Hyundai today unveils three new models to a European audience at the 2011 Salon International de L'Automobilein Geneva. All three cars encapsulate the spirit of Hyundai's new brand slogan, 'New Thinking. New Possibilities.' - which itself is launched in Europe today.
Making its world premiere at the show, Hyundai's all-new, Europe-specific D-segment model, the Hyundai i40, takes centre stage. The Hyundai i40 was designed and engineered at Hyundai's R&D headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, to meet the exacting demands of European retail and fleet buyers. It is being unveiled in tourer form at the Show.
With the Hyundai i40, Hyundai sets out to make premium quality accessible to everyone, in line with its 'modern premium; philosophy. A number of features on Hyundai i40 are not yet available on some competitor cars, including heated, folding rear seats; an auto-defog system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen; and a heated steering wheel.
Furthermore, the Hyundai i40 demonstrates Hyundai's commitment to global leadership in 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 industry-leading Five Year Triple Care assurance package comes as standard on i40, featuring a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, five years' roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
The Hyundai i40 is joined on the Hyundai booth by the new Hyundai Veloster, the company's groundbreaking all-new three-door coupe that makes its European debut. The Hyundai Veloster features a unique 1+2 door configuration, which includes a rear door on the passenger side for greater useability, giving safe and easy access to the spacious interior without compromising the style and aesthetics of the coupe form.
The Hyundai Veloster redefines the sports coupe segment, with its unparalleled combination of real-world practicality, sporting looks and cutting-edge technology. 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 Hyundai Curb concept. Codenamed HCD-12, the compact Urban Activity Vehicle (UAV) features next-generation styling influenced by Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' form language. The Hyundai 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, 175 PS petrol engine.
Hyundai will also showcase the latest products to be developed under its Blue Drive sub-brand, further demonstrating the company's efforts to minimise its global corporate environmental impact. The Hyundai ix35 FCEV is Hyundai's third-generation fuel cell electric vehicle that includes a 55% improvement in driving range, a 15% increase in fuel efficiency and an 80% reduction in manufacturing costs compared to the previous generation. These enhancements help the SUV to cover 650 kilometres on a single charge.
Another Blue Drive innovation on the Hyundai booth is Hyundai Sonata HEV, the company's first full hybrid, that was developed entirely in-house by Hyundai and includes several technical firsts.Published 1 March 2011