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Euro looks, diesel donk and Aussie suspension tune auger well for Hyundai's new i30

Hyundai logo8 Oct 2007

By GEORGIA OCONNELL

HYUNDAI has seized the opportunity to take one of its products designed for Europe and pitch it to the Eurocentric small-car market. While the new i30 may not overtake the current one-two leadership of Toyota's Corolla and the Mazda3, Hyundai is confident it has the right quality, price and features to provide a value alternative to the mainstream volume sellers and those with more direct European heritage such as Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Holden Astra.
Model release date: 1 October 2007 to 1 May 2012

Previous model

Hyundai XD Elantra

Released: Oct 2000
Ended: Sep 2006
Family Tree: i30

While the i30 name is new, it sells alongside the Elantra sedan and is a replacement for the superseded Elantra hatch. Hyundai’s previous (XD-series) five-door Elantra hatch was released in October 2000. It was fitted with a 94kW/165Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and the range comprised GL and GLS variants, priced either side of $20,000. The XD was facelifted three years later in October 2003, when a new 105kW/186Nm 2.0-litre engine came as standard in a line-up that comprised base, HVT and Elite models, and which continued to be available with either five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions.

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