2008 Hyundai i30 CW

Hyundai's new naming scheme was announced last year for Europe, and the company's compact car is now called the i30. The use of that name would no doubt get them in trouble in the U.S., since we already had an I30, the Maxima-badged-as-an-Infiniti I30.

At any rate, this i30 CW (CW stands for Crossover Wagon) made its debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is significant because it'll be coming to the U.S. next year as the 2009 Elantra Touring.

We expect to see the U.S. version at this fall's Los Angeles Auto Show - and possibly even SEMA. It'll be powered by the same 2.0-liter inline-four that powers the Elantra Sedan, but the similarities end there. The i30 / Touring is based on a completely different platform than the U.S. Elantra Sedan. And Hyundai promises more sporty handling and steering.

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