Hyundai Blue Drive

Hyundai will
exhibit a range of cars from its Blue Drive ‘eco-initiative’ at the Frankfurt
Motor Show.

The company
is particularly excited by the world debut of the ix-Metro Hybrid, a city car
sized SUV concept which promises CO2 emissions of just 80g/km. The ix-Metro is
powered by a three-cylinder 1-litre petrol engine with direct injection, dual
CVVT, turbocharging and a six-speed dual clutch transmission. We hope Hyundai
follows Audi in avoiding the name of Metro for the UK market on the final
production version.

The i10
Electric will also make its world debut at Frankfurt. Powered by a 49kW motor
and a 16kWh battery, the i10 Electric promises a driving range of 100 miles and
top speed of over 80 mph. This is a production-ready zero emissions vehicle
which is set to go on sale in Korea in the second half of 2010, but the company
is not convinced that there is a viable market in Europe.

The vehicle
can recharge using a 220V household current, or a 415V industrial-strength
current for quicker recharging speeds. Under the quick cycle, the battery can
be recharged to within 85 percent of its capacity within 15 minutes. Under the
normal cycle using a 220V household current, 100 percent power will be attained
within five hours.

Europeans
will also get their first chance to see two other Blue Drive vehicles which
made their world debut earlier this year at the Seoul Motor Show: the Elantra
LPI Hybrid which emits just 94g/km of CO2, and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid
Electric concept vehicle which features solar cells integrated into the roof.

The Elantra
LPI HEV is the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by liquid
petroleum gas and the first production car to be powered by advanced lithium
ion polymer batteries (LiPoly), and will be available in European markets where
there is a viable LPG infrastructure.

Hyundai is
also using the Frankfurt show for the European unveiling of its ix35, the
European version of the all-new Tucson which has already made its debut in the
Korean market.

Also on
display will be the updated Santa Fe with a 2.2 version of the new R diesel
engine and comes with the option of the new six-speed automatic.

A new Blue
edition of Hyundai’s i30 will also debut in Frankfurt, featuring fuel-saving
stop-and-go emissions reduction technology. The i30 1.6 CRDi with ISG emits
just 113g/km of CO2.