The Hyundai i30 isn't just any ordinary Euro-market compact hatchback. Flash back to 2009 and remember that the i30 was brought over to the United States as the Elantra Touring, and while it didn't make an enormous splash, Hyundai officials tell us they are still committed to offering the Touring model here in the States. And with a stylish new i30 ready for the importing, the rakish Elantra sedan will now have an attractive five-door counterpart to do battle with the Ford Focus and Mazda3.

Up until now, the rear end of the i30 had been a mystery, and now that we've given the car a full walk-around, we're quite happy with the way Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language has been presented on this hatchback. The rear fascia gets the same sort of mildly aggressive look as the front, and the whole package looks nicely rounded-out. See for yourself in our attached high-res image gallery, and look for the i30 to head Stateside before you know it.


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HYUNDAI REVEALS FIRST PHOTOS OF NEW-GENERATION i30
• Quality and refinement for new-generation i30 inspired by the segment above
• Next evolution of fluidic sculpture form language revealed on newcomer

Sep. 7, 2011 - Hyundai Motor Company revealed the first photos of the new-generation i30, ahead of the carís world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) next week, showing an exciting new look for the companyís best-selling C-segment hatchback.

Hyundai expects the new-generation i30 to build on the remarkable success of the original model ñ the companyís first car launched with the ëií prefix, introducing a new nomenclature and heralding a new era for Hyundai in Europe.

The original i30 was also the first model to be designed and engineered in Europe, the first to be produced at the companyís state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic, and the first Hyundai car to receive five stars from Euro NCAP.

After its July 2007 launch, the i30 went on to increase its sales in Europe every year, attracting 115,000 buyers in 2010 ñ the highest-ever annual sales figure for an individual Hyundai model in Europe ñ and achieving total sales of more than 350,000 units up to mid-2011.

Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in R¸sselsheim, Germany, the new-generation i30 represents a further evolution of the unique Hyundai form language, ëfluidic sculptureí, displaying the companyís distinctive design DNA.

Thomas B¸rkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented: ìThe new-generation i30 is recognisable thanks to the Hyundai family face with its signature hexagonal-shaped front grille and the jewel-like design of the headlamps, together with distinctive daytime running lights. These lights present an angular shape within a more softly-edged recess, adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury.î

ìThrough the profile of the new generation i30, a strong character line runs over the front and rear wheelarches all the way to the tail lamps. A softer, lower character line rises up the carís flank creating a play of light and shadow ñ a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture,î Thomas B¸rkle concluded.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, ìWe expect the new-generation i30 to appeal to young, progressive buyers who want a car that not only performs well but looks great too. In this way, the new-generation i30 will contribute to future sales success, growing brand awareness and improving perceptions of Hyundai among European consumers.î

ìThe car has been designed to take on the leading vehicles in the C-segment and join the all-new i40 as a quality benchmark for Hyundai. Our ultimate customer care package, Five Year Triple Care, will be a valuable point of differentiation for the new-generation i30 in its highly competitive class,î Allan Rushforth added.

The award-winning Five Year Triple Care package provides five years of unlimited-mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.
The companyís press conference will take place in Hall 6 at 12:00 (CET) on Tuesday 13th September 2011.

About Hyundai Motor Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group which has ranked as the worldís fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor, which has six manufacturing bases outside of South Korea, sold approximately 3.6 million vehicles globally in 2010. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships and showrooms. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through about 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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