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Is this the New Hyundai Elantra Touring

Euro-spec i30 may have a place in Korean carmaker’s U.S. line-up.

by on Sep.07, 2011

The new Hyundai i30 may reappear in the U.S. as the next Hyundai Elantra Touring.

It’s not always easy maneuvering your way around the Frankfurt Motor Show.  Even if you speak fluent German it’s difficult to interpret some of nuanced news that comes out of the show.  Like whether the new i30 Hyundai plans to unveil next week will make its way to this side of the Atlantic and reappear as the new Elantra Touring model.

That does appear likely, however, as Hyundai officials have already hinted that a hatch/wagon model would follow to offer an alternative to the current Elantra sedan.  The challenge has been to come up with a 2-box variant that would maintain the 4-doors visual stopping power – as this advance image of the i30 suggests Hyundai designers have accomplished.

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“The new-generation i30 is recognizable 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,” said Thomas Burkle, the maker’s chief European stylist. “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.”


First Drive: Hyundai Elantra

The perfect vehicle for turning your company mileage into a profit-sharing check.

by on Jun.02, 2011

As fuel sippers go, they don't come any more beautiful than Hyundai's new Elantra.

Correction: Hyundai did not work with Microsoft to develop the Elantra’s infotainment system, according to a spokesman for the automaker.

When you’re traveling on business, the amount your company pays for mileage does not change based on the car you drive. Nope, whether you drive a high-mileage hatchback or a heavy-duty full-size pickup, the rate that your company pays for business travel is probably fixed, or, at best, tied to fuel prices.

The bottom line? If you drive a fuel miser, you’ll pocket more money from your mileage check than if you drive something with enough horses to power the city water treatment plant. And now that filling your tank costs enough to make you faint, it might be time to buy something that costs less than a night at a swanky hotel to fill.

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Many recent Hyundais, such as this Elantra, seem to fit the bill. Hyundai has made a habit of introducing new cars rated at 40 mpg highway, including the midsize Sonata hybrid and of course, the subcompact Accent. The Elantra is also rated at 40 mpg. And that’s for a regular version with a six-speed automatic transmission. No strange continuously variable transmission. Not a special high-mileage version.