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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 Iridium130m on 6/22/2010 11:29:58 AM , Rating: 3
You've hit the dilemma which is weight, but we are also picking it up not just form luxury items, but government mandated safety items as well: ABS, stability control, reinforce roofs and side impact beams, airbags galore...all of this adds to weight which is the number one killer of fuel economy.

your 1990 civic weights ~2300 pounds. Todays civics weigh in at 2700, add 180 lbs for the hybrid. Thats almost a 20% increase in weight. Engine technology, for the most part, has covered that discrepancy in weight keeping fuel economies today somewhat in line with before.

But couple government mandated safety features with E10 blended fuels (soon to be E15, i hope not!) and its an uphill battle to get fuel economy up.


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