Kia and Hyundai will both introduce stylish new hatchbacks at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The platform-sharing Kia cee'd and Hyundai i30 were both redesigned this year and introduced with five-door hatchback and station wagon variants. In Paris, we'll see sportier three-door models added to the mix: the 2014 Kia pro_cee'd and the 2014 Hyundai i30 three-door.

Matching the model range of the previous generation of each car, the three-doors should nicely complement the five-door versions of the cee'd and the i30 (known as the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra GT, respectively, in the U.S.). Despite their shared genetics, the cars are well distinguished from each other. We think the Kia is sharper-looking, with its signature "tiger nose" grille and wide, Scirocco-like rear end. Four different engine options, two gas and two diesel, are shared with the already-available five-doors.

While the the new Kia model makes sense, the three-door i30 might faces instant competition on the same showroom floor in the Hyundai Veloster. The i30's advantages are powertrain diversity and more traditional styling compared to the Veloster.

As good as both cars look, neither will be offered in the U.S. We'll have plenty of live photos available when the cars are unveiled on September 27.
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NEW GENERATION i30 THREE-DOOR TO DEBUT AT 2012 PARIS MOTOR SHOW

-Third member of New Generation i30 family to broaden range's appeal
-Dynamic styling incorporates new front, side and rear design features
-Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, for Europe

High Wycombe, 14 September 2012 − Ahead of its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the New Generation i30 three-door has today been revealed. The third member of the New Generation i30 family, the three-door joins the five-door hatchback and the Tourer to extend the broad appeal of Hyundai's 'made for Europe' C-segment range to an even wider audience.

Central to the appeal of the three-door is its distinctive, sporty styling. Incorporating Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' form language, the new model's sharply-raked beltline, more angular glasshouse silhouette and longer front doors provide it with a more dynamic profile, and the effect is enhanced by changes to front and rear styling.

A new, black-finished mesh insert and central bar accentuate Hyundai's hexagonal grille, which is flanked by new, sportier fog lamp clusters consisting of round spots connected to LED daytime running light strips. The mesh treatment is continued in the clusters, and the front-end design is completed by a newly-profiled lower bumper.

At the rear, the remodelled lower bumper area includes new horizontal, sculpted fog lamps that contrast with the upright units of the five-door. These lights and a new black insert at the bottom of the bumper create the impression of a wider, sportier rear design. Exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior transformation.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "The New Generation i30 three-door has been conceived solely for Europe, and will strengthen Hyundai's presence further in the segment where we have seen our greatest success since 2007. Just as important, its sporty looks − offering a fresh interpretation of fluidic sculpture − will generate greater brand awareness and enhance consumer perceptions of Hyundai in Europe."

New Generation i30 three-door retains the positive characteristics of the five-door, providing high standards of quality, equipment and comfort. Drivers will experience Europe-tuned ride and handling, and can alter the settings of the FLEX STEER system to change steering assistance depending on their preference and prevailing conditions.

The New Generation i30 is offered with a choice of four engines and five power outputs, together with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The highlight of the powertrain range is the 'U-II' 1.6-litre diesel engine, generating 128PS yet emitting only 97g/km of CO2. Together, these figures deliver the best power-to-efficiency ratio in the segment.

The New Generation i30 provides the best evidence yet of Hyundai's commitment to producing cars in Europe, for Europe − combining the design and engineering expertise of the team at Hyundai's European R&D Centre in Germany with the proven manufacturing excellence of the company's Czech factory.

Buyers of the New Generation i30 will benefit from 5 Year Triple Care, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years' roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.

The New Generation i30 three-door will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show during the company's press conference at 17:00 (CET) on Thursday 27 September 2012, on the Hyundai booth.

About Hyundai

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, which has ranked as the world's fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing over 75,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor sold approximately 4.1 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships and showrooms. Hyundai Motor UK Ltd has been named Best Car Manufacturer 2012 in the Car Dealer Power Awards 2012, Best Car Manufacturer 2011 by Which? magazine and Car Franchise of the Year by Motor Trader in 2010 and 2011. All passenger cars now come with Hyundai's industry-leading 5 year Triple Care package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at http://www.hyundai.co.uk


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World premiere for all-new Kia pro_cee'd at Paris Motor Show

Frankfurt, 13 September 2012 – Kia will reveal the third member of its second-generation cee'd family, the all-new pro_cee'd three-door hatchback, at the Paris Motor Show on 27 September.

The sophisticated new pro_cee'd features all the improvements made to the cee'd five-door and cee'd Sportswagon, while dramatically progressing the enhanced sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.

"This car embodies emotion and energy through and through," explains Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer. "You know from a single glance that this is a car you want to drive, not just own. Kia is on a distinctive design adventure and the all new pro-cee'd spearheads this forward looking journey."

Editors' Notes

Kia Motors Europe Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation. With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 25 markets in Europe.

About Kia Motors Corporation
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.5 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 149 countries.

Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$39 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


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      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      The inspiration for KIA's corporate face. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/03/16/dameedna460.jpg
      jp
      • 2 Years Ago
      The way the grille connects to the headlight is a pathetic copy of the new 3 series. The rest is a pathetic copy of an Alfa Romeo Mito.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jp
        Then go buy one of those two. Oh wait....one isn't even sold in the US. Stop complaining. Be happy it's a sharp looking hatchback and not another crossover.
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well this model has copied the silhouette of the Ford Focus which copied the Honda Civic of the 80s-90s. The interior still has a Mickey Mouse console, but has one thing going: the exterior is clean and simple, doesn't have the ugly catfish grille of the Focus!
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        This looks about as much like the Focus as it looks like a '59 Continental. Please get real.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @techie69
        Pretty horrible comparisons since none of the cars you mentioned look like each other.
      ablogreadr
      • 2 Years Ago
      koreans match the europeans ! this thing is just as ugly as the new renault clio :p
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia/Hyundai the biggest copy/paste found a new victim: Peugeot/Renault. This is getting ridiculous.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeese the anti-Korean bigots are out today....they cant believe that Kia is making such good looking cars. The fact that the Optima looks so much better than anything from BMW makes them crazy....they MUST find something bad to say in order to support their injured pride.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Are you saying that anyone that doesn't praise Kia or Hyundia is a bigot?
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        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        A least it would have squeezed a little style and quality out of a dreary VW shitbox.
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      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who'd have thought just a few years ago that Kia of all companies would be creating objects of desire like this. The Koreans have truly become a force to be reckoned with in the automotive world. I once thought their designs to be laughable but now I would seriously consider buying a Korean car...and that is sadly not something I would say about GM or Chrysler (with the exception of the ATS and Dart).
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy sweet jesus, that thing looks amazing. Pro cee'd with the 2.0T, 6 speed manual with LSD. That would make one hell of a Mazdaspeed3 and Focus ST competitor.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      as other people mentioned ,the front is a total rip off of the 3 series. whey they would copy that i dont know... the rear reminds me of certain Seats or Peugeots
        Ben Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Lee
        the headlights remind me of the last gen 5 series with the little wing...
      Dantzig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, that's a good looking Kia! Hope it has the performance to match the looks...
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