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Offenbach, 23rd February 2012 Ahead of its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the New Generation i30 wagon has today broken cover. The wagon is the second member of the New Generation i30 family, and joins the five-door hatchback to broaden the appeal of Hyundai's C-segment range.
The stylish wagon shares engines and running gear with the well-received New Generation i30 five-door, but has a longer body to create a significant increase in trunk space without compromising the model's dynamic styling.
The wagon's overall length is increased by 185 mm to 4485 mm over its five-door sibling, making it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the European C-segment, and 10 mm longer than the original i30 wagon.
Compared with the five-door, the wagon expands trunk space from 378-litres to a best-in-class 528-litres – and with the rear passenger seats folded down, cargo volume increases more than three-fold, to 1,642-litres.
Like its hatchback sibling, the New Generation i30 wagon was designed and engineered specifically for European customers at Hyundai's European R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The wagon was developed alongside the hatchback form from the earliest stages, enabling the stylists to fashion a coherent design that bears a strong family resemblance inspired by Hyundai's fluidic sculpture form language.
As with the five-door variant, the front is distinguished by Hyundai's hexagon-shaped grille and jewel-like headlamps, but from the B-pillar backwards the wagon differs significantly. The roofline extends rearwards over the flexible passenger/cargo area, sloping to add dynamism to the car's stance in keeping with the fluidic sculpture ethos of a stationary car appearing to be in motion.
Further enhancing the wagon's dynamic appearance, a pronounced swage line runs horizontally along the sides of the body and rises all the way to the rear lights. The rear windscreen wraps around the D-pillars, increasing interior luminosity and benefiting visibility. The deep tailgate gives the car a clean look and opens to bumper-level for easy loading.
The New Generation i30 wagon will be available with the same three gasoline engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, producing 90 to 135 ps.
Buyers of the New Generation i30 wagon will benefit from Five Year Triple Care, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years' roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "The New Generation i30 has been widely praised for its style, quality, and value. Our new wagon offers all of those attributes plus even greater load-carrying capacity. We expect it to appeal strongly to those looking for stylish and flexible practicality, especially active families."
The New Generation i30 wagon will be unveiled alongside Hyundai's other newcomers during the company's press conference in Hall 1 at 09:45 (CET) on Tuesday 6th March 2012.
Hyundai Motor, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing automakers, will deliver several vehicles today as part of its official sponsorship of the 2012 FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund, Norway, which begin February 23.
Hyundai will provide 10 units of its new i40 wagon, a D-segment wagon designed in Europe for Europeans; and 14 units of its popular ix35 SUV (badged as Tucson in some markets), which has won Car Of the Year awards in several European nations.
“We’re happy to showcase two of our most European vehicles during the FIS Ski Flying World Championships,” said S.T. Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Co. “The i40 wagon and ix35 SUV have been embraced by Europeans. Their exciting design reflects the dynamic spirit of this event.”
Representing Hyundai Motor Norway AS at the vehicle handover event are Chief Executive Coordinator Young Jin Kim and General Manager, Sales Jan Erik Nordhagen. Representing the Vikersund 2012 Ski Flying World Championships is Vice President Halvor Hartz.
Earlier this month, Hyundai announced a two-year sponsorship of ski jumping competitions around the world, as organized by the FIS (International Ski Federation), which sanctions a number of global skiing competitions, including ski jumping, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
Ski flying is similar to ski jumping, but is preformed on the highest hills, producing the longest jumps possible. There are only five ski flying hills in the world and Vikersund is home to the largest. In 2011, Johan Remen Evensen executed a world-record jump of 246.5 meters at Vikersund.
To the right: Chairman of the organizing comitee Vikersund 2012, Mr Halvor Hartz and General manager sales, Mr Jan Erik Nordhagen, Hyundai Motor Norway
To the right: Chairman of the organizing comitte Vikersund 2012 Mr. Halvor Hartz and CEC Young Jin Kim, Hyundai Motor Norway
(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, reports its domestic and overseas sales results for January 2012.
November 2012 Results
Unit = one vehicle
1. Commercial Vehicles (CV) include buses & trucks.
2. Hyundai Motor currently has 6 overseas plants in China, India, Turkey, U.S., the Czech Republic and Russia.
※Excludes CKD (Complete Knock Down) unit sales.
Hyundai Motor Company, in collaboration with KOICA and PLAN Korea, will launch a project to help youth in under-developed areas support themselves by setting up technical training centre for automobile repair in several African nations. Starting with Ghana, Hyundai will build automobile repair training schools in Africa and Asia in a continuous cycle of construction.
The repair training school in Koforidua, Ghana, called Hyundai-KOICA Dream Centre, will open in September 2012 with a three-year programme, admitting about 300 students. Hyundai will support the establishment of the school, from paying teachers to developing curriculum. Graduates with good school records will be offered jobs at Hyundai Service Centres.
Statistics available from the Ghana Statistics Service 2006 Report indicate that about 250,000 young people enter the labour market annually; they range from university graduates to junior high dropouts. Only 2 percent, or fewer than 5,000 Ghanaian youth, secure traditional employment. The rest are left to unemployment or unstable employment.
The cause of high unemployment among youth is the lack of employable skills needed by the job market. Most educational training curricula are not valued by the current job market. As such, the Hyundai-KOICA project has been designed to give youth employable skills.
The project’s support programmes and goals are :
* Ground breaking ceremony for the opening of auto repair training school in Ghana :
KOICA is Korean International Cooperation Agency, which was founded as a government agency in 1991 to maximise the effectiveness of Korea's grant aid programmes for developing countries by implementing the government's grant aid and technical cooperation programme. The focus has now broadened to promoting sustainable development, strengthening partnerships with developing partners, and enhancing the local ownership of beneficiaries.
Plan is an international child-centred community development organisation that works for human development and focuses on promoting the rights of children. Plan’s vision is a world in which all children realise their potential in societies that respect human rights and dignity.
GRATIS Foundation evolved out of the Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS) Project, which was established by the government of Ghana in 1987 and mandated to promote small scale industrialisation in Ghana.
Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, posted global sales of 4,059,438 units (domestic plants: 1,884,633, overseas plants: 2,174,805) in 2011, a 12.4 percent gain from a year earlier.
Sales revenue rose 16.1 percent to 77.8 trillion won from a year earlier as the company sold more fuel-efficient and aesthetically appealing new models with reliable quality, while operating profit also rose 36.4% to 8.08 trillion won. Net profit increased 35.1 percent to 8.1 trillion won, backed by robust performance at its overseas plants and subsidiaries.
Hyundai Motor’s gains in 2011 are a result of the company’s continuous improvements in quality, which contributed to the increase in sales and the brand’s value. Based on these efforts, Hyundai achieved the top spot among all automotive brands in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Customer Retention Study(SM), improving its retention rate to 64 percent, up four percentage points from 2010. Hyundai’s all-new Elantra was crowned the 2012 North American Car of the Year earlier this month, while leading German motoring magazine Auto Bild in December last year awarded Hyundai with the top position in its ‘Auto Bild Qualitätsreport’ for the second year in a row, attesting to the company’s advances over the years.
As industry experts forecast slower growth in auto demand and uncertainties surrounding the European economy, Hyundai plans to respond flexibly to the market and create new opportunities by strengthening its core capabilities and eco-friendly technologies to achieve qualitative growth, rather than pursue excessive external growth.
As part of these efforts, Hyundai will enforce its various corporate social responsibility activities, embracing its neighbors and seeking mutual growth with suppliers and stakeholders.
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