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Hyundai Blue-Will Front Profile  (Source: AutoBlog Green)

Hyundai Blue-Will Rear  (Source: AutoBlog Green)
Hyundai hybrid uses Lithium Ion Polymer batteries

Hyundai has announced that it will be debuting a new plug-in hybrid concept car at the Seoul Auto Show called the Blue-Will. The car's design has some very unorthodox and interesting lines, and adds in green features other than the plug-in hybrid power train.

Hyundai reports that Blue-Will has a 1.6-liter, direct injected gasoline engine and a 100 kW electric motor in its parallel hybrid drive design. Electric power for the motor is stored inside lithium-ion polymer battery packs using the same technology that Kia is using in its Forte LPI DailyTech reported on yesterday. The Hyundai version of the Forte will be called the Elantra LPI Hybrid.

Among the green touches integrated into the Blue-Will concept are recycled PET soft drink bottles used to make the headlamp bezels and the use of organic plastics in the interior and engine cover. Organic plastics are made from plant extracts rather than fossil fuels.

Both the gas tank and the batteries used in the concept are placed under the rear seat to maximize cargo volume. The panoramic glass roof of the vehicle features dye sensitive solar panels that can generate electricity that is sent to the batteries without blocking the view out of the glass panels.

The official unveiling of the Blue-Will concept is set for April 2.





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Stupid grille
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/26/2009 11:26:11 AM , Rating: 5
I will definitely be glad when manufacturers dispense with these ugly, stupid "grinning" grilles. Mazda totally ruined the new Mazda3 with the happy face and stretched headlamps and now Hyundai showcases this beast.




RE: Stupid grille
By Moishe on 3/26/2009 11:30:21 AM , Rating: 2
Funny... they are so, so common... I thin we're at the high point of the craze though and it will be diminishing soon.

I think this is an extraordinarily ugly car!


RE: Stupid grille
By SSDMaster on 3/26/2009 12:02:00 PM , Rating: 1
I love the obnoxious smile.
And when I pass people in my 2010 Speed3, I'll be smiling like that.


RE: Stupid grille
By FITCamaro on 3/26/09, Rating: 0
RE: Stupid grille
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 3/26/2009 1:14:56 PM , Rating: 3
And then all you do is commute.


RE: Stupid grille
By FITCamaro on 3/26/09, Rating: 0
RE: Stupid grille
By Moishe on 3/26/2009 3:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
Curious... what cars have that look? Opinions are like @$$holes, just trying to figure out what you're talking about.

I've never been a big fan of muscle cars. Mid-60s Chevelle or Chevelle/El Camino is a nice car. I used to own a 69 Tempest... Modern cars, I tend to like some aggressive looking cars (RX8 is nice), but some are more obnoxious than anything. I owned a Miata for 9+ years. Great car. I drove it for the feel rather than the "guts" or the look.


RE: Stupid grille
By FITCamaro on 3/26/2009 9:43:30 PM , Rating: 1
Personally, the Vette, the GT-R, Audi R8, and many BMWs. Also the 2000-2002 Trans Am WS6 and Camaro SS. All I can think of right now.

Even though the American models Vette are the only ones I'd buy. My dad has a 2002 Trans Am WS6 M6 Collector's Edition. Love the look of that thing.


RE: Stupid grille
By Anonymous Freak on 3/26/2009 4:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I prefer a car that says "Hi, I'm confident in my sexuality and have some interest in the OTHER features of my car," not one that says "I'm overcompensating for something."


RE: Stupid grille
By whiskerwill on 3/26/2009 4:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I've found that people who accuse others of overcompensation are themselves compensating for an inability to afford an expensive car.


RE: Stupid grille
By FITCamaro on 3/26/2009 9:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
And my car isn't even that expensive.

To the above post, I drive my car because I love the thrill of planting the pedal and getting pushed back in the seat by the raw torque of an American V8. Is my car the fastest out there? No. But it gives me a grin every time I start it and the exhaust growls. You can claim I'm "compensating" for something all you want.

Not only do I love the power my car has though. It also rides incredibly smooth. And handles pretty damn well. An aspect I plan to improve further with about $800 in suspension mods.


RE: Stupid grille
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 3:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
I find it hilarious that it's ok to buy any cheap, eco car you want but it's not ok to buy anything else. I also find it funny how cars get sh!t on so much by the eco-political crowd.


RE: Stupid grille
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 3:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Personally, I prefer a car that says "Hi, I'm confident in my sexuality and have some interest in the OTHER features of my ca
Personally, I prefer a car that does what I want it do and satisfies MY needs and wants. I could give a sh!t about how the rest of you feel about it.


RE: Stupid grille
By Spuke on 3/26/2009 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like the way it looks either but it's just a concept car.


RE: Stupid grille
By The0ne on 3/26/2009 1:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
yep. The designs would be costly to manufacture.


RE: Stupid grille
By icanhascpu on 3/26/2009 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
If the concept was called ugly then they are definitely on to something here.


RE: Stupid grille
By jconan on 3/28/2009 2:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
add some nox and a turbo charger that'll put it in lane #1 against the heavy duty types...


RE: Stupid grille
By Screwballl on 3/26/2009 12:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
To me this looks more like a 2015 concept Prius....

I don't know why they have to make these cars so damn ugly... of course maybe taste outside the US is much different... but I doubt a car that ugly will sell very well stateside.


RE: Stupid grille
By Spuke on 3/26/2009 12:25:27 PM , Rating: 3
It's a hybrid. It will sell. Ugly is the word of the day with the hybrid crowd.


RE: Stupid grille
By chmilz on 3/26/2009 12:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
What I hate are those tail lights that protrude when looking at it from a front angle. Camry headlights do the same thing, makes them look stupid. Can't they make flush lenses? Ugly lighting is the triple-decker spoiler of 2009.


RE: Stupid grille
By SpaceJumper on 3/26/2009 2:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
I agree the grille is ugly and it is not even aerodynamic at all.


RE: Stupid grille
By MDme on 3/26/2009 5:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's the new aztek


Blue-What?
By nixoofta on 3/26/2009 1:18:04 PM , Rating: 4
RE: Blue-What?
By Moishe on 3/26/2009 3:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
Holy crap, you're right. :)


Halo
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 3/26/2009 1:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
That car looks like a Covenant Hunter!




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