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Hyundai i30 news - Korea development - 2007

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Hyundai
says its new i30 small hatchback has ‘wave-like and sculpted’ lines.

Not
sure about that, but we can tell you it will be unveiled at Geneva next week
and go on sale in the UK this summer as a five-door hatch followed by an estate
version later in the year.

Based
on the Arnejs concept that’s been doing the motor
show rounds, the i30 has been styled and developed in Europe.

There
will be three petrol and three diesel engines for the i30, with manual and
automatic gearboxes on offer.

Also
on Hyundai’s Geneva stand will be a crossover concept car called HED 4.

The
HED 4 showcases Hyundai’s composite materials technology and has a wraparound
polycarbonate windscreen, which Hyundai says weighs half that of a glass
 screen.

There’s
also an ‘Elastic Front’ that provides improved pedestrian safety thanks to its
energy-absorbing properties.

Hyundai
won’t say when the Elastic Front will appear on a road car, but insiders reckon
it’s not too far into the future.

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