• Sep 26th 2008 at 5:30PM
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Hyundai is headed to the Paris Motor Show with a bevy of environmentally friendly models and concepts. In addition to bringing along production-intent vehicles like the new i20, Genesis Coupe and Genesis sedan, the automaker will showcase two new concepts that will also carry its blue theme. Remember, blue is the new green. Anyway, the i20 blue features aero tweaks and low rolling-resistance tires in order to improve its efficiency, but it's the Santa Fe hybrid that's a bit more interesting. That new model features an electric motor that puts out 30kW of power along with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine. Both powerplants feed their power through a six-speed automatic transmission with revised gear ratios optimized for fuel savings. A 270V lithium-polymer battery pack sends the juice to the electric motor, and it all adds up to 38 mpg in the U.S. and carbon emissions of 148 g/km. We'll be in Paris to see these things up close and personal, so stay tuned.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems to me there was an article about someone driving a Santa Fe diesel across Australia and getting over 50mpg. If that's true, then this hybrid is a step backward. Furthermore, imagine making that diesel part of the hybrid setup. That would be incredible fuel economy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Then add biodiesel into the mix!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish it was my job to travel to some of the best auto shows in the world. *sigh*
        • 7 Years Ago
        work for Car and driver.. better yet, autoblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well this just makes the Ford Escape Hybrid look bad if those numbers are anywhere near real.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Santa Fe is about a foot longer so they're a bit more room to put batteries.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drive a 2007 Santa Fe that I love everything about except the mileage, which is not awful for the type of vehicle, but just needs to be improved.

      i am definitely there for this hybrid. to me, this would then be the perfect vehicle, unless of course that drives the price to $45k or something, in which case one of the things i like best about it, which is what you get for your dollar, would not be the case.

      but that's not really hyundai's style, so i'm not too worried. i just hope they make it more than a concept.
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