Hyundai hits reverse over wagon
Hyundai Veloster Street Concept . Supplied picture

Hyundai sprang one of the surprises of the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney this week by revealing it would bring the i30cw wagon back to its line-up - and rebrand it as the i30 Tourer.

The move comes just months after it was forced to drop the popular small wagon.

Hyundai Australia marketing manager Oliver Mann said the change had been made possible because of an increase in production and the strong Australian dollar.

While not giving away any pricing or specification details, Mr Mann said the small wagon would go back on sale early next year and would be available with the choice of petrol and diesel engines.

Last year the i30cw accounted for nearly 30 per cent of total i30 sales, making it one of the best- selling small cars on the market.

But when the new model was launched earlier this year Hyundai was forced to drop the wagon because production had moved to Europe, making it too expensive to bring to Australia.

The Korean car maker also revealed sporty SR variants of its i30 and Accent small cars.

While called concept cars, it is likely the sports models - which will be exclusive to the Australian market - will also be available next year.

Mr Mann said the SR models had not only been given sporty body kits and some interior treatment but the engines and suspension had been retuned.

The 2.0-litre SR i30 was 20 per cent more powerful than the standard model, with performance figures of 130kW/213Nm, while the 1.6-litre Accent had been retuned to produce 103kw/167Nm, up 13 and 7 per cent respectively.

Hyundai also took the award for the funkiest car at the show with its head-turning Veloster Street Concept. Showing just how hip it can be, the car maker has given its little sports model a fashion makeover using fluro colours.

By adding fluro orange side- skirts plus a rear diffuser and front spoiler to a matt-grey Veloster, the whole look of the car changed. Designers even painted the tops of the suspension struts orange, along with brake calipers and the engine cover.

But Hyundai did not stop with a few visual exterior changes.

Open the boot and you enter the music zone, with a PowerBass high-end audio system featuring integrated custom subwoofers and amplifiers providing 8650W sound, all basking in a hot-orange glow.

For the interior, the upholstery was finished in perforated black- and-orange leather with orange stitching plus orange-painted grab handles and centre console trims.

Hyundai also provided a hint of its plans to become more involved in motorsport with a striking Veloster Race Concept car that has been engineered to meet FIA and CAMS tarmac rally competition regulations and requirements.

At the Paris Motor Show earlier this month the company revealed an i20 World Rally Championship car and announced it was poised to return to the FIA World Rally Championship.

While Hyundai Australia was not revealing too much about its plans for the turbocharged Veloster, it did say that we can expect an announcement sometime next year.

The West Australian

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