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All-new Hyundai previewed

Hyundai has released a few teaser pics of its Sonata replacement, the i40.

Hyundai will give the i40 its world debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show, replacing the Sonata saloon.

The company says the car will bestow 'class-leading quality, performance and technical features' on its owners. It's the first Hyundai D-segment car to have been developed specifically for Europe, having taken shape in the company's Russelsheim R&D centre.

We don't know much about the car yet, but it will be revealed as an estate first, with the saloon following later in 2011. It will feature a host of 'Blue Drive' features to lower fuel consumption, meaning it has been aerodynamically streamlined, will have start-stop and probably a gear shift indicator.

In estate format, the Hyundai i40 will arrive in Ireland by June 2011, with the four-door saloon likely to go on sale in time for the 2012 plate change.

Hyundai is openly targeting the Toyota Avensis and Ford Mondeo so expect prices to start below €25,000.

Published on December 20, 2010
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