The South-Korean company previewed a three-door i20 WRC racer at this week’s Paris Motor Show and European marketing director Mark Hall says the class’s excitement and dynamism embodies Hyundai’s brand.
“Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai’s engineering excellence and desirability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future,” Hall says.
Hyundai also unveiled a fuel-cell ix35 SUV that will be leased to private and fleet operators in Europe later this year. The company didn’t reveal prices but says the car can travel almost 600km between refills and the fuel cell generates around 75kW by converting hydrogen into electricity to feed a lithium polymer battery that powers the motor.
A three-door version of the i30 small car was also shown for the first time. It is exclusively for European markets - at least for now - and the sharply styled hatch will be sold with the choice of three diesel and three petrol engines mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.