Hyundai has revealed three world premieres at the Paris Motor Show: its latest Europe-focused production car, the New Generation i30 three-door; its all-new motorsport contender, the rally-ready i20; and the ix35 Fuel Cell, ready for lease by public and private fleets. These new vehicles demonstrate the brand’s commitment to providing high quality innovation in Europe now, and in the future.
The New Generation i30 three-door extends the broad appeal of Hyundai’s ‘made for Europe’ C-segment range to an even wider audience, thanks to its new, more dynamic styling. Designed and engineered alongside its five-door Hatchback and Tourer siblings at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre in Germany, the newcomer is the first Europe-focused three-door C-segment car from Hyundai. New design touches are visible from every angle, including new front and rear fog lamps, a new-look mesh grille, a sharply-raked beltline and a sportier rear. The three-door retains the same high levels of quality and equipment, along with the clean and efficient powertrains as the rest of the New Generation i30 family.
As with previous participation in the WRC series with the Accent, the rally-ready i20 is equipped to meet the rigorous FIA specifications required to compete in today’s WRC competition and heralds a return to motorsport for Hyundai.
The production-ready ix35 Fuel Cell debuts in Paris and showcases Hyundai’s commitment to a clean and sustainable future. Benefiting from a visual make-over and technical upgrades, including a 24kW lithium-polymer battery and 100kW hydrogen fuel cell stack, it has a range of 588km (365 miles). Hyundai will begin series production of ix35 Fuel Cell in December 2012 with fleet deliveries beginning in 2013.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, said: “The Paris Motor Show is one of the major events on the European automotive calendar, so it is fitting that we have chosen this event to premier three major new vehicles from Hyundai. Each demonstrates an important element of the Hyundai brand, and together they reaffirm our commitment to Europe and its citizens − both today and in the future.
“The New Generation i30 three-door is the newest member of our truly European i30 family. With the rally-ready i20, we are prepared to take on the most technologically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer, proving our engineering excellence and helping to inspire future passenger car models. Finally, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a clear demonstration of Hyundai’s commitment to a sustainable future, which embraces viable, zero-emission powertrains.”
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