First image of Hyundai i-oniq concept car revealed


  • New concept car will debut at Geneva Motor Show this month
  • Inspiring design and innovative powertrain to make i-oniq a show star
  • The most powerful demonstration of Hyundai’s ‘New Thinking’ to date

The first image of Hyundai’s new i-oniq concept car has been released today, showcasing new technology and design which present an impression of the company’s future thinking.

The i-oniq is an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending petrol engine. Intended to convey the latest thinking from Hyundai’s designers and engineers, the
i-oniq evolves the company’s fluidic sculpture form language and represents bold ‘New Possibilities’ with its futuristic powertrain.

Hyundai stylists chose dynamic proportions to create i-oniq’s aesthetic and functional body shape. Its design combines gentle feature lines and muscular surface treatment, conveying both premium and sporty qualities evident in both the exterior and interior of the car. Further design elements, such as the ‘penthouse roof’ and LED headlights, emphasise the efficiency and advanced technology encased within i-oniq.

At 4,4 meters long, i-oniq has space for four occupants in its driver-oriented cabin. High-tech equipment in the driver interface and controls reflects contemporary and future premium consumer electronics technology. Passengers benefit from a lounge-style space designed to optimise comfort, featuring sculpted surfaces inspired by musical instruments to create a positive contrast with the sports-focused driver area.

The i-oniq concept has an innovative powertrain that demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to clean technology. A 1,0-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine is mated, via a generator, to a lithium ion electric motor which produces 109 ps. In electric-only mode, i-oniq has a range of 120 km, while with assistance from the petrol engine it can travel up to 700 km, producing just 45 g/km of CO2in the process.

Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai MotorEurope, Allan Rushforth, commented, “The i-oniq concept has been created to reflect the new thinking that runs through the Hyundai brand. It has a bold design, inside and out, that provokes contemplation on the future of automotive possibilities, and a powertrain that highlights one of the ways in which we could power future products – wrapped in a package that exudes premium qualities.”

The Hyundai i-oniq concept car will be unveiled during Hyundai’s press conference at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on 6thMarch at 09:45am (CET).

For further information contact:

Stefan Ph. Henrich

Phone: +49-69-271472-401

Fax : +49-69-271472-229

sphenrich@hyundai-europe.com

About Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor – which has six manufacturing bases outside ofSouth Korea including theU.S.,China,India,Russia,Turkey and theCzechRepublic – sold 4.06 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.

About Hyundai Motor Europe

In 2011, Hyundai achieved record sales inEuropeof 398.129 units, taking a best-ever 2,9% market share.  In May 2011, Hyundai achieved a landmark, passing 5.000.000 sales inEuropesince imports began in 1977.  The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars inEurope, specifically for European customers.  This includes the i30, which performed as Hyundai’s top-selling model in 2011, with 96.000 units sold.  Hyundai sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500 outlets.

Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.

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