2012 Hyundai Veloster Priced From $18,060

Wondering just how much the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will sticker for when it finally hits dealer showrooms later this year? Hyundai announced today that the Veloster will start at $18,060, including a $760 destination charge.

Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik took to the corporate Twitter account late Tuesday night to let the company’s followers that “the well-equipped Veloster starts at just $17,300,” excluding the destination fee. A longer press release from Hyundai followed earlier this morning, spelling out a few more details.

What does that money buy you? Base Velosters are fitted with a 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4, and a 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers seeking an automatic transmission can opt for a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission for an extra $1250. Standard content on all Velosters includes alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Thanks to a set of A/V jacks and a 115-volt power outlet, owners could use this very screen to play video games when parked (a feature Hyundai actually touts in releases), but that screen is also tied to an optional rear-view camera and navigation system.

According to Hyundai, Velosters built with the manual transmission will achieve 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Cars equipped with the dual-clutch gearbox are expected to earn 29/38 mpg (city/highway).

At $17,300, Hyundai says it benchmarks the Honda CR-Z, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle, and Scion tC. In basic configurations, however, the Veloster undercuts them all by about $1,000-$2,000. Expect further pricing information to emerge closer to the car’s official launch in September.

Source: Hyundai

You're right. We also get less warranty for more money. Meh.
Nice starting price for the veloster. The above poster stating that the Canada's prices are close to Americans should double check what he said because when comparing let's say an elantra on both American and Canadian sites the base price may be close but with less features on the Canadian model and then looking at a fully loaded model has a price difference of at least $2000.
I think when you compare apples and apples, the Veloster will undercut those other brands by more than $2000. It's very easy to add $5000 onto the Focus with very basic options. Kudos to Hyundai for putting 6 speed transmissions in all models, something other companies are still refusing to do. They will sell a ton of these, it's what the CRz should have been. Hyundai prices are the same in Canada and the US, unlike all other companies that gouge Canadians up to $2000, despite the high Canadian dollar, even for cars made in Canada.

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