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Hyundai Brings Back Veloster and Its Hot Hatch Friend, the N

N performance brand comes to the U.S. for the first time.

by on Jan.17, 2018

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N gives the South Korean automaker a viable entry in the hot hatch segment.

Hyundai’s enjoyed a run of well-received sedans and now it’s hoping it can sprinkle some of that magic on the second edition of a “passion project” that wasn’t so well received the first time around: the 2019 Veloster.

The South Korean automaker’s quirky asymmetrical three-door hatchback hasn’t sold well in recent years. However, with the revival of the hatchback, the company is giving the Veloster another chance at success.

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The updated model comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter engine delivers a peak output of 147 horsepower and 132 foot-pounds of torque and a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. (more…)

2019 Veloster: Hyundai Heats Up Its Hot Hatch

Quirky - and proud of it.

by on Jan.08, 2018

Hyundai's distinctive Veloster hatchback is getting a makeover for the 2019 model-year.

There’s something endearingly odd about the Hyundai Veloster.  The Korean carmaker’s hot hatch was a quirky visual standout when it made its debut seven years ago, and it gained momentum with a turbocharged performance post a few years later.

Now, Hyundai’s giving us a sneak peek at the second-generation Veloster ahead of its official debut at the North American International Auto Show later this month. And while it retains some of the quirky and endearing touches of the original – including the unusual asymmetric door layout – it gets a more aggressive look that Hyundai designers like to call a “city rally car.”

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Both the base and turbo models are back for 2019. And word has it we just might also see a true performance model, part of Hyundai’s new “N” line, that could deliver as much as 271 horsepower.

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Hyundai Hammered by Two New Veloster Recalls

Hatchback problems include faulty parking brakes and shattering sunroofs.

by on Dec.19, 2012

The Hyundai Veloster.

We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of vehicles recalled for safety related problems over the last several years, but it’s nonetheless unusual to see a manufacturer hammered by two separate service actions in one week.

And, in this case, both of the recalls impact the same vehicle, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.  The more serious of the two involves shattering sunroofs, the second recall focusing on faulty parking brakes.

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The two recalls target about 18,000 vehicles – though, in fact, some of the hatchbacks may be covered by both of the service actions.

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Hyundai Offers Peek at Veloster C3 Roll-Top

Concept could be headed for production, officials hint.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Hyundai is giving serious consideration to producing the roll-top Veloster C3 concept.

Hyundai offered an imaginative open-air reinterpretation of the popular Veloster coupe during a preview at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The C3 convertible 3-door concept vehicle unveiled at the LA show features a dual-function convertible soft top that rolls backwards and forwards – somewhat like the system used on the Fiat 500C – and a tailgate to replace the standard Veloster’s hatchback.

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“We were inspired by the proverb ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss,’” explained Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai Design North America. “The Veloster C3 Roll Top concept offers the ‘no strings attached’ freedom of a roll top convertible and customizable utility that fits an everyday to a play day dual lifestyle.”

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Hyundai Transforms SEMA-tuned Veloster into Velocity Concept

Poseur no more.

by on Oct.16, 2012

What happens when you pump 400 hp out of a Hyundai Veloster? You get the Velocity Concept.

If there were any significant complaints when the quirky little Hyundai Veloster first hit the road it was a lack of performance – a polite way of saying the original version was slightly slower than a snail.  Hyundai clearly signaled its intent to resolve that problem with a sportier turbo concept it debuted at the annual SEMA aftermarket show last autumn.

For those who think the turbo version still leaves a little lacking, perhaps they might want to check out Hyundai’s newest Veloster-based show car which will make its appearance at the 2012 Specialty Equipment Marketers Assoc. gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center later this month.

Poseur no more, the Hyundai Velocity Concept is designed to deliver everything possible from the edgy little hatchback – and to let us wonder just whether some of the tricks we’re seeing might eventually land in the showroom.

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The project is a joint venture teaming the Hyundai America Technical Center in Irvine, California – known as HATCI – and the race wizards at Cosworth who provided significant engine upgrades including modified pistons, rods, fuel management and a high-boost, intercooled turbo.  That’s enough to deliver a full 400 horsepower – just a whisker short of twice the stock Veloster Turbo’s 201 hp — and 350 pound-feet of torque from the compact 1.6-liter direct-injected inline-four.

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First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Upping the fun factor.

by on Jun.27, 2012

Hyundai pumps it up with the new Veloster Turbo.

The Hyundai Veloster has been turning heads ever since the South Korean automaker rolled it out last autumn.  If the quirky little hatchback had a downside it was an anemic powertrain that limited its fun factor.

To their credit, Hyundai officials listened to the critiques and responded with unexpected speed, a new Veloster Turbo ready to hit market for the 2013 model-year that is bound to win over even more fans looking for a car that’s both cool and now has ample power to back its ambitions.

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The restless folks at Hyunda Motor America have also tweaked the Veloster’s still fresh exterior design with the turbo version while adding more equipment.  The results should provide some serious competition for more established nameplates in this class such as the Volkswagen GTI, the Honda Civic Si and the Mini Clubman.

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Hyundai Share Could Slip in Face of Vehicle Supply Shortage

Breaking bottlenecks in the search for more product.

by on Jun.22, 2012

Hyundai may be struggling to boost sales but it continues adding new models, including the 2013 Veloster Turbo.

One of the fastest growth spurts in the auto industry could soon come to a screeching halt.

Hyundai’s sales momentum is running into a serious obstacle as the maker slams into severe constraints on production capacity, cautioned U.S. chief executive officer John Krafcik, the maker struggling to free up supplies from Korea and break production bottlenecks at its plant in Alabama.

“This is something you’re going to hear us say over and over again,” he said. “We have about a 32-day supply, which is the lowest industry,” said Krafcik.

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During a preview of three new models, Krafcik notd Hyundai had sold more than 60,000 cars in each of the last three months and is on track to do it again during June. And that despite now having the lowest incentives in the industry.  But sales would have run even higher had dealers had enough inventory, Krafcik warned.

“We’re pretty well tapped out,” he said, warning that the capacity constraints will continue for awhile.

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First Look: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Now, it's the little engine that could.

by on Jan.09, 2012

Hyundai puts the Veloster Turbo on steroids, bumping horsepower up by nearly 50%.

The Hyundai Veloster is certainly a head-turner, but the unusual 3-door coupe that came to market last year was more poseur than powerhouse, with a little engine that couldn’t.  No more.  In a surprisingly rapid response to customer demand, the maker is rolling out a new turbo model for 2013.

Hyundai officials admit they were taken a bit by surprise.  They didn’t think the market would want a truly sporty version of the little Veloster, which features twin doors on the passenger side and a single door on the driver’s side – plus a hatchback.  But the desire for more power became quickly apparent as media and buyers alike raved about the Veloster’s basics but lamented its lack of performance.

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“The Turbo further broadens Veloster’s hero role in the Hyundai line-up to attract our next generation of buyers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America.

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First Drive: Hyundai Veloster

Quirky little three-door’s fast styling hides fuel sipper underneath.

by on Jan.06, 2012

The Hyundai Veloster looks like a sports car and handles like a sports car, but it sips fuel like an econobox.

Where is it written that fuel efficiency has to mean boring? Why does saving money at the gas station mean conforming to normal? Why can’t a fuel sipper also be fun to drive?

Hyundai’s product planners must have asked themselves those questions. And they decided to say “no” to convention.

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How else to explain this little bit of weirdness that Hyundai calls the Veloster? Even the name is a weird. The guys at the local Salvation Army looked at the back – with its very noticeable Veloster nameplate – and still asked what it was. Velociter? Velociraptor? And it has three doors. Not two doors and a hatch, but three actual doors. More on that later.

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Hyundai ARK Performance Veloster Coming to SEMA

Adding some extra muscle to the new 3-door.

by on Sep.30, 2011

ARK 's Veloster isn't your everyday entry-level coupe.

As regular readers of TheDetroitBureau.com know, we recently gave a generally positive review to the new Hyundai Veloster, an affordable and distinctively styled coupe that replaces such past throw-away offerings as the Tiburon.  If one thing was missing, we noted, it was a bit more muscle.

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Well, if the Hyundai ARK Performance Veloster is any indication, perhaps the Korean carmaker has been listening.  The prototype, unveiled in these renderings prior to its official launch at the 2011 SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, puts the new 3-door on steroids.

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The one-off pumps up the basic 1.6-liter inline-four engine from a mere 138 horsepower to 210 with the addition of a twin-scroll supercharger.  Other changes ensure that anyone in your path is likely to get out of the way.  The real question is not whether the ARK-tuned Veloster is fast but how fast we might see Hyundai actually put some of its technology into production – rumors persisting despite some denials by the Korean maker that a turbo version of the new Veloster is on its way.

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