When the 2012 Hyundai Veloster hit the stage, it was less amazing than we expected. What was most amazing was the fact that one of our staffers immediately decided that it may have to be his next car. The Veloster may not look impressive at first glance but then you start to notice the aggressive front fascia and the deftly hidden third door. That door turns this coupe into more of a utilitarian hatchback when needed. So awesome. Hyundai has loaded the Veloster with uplevel technology — like a standard 7-inch touch screen and Hyundai BlueLink — and has crafted an interior with materials and design best anything else in its class. Starting in the $17,000 range and hitting dealers this summer, Hyundai has created a no-compromises car with the 2012 Veloster. If it drives as well as its design is thought through, the hot hatch competition should watch their backs.
2011 Hyundai Curb Concept
The 2011 Hyundai Curb Concept is an evolution of Hyundai’s fluidic structure design, as seen on the new Sonata, and applied onto a small crossover. You wouldn’t guess by looking that the Curb Concept is roughly the same size as the Kia Soul, with increased width over the Soul gives the Curb Concept a stance that is hard to ignore. Too bad about the oversized grille, resembling the mouth of a party clown is never a good thing.
What the Hyundai Curb Concept is to its maker is a hotbed for much of the new technology coming from Hyundai. A touchscreen ceramic panel makes up the center stack. The panel flows together from both sides of the Curb to form the center stack, creating three distinct screens for interaction. Also included is Hyudai’s BlueLink, its answer to OnStar, with full telematics, the ability to share locations, and play streaming music. BlueLink will be seen in Hyundai’s 2012 Veloster, hitting the streets this summer.