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2011 Hyundai i40: European Market Sonata Officially Announced

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Hyundai has come out with an official announcement on its new D-segment car for Europe, about a week after the first illustrations of the i40 made their way onto the web. The i40, which was known by the codename ‘VF’ during development, is essentially the European market version of the North American and Korean Sonata, and will compete against cars like Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Citroen C5.

The new i40 will make its world premiere in estate form at the upcoming Geneva Salon in March 2011, with a four door sedan model following later in the same year. It was designed at Hyundai’s European R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and according to the South Korean firm, it is the company’s first D-segment model to be specifically developed for the European market.

Hyundai claims that the i40 will further boost European consumer perception of the brand to "a more aspirational position" thanks to the vehicle's design, quality, performance and technical features.

“We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond. We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand,” commented Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

“The i40 perfectly combines the four elements that have become core Hyundai values: practicality, performance, efficiency, and styling. Our designers and engineers have produced a car that encapsulates what European motorists look for in a D-segment vehicle,” Mr Rushforth added.

The South Korean firm said that the i40 will be Hyundai's most innovative model on sale in Europe, featuring the latest environmental technologies developed under the company’s Blue Drive eco-program, and a powertrain line-up with "best-in-class performance and fuel economy, and very low CO2 emissions."

While Hyundai did not release any specific details on the engine line-up, it is believed that at launch, consumers will have the choice a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with direct injection and an output of around 170-horsepower, plus two variants of the a 1.7-liter turbo-diesel with 115 HP and 136 HP.

The company said more information on the i40 will be released nearer the time of car's motor show world premiere in Geneva.


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12 Comments:

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

Exact copy of Insignia...

Shameless people still copy my car...

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

The Insignia is a Geek-Mobile,I wouldn’t be caught dead in one...

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

The hell? Now tell me @anon #1, what points are similar to your Insignia??

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

This has almost no related features with the Insignia Sportwagon..

The front end looks like the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.. Anyone else notice this?

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

"The Insignia is a Geek-Mobile, I wouldn’t be caught dead in one..."

Bloody brilliant! LMAO

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

FUGLY!

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

please keep out of na.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

Acura TSX Estate ripoff.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

horrendous rear end and side. so-so front.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

B-O-R-I-N-G!

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

Mmmmm delicious.... haters need to look convincing. Otherwise you'd be called clowns.

Anonymous said... »December 24, 2010

bring it to the usa as the sonata sport wagon and it will be my next car! kudos to hyndai and kia!

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