Hyundai Veloster 5-Door, Elantra Touring Could Both See U.S. Shores

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Touring

[Source: Car&Driver]

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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