Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Dean Ang | posted March 30, 2012 16:42
Fun, two ways
Hyundai Asia Resources has taken the opportunity presented by the 2012 Manila International Auto Show to give the public 2 new vehicles: the Hyundai Eon and the Hyundai Veloster.
The Hyundai Eon is one of the brand's latest models to join the lineup and is manufactured at Hyundai's plant in Chennai. The new 5-door, 5-seat hatchback brings with it a new, European-inspired look to the class, and is positioned just under the slightly larger Hyundai i10 (also made in India).
The key features of the Eon is a 56 horsepower 814cc Epsilon engine that is claimed to deliver 26.3 kilometers to the liter (according to (HMC's fuel economy tests), electric power steering, a trunk volume of 215 liters with the seats up, a driver side airbag, power front windows, keyless entry and an integrated CD/MP3/USB/Aux audio system.
The new Eon is priced at PhP 438,000 for the basic model, and the top of the line model is priced at PhP 498,000.
In 2009, Hyundai gave us a peek at their future with the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The car quickly became a hit thanks to its style, performance and value for money, the last one something that's not usually associated with sports cars.
Hyundai is expanding on their newfound sportiness with the launch of the Veloster, a car that offers “Velocity” and the fun of a “Roadster”. The bold design of the Veloster, with its asymmetrical 3-door layout, gives Hyundai's customers a new way to enjoy driving.
The Veloster is offered with a 1.6 liter inline-4 engine with gasoline direct injection (GDi), and delivers 140 horsepower. Other key features include a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, a fully integrated CD/MP3/USB/Aux audio system, ABS, stability control, a Vehicle Management System and a panoramic glass roof.
There is still no price for the Veloster as it is still a “preview”, but rest assured, once we get the price, you'll know too.