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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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RE: seems like a good CR-Z alternative
By marvdmartian on 1/11/2011 11:23:09 AM , Rating: 1
Maybe because, as the other car companies have constantly gained ground in looks, performance and reliability, it's the only thing they have to brag about?

Who cares whether you have higher resale value, if you paid more to begin with? If you pay $25K, and get 15K resale, and I paid $17K and get 7K resale, we've both lost $10K of value....but you paid more interest on your loan, didn't you?

RE: seems like a good CR-Z alternative
By Dr of crap on 1/11/2011 12:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
The resale value could drop because the economy is in the dumps, or you smashed the hell out of the car and now it's on the cars record, or you didn't keep clean and no one wants to buy your garbage car.

Resale value means nothing.

But if you're thinking that Hyundai is loosing ground, you haven't been paying attention.

By erple2 on 1/11/2011 3:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
True, but those are all very specific outliers. In the average (as is the wonderful thing with averages), the resale value will also take into account your garbage car, and someone else's immaculately cleaned and maintained car.

So any crumminess that YOUR car brings into the mix is offset by some marvelousness that someone else brings into the mix.

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