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Hyundai i30 Three-Door to Debut at Paris Motor Show

Hyundai is going to unveil the third model in the European i30 family, the new i30 three-door hatchback at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

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is going to unveil the third model in the European i30 family, the new i30 three-door hatchback at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The i30 three-door joins the five-door and wagon models.
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The i30 three-door looks very close to the five-door version that we have in the U.S. as the Elantra GT. The i30 three-door gets a new, black-finished mesh insert and central bar accentuate Hyundai’s easily-recognizable hexagonal grille, which is flanked by new, sportier fog lamp clusters consisting of round spots connected to LED daytime running light strips. The mesh treatment is continued in the clusters, and the front-end design is completed by a newly-profiled lower bumper. At the rear, the remodelled lower bumper area includes new horizontal, sculpted fog lamps that contrast with the upright units of the five-door.

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Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “The New Generation i30 three-door has been conceived solely for Europe, and will strengthen Hyundai’s presence further in the segment where we have seen our greatest success since 2007. Just as important, its sporty looks – offering a fresh interpretation of fluidic sculpture – will generate greater brand awareness and enhance consumer perceptions of Hyundai in Europe.”

The i30 three-door will be offered in Europe with a choice of six engines, together with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Hyundai hasn’t announced any plans to bring the three-door i30 to the U.S.