Offenbach, 27 September 2012 - 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 Europenow, 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 and wagon siblings at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre inGermany, 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.
Hyundai’s rally-ready i20 model highlights the brand’s dynamism and performance pedigree. 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.
Showing Hyundai’s commitment to a clean and sustainable future, the production-ready ix35 Fuel Cell debuts at the show. Benefiting from a visual make-over and technical upgrades, including a 24 kW lithium-polymer battery and 100 kW fuel stack, it has a range of 588 km. Hyundai will begin series production of ix35 Fuel Cell December this year with fleet deliveries beginning in 2013.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented, “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 toEuropeand its citizens – both today and in the future.”
“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 road-going models. Finally, the ix35 Fuel Cell is a clear demonstration of Hyundai’s commitment to a sustainable future which embraces viable, zero-emission powertrains,” he concluded.
The Paris Motor Show takes place from the 29th September to the 14th October. Hyundai’s booth is located in Hall 3, aisle D, stand number 417.
About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor -- which has six manufacturing bases outside ofSouth Korea including theU.S.,China,India,Russia,Turkey and the Czech Republic – sold 4.06 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
About Hyundai Motor Europe
In 2011, Hyundai achieved record sales in Europeof 398.129 units, taking a best-ever 2,9% market share. In May 2011, Hyundai achieved a landmark, passing 5.000.000 sales inEuropesince imports began in 1977. The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars in Europe, specifically for European customers. This includes the i30, which performed as Hyundai’s top-selling model in 2011, with 96.000 units sold. Hyundai sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500 outlets.
Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at http://www.hyundai.com/.
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