At a media event in Los Angeles, California, Hyundai president John Krafcik said that they expect their new sports coupe to get around 40 miles per gallon. If they can reach that goal, it would mean that the new Korean coupe would best the new 2011 Honda CR-Z, which gets 36 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway.

The new Hyundai, which will either be called the Veloster or Tiburon, will get its outstanding fuel economy from a four-cylinder motor. No fancy hybrid system for this little car.

At the event, Krafcik also said that the sports coupe would be a great performing car, along with its top-notch fuel economy. The motor should be a 1.6-liter with 140 horsepower and since there are no battery packs, the weight should be low as well.

When talking to Autoblog, Krafcik made it clear whom the new car was for. Hyundai will look to attract young people with additional technology, such as a large screen in the dashboard.

With the ability to get 40 mpg from a normal motor, Hyundai is putting a big thorn in the side of all those sports hybrids. The plain four-cylinder will mean that the car will be cheaper than the CR-Z and around the same price as the Ford Fiesta. We hope that the new sports Hyundai will live up to these high expectations.


Source: AutoBlog

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  (399) posted on 06.28.2011

Wow That’s great ! Finally, they have planned to built a more powerful engine for the Veloster since this model used the smallest engine! However, its kind of sad that it will available on the later part of 2012!

  (383) posted on 06.28.2011

Talking about the look of this car, I have to say that it has an amazing styling. The interior is really great and will surely leave your jaw dropped! However, when it comes to the performance, its still need more upgrade on the engine.

  (474) posted on 03.1.2011

what do they mean by “ modern safety standards” does it mean that they were making a new production? But though this Hyundai concept looks interesting, but the front end looks (to me) like a blend of Ford Fiesta and Mitsubishi Lancer

  (337) posted on 03.1.2011

I’d argue that Nissan/ Hyundai has the least platform overlap between their mainstream and luxury brands while Toyota/Lexus has the most. I would agree that Nissan and Hyundai tend to fit the same interior to every single product, which really needs to change.

  (216) posted on 08.1.2010

I’m already not liking the grille. But I’m sure it’ll look decent, overall

  (434) posted on 06.28.2010

I’d be pretty dissapointed if this car only got 40 MPG considering this same 1.6 Gamma engine gets 43 MPG EU or 40 MPG US already without GDI in cars like: i20, KIA Cee’d, KIA Venga, Chinese Spec Accent (New Verna) and using an ancient 4 speed at that.

  (571) posted on 06.27.2010

HMM it’s not that much appealing as the Fiesta and Mazda 2.

  (859) posted on 06.25.2010

enough said.. there are too many car that promises that kind of MPG but after a year that number will decrease to 35MPG..

  (1023) posted on 06.24.2010

40MPG only? so it means that the new Mustang has a better engine than this.. better pick the mustang than this.. I have the performance at the same time I got the Fuel-Eco engine.

  (387) posted on 06.23.2010

don’t make any promises Hyundai.. just do what you the way.. I like the 31MPG of the new Tucson.. are we’re planning to buy a 4x4 Tucson this year..

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