Και επίσημα πλέον, το i40, η Ευρωπαϊκή έκδοση του Sonata, παρουσιάστηκε από την Hyundai. Το αυτοκίνητο θα τεθεί απέναντι στα άλλα αυτοκίνητα της κατηγορίας του από τα Ford Mondeo, VW Passat και Citroen C5 θα κάνει ντεμπούτο τον Μάρτιο στη Γενεύη σε έκδοση Wagon ενώ αργότερα μέσα στο 2011 θα παρουσιαστεί και η 4πορτη sedan έκδοση. Το i40 έχει δημιουργηθεί από το Ευρωπαϊκό τμήμα σχεδιασμού της Hyundai στη Γερμανία , το οποίο έχει ως σκοπό να δημιουργεί στιλάτα αυτοκίνητα για την Ευρωπαϊκή αγορά. Μάλιστα το i40 είναι το πρώτο οικογενειακό αυτοκίνητο των Κορεατών που έχει σχεδιαστεί με γνώμονα την Ευρωπαϊκή αγορά.

Ο αντιπρόεδρος της Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth δήλωσε:

Έχουμε μεγάλες φιλοδοξίες για την Hyundai στην Ευρώπη, και το νέο i40 θα προσφέρει την ώθηση που χρειαζόμαστε για να επιτύχουμε τους στόχους μας από το 2011 και πέρα. Περιμένουμε ότι η ποιότητα του i40 θα βοηθήσει ώστε να αναπτυχθεί περαιτέρω η εικόνα μας στην Ευρώπη προσελκύοντας νέους πελάτες.

Το i40 συνδυάζει αρμονικά τις τέσσερις βασικές αξίες της Hyundai: Πρακτικότητα, επιδόσεις, αποτελεσματικότητα και styling. Οι σχεδιαστές και οι μηχανικοί μας έχουν κατασκευάσει ένα αυτοκίνητο που έχει ότι ζητούν οι Ευρωπαίοι οδηγοί από ένα αυτοκίνητο της D-segment κατηγορίας.

Μέχρι στιγμής δεν έχουν γίνει επίσημα γνωστοί οι κινητήρες που θα εξοπλίζουν το i40 αλλά οι φήμες θέλουν να είναι διαθέσιμοι μια σειρά κινητήρων βενζίνης και πετρελαίου συμπεριλαμβανομένου του 1600αρη GDI των 140 ίππων του 2.0λιτρου των 177 ίππων, του 1.74αρη CRDI με 115 και 136 άλογα καθώς και του 2.0λιτρου CRDI απόδοσης 177 ίππων. Από πλευράς κιβωτίων ταχυτήτων θα υπάρχουν 2 κιβώτια διαθέσιμα, ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό αλλά και ένα νέο αυτόματο διπλού συμπλέκτη.

[Πηγή:Hyundai]

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i40: HYUNDAI’S NEW EUROPEAN FLAGSHIP

Hyundai has announced that its new D-segment car for Europe will be called i40. The i40, which was known by the codename ‘VF’ during development, arrives as the company embarks on the next phase of its brand and product evolution in Europe.

Set to make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new i40 aims to further shift European consumer perception of Hyundai to a more aspirational position, thanks to the vehicle’s dynamic design and class-leading quality, performance and technical features.

The new i40 will be launched in estate form, with a saloon version following later in the year.

“We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond. We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand,” commented Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

Designed at Hyundai’s European R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new i40 is the company’s first D-segment model to be specifically developed for the European market. The car will progress the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, featuring the company’s signature hexagonal front grille and rakish lines which give the i40 a dynamic, sporty appearance by connecting the front, side and rear profiles.

The new i40 will also become Hyundai’s most innovative model on sale in Europe, including the latest environmental technologies developed under the company’s Blue DriveTM eco-program, and a powertrain line-up which boasts best-in-class performance and fuel economy, and very low CO2 emissions.

“The i40 perfectly combines the four elements that have become core Hyundai values: practicality, performance, efficiency, and styling. Our designers and engineers have produced a car that encapsulates what European motorists look for in a D-segment vehicle.”

The i40 will benefit from industry leading Five Year Triple Care package that includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

More details on i40 will be available nearer the time of its motor show world premiere in Geneva in March 2011.

Hyundai has announced that its new D-segment car for Europe will be called i40. The i40, which was known by the codename ‘VF’ during development, arrives as the company embarks on the next phase of its brand and product evolution in Europe.

Set to make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new i40 aims to further shift European consumer perception of Hyundai to a more aspirational position, thanks to the vehicle’s dynamic design and class-leading quality, performance and technical features.

The new i40 will be launched in estate form, with a saloon version following later in the year.

“We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond. We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand,” commented Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

Designed at Hyundai’s European R&D facilities in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the new i40 is the company’s first D-segment model to be specifically developed for the European market. The car will progress the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, featuring the company’s signature hexagonal front grille and rakish lines which give the i40 a dynamic, sporty appearance by connecting the front, side and rear profiles.

The new i40 will also become Hyundai’s most innovative model on sale in Europe, including the latest environmental technologies developed under the company’s Blue DriveTM eco-program, and a powertrain line-up which boasts best-in-class performance and fuel economy, and very low CO2 emissions.

“The i40 perfectly combines the four elements that have become core Hyundai values: practicality, performance, efficiency, and styling. Our designers and engineers have produced a car that encapsulates what European motorists look for in a D-segment vehicle.”

The i40 will benefit from industry leading Five Year Triple Care package that includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

More details on i40 will be available nearer the time of its motor show world premiere in Geneva in March 2011.