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Hyundai i20: Getz Going

Motoring Channel Staff - 2/March/2009

Hyundai i20
Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20
Hyundai's i20 will join the i30 model and there's a
chance that the super-mini i10 could come to Oz too

Melbourne, Australia   It wasn't as loud or dramatic as some of the concept cars on Hyundai's exhibit at the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show but it will do more for the Hyundai brand in Australia than any other car this year.

Meet the new i20, scheduled for sale in Australia in the 3rd quarter of 2009 (and possibly as early as July) when it will replace the Hyundai Getz.

Previewing its all-new i20 small hatch, Hyundai claims it will offer customers 'premium features and technology now appearing on many larger more expensive models'.

It sounds like Hyundai is aiming to take on the current class-leader in the compact car market, the Ford Fiesta, which delivers a premium package that has not been seen in this market segment before.

Hyundai is serious about challenging the top dog, saying 'the i20 range represents the next wave of the new ‘i’ generation of Hyundai cars'. It joins the i30 model as part of Hyundai's new product naming convention. 

Hyundai says the new i20 will have a spacious interior thanks to a longer-than--usual wheelbase and as the photos show it displays a new design that is half-way between itsbigger brother, the i30, and a Honda Jazz.

"The team at Hyundai and our dealers are really excited about what the all-new i20 will offer Australian consumers," commented Kevin McCann, Hyundai Australia's director of sales and marketing.

"With Generation X and Y turning to high quality cars offering value for money, the i20 will be specified to fulfil those needs and compete with products like Mazda2, Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz."

Designed by Hyundai's European design studio in Russelsheim, Germany, the i20 is a 'trend leading' car and 'will attract customers who enjoy a mobile lifestyle in busy urban Australia' says the Korean car maker.

The Hyundai i20 on display at the Melbourne International Motor Show sits on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50 R16 tyres. It also features front fog lamps and iPod, USB and AUX connectivity, steering wheel mounted audio controls and a leather steering wheel and gear shifter.

Safety systems include a six airbags and ESP stability control, which, if made standard, would make the i20 the safest car in its class.

Hyundai has said that the price range of the new i20 models will be made available at the time of launch mid this year. 

Hyundai has always been able to compete strongly on price, and the Motoring Channel expects an entry-level model priced at around $15,000.

The car company has confirmed that the i20's suspension and steering will be tuned for Australian road conditions, in the same way the multi-award winning i30 hatch was altered for local tastes.

Related Links:
Hyundai i30 (Road Test)
- Hyundai Getz (Road Test)
Hyundai HED 6 ix-ONIC Concept (2009)
Hyundai Grandeur (2009)
Hyundai Sonata (2009)
Hyundai Genesis Coupe (2010)
- Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe (2009)
- Hyundai Genesis (2008)
- HCD10 Hyundai Hellion (concept)
Hyundai Santa Fe (Road Test)
- Hyundai Tucson
- Hyundai Vera Cruz
- Hyundai Elantra

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