Hyundai RB concept revealed at Moscow Motor Show

Repackaged Verna / Accent

Hyundai has unveiled the RB sub-compact family sedan concept for the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show.  Basically a repackaged Verna / Accent with redesigned bumpers, grille, hood and headlights, the RB is virtually production ready for the Russian market.

The RB will be built at Hyundai's first full-cycle plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia starting in January 2011 followed by the market launch in spring of 2011.

The sub-compact sedan will be available with Hyundai's new 1.6-liter or 1.4-liter Gamma petrol engines with an estimated 124 PS (91 kW / 122 bhp) and 156 Nm (115 lb-ft) and 107 PS (79 kW / 106 bhp) and 135 Nm (100 lb-ft), respectively. A four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual will be available for both engines.

Source: Hyundai

Concept RB

(Note: All specifications and details in this release are based on the model for Russia)

Moscow, Aug. 25, 2010 - Hyundai Motor Company introduced a new sub-compact family sedan concept RB at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS). The RB projects a coupe-like dynamic styling that is sculpted, stately and performance-oriented.

With elegant lines that resemble a calligrapher's "orchid strokes," the concept RB continues Hyundai Motor's ‘fluidic sculpture' design philosophy that injects sophistication and dynamic angles into the shape of a vehicle. Like any timeless work of art, the fluidic essence that characterizes molding design of Hyundai's latest models is inspired by nature, realizing the harmonic coexistence of all things created.

The strong design hints of the production version are highlighted in concept RB's large hexagonal front grill, headlamps and "L"-shaped fog lamps that give luxurious and exquisite looks.

When the production sub-compact sedan arrives in Russia, it will be powered by the modern Gamma engine, 1.6L or 1.4L DOHC in-line four cylinder gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing). By replacing the old Alpha engine with Gamma, the sedan promises more power and torque, as well as best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundai's pledge to be the industry's eco-leader. The estimated power and torque of 1.6 Gamma are respectively 124ps and 156 N.m while those of 1.4 Gamma are 107ps and 135 N.m. The powerful and fuel-efficient Gamma engine will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual transaxle.

Production version of this concept car is scheduled to begin at Hyundai's first full-cycle plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Russia(HMMR) in January 2011, and will join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2011.

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HyundaiSmoke - not all, at least with "Cosmo" optional package. But Hyundais are also have it in top complectation
Aug 26th, 2010 8:15pm
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hyundai find the way...nice
Aug 26th, 2010 1:05pm
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wmgtxi wmgtxi
the front is very similar to the upcoming Ford Focus, yet the rest is just the Accent, why a concept? shouldn't it just be a production model?
Aug 26th, 2010 6:23am
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
nice car, despite looking more like a production version than a concept. Kudos Hyundai.
Aug 26th, 2010 12:08am
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apwozniak apwozniak
keeping expectations in check
Aug 26th, 2010 12:40am
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HyundaiSmoke, for example Opel Corsa.
Aug 25th, 2010 11:17pm
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Edison Edison
Yeah, I'd take the Corsa over this, but I would take a Fiesta over a Corsa. Who gives a f@#k about projector headlamps anyway when the car that they're on looks like automotive white goods (read: this)? It looks like Hyundai took the front lights from the Audi A1 and hit the "copy" button.
Aug 26th, 2010 1:46am
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HyundaiSmoke HyundaiSmoke
Not all Corsas get Projector Headlamps from what I understand.
Aug 26th, 2010 2:24pm
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nice successor for 1999 Hyundai Accent, which is produced in Russia till nowadays
Aug 25th, 2010 10:28pm
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HyundaiSmoke HyundaiSmoke
Pretty tough talk for somebody who likes something that doesnt even exist anymore. LMAO. Please, what GM small car has projector headlamps, FOR A RUSSIAN version at that?
Aug 25th, 2010 10:37pm
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alamak alamak
i do not see any resemblance to the Focus here in US
Aug 25th, 2010 10:12pm
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apwozniak apwozniak
this looks a lot like the current Ford Focus they are selling here in the US
Aug 25th, 2010 7:46pm
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majorsja majorsja
It really does
Aug 25th, 2010 11:07pm
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