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Geneva 2012: Hyundai

  • All-new i20 model the main focus for Hyundai
  • Hyundai reveals i30 Wagon with extra load space
  • Boot capacity increases to 528 litres

Written by Parkers Published: 6 March 2012 Updated: 6 March 2012

The star of the Hyundai stand was the all-new i20.

The firm also showed off an i30 estate, and a new range extender concept known as I-ONIQ

Parkers Pick – i20

  • What is it? An all-new version of the firm’s small hatchback, the i20.
  • Vital stats and facts: The headline figure is a three-cylinder diesel engine, which when coupled with Hyundai’s Blue Drive efficiency-boosting technology is capable of 74bhp and CO2 emissions as low as 84g/km – the lowest of any conventionally-powered cars. A 1.4-litre diesel engine, producing 89bhp, will also be offered. Like the petrol engine it will dip below the 100g/km mark.
  • Why would you buy it? It’s incredibly economical and will be seriously cheap to run.
  • Why wouldn’t you? Cars such as the Toyota Yaris Hybrid are even more efficient, and company car drivers will see benefits from running a petrol car rather than a diesel one.
  • Prices and launch date: Not clear at this time.

What else is on the stand?

There was a Wagon version of the i30. Basically an estate, it uses the same set of three engines the hatchback has. Boot space increases from 378 litres in the hatchback i30 to 528 litres in the Wagon. With the rear seats folded down the Wagon’s load space goes up to 1,642 litres.

The Veloster, the firm’s three-door coupe, gains a turbo and now makes 184bhp. That’s enough for it to hit 60mph in 8.4 seconds. See Car Magazine’s full story here.

Hyundai also showed a concept named I-ONIQ. Effectively it’s a four-seat car powered by a range extender electric powertrain assisted by a 108bhp, 1.0-litre, three cylinder petrol engine. This means CO2 emissions of 49g/km are possible, and also a theoretical maximum range of 435 miles.

For more coverage from the Geneva Motor Show click here.