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 |  Feb 09 2012, 10:29 AM

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Hyundai‘s old Elantra Touring was a function-first vehicle, targeted against cars like the Toyota Matrix. Now Hyundai is switching gears, replacing that small wagon with the Elantra GT (that’s Grand Touring), a hatchback built to compete against fun cars like the Mazda3, Ford Focus hatchback and VW Golf.

Unveiled alongside the Elantra Coupe at the Chicago Auto Show, find out more about the new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT by watching the video below.

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

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 |  Feb 08 2012, 1:01 AM

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Replacing the dull-looking Elantra Touring for 2013 is an all new five-door Hyundai, which along with sporty Euro-hatch looks gets a marketing-friendly “Elantra GT” name.

The GT is powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the other Elantras, though it fails to make Hyundai’s hallowed 40-mpg mark. Instead, estimated fuel mileage is 28/39 city/highway, or 32 mpg average – still a solid number.

It also misses out on standard heated seats, which suggests that the company really is courting younger buyers when you realize the new coupe version gets that feature across the board. Despite that, there is some catchy standard equipment like a chilled glove box and three 12-volt outlets to keep the kids happy on long trips.

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The competition ultimately becomes the defining factor for practical cars, and this is where Hyundai often shines. The Elantra offers significantly more passenger and cargo capacity than those it stacks up next to like the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3 and Toyota Matrix. Space behind the rear seat is a substantial 23 cu-ft, with a total of 51 cu-ft when you fold the seats flat. Those numbers are essentially on par with the new Subaru Impreza hatch, although if you don’t need all-wheel drive and do want a few extra miles per gallon, the front-drive Elantra stands out.

Safety ratings are obviously unavailable for the 2013 model, but if it’s anything like the predecessor, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave four of five stars, it will be a reasonably safe ride. So far it seems like Hyundai is doing a good job of offering the stuff that sells cars to customers in their segment. You won’t be riding in the lap of luxury, but the savings can buy quite a few steak dinners.

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

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GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Reveal

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 |  Oct 11 2011, 10:30 AM

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They just love hatchbacks in Europe. In fact, they love them so much it’s possible to sell nearly identical models successfully. Could an automaker do the same in North America? Hyundai might just try and find out.

According to a report by Car & Driver the Korean automaker isn’t ruling-out selling both the Elantra Touring (Euro-market i30) and a new 5-door Veloster model here. While the Veloster is made unique by it’s single door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side, Hyundai is reportedly working on a 5-door hatchback version (with two doors on each side) for right-hand drive markets like the UK.

Hyundai is big on small fuel-efficient cars, but this product duplication seems dangerous and if Hyundai takes the safe road it will leave the Veloster in its funky form to help appeal to the Gen-Y crowd, with the Elantra Touring hitting out shores some time next year.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

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GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring

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[Source: Car&Driver]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Hyundai Veloster review

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 |  Sep 13 2011, 12:33 PM

Korean automaker Hyundai; continues to push vehicles catered to local market needs in an effort to spur regional growth and it’s new Euro-centric i30, introduced at this year’s Frankfurt show is no exception.

The i30 will be produced as a five-door hatchback at the firm’s Nošovice; Czech Republic assembly plant , with European sales expected to begin sometime early next year.

With emissions reduction currently the big thing in Europe, Hyundai says the new i30 delivers less than 100 grams of C02 per km, thanks to its upgraded 1.6-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder engine.

Slotting in below the new i40, Hyundai hopes that this second gen i30 will help bolster sales of the brand in Europe. The original version, when launched back in 2007, sold more than 360,000 copies Europe-wide during its production run and with the C-segment poised to swell by some 7 percent in Europe in the next three years to some 2.4 million vehicles sales per annum, Hyundai appears to have timed the launch of it’s second generation i30 rather well. The car will face some tough competition tough, going up against the Ford Focus, Opel Astra and top-selling VW Golf.

Given that Ford is now offering North American buyers an essentially European flavored Focus, it will be interesting to see how the proposed 2013  Elantra Touring (kissin’ cousin to the new i30); will fare in our market (the previous version bombed). That said, with consumers on our side of the Atlantic appearing to embrace hatchbacks more keenly than before, there’s every chance it could do considerably better this time around.

Gallery: Hyundai i30

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 |  Sep 07 2011, 1:15 PM

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Hyundai has just released a selection of photos of its new i30 hatchback model in Europe with a bold design similar to what we might expect from Mazda. Set to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the i30 hatch might never make its way to North America, but it’s wagon counterpart (sold here as the Elantra Touring) will. That being said, this is a near-reveal of that car, which is expected to hit out shores next year as a 2013 model year car.

The bold front-end design of the new i30 hatch follows the Fluidic Sculpture design language that has been seen in the new i40 series (Europe’s Sonata), featuring wrap-around headlights, a large hexagonal front grille and prominent front fenders. On the inside, the i30 resembles the likes of Hyundai’s Veloster with a refined center console and a deep-set gauge cluster.

When it does arrive in the U.S. look for power to come from a 148-hp 1.8-liter with an impressive 40-mpg rating.

GALLERY: Hyundai i30 Hatchback

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