[THE INVESTOR] Korea’s automotive giant Hyundai Motor debuted its new i30 Fastback N for the first time at the Paris Motor Show that opened on Oct. 2, ahead of the official launch in Europe later this year.
The company’s 1,724-square-meter showroom showed off 14 vehicle models spanning from electric to hydrogen. Topping the exhibit was the i30 Fastback N, the third model of Hyundai’s high performance-oriented “N” brand. The cars is a revised and more powerful version of Hyundai’s five-door i30 coupe released in the latter half of last year.
The front of the car has been stretched by 120 millimeters and the height lowered by 28 mm to make the car slimmer and sleeker. A rear spoiler worked into the tailgate gives it a sportier look, Hyundai officials claimed. The powertrain consists of a 2.0 gasoline turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission, which gives it a maximum 275 horsepower and 36 kilogram-force meters of torque.
Five driving modes are available -- normal, sports, eco, N and N custom.
Hyundai also displayed an i30 N show car to give a full look at the 25 available options and high-grade components.
Its sister affiliate Kia Motors went to the show with 16 vehicles in its lineup, including the all-new Proceed wagon set to go on sale in the first quarter of next year in Europe.
The new Proceed is Kia’s Europe-specific strategic model. It is lower in height than the five-door Ceed model or sportswagons, though it is longer, with the rear designed to give it the feel of a coupe.
Proceed comes with 1 liter, 1.4 liter or 1.6 liter G-TDI engines or a 1.6-liter diesel engine. Safety features include lane following assist, cross traffic collision warning and forward collision avoidance assist.
Also in the showroom was the Ceed GT, the high-level version of Kia’s Ceed line, that will be sold in Europe from the first quarter of 2019.
By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (email@example.com)