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Hyundai Veloster: Not Your Typical Coupe

Written by Annabel Choy. Posted under Vehicles on January 15th, 2011


Hyundai has finally introduced its intriguing three-door coupe at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS 2011). During the company’s press release, the South Korean car manufacturer company reveal to the audience a grand twist that nobody would have expected. The Hyundai Veloster has four doors: One on the driver side, two on the passenger side, and the last one at the back.

Certainly not your typical coupe, The Hyundai Veloster differentiates itself through its unique configuration. The Hyundai Veloster, deriving its name from the combination of the words”velocity” and “roadster”, is a glass-roofed hatchback car borrowing its platform from the Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra. It is the third in a series of cars styled by the company at its Namyang Design Center in Hwaseong, Korea.

Inside the Hyundai Veloster:

Back Shot of the Hyundai Veloster:

First intoduced at the 2007 Seoul motor show, the Veloster concept car slid quietly off sale in 2009.
Taking inspiration from original version, the unveiled Hyundai Veloster captures the spirit of the original concept at the same time as representing Hyundai’s new thinking in 2011.

Inspired by Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ form language, the Veloster has a distinctive black A-pillars, giving it a striking appearance, set above unique character lines in the bodywork. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille, bonnet scoop details, athletic wheel arches and wraparound headlights provide the Veloster with an assertive form at the front and side.

According to carmagazine.com.uk, the architecture of the new Veloster is taken from the Hyundai i30. “It’s front-wheel drive, and will feature engines such as Hyundai’s new downsized 1.6 direct-injection petrol turbo. A twin-clutch transmission – Hyundai’s first – is also available,” said the website.

Another site has reported a more detail version which claims:

“The Hyundai Veloster is packed with a direct-injected 1.6 liter 138 horsepower, 123 lb.-ft. (@ 4,850 rpm) torque, 4-cylinder engine. The couple comes in a A 6 speed manual gearbox (standard) while a 6 speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters is also available as an option. The DCT transmission is developed by Hyundai and is the first dual-clutch transmission from the company. The Veloster will also utilize Hyundai’s new BlueLink system, which is similar to OnStar used in GM vehicles, providing customers with automatic crash notification, vehicle diagnostics, etc.”

Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe Allan Rushforth has pitched in his sales talk earlier. “The new Veloster goes a long way to solving the inherent compromise of traditional coupe design, which sacrifices comfort and convenience for style. This exciting car offers progressive buyers a sleek and distinctive design in an innovative three-door coupe form that provides practicality as well as driving pleasure.”

“The Veloster embodies the evolution of the Hyundai brand in Europe: it’s our latest model to offer great looks in a thoughtfully-conceived package, and still has the well-established Hyundai characteristics of quality, safety and efficiency. We expect it to attract new customers to the brand when it reaches the European market later this year,” Rushforth concluded.

More details on Veloster, including powertrain and specification for the European market, will be available nearer the time of its European motor show premiere in Geneva in March 2011

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