• Mar 31st 2009 at 5:40PM
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With the Genesis Coupe coming into its own, the handwriting has been on the wall for Hyundai's front-drive Tiburon. Confirming what we first reported back in February around the Chicago Auto Show, the Korean automaker has now told AutoWeek that it plans to introduce a new model based on the 2007 Veloster coupe concept – a model that it hopes will capture a different demographic than the outgoing Tiburon.

John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America's CEO, has let slip that the car probably won't be badged Tiburon, and it will be at once smaller and less expensive than that car, occupying what the company is describing as an "eco-sport" marketing position.

The Tiburon's replacement will be based off the same front-wheel drive architecture that underpins the Accent and Elantra, packing a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and taking its design cues from the Veloster concept shown at the Seoul Motor Show in 2007. The Scion tC fighter is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and could find its way to U.S. shores in 2011 as a 2012 model.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is exactly what Hyundai needs - something to compete with cars in the range of the Scion tC.. Personally, I think they should continue using the Tiburon name as it goes back several years now - and has a pretty decent following..

      As for the front-end - yeah, I'd prefer this one on the Genesis Coupe as well.. I bet if enough people ask for it, we'll see an aftermarket front fascia from one of the many vendors making parts for the Coupe...

      Sal Collaziano
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anything can fight the Scion tC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car is sexy itself, I like it. But what's w/ the interior? Looks like a futuristic hair salon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      back=not so much... lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      That front end looks like they had a gander at the Aston 0ne77.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want them to badge this as a Kia. 'nuff said.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it. Rear is very cool too. Maybe not really functional, but definitely cool and with lots of character.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with the interior?
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, those seats look like something you'd find at a pinkberry yogurt shop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm...the koreans are up to big things.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They should re design the rear end.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else think the front is the spitting image of an Aston Martin One-77? Only with less sexy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia(part of hyundai) already made this type car.
      (FWD, 2dr, high performance, sexy design)

      it's name is 'kia pro cee'd'.

      but, According to hyundai press, this car is not a mechanical twin of pro cee'd.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. Pretty nice. Sporty suspension, coupe, FWD 1.6....taking the Mini route almost.
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