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2007 Hyundai Veloster concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last February, we revealed that a production version of the Hyundai Veloster was in the works and would likely hit the market as a late 2011 or 2012 model. At the time, we were hoping for a modern reincarnation of the classic Honda CRX, and it seems like Hyundai may be answering our calls.

Speaking to Inside Line, Hyundai of America's President and CEO John Krafcik says the new machine will look 70% to 80% like the Veloster concept that we saw firsthand at the LA Auto Show in 2007, and it will feature some sort of unique styling element. Says Krafcik, "It might be doors or a unique roof or something with the hatch. But it won't be like anything out there before in the small car segment."

Krafcik goes on to say the car will be significantly smaller than the firm's own Genesis Coupe (not to mention the Kia Forte) and it will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-banger fortified with direct injection that will offer up 140 horsepower while returning over 40 miles per gallon.

"Think of it like a four-passenger Honda CRX. It'll be a little car you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage," he said. "Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio." Sounds like a winner. All that's left to figure out is the car's name, which may or may not end up being either Veloster or Tiburon.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like Audi's Shooting Brake concept rip off
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...a ripoff generally applies that people look at it and think it oh this looks just like such and such. I doubt 99.99% of those who see this car will think Audi or Audi ripoff. You're just reaching too hard here to find something it resembles in the slightest bit -- because it's of course a Hyundai...

        If you try this hard with any other manufacturer out there I bet you'll find what you call "rip offs" happening everywhere. Give it a rest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everything is a "rip-off" to you - lol!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not an exact copy i must admit, and its decently looking, but the styling of the headlights and some of the interior features is quite similar to the Shooting Brake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Out of the 3, I'd argue that Nissan/Infiniti has the least platform overlap between their mainstream and luxury brands while Toyota/Lexus has the most. I would agree that Nissan and Infiniti tend to fit the same interior to every single product, which really needs to change.

      Here is how the platform sharing stacks up:
      VW/Audi: Golf/Jetta/Eos/TT/A3/Tiguan/Passat/CC and Touareg/Q7
      Nissan/Infiniti: 370Z/G/M/EX/FX and Armada/QX
      Toyota/Lexus: Prius/HS, Camry/Solara/Avalon/ES/RX/Highlander/Venza/Sienna, GX/4Runner/FJ Cruiser, and LX/Land Cruiser
        • 5 Years Ago
        Prius/HS? The HS is based on the Toyota Avensis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay. I read (don't ask me where, for I don't remember) that the Prius was its own, separate platform not shared with any other Toyota product. The writers were getting down to model codes and there was conflicting information. I don't think any of them really knew what they were talking about, so yeah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So is the Prius, except with a torsion bar rear suspension.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get so frustrated when I see / read something like this. I used to own a CRX. Great car BUUUUUT the rear window(s) was impossible to see out of. Now it seems like every car that wants to be compared to the CRX has to replicate it's absolute worst feature.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think of it like a blatant copy cat of the Austin Martin
        • 5 Years Ago
        Austin Martin, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhh, this concept is from 2007 - if anything Aston "copied" Hyundai.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet! I wouldn't be surprised if Hyundai picks up where Honda left off in terms of zippiness and tossability.
      Sign me up too!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ SimbaDog

        Your dream car...
        http://mycomputerninja.com/?p=260
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or as a 4 passenger vehicle like a Honda CRX, are they picking up where Mazda left off with the MX3...
        • 5 Years Ago
        why honda has completely failed to reincarnate the CRX is beyond me. It was my first car 10 years ago, and i must say to this day was one of the most fun things i've ever driven. When things get good, i'm really thinking about buying a CRX rolling shell so i can build another one from the ground up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        count me in as well for a daily driver if it's half as good as they're promising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may be the "hot hatch" I've been waiting for Hyundai to build, and for me to buy.

      My two biggest concerns:
      1) C-pillars that are too wide and create huge blind spots are a deal-breaker for me
      2) From my own limited experience and those of reviews I've read, Hyundai does not seem to be able to produce a Honda or BMW quality manual transmission. I want "crisp and precise", not "soupy", "vague", "unbalanced", like they are invariably described thus far.

      I currently have a MINI Cooper (hardtop) and the great getrag stick-shift and the near-zero blind spots are two of my biggest "pluses" for the car.

      I want Hyundai to make its own MINI Cooper of sorts. It needn't be retro, or anything. It just needs to be a jewel inside and out, have all the options I have now (xenons, heated seats, nav, etc...) and do the driving dynamics exceptionally well, the way the MINI does. Are they up to the challenge? Until then, I'll just stick with the MINI, and if Hyundai fails, I'll probably get another MINI (or Alfa MiTo, or equivalent) when the time comes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be awesome to see the Genesis Coupe's powertrain in this concept! Not like it would ever happen tho.. haha
      • 5 Years Ago
      sign me up! seems like a good economical and fun ride.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ sanimalp

        Is that CRX SiR true? I never saw anything about it? Thats sick!
        I just hope it doesnt cost too much!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a pathetic try to copy the original CRX, don't worry the CR-ZX will come and and kick this Hyundai's ass so bad that it will hit the cash 'n' clunkers program.

        http://i42.tinypic.com/2cnzfqh.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I'm intrigued. It's not like Honda builds Hondas anymore, what with the electric steering and strut suspensions and ever-increasing size and heft--the new Si is nowhere near as much fun as it ought to be.

        I'd love for another automaker to take up the lightweight, mechanically direct, good-handling cause, whether it's Hyundai or anyone else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1) the CRX SiR is an April Fools if you read it.

        2) the original CRX is the best 'green' model out there, if you read the article in Automobile and agree. It was a good car first and a green car second. The car only had 60hp but weighed less than a ton.

        If Veloster manages to keep the wieght down by today's standard and shoehorn in the Forte motor, I'm signing up day 1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just what we need form Honda, another door stop shaped car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks more like a Kia than a Hyundai. Note the similarity of the roof, A-pillars, belt line, fender arches, and recessed tail lights to the Soul. Companies need more design discipline to separate their brands. Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti, and VW/Audi are particularly egregious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zamafir, I think you're missing the point. All of my examples were about styling. The Golf, Jetta, and Passat (pre- '09 versions) front ends are very similar every Audi front end. Chroming the bumper isn't particularly different. The relationship seems very clear to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        vw/audi? really? The only one of the three pairings you mentioned that uses different platforms but all but two of their cars, only one overlapping, within each segment? Where's the similarity between the A4 and Jetta? Passat and A6? Q7 and Touareg? Tiguan and Q5. Sit in a G37 and it's clear you're in an altima with a new nose and tail, the quality of materials, the obnoxious cowling around the steering wheel, and the same holds true for many of Lexus' models which feel very much like toyota's products with simply a different center stack wood treatment inside and are very clearly based on various toyota cars outside. Both a result of basing the same model off the same platform. But Audi and VW don't share platforms within the same segments, their interiors feel nothing a like, and there's no clear relationship on the outside. care to explain? aside from picking the only viable luxury car makers worth their salt with non luxury brands as well?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks very mean and angry, if that's what you want in a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The back needs a bit of work, but other than that sign me up as well. A CRX type vehicle has been sorely missed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather a 4 passenger Honda CRX myself....one can dream right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too true. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then just buy the rear bench seat from the JDM CRX, while it doesn't give you much room you could technically call it a 4 seater.... though my friend has it in his CRX and I can't really fit back their.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or, one could hope that the proposed CR-Z will amount to something good. Again, one can only hope.

        http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/
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