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Hyundai at the London motor show

Wed, 23 Jul 2008

By Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Carcare

Motor Shows

23 July 2008 16:09

Fancy a cut-price 350Z? Then you need to visit the Hyundai stand to see the new Genesis coupe. It was a real surprise-and-delight treat at the show.

What’s new on Hyundai’s London motor show stand?

The sleek and slinky Genesis coupe hogged centre stage. The V6-powered rear-driver makes its European debut at Excel, and it’s well worth a look at. Hyundai UK is still trying to slice through the import red tape for this full four-seater, but is confident it will arrive by the end of 2009, priced around £27,500. 

So it will sit above the next-generation Coupe as a top-drawer performance flagship. Oh, and expect the production model to look virtually unchanged, with that distinctive rear-window kink is destined to become a Hyundai design motif.

CAR’s Hyundai highlight

The i10 icecream van. It’ll be dishing out 300,000 free frozen cool drinks to hot and sweaty showgoers – the perfect way to demonstrate that the impressive i10 is fitted with air-con as standard. Geddit?

What were they thinking?

Hyundai’s display shows just how quickly the Korean car maker has established itself as a key player in the UK market. With its excellent reliability record, strong value for money offering and unbeatable warranty, it’s no wonder its range of Euro-centric models is selling so well.

In a nutshell

Hyundai’s looking bold and confident – and its Genesis-shaped future promises much.

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By Ben Whitworth and CAR reader reporter Carcare