Hyundai had launched the new generation i10 at Frankfurt today as the brand’s offering A-segment. The new i10 is specifically designed, engineered, and manufactured in Europe for the European market.

Cumulative sales of the former i10 have surpassed 450,000 units, peaking in 2009 at 107,000 units sold. In 2010, the first generation i10 became the best-selling Hyundai vehicle in Europe. By 2012, it came down to fourth place but still retains a top spot among best-selling models. With the new model launched, Hyundai aims to achieve annual sales of 74,000 units during its first full year on sale in 2014. Hyundai gives the i10’s design much importance as it was determined to be the top reason why European customers buy a Hyundai vehicle.

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The new i10 is 3,665 mm long and 1660 mm wide making it one of the longest but narrowest model in the A-segment. The body shell of the new model is stiffened up by high-tensile steel, tailored blanks, reinforcing loops, and additional bracing.

Buyers have a choice of selecting between two gasoline engines that will power their i10. The first is the 1 liter, 3-cylinder engine capable of 66 PS and 94 Nm of torque. With the factory option of a version that runs on liquid petroleum gas, the power is boosted to 67 PS but reduces the torque to 90 Nm. The other engine option is the 4-cylinder ‘Kappa’ 1.25 liter engine capable of 87 PS and 120 Nm of torque.

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For safety features, the i10 is equipped with electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, and tire pressure monitoring system. The car further ensures passenger safety with six airbags placed located in the front, front side, and two acting as full-length curtain

With the new Hyundai i10 already launched, will it retain its top position among A-segment vehicles in Europe?