• Dec 22, 2010
Hyundai Veloster flashes its LEDs for us – Click above to watch video after the jump

Hyundai is bringing its hotly anticipated sports coupe to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and it appears from a new teaser video and microsite that that the car will indeed be called Veloster, ending months of speculation that the affordable model could be named something else (Tiburon, FS, π, etc.).

Hyundai has also released a video of the Veloster, but it's pretty low on the fulfillment meter and heavy on the teasing. The clip, which you can watch after the jump, tells us the Veloster will have a direct-injected engine, a dual-clutch gearbox, hit an estimated 40 miles per gallon and will come with Bluetooth connectivity. At this point we can only stare at the pretty blue LED lights seen above and continue to pour over camo-clad examples in spy shots.

*UPDATE: Through some Photoshop wizardry, readers Brendon and APV have managed to provide a better look at the Veloster. Click to see Brendon's image & APV's image. Thanks to both of you!

[Sources: YouTube, Hyundai]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They really need to get someone who speaks a language to help them with their naming. After the Key Assh-ole and Key Ass sore an' tow, they have Hi und I've-a lost 'er.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am looking forward to seeing the entire car, and hoping that it will be fun and sporty....but also priced well. I'm not shopping in 2011, but I may be in 2012...assuming the world doesn't end, which would suck for new car drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like fender ports, I am already sick of the LED running lamp fad.

      I applaud Audi for bringing us such a wonderus design, but now every Civic and Neon owner can shop at the local AutoZone and pick up these LED strips cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I first saw an A5 with them coming up behind me I damn near crashed my car. Until he turned his directional on and the DRL on that side of the car went out. Only time they look like FAIL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And by new Chrysler, I mean new Chrysler 300.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, and they look cheap. When correctly implemented, they still look good.

        The new Chrysler, for example, is not correctly implemented.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But... you do realize that the imposters look like complete idiots? It's the "real thing" that looks fantastic! I say keep it up. It's probably another 4-5 years before ALL exterior lighting on vehicles is LED. They're just that efficient.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How am I supposed to pronounce this? I can't come up with a way that doesn't sound stupid. "Vel-OS-ter" sounds like it's missing a syllable. "VEL-O-ster" sounds like "jell-o-ster," like a name out of the 60's or something. If I try to smooth the syllables out and make it one fluid word, it sounds an awful lot like "molester."
        • 4 Years Ago
        even better... on the actual car you can swap the E and the O...

        making Volester.

        then pop an M off another car... ta da! Molester!

        or even just add a / and a to the V ... /Volester.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai, copying isht since 1990
        • 4 Years Ago
        Still didn't prevent Aston Martin from copying the scalloped lower air ducts from the Veloster concept for the One-77.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DaVinci: what production cars do CURRENT "fluidic style" Hyundais copy? They don't copy anyone. They have beyond highly competent designers, and Kia has none other than Peter Schreyer, designer of the iconic original Audi TT. His Kia designs are stunning. Hyundai and Kia certainly floundered for years or decades, but they're totally on the right track now. They're the brands to watch for styling FIRSTS these days. That's just the way it is. The old stereotypes don't work anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fingers crossed on styling/visibility. Hyundai is on a roll, so expectations will be high.

      For those expecting monster performance, you are looking at the wrong segment.

      This is a CRX type car (though it will likely be a 2+2, not a 2 seater). Very small/light/economical with slightly better than economy car performance. 140HP GDI 1.6L is expected to be the shipping engine.

      Though I am really looking for something a bit bigger like the new Focus Hatch, I could be swayed by the styling/execution/pricing...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was ticked that it wasn't ready for LA Auto Show. Detroit doesn't get hot hatches, but the left coast does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Direct injection [assuming it's a Nu], twin clutch auto, and 40 MPG? Knowing what Hyundai now offers, it sounds promising. I DEFINITELY cannot wait.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How will this be differentiated from the Genesis coupe?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Veloster is based on the European Cee'd platform, not the Accent.

        It will also have an optional 205bhp turbo charged 1.6 L 4 cylinder in the future.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably smaller, less powerful and front-wheel drive for different - yet still fun - handling characteristics?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ConceptVBS,
        Come on, give us some of your inside scoop from corporate on this new Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Erik

        The Genesis coupe is an honest-to-goodness coupe based on the Genesis sedan platform (RWD) while the Veloster is a FWD hatchback based on the Accent platform. The base engine is a 2.0T in the Genesis coupe which is rated at 210 bhp where the Veloster will likely have a 1.6 with roughly 140 bhp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No hatch, no!
        • 4 Years Ago
        what are you talking about? ...this thing should be pretty cool. I'm not the biggest Hyundai supporter... but I'm looking forward to the full reveal of this and seeing them on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      one door on driver side...
      two doors on passenger side...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai and Kia are so much fun to watch these days. I'm even getting used to the name Veloster, it reminds me of Velociraptor. I think it's going to be shockingly interesting looking at that price point, maybe even CLS shocking, with other mfrs rapidly trying to come up with a competitor for this new niche.

      Hyundai seems intent on becoming an aspirational brand of sorts. Their cars just seem so well-styled, well-built and well-executed these days. And the Veloster still leaves room for true Sonata and Elantra coupes... : )
      http://artandcolour.blogspot.com/2010/08/and-heres-turbo-20t-coupe.html
      http://artandcolour.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-about-coupe-in-new-elantra-lineup.html
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