Beijing, China — Hyundai Motor Co. staged the world-premiere of its all-new Verna at the 2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition today. With its eye-catching sloping roofline, the new sub-compact, Hyundai's third China-exclusive model, projects a coupe-like dynamic image that is at once sporty, stately and futuristic.
Developed over a five-year period expressively for the Chinese market, product planners conducted exhaustive market research of Chinese consumer tastes and trends to ensure every detail meets local requirements. Built on an all-new platform at the company's highly automated plant in Beijing,Verna is targeted at China's strategically important C1 segment and fully reflects Hyundai's philosophy of quality.
“Today is a really special day for us, not only because we're launching a new car, but because it's one of the very few times we've done a world-premiere outside of Korea: And we chose to do it right here in China because it's our way of recognizing how important our Chinese customers are to us,” Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor said today at the Beijing auto show.
“In 2009 we posted a 94 percent Y-o-Y growth in China and have sold over 2 million cars since arriving in 2002. We are not losing any momentum, continuing to expand our lineup in China with our most stylish and advanced models like the all-new Verna and our compact SUV ‘ix35’.”
To minimize fuel consumption without sacrificing performance,Verna is powered by the new generation Gamma gasoline engine, featuring multiport fuel injection. Verna delivers best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundai's pledge to be the industry's eco-leader. And it fully satisfies China's Step 3 fuel economy regulations — two years ahead of schedule.
Featuring all-aluminum construction for weight-saving, the 1.6 L DOHC Gamma delivers 90.4 kW @ 6300 rpm and 155 Nm of peak torque @ 4200 rpm through a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.
For cost-conscious car buyers, the base Verna is offered with the 1.4 L DOHC edition of the Gamma which puts out 78.7 kW @ 6300 rpm and 135.4 Nm @ 5000 rpm and comes with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated 5.7 L/100 km with the manual; 6.2 L/100 km with the automatic (1.4 L with Fuel Economy Package).
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