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

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.

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'Versatile' Veloster to Showcase Little Hyundai's Tuning Potential at SEMA

While most of the cars at the SEMA Show are built to be over-the-top displays of horsepower and gaudiness Hyundai is preparing to showcase at least one of its new Veloster models that takes a different approach.

Make no mistake, the car created by marketing agency PM Lifestyle and the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) will display a full suite of modifications, but it’s designed to be representative of what the average tuner could do with his or her car. The message is clear: Hyundai is betting the Veloster will be a hit with the tuner crowd and with auto enthusiasts and is working to showcase just how attractive a platform it can be.

Far more than just IHE (Intake, Header, Exhaust), the ‘Versatile Veloster’ will get a Sequence-X body kit, Konig wheels and plenty of Seibon carbon fiber goodies, including the hood and trunk, with a custom blue paint job covering the rest of the car. Performance upgrades include an AEM Cold Air Intake, Magnaflow exhaust and a custom header, while KW was contracted for a full coilover suspension and SSBC is supplying the brakes. Making an expected 163-hp (up from in the stock car), there’s also a Nitrous Express system for some added power.

On display at the 2011 SEMA Show from November 1-4, the PM Lifestyle ‘Versatile’ Veloster will then go on a three-year show tour with UTI, making appearances at 120 autocross, supercross and demonstration events.

Get a full rundown of the modifications after the jump and see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here:

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Hyundai Veloster Turbo Heading to SEMA Show With Rally Car Style

The SEMA Show is sneaking up on us again and one of the first vehicles we’re learning about is the ARK Performance Hyundai Veloster.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Spied in Korea With Veloster-Like Face

Hyundai has already promised a “ more dramatic” design for the 2013 Genesis Coupe and now we have a strong idea what that means. Spied recently in South Korea, the 2013 model looks to take its design cues from the Veloster – for better or worse.

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Hyundai Veloster To Start At $17,300 For Manual, $18,550 For DCT [Full Pricing Released]

While Hyundai CEO John Krafcik didn’t give us full pricing on the upcoming Hyundai Veloster, a tweet by Hyundai’s head honcho did reveal that the highly anticipated sports coupe will start at $17,300 for a 6-speed manual version, while the Dual-Clutch Transmission will cost $18,550, while delivering 40 mpg on the highway.

In addition to a $760 freight charge, options include a “Style” package (featuring 18-inch wheels, a chrome grill, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, leatherette and an 8-speaker audio system) and a “Tech” package (which must be ordered with the “Style” package and features different 18-inch wheels, navigation, automatic headlights, keyless start, backup sensors and a backup camera).

The Honda CR-Z starts at $19,345 and is capable of 39 mpg on the open road. The CR-Z hasn’t fared well in the marketplace, and Hyundai’s massive marketing machine, cheaper base price and superior fuel economy bragging rights may spell doom for Honda’s own sports coupe.

We’ll be driving the Veloster in early September, so check back for more at AutoGuide.com

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Priced From $17,300

The highly-anticipated Hyundai Veloster will start at just $17,300, very close to the targeted $17K mark that the Korean automaker first announced at the car’s world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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Modified Hyundai Velosters Hit the Streets of Korea [Car Porn]

The Hyundai Veloster is expected to be a hit with enthusiasts and the tuning crowd, and if the hatchback’s home market of South Korea is any indication, it’s off to a great start.

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Hyundai And Kia Expect To Sell 1.06 Million Vehicles In U.S This Year

Yesterday, Hyundai Motor Group said it is expecting to raise its U.S auto sales by 18.2 percent this year to 1.06 million vehicles, an improvement from a previous target of 1.01 million.

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Hyundai Considering Four-Door Veloster

If a four-door Hyundai with a hatch makes you think of the Accent, then that’s a perfectly normal response. “Hyundai is very focused on the ‘1+2’-door Veloster as an exciting and innovative car for our customers,” said Ben Hershman, a senior manager. As such, the company is denying any statements on a conventional-doored Veloster.

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Hyundai Elantra Coupe To Debut At 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

The all-new Hyundai Elantra Coupe will debut this fall at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, with Hyundai is hoping this new coupe will eat into  Honda Civic Coupe sales.

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Hyundai Veloster Delayed Two Months Due To Labor Dispute

Hyundai‘s Veloster sports coupe will have its North American introduction delayed by two months due to a labor dispute involving a union at its South Korean factory.

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Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rumored To Debut At New York Auto Show With 208 Horsepower

Hyundai looks set to address the complaints of those who thought that their Veloster sports coupe was underpowered by showing a turbocharged version at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

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Hyundai Is Canada's Top-Selling Car Brand

For all the fuss about Hyundai‘s success in the United States, the Korean automaker is making even bigger waves in Canada, where the brand reigned supreme for Q1 of this year.

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No Hyundai Veloster Twin for Kia

With an all new design direction that’s drawing lookers, Kia is set to branch out and explore some niche market vehicles in a bid to build up its reputation as a fun, youthful brand. A rumored roadster is in the works, but there’s still no word on a Genesis Coupe rival and now come reports that a Veloster twin isn’t in the plans either.

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Hyundai To Offer "Green Navigation"

Hyundai is partnering with technology company NAVTEQ to offer drivers a “green” option for route guidance. The “green” choice will apparently yield a 6 percent bump in fuel economy, which should dovetail nicely with Hyundai’s new Sonata Hybrid and their Elantra, Veloster and Accent small cars, which are capable of 40 mpg on the highway.

Of course, driving in anger during a high traffic stop and go commute is the worst way to conserve fuel, but also the most common mode of driving for many people.

[Source: Translogic]

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