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Old 02-14-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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A performance version of the Hyundai i40 is under consideration alongside a new Hyundai i30 hot hatch, a senior company executive has confirmed. Allan Rushforth, Hyundai Europe’s chief operations officer, said at the launch of the all-new i30 that Hyundai had to act on its rapid expansion in Europe with models that extended beyond its budget roots.
“A Hyundai GTI? That’s not just a C-segment question [i30], but a D-segment [i40] one as well,” said Rushforth. “We have talked about such cars and are considering versions not only with more performance, but dynamic improvements to ride and handling, too.”

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Such cars were necessary for Hyundai “if we are to expand on being a good value, reliable and low CO2 brand”, according to Rushforth, adding “we have to do something with products that bring our company to life”.
Hyundai recently confirmed that it would launch a performance ‘Turbo’ version of its new Veloster coupe in Europe this summer. The car will bring turbocharging to its modern 1.6-litre four-cylinder ‘Gamma’ direct-injection petrol engine for the first time, and Rushforth said the firm was open to more turbocharging in the future.

“We recognise the attributes in bringing down emissions and improving low-end performance with turbo engines,” said Rushforth. “We are working on this technology; watch this space.

“When you consider the whole life costs, clearly we have to keep an eye on high-revving, high stress [normally aspirated] petrol engines.”

Rushforth indicated the firm would look to expand its turbocharged offerings from 2013, when the firm is also expected to undertake a wider roll-out of the dual-clutch transmission technology it has recently launched in the Veloster.

“The Veloster is the first step for our dual-clutch technology,” he said. “It’s a starting point for us and we’ll look at how we can adapt it across the range.”
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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kill it with fire, lots and lots of fire.

I dont know why but i have an irrational hate for hyundai
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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kill it with fire, lots and lots of fire.

I dont know why but i have an irrational hate for hyundai
Cool, enjoy your stay in 1995.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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kill it with fire, lots and lots of fire.

I dont know why but i have an irrational hate for hyundai
At least you acknowledge it's irrational.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Isn't the veloster supposed to be the GTI rival?
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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Isn't the veloster supposed to be the GTI rival?
It's smaller, think Fiesta, Polo, ect...
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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Isn't the veloster supposed to be the GTI rival?
Hyundai is in a rapid expansion mode. They seem less concerned about the potential overlaps in the line up, and more about putting a competitive product in as many segments as they can.

Kind of the opposite of the other car maker that starts with an H.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:07 PM   #8
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not only that, there cars actually looks much better looking then most imo..
cant say the same about honda, toyota, even subaru..
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:09 PM   #9
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I agree.... look at Toyota's new Camry. Rear end looks hideous...
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:48 AM   #10
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I agree with the exception that the new Camry looks better than it has in years.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:11 AM   #11
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Along the same lines Toyota really missed the boat on the Corolla S. They had a decent motor and all they had to do was take a chance with firm suspension tuning and some frame/chassis support. It could have been the newish SR-5.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
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Along the same lines Toyota really missed the boat on the Corolla S. They had a decent motor and all they had to do was take a chance with firm suspension tuning and some frame/chassis support. It could have been the newish SR-5.
Somehow I think you meant the Corolla XRS, with the old high revving Celica motor. The Corolla S never caused any waves in the automotive landscape.
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I meant they had a motor in the parts bin.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #14
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The old 20V 1.8 is dead. High-revving is not EPA rating friendly. pity.

I do agree that the new Camry is a nicer piece than the outgoing one, especially on the interior. Still dull as dishwater and no stick, but at least it's not aggressively dull.
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I agree with the exception that the new Camry looks better than it has in years.
Because they took the front end from the last generation Acura TSX, instead of innovating, they just borrowed.





I hope Hyundai continues their "bold" streak and starts introducing wagon variations of their popular models, like the Sonata or even the Genesis (sedan). It makes me crazy that every good wagon has disappeared from the USA.
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