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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• 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


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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      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great bod, But hey! You need a nose job!
      Moe Khan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai may be on a roll, but their cars are nowhere near as good-looking as their platform-sharing, Kia stablemates.
      Sean Conrad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad panda. I'm sure it will sell better as a hatch than as a traditional shaggin' wagon, but it still saddens me to see another wagon leave us.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sean Conrad
        i don't get it. the normal i30 always was a hatch, it was just not offered in the u.s. they just gave you the elantra touring which in europe was known as the i30 cw, so what makes you think there won't be a touring/wagon of this new i30?!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sean Conrad
        Very true ... compact-based wagons continue to be rare, but are prized by the owners. I see many more old wagon Proteges, Escorts, Corollas, etc. than their same-age sedan cousins. This just looks like a slightly rounder, less attractive Forte hatch, and it's also too close in size to the Veloster. The current Elantra Touring has its own sweet spot in the segment (lots of features including leather for under $20k, and no other compact wagons to compete with). It's let down only by its dated powertrain; all it needed were six-speed transmissions and the new 160-hp 2.0-liter four from the Soul. Sure, this might be the most tasteful application of Hyundai's current design language so far, but like the rest of their "fluidic sculpture" models, resale value will suffer badly when the design becomes dated -- which won't take long. On styling alone, Kias will hold much better value after 5-7 years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's worth noting that we don't have the i30 in the states, we have the i30cw/i30 Estate. That said, if Hyundai wants to give us the i30 and the i30cw next time, I wont say no. In fact I'll say "I would like to test drive an SE manual, please."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Hyundai, Please take the new i30/Elantra Touring and add: 1. 274hp 2.0T from the Sonata 2. Six speed MANUAL with an LSD (a REAL LSD and not that e-diff garbage) 3. 18" wheels with summer rubber 4. More serious brakes, thinking twin piston calipers with 12.5"+ rotors up front 5. Tune the suspension properly 6. Proper sport seats with nice bolstering 7. Proper sounding exhaust, but without drone on the highway 8. Price below $22,000 You do this, and you will have enthusiasts lining up at your dealers doorsteps. I'll be one of them. Signed, A possible future customer
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't think Hyundai could sell that car for under $22k. The cheapest Sonata with a turbo is about $25k. Adding in the LSD, brakes, 18's, suspension work, and sport seats will cost more than the marginal difference in raw material costs between a compact and midsize car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Cleanest and most simple Hyundai to date IMO...I like.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You need a Hyundai/KIA Lover like myself as a Writer AB. Come on now, your writers are Nissan, MINI, BMW, Merc, and Honda Shills. At least be fair and use the services of a Hyundai Lover.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Danny Eckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, interior, funky headlights but that hideous seem along the hood and that ugly grill.....turn offs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB WRONG, THE i30 wasn't brought over to America as the Elantra Touring. The i30 CW was brought over to America as the Elantra Touring, and even in your Own Archives from LA 2008 AB it shows that the successor of the i30 CW has been approved for production for the US- not this i30 above. If Hyundai decides to make a last minute decision on it then fine, but it has been confirmed a long time age that the ix30 (which has been testing) will be the US Elantra Touring.
        • 3 Years Ago
        However, from what I've read, the new Elantra Touring will be heavily based on the new i30 anyway--it'll probably look like the new i30 but with the real Elantra nose and a different-looking "greenhouse."
          • 3 Years Ago
          Accent, Rio, Veloster, i30, Elantra, Forte, cee'd, i20, Verna, Solaris, Soul (Soon Blue Will) all run on the same basic platform structure. However, each car has it's various platform tweaks for a different feel. I think Hyundai's use of 1 basic Platform for a billion small cars, and getting those cars to all feel different is pretty awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
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