Hyundai will unveil its new i20 small car as well as a number of fuel efficient technologies at the Paris auto show early next month.
The five-door i20 hatchback will replace the Korean automaker's six-year-old Getz when it goes on sale in European markets in December. It will be built in India.
Last year, Hyundai sold 74,360 Getz cars in Europe, down from 95,514 in 2006, according to JATO Dynamics.
The i20 will have a longer wheelbase and a roomier interior than the Getz. Hyundai said the i20 has a more dynamic design than the car it replaces.
A fuel-efficient version of the i20 also will be shown in Paris. It will use a 1.4-liter diesel engine that has CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer.
Hyundai also will display a gasoline-electric hybrid car based on its Santa Fe SUV.
The hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter gasoline engine and a 30kW electric motor. Its CO2 emissions are 148g/km.
The seven-seat iX55 SUV will also make its debut in production-ready form in Paris. Based on the Veracruz already on sale in the U.S., the ix55 has been extensively re-styled and re-tuned to match European requirements and driving styles.
Hyundai also will show its new Genesis sedan, which is based on the automaker's new, rear-wheel drive platform.
Alongside the sedan will be a Genesis Coupe design study that features a carbon fiber hood and roof to reduce weight.
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