7-litre U-II diesel engine emitting as little as 113 g/km of CO2 – a best-in-class figure. In addition, the ‘Nu' 2.0-litre petrol engine makes its debut, delivering higher torque for enhanced driveability, improving fuel economy, reducing emissions, and providing greater refinement and durability compared to the outgoing 2.0-litre unit.
The i40 is joined on the Hyundai stand by the new Veloster, the company's groundbreaking all-new three-door coupe that makes its European debut. The Veloster features a unique 1+2 door configuration, which includes a rear door on the passenger side for greater usability, giving safe and easy access to the spacious interior without compromising the style and aesthetics.
With Hyundai's new six-speed double-clutch transmission and an efficient 1.6-litre GDI engine, the Veloster has CO2 emissions of just 132 g/km, completing the car's innovative package.
Another model making its European premiere is the Curb concept. Codenamed HCD-12, the compact Urban Activity Vehicle (UAV) features next-generation styling influenced by Hyundai's “fluidic sculpture” form language. The Curb serves as a test bed for future Hyundai Blue Link telematics technology, offering a broad range of connectivity options and runs a 1.6-litre, 129kW petrol engine.
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