Hyundai Veloster Voted Best New Sports Car Under $50,000

Hyundai Canada recently introduced the unique and aggressively-styled Veloster three-door coupe and won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) award for Best New Sports/Performance Car under $50,000. The 2012 Veloster delivers innovation in the compact coupe segment with a unique third door for easy rear-seat access, a standard seven-inch touch-screen display, and a new 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine mated to Hyundai’s first six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).


Veloster is styled in the most aggressive adaptation of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language yet. The front end features Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and LED position lights along with hood scoop detailing. A chrome grille surround, piano black highlights, fog lights, and a massive panoramic sunroof are available.


Veloster combines the style of a coupe with the functionality of a hatchback, all the while incorporating an additional passenger-side door. Hyundai’s fresh take on the idea includes a conventionally hinged door on the passenger side of the Veloster, providing safe and easy access to the surprisingly spacious rear seats. In order to maintain the classic coupe style, the passenger-side rear door handle is cleverly hidden in the C-pillar.


The all-new Gamma 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to utilize Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI technology allows for much greater control over fuel injection than traditional multi-port systems, helping deliver highway fuel economy of 4.9 L/100 km, more power, and lower emissions. The Gamma 1.6-litre engine delivers a peak output of 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.


Hyundai’s commitment to making the Gamma engine extremely fuel efficient continues by pairing it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an all-new six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai. Hyundai’s new EcoShift DCT blends the benefits of a manual transmission with those of a traditional automatic. The result is the low fuel consumption and sporty driving feel of a manual paired with the comfort and smooth shift quality of an automatic.

Advanced Standard Safety Technologies

Veloster is equipped with an exceptional level of standard safety features for the compact coupe segment. A Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in slippery conditions or during fast cornering. Veloster features six airbags including dual front, seat-mounted front-impact, and side curtains. A state-of-the-art four-wheel disc braking package provides confident stopping ability. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) features Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist


As a reflection of consumers’ new desires in the digital age, Veloster comes standard with a multifunction seven-inch touch-screen display. A 196-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB/AUX connectivity and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download, and audio streaming are standard. The vehicle also comes standard with an integrated rear-view camera.


Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through 200 dealerships nationwide.

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