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Clean fun from Hyundai

By SYF77 on 26 Jun 2010

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Hyundai’s upcoming small sports coupe will pierce the 40 miles-per-gallon barrier, according to Hyundai Motor America president John Krafcik.

In an interview at Los Angeles, Krafcik told reporters that with this figure, its coupe will be able to beat the new 2011 Honda CR-Z which despite having a hybrid powertrain, achieves only 36/39 city/highway when equipped with a CVT and 31/37 with a manual gearbox. The Hyundai coupe, which could be named either Veloster or Tiburon, will be able to achieve those figures with a conventional four-cylinder engine, avoiding the additional cost, complexity and weight of a gas-electric system.

Krafcik gave assurances that this model will not only beat the Honda in fuel economy but will also offer better performance as well as added utility with rear seats and better access. Krafcik explained that since its coupe isn’t powered by a highly expensive hybrid drivetrain, it’s likely to be priced lower.

Krafcik told Autoblog that the coupe will appeal to the world’s younger generation and increasingly auto-ambivalent consumers with additional technology. All Velosters are fitted with a large screen on the dashboard as standard equipment to manage connectivity features aside from the more conventional vehicle functions.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ferraricalifornia Jun 26 2010 04:49 PM

the front is copied wholesale from the Toyota AE86 coupe!!!
Tt_hh Jun 26 2010 05:01 PM
It's 140 bhp 1.6 with DSG
Ferraricalifornia Jun 27 2010 06:38 AM
so it's using the engine from the 2011 Avante too???

1.6GDI 140bhp....

if only Hyundai could put its power down on the road such as VW's turbocharged cars (1.2TSI 105bhp and 1.4TSI 122bhp)....

it would be a class beater....

cos i don't feel like i'm driving a 121bhp 1.6L avante/ 125bhp Forte or 164bhp 2.0L i45 when i went to test drive the cars....

felt more like 1.6L 110bhp and 2.0L 145bhp to me....
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