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by George Skentzos

Hyundai will showcase a new range of eco-friendly models and concepts in a specially created Blue Drive Zone at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt, demonstrating its commitment to lowering emissions and improving the fuel economy of its vehicles.

Centre-stage has been reserved for the world debut of the ix-Metro, a new Hybrid Electric CUV for the European sub-B segment which promises CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

The ix-Metro is powered by an inline three-cylinder engine with a mere one-litre of displacement, combined with direct injection, dual CVVT, turbocharging and a six-speed dual clutch transmission to make for a highly efficient compact package.


This represents the fifth model in a series of concept cars to be created by the Global Design Team in Namyang Korea, all hinting toward the design and technical future of Hyundai.

The second world debut for Hyundai in Frankfurt is the i10 Electric, a zero emissions urban commuter vehicle which will see limited series production begin in 2010 starting with the Korean market.

Powered by a 49kW motor and a 16 kWh battery, the i10 Electric promises a driving range of 160km and top speed of 130km/h and will initially be made available to government ministries, state corporations and utilities in the first stage.


Hyundai will also use the Frankfurt show for the European unveiling of now only its ix35, the European version of the all-new Tucson replacement, but also the Elantra LPI Hybrid which emits just 94 g/km of CO2 (European combined mode) and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept vehicle which made their world debut at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year.