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Hyundai's Veloster will get 40 mpg on the highway without the use of hybrid technology

We've talked about Hyundai's Veloster on a few occasions here at DailyTech. These days, many companies are using expensive electric motors and lithium-ion batteries to achieve 40+ mpg in their vehicles. Hyundai, however, is sticking to lightweight platforms and advanced engines to achieve the same feat.

The latest "40 mpg" addition to the family is the 2012 Veloster, which is quite odd being that it has three passenger doors in addition to a traditional rear hatch. The driver's side of the vehicle has a single door, while the passenger's side of the vehicle has a shortened front door and a small rear door to aid in accessing the rear seat. 

When it comes to the vehicle specifications, Hyundai has managed to keep curb weight to a minimum at just 2,584 pounds in 6-speed manual form. The six-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) version weighs in at 2,657 pounds. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops just 138 hp.

Hyundai says that a Veloster equipped with a DCT will get up to 40 mpg on the highway. The company, however, has not disclosed EPA city ratings for either transmission or highway ratings for the Veloster equipped with a 6-speed manual.

The Veloster will come standard with a 7" touch screen with integrated Pandora Radio support. Hyundai's new BlueLink telematics system will also be included as standard equipment.

Now we come to the styling. The Veloster is likely to draw love it/hate it comments from people who lay eyes on it. While its style is certainly distinctive, it's asymmetric design, bulges, and gaping front bumper are sure to find a fair share of critics.

However, there are two things that play into the Veloster favor. First off, Hyundai officials state that the vehicle will start at a relatively affordable $17,000, which is not bad for a sporty vehicle with good EPA numbers. The second "plus" for the Veloster won't come until sometime next year. Edmunds Inside Line reports that the Veloster will get the a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter engine good for around 175hp -- the Sonata Turbo's 274hp, 2.0T engine is also a distant possibility. That should make for quite a little "pocket rocket", but won’t do Hyundai any favors when it comes to EPA numbers.

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classic hyundai
By Randomblame on 1/11/2011 1:10:42 AM , Rating: 1
two problems that tend to plague Hyundai:
the wheels are too small
and they're made in Korea

BUT that interior is DASHING - yes DASHING!

RE: classic hyundai
By Brandon Hill on 1/11/2011 1:16:50 AM , Rating: 3
1) The wheels on the Veloster are 18" -- how is that too small?
2) Hyundai's bread and butter models (Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Santa Fe) are built in the U.S.

**scratches head**

RE: classic hyundai
By Pirks on 1/12/2011 10:55:05 AM , Rating: 2
prolly he meant accent, such crappy car must be built somewhere in haiti slums or somethin, I can't believe such majorly focked up automatic transmissions can even exist, not mentioning constant fogging of the windows inside until you turn on hot air blower full on and cook yourself right in there just to make focking windows to defog at last, so don't touch accent shotty pile of crap... dunno about other korean shot but I'd be careful now after experience with that focked up 2008 accent, man this company is pretty focked... but not as much as russian lada hehe. that was a compliment.

RE: classic hyundai
By nstott on 1/11/2011 2:31:10 PM , Rating: 2
Again, look at Hyundai models from 2007 or later. Samsung also used to make crappy TVs. Now they're a technology leader. LG is another Korean conglomerate corporation that used to make low-cost crap back in the day under the name Goldstar, before merging with its founding company Lak-Hui (Lucky).

I bought a new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe (SE equivalent) while living in Korea and then bought a used one after returning to the US. For the most part, they are the same except the one made in Korea had more standard features included compared to the US equivalent. However, the Korean cars don't have cruise control as an option, but that has to do with the size of Korea and traffic conditions.

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