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Hyundai Veloster Concept

Prototype Veloster testing alongside a VW Scirocco  (Source: Motor Authority)
Hyundai is taking on the big guns from Japan

Reaction to Honda's CR-Z two-seater has been mixed. While the vehicle attempts to capture some of the essence of the CRX which came two decades before it, its performance (0 to 60 mph in around 10 seconds) and fuel economy aren't exactly inspiring given its hybrid powertrain.

The CR-Z only manages to achieve 31/37 mpg (city/highway) with a manual transmission and 36/38 mpg with a CVT transmission -- both figures are well below that of the larger and heavier Toyota Prius.

Hyundai, which is doing its best to punch Toyota and Honda (among others) right in the throat, is now said to be setting its targets on the CR-Z. According to Autoblog, the upcoming Hyundai Veloster -- the replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon -- will achieve 40 mpg by using a regular four-cylinder engine. This shouldn't be too hard a target for Hyundai to reach considering that its 3,200-pound Sonata midsize sedan can already hit 35 mpg on the highway.

While the CR-Z needs a hybrid powertrain to extract somewhat disappointing fuel economy numbers given its 2,750-pound weight, Hyundai says that it needs no such excess baggage. The lighter Veloster is said to be powered by a 1.6-liter engine producing around 140 hp. For comparison, Honda's CR-Z is powered by a 122 hp four-cylinder engine coupled with a 13 hp electric motor.

And if toppling the CR-Z in fuel economy and performance wasn't enough, Hyundai will likely also undercut the pricing of the CR-Z as well due to the Veloster's lack of an expensive hybrid powertrain and batteries. The Veloster also comes with the added utility of seating for four people instead of only two like the CR-Z

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RE: Higher Goals Needed
By Aloonatic on 6/22/2010 9:21:24 AM , Rating: 2
My 2004 190hp Corolla can get around 40 MPG* if driven sensibly (read legally) on a combination of motorway (@70 MPH) and local/town centre roads.

Of course, in that case I am nearly always never getting full power out of my car and I rarely get above 6000 RPM, where I get the extra power on my VVTLi engine ( at which point, fuel-economy drops like a stone) but still, it's rare to need to in reality, so the amount of times that I need to doesn't really affect my overall economy too much, and is nice to have available.

I guess we are just seeing that the internal combustion engine is near its development limit, at a reasonable cost, and we wont be seeing many more large improvements over what has been available for a while now. Only a bit of tinkering around the edges until we move on to cars with electric motors, be it battery, hydrogen, hybrid or MrFusion powered.

* Great British miles and Great British gallons.

RE: Higher Goals Needed
By transamdude95 on 6/22/2010 9:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't the British gallon about 20% more than US gallon? If so, you'd be getting 32 mpg (US) from your Corolla.

RE: Higher Goals Needed
By Aloonatic on 6/22/2010 10:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
According to my unit converting dudad on my phone, 40 MPG UK = 33.30 MPG US.

1 MPG UK = 0.832 MPG US#

I'm not sure what the "book" figures are though. When my wife drives, she usually gets a better mileage out of the car too, so maybe the solution to our problems is to make it so that only women can drive, but they have to drive us about wherever and whenever we want, as if we could drive ourselves? :oD

RE: Higher Goals Needed
By Alexvrb on 6/22/2010 9:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
No thanks, I'm quite willing give up a few MPGs to live a while longer.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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