Next generation Hyundai i30 revealed

2012 Hyundai i30 first photos 07.09.2011
2012 Hyundai i30 first photos 07.09.2011

New i30 features a more aggressive design meant to appeal to younger buyers

Hyundai has revealed the next-generation i30 model ahead of its debut at the IAA Frankfurt auto show next week.

The new i30 features Hyundai's signature hexagonal-shaped grille and a "jewel-like" headlight design. Its muscular shoulder-line is also in keeping with a general trend in the segment of styling broad-shouldered hatches (like the VW Golf).

The i30 is Hyundai's offering in the largest segment by volume sales in Europe - a C-segment hatchback that goes up against the likes of the VW Golf, Opel Astra and the Ford Focus. Sales in 2010 for the i30 were 115,000 units in Europe. VW sells around 500,000 units of the Golf in Europe each year.

Hyundai is hoping to make further gains in the segment with the new i30.

Allan Rushforth, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, says in the press release, "We expect the new-generation i30 to appeal to young, progressive buyers who want a car that not only performs well but looks great too."

Hyundai did not release any details on engines or trims for the new i30 but did say they will stay with the Five Year Triple Care package which provides five years of unlimited-mileage warranty, roadside assistance, and regular service checks.

Source: Hyundai


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High Wycombe, 7 September 2011 - Hyundai has revealed the first photo of the new-generation i30, ahead of the car's world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) next week, showing an exciting new look for the company's best-selling C-segment hatchback.

Hyundai expects the new-generation i30 to build on the remarkable success of the original model - the company's first car to be launched with the ‘i' prefix, introducing a new nomenclature and heralding a new era for Hyundai in Europe.

The original i30 was also the first model to be designed and engineered in Europe, the first to be produced at the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic, and the first Hyundai car to receive five stars from Euro NCAP.

After its July 2007 launch, the i30 went on to increase its sales in Europe every year, attracting 115,000 buyers in 2010 - the highest-ever annual sales figure for an individual Hyundai model in Europe - and achieving total sales of more than 350,000 units up to mid-2011.

Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new-generation i30represents a further evolution of the unique Hyundai form language, ‘fluidic sculpture', displaying the company's distinctive design DNA.

Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented: "The new-generation i30 is recognisable 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. 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."

"Through the profile of the new generation i30, a strong character line runs over the front and rear wheelarches all the way to the tail lamps. A softer, lower character line rises up the car's flank creating a play of light and shadow - a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture," Thomas Bürkle concluded.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, "We expect the new-generation i30 to appeal to young, progressive buyers who want a car that not only performs well but looks great too. In this way, the new-generation i30 will contribute to future sales success, growing brand awareness and improving perceptions of Hyundai among European consumers."

"The car has been designed to take on the leading vehicles in the C-segment and join the all-new i40 as a quality benchmark for Hyundai. Our ultimate customer care package, Five Year Triple Care, will be a valuable point of differentiation for the new-generation i30 in its highly competitive class," Allan Rushforth added.

The award-winning Five Year Triple Care package provides five years of unlimited-mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.

The company's press conference will take place in Hall 6 at 12:00 (CET) on Tuesday 13th September 2011.

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bobi1979 bobi1979
90% front of Peugeot 308 and 70% rear from Alfa Romeo Giulieta. Stupid and thieves Hyundai designers.
Sep 8th, 2011 5:15pm
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clash_189 clash_189
The back, look a like its sibling Cerato hatchback, this euro and NA version looks much better than OZ i30 with new face but bum of old i30 (now rebadged again as accent, so weird with i30 badge received good impression and other line up already use "i")
Sep 8th, 2011 4:08pm
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charlemagne charlemagne
a shrunk sonata
Sep 8th, 2011 3:50pm
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HondaSalesOz HondaSalesOz
Hyundai has another winner on their hands. Toyota, Honda, GM and Ford will continue to feel the pain as Hyundai turns up the heat!
Sep 8th, 2011 3:09am
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Alfafox5 Alfafox5
This is the first Hyundai in the last couple years that I really don't like the face. It's a lot like the face of the Hybrid Sonata - not my favorite at all. The two 'whale bones' at the top of the nose are a miss. Plus, it look like the soon-to-be-discontinued Mazda face. Overall, not bad... just not home run like other recent designs. Like the Europe-only 'Sonata' wagon. That looks awesome!
Sep 8th, 2011 2:49am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
Note that the shape is very akin to that of the current Elantra saloon sold in Asia and North America. Indeed, if you imagine the new i30 with the Elantra's nose and a longer wagon "greenhouse," that's essentially the new Elantra Touring wagon for the North American market coming in about a year's time.
Sep 8th, 2011 2:15am
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tazcubed tazcubed
Wait! Isn't BMW going to sue them for using the "i" moniker or should we wait to see if Apple will bite?
Sep 7th, 2011 9:13pm
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najdier najdier
LOL! Fellow GSMArena.com reader I see.
Sep 8th, 2011 11:33am
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Hyundai has put a new spin to the economical car category. Kudos to them!
Sep 7th, 2011 6:03pm
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som3aa som3aa
Sep 7th, 2011 5:24pm
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techie69 techie69
Its a boody Mazda 3 copy...Hyundai is not original at all! It probabably doesn't handle as well as the 3!
Sep 7th, 2011 5:07pm
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norther norther
it is a nice astra reincarnation :)
Sep 7th, 2011 4:27pm
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progressive progressive
Little bit of Astra, little bit of Focus... Not cool Hyundai, at all.
Sep 7th, 2011 5:48pm
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