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by Matt Campbell

There will be no Hyundai i30 Turbo sold in Australia.

The newly developed Hyundai i30 Turbo debuted at the 2015 Geneva motor show with a punchy 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 137kW/265Nm and six-speed manual transmission.

Such a model would have given Hyundai Australia a more sporting option than the current SR variant, which is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 124kW/201Nm.

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But the car’s manufacture based in the Czech Republic and a weak Australian dollar against the euro has meant that Hyundai Australia won’t offer the sporty new model here.

Hyundai Australia chief operating officer John Elsworth said the car would simply be too expensive.

“It’s not coming,’ he said. “We couldn’t get the car in at an affordable price out of Europe.”

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The i30 Turbo is chiefly sold in three-door guise, but a five-door model – which would be ideally suited to the tastes of Australian buyers – is also available.

Elsworth confirmed the brand has killed off any hope of the return of the Hyundai i30 three-door hatch, which was sold here for a brief period as a base model car.

“We stopped ordering that over a year ago. We found that a very challenging car from a financial point of view, because it’s out of Europe,” Elsworth said.

“Because the model we had introduced sat under the five-door, the cheaper that price had to become,” he said.




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