Hyundai has revealed the official images of the next generation of its small and luxurious hatchback Hyundai i30 ahead of its official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011. It’s a compact but luxurious C-Segment hatchback which is very popular in Europe. So far, the i30 is missing form Hyundai India portfolio of cars, but with the Hyundai i20 Facelift on the cards, Hyundai may bring in Hyundai i30 or may use design clues from the European i30 and make the new i20 for India. Its too early to describe the future i20 model in India, but i30 does display the new fluidic design language of Hyundai.
The original i30 was also the first model to be designed and engineered in Europe, the first to be produced at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic, and the first Hyundai car to receive five stars from Euro NCAP.
After its July 2007 launch, the i30 went on to increase its sales in Europe every year, attracting 115,000 buyers in 2010 – the highest-ever annual sales figure for an individual Hyundai model in Europe – and achieving total sales of more than 350,000 units up to mid-2011.
Thomas Burkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented: “The new-generation i30 is recognizable thanks to the Hyundai family face with its signature hexagonal-shaped front grille and the jewel-like design of the headlamps, together with distinctive daytime running lights. These lights present an angular shape within a more softly-edged recess, adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury.Through the profile of the new generation i30, a strong character line runs over the front and rear wheel arches all the way to the tail lamps. A softer, lower character line rises up the car’s flank creating a play of light and shadow – a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture,”
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