It's not only European companies premiering all-new cars at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next week, but also Koreans. Hyundai will be unveiling the newest version of the designed-for-Europe i30 hatchback. The i30 was originally launched in 2007 as the first Hyundai to be designed and built in Europe. The i30 is assembled at Hyundai's factory in the Czech Republic and is Hyundai's best selling car in Europe.
Hyundai says the C-segment hatchback is the next evolution of the company's "fluidic sculpture" design language. No technical details have been revealed at this time but we expect it will have the same variety of gasoline and diesel engines as found on the current model.
In case you think the car looks familiar that's because it is closely related to the Elantra. Indeed the i30 could well land on these shores as the , either based on this hatchback or as a station wagon derivative, which will be launched in Europe after the hatchback goes on sale.