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Hyundai Veloster compact debuts at Detroit Auto Show

The Hyundai Veloster, a compact sport coupe first showcased as concept car by the South Korean manufacturer in 2007, has debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and is scheduled for sales in the summer of 2011.

Hyundai says the Veloster, whose name is derived from the combination of the words “velocity” and “roadster,” will feature a direct-injected 1.6 liter 138-horespoqwe 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, and 40 mpg fuel economy.

A 6-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available as an option. The transmission is the first dual-clutch transmission developed by Hyundai. A turbocharged 210 horsepower version of the same engine will be available in the future.Hyundai Veloster compact debuts at Detroit Auto Show 1

The car will be unique in the U.S. market because it has one door on the driver side and two on the passenger side. The platform is based on the same front wheel drive system in the Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra.

The Veloster will also utilize Hyundai’s new BlueLink system, similar to OnStar used in GM vehicles, providing customers with automatic crash notification, vehicle diagnostics, etc.

The Hyundai Veloster pricing is expected to start at around $17,000.

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