Hyundai is all set to storm the Sunday Times Motor Show Live, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 27 May to 6 June 2004, with three UK debuts.
Not only will the show see the UK debut of the company’s eagerly awaited new small-SUV, the Tucson, but two popular future prototypes will be on show together for the first time.
The Tucson (pronounced Too-son), is set to go on sale in the UK from the autumn, and is Hyundai’s new entry-level point into the 4x4 market, competing with the likes of the Toyota RAV-4 and Land Rover Freelander.
The Tucson features a ‘torque-on-demand’ four-wheel drive system, where the vehicle engine system detects when traction is lost and switches the car from front-wheel drive into four-wheel drive.
In addition the HCD8, a study of a possible future coupe design, and the CCS, a study of a convertible Coupe, will be on show (HCD8 until 31 May only).
The HCD8 is the brainchild of the Hyundai Design and Technical Centre in Irvine, California, and has won countless admirers since it was first shown at the Detroit Motor Show at the start of the year. Stylish and fast, but also practical and affordable, the HCD8 gives a strong indication of the future direction for the Hyundai Coupe.
The CCS is the product of Hyundai’s Russelsheim-based Research and Development Centre in Germany. With its unique three-phase slide-and-fold top mechanism (designed by Karmann, experts in the field of car roof conversions) the touch of a button can change the roof from a full glass cover, to an open roof to a full convertible. The reaction to the CCS has been so enthusiastic, Hyundai has also confirmed the concept will go into production – when it will undoubtedly become one of the most eye-catching convertibles on the market, and great value.
Hyundai will also be taking part in the Motor Show 4x4 Experience, where visitors can be driven around a challenging off-road course in a Santa Fe or Terracan.
Visitors can also take a Taster Test Drive in a Getz supermini, stylish Coupe or Matrix mini-MPV.
The other Hyundai models at the show will include the award-winning Getz, the Accent, Matrix, Sonata, Coupe, Trajet, Santa Fe and Terracan.
The Hyundai range at the show come with the UK’s only five year warranty – which is transferable between owners and has no mileage limit.Published 23 April 2004