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The New 2012 Hyundai i30

The New 2012 Hyundai i30

The launch of the new generation Hyundai I30 generation i30 has certainly made its opposition take serious note. The new Hyundai i30 is one attractive looking hatchback with added levels of style and refinement, well at least compared to its predecessor.

The new-generation i30 was given its striking good looks by the team at Hyundai Motor Europe Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Hyundai’s focus on design over the last few years has clearly paid off.

A testament to Hyundai’s improvement in design was Martin Winterkorn’s, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, scrutiny of the Hyundai i30 hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year where he was also caught on camera praising steering wheel release lever amongst other things (see the video below).

Other than that, Hyundai recently won three awards at the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), of which two of the awards were for the interior and exterior design of the new second-generation Golf-sized Hyundai i30.

Since its launch in 2007, the i30 has defied the industry norm by recording increased annual sales with each passing year. Hyundai expects the new-generation i30 to maintain this growth trend, contributing to future sales success, growing brand awareness and improving perceptions of Hyundai in world markets.

In South Africa the new-generation Hyundai i30 will be available with a choice of two petrol variants, with power and torque outputs ranging from 95 kW and 157 Nm for the 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine to 110 kW and 178 Nm for the 1.8 litre in the top-end derivative.

The 1.6 litre engine is matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with the choice of manual shifting, while the 1.8 derivative comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Considering the power of these engines the claimed fuel consumption of these engines is rather frugal, at 6.4 and 6.8 litres/100 km for the 1.6 manual and automatic, and an exemplary 6.5 litres/100 km for the 1.8.

Looking at the exterior styling the Hyundai i30 has a rather sporty look. Some of the elemets which stand out the most are the; Hyundai’s signature frontal feature, the hexagonal-shaped grille, the rear aerodynamic design of stylish curvatures, the rear combination lamp that blends naturally into the wheel arches and the attractive alloys, 16 inch for the i30 1.6 and 17 inch for the i30 1.8, add a sporty touch to the complete picture.

The interior of the Hyundai offers improved levels of refinement which are now becoming synonymous with the Hyundai brand. Purchasers of the Hyundai will benefit from Hyundai’s new Flex Steer™ option which will allow drivers to vary the level of steering assistance and feedback in order to suit driving conditions and make the journey more pleasurable.  Three setting will be available; Comfort, Normal, or Sport Steering, with the buttons for this on the steering wheel.

Other key features on the interior are the large TFT cluster which provides driver information, Dual-zone climate control, multifunctional steering wheel,  a sound system that features 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, Bluetooth connection to a cell phone, and connecting sockets for Aux, iPod or USB music input. The sound system also includes the radio and a CD player that can accept MP3 formatted music files. Another key feature of the Hyundai i30 is the fold-away side mirrors that are electrically operated. The mirrors can also be heated on a cold morning for better visibility.

Customers will benefit from the new-generation i30’s roomier interior compared to the previous model.  Cargo capacity in the new-generation i30 is 378 litres with the rear seats upright, an increase of 10% compared to the original model.

From a safety perspective the Hyundai i30 has been awarded a five-star score in Euro NCAP’s impact assessment programme.

In South Africa the recommended retail pricing of the Hyundai i30 models is as follows:

i30 1.6 GLS Manual            R229900

i30 1.6 GLS Automatic      R 243900

i30 1.8 GLS Manual            R249900

For detailed road tests of the Hyundai i30 read the article from Car Magazine and SACarFan.

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