Geneva motor show 2011 - Hyundai Veloster

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Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Veloster
One of the more interesting cars at the Geneva show is the Hyundai Veloster, which is making its European debut.

Part coupe and part crossover, it follows the Mini Clubman by having two doors on one side and only one on the other – but unlike the Mini, the two doors will always be kerbside, regardless of market.

When it arrives in the UK, the Veloster will be 'priced between the Renault Megane Coupe and VW Scirocco' – the company is aiming for a start point somewhere between £17,500 and £18,000.

It is based on the same architecture that underscores Hyundai’s i30 compact car range and the Cee’d family from partner company Kia.

The Veloster wears Hyundai’s new corporate nose, unlike the 2007 concept car that preceded it, and has more conventional rear lights astride its glass hatchback.

The interior has been completely rethought, too. It uses a new centre console design that will make its debut in Hyundai’s i40.

Taking cues from the Audi TT, the styling of the Veloster cabin is particularly impressive and benefits from notably high-quality materials.

Initially, the Veloster will be available with two 1.6-litre engines. The more powerful unit generates 136bhp and 123lb ft of torque and comes hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The less powerful engine has 130bhp and 117lb ft of torque. It is connected to Hyundai’s first dual-clutch transmission. Company engineers expect 5-6% better economy than would be achieved with a manual ’box.

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