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Hyundai expects the next-generation i30 to build on the remarkable success of the current model.

The i30 was the company's first car launched with the 'i' prefix, introducing a new nomenclature for Hyundai's European designed vehicles and heralding a new era for Hyundai.

The i30 was also the first model to be designed and engineered in Europe, the first to be produced at the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic, and the first Hyundai car to receive a five star safety rating from ANCAP.

After its launch in 2007, the i30 went on to increase its sales every year, attracting 29,772 Australian buyers in 2010 and achieving total sales of more than 82,900 units up to mid-2011.

Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the next-generation i30 represents a further evolution of the unique Hyundai form language, 'fluidic sculpture', displaying the company's distinctive design DNA.

Thomas Burkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, commented: "The next-generation i30 is recognisable thanks to the Hyundai family face with its signature hexagonal-shaped front grille and the jewel-like design of the headlamps, together with distinctive daytime running lights."

"These lights present an angular shape within a more softly-edged recess, adding a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury."

"Through the profile of the next-generation i30, a strong character line runs over the front and rear wheel arches all the way to the tail lamps. A softer, lower character line rises up the car's flank creating a play of light and shadow a fundamental feature of fluidic sculpture," Thomas Burkle concluded.

"The next-generation i30 will to appeal to young, progressive buyers who are looking for performance coupled with stylish design," said Oliver Mann, Director of Marketing Hyundai Motor Company Australia.

"Following our 2011 launches of the new Elantra, Accent, and forthcoming i40 Tourer and Veloster, the next-generation i30 will contribute to future sales success, growing brand awareness and improving perceptions of Hyundai among Australian consumers."

The next-generation i30 is expected to go on sale in Australia in mid 2012. Pricing and specification details will be released closer to the launch.

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  • I have run up 135K on my i30 around town and in the NT at some higher speeds. No problems, no oil drinking. Manual diesel is a ripper, at least 800+ around town and have gotton just over 1100k on the higway driving the last 100 k at well below the limit, never ran out. Would love the new one in auto, at least a 5-6 speed as the current auto is not geard tall enough, hence why it's economy is far off the manual, but performance is similar. Now you could say a vwdub golf diesel is the better drive and it is, but it is 200kg lighter and that diesel is not as refined as the hyundai - they really have hit the diesel on the nose with the i30 and r series. Only the quieter more refined/grunty diesel are the new Bmeers.

    Jason of Canberra Posted on 29 April 2012 12:05am
  • I guess 'Galaxy Posted on 19 September 2011 2:24pm' has not experienced a recent Hyundai or Kia ... Mate, the brand is in the same league as that of the Japanese now, if not better. Wait til the full range arrives. Mazda's design was good but recent styling is questionable.

    Phuong Posted on 02 March 2012 11:40am
  • The gap has closed, it closed 4 years ago when the i30 was released. Looks lika a Mazda, you must be kidding.

    imi grigor of Adelaide Posted on 16 February 2012 9:52pm
  • I have an I45 and we just picked up my wifes new I30 today. Hyundai has closed any gaps and has lept ahead. My car is a great drive and having driven the I30 throughout Queensland and Northern NSW, I know we will be happy with our new I30. I find the new "fluidic" lines of the hyundais to be a show stopper but realise that they may not appeal to all motorists. After all some people actually liked the looks of the P76. I have found Hyundai to build good looking, comfortable, fun and extremely reliable cars. These will not be our last. And. They don't look anything like Mazdas, which are also great looking cars.

    David Terry of Blue Mountains Posted on 08 February 2012 10:08pm
  • I love the way people who don't have any experience with something are the world's greatest authorities on it! I have had an i30 for two years now, and haven't had so much fun with a car since my Cooper S. 40 litres gets me about 650 kilometres around town, and it runs all day on a tank on the highway (about 900 kilometres). It's comfortable, and quick. Downside in my model is the Bluetooth (old technology), and no in-built sat nav. I run a Di 1.6. litre turbo diesel auto, and it goes like stink. Love it! And I am in no way connected with Hyundai - just a satisfied customer who will be back for another one!

    Darryl of Canberra of Canberra, ACT Posted on 24 September 2011 7:17pm
  • Perhaps Neal should disclose which Hyundai dealership he works at? The strong front shoulder, the roofline, the centre crease and the lower crease are a mirror imagine of Mazda's 2 and 3. I’m not being anti-Korean at all. I think the i45 looks great and I love the look of a lot of the new Kia's. Cloddo is on the right track, same mechanicals as Kia but totally off the mark styling wise. But it will probably sell because those that buy it are more interested in price than styling and performance.

    Adam of Tas Posted on 21 September 2011 10:18am
  • The thing is, you're always comparing these to their Kia siblings. They are basically the same car (give or take a few goodies - usually give) but the styling on the Kia puts it light years in front of the Hyundai. You'd be mad to buy one.

    cloddo Posted on 21 September 2011 9:16am
  • Let's hope Hyundai doesn't insult us by bringing in the new I30 with anything other than 6 speed manuals and or 6 speed autos. It must have direct injection. All this is standard in a current KIA equivalent or near equivalent. And at a cheaper price.

    Wayne Hobbs of Aldinga Beach SA Posted on 21 September 2011 9:10am
  • Clowns. It looks nothing like a Mazda and will sell well. Far better looking than the current one. Typical anti-Korean crap being spewed out again by the naive.

    Neal of Cairns Posted on 21 September 2011 5:30am
  • What a horror. They have destroyed a great car. Will not buy this at any price.

    m smith of Toowoomba 4350 Posted on 20 September 2011 10:25pm
  • I would guess somewhere in the middle - maybe in the next 20 years before oil runs out.

    mark Posted on 19 September 2011 8:27pm
  • I wonder if they are paying royalties to Mazda?

    Adam of Tas Posted on 19 September 2011 3:36pm
  • Yet another 3 star Hyundai with lots of audio connectivity and poor tyres, ride, steering but well made appliances. All I have been reading over the past decade is how Korean cars are closing the 'gap'. Given the ho-hum results of new Accent, Elantra and recent i20, i45 etc, I'm wondering how long will we wait for this gap to close. It is another few months or are we talking 50 years?

    Galaxy Posted on 19 September 2011 2:24pm
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