New-generation coupe-hatch pushed back a year, but we're not sure why just yet.
The new-generation Hyundai Veloster has been delayed again, now scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2019, over a year after originally planned.
UPDATE, 7/11/18: Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Veloster will launch locally in 2019, though couldn't offer further details other than that it's related to production line scheduling.
A source close with the matter has confirmed the news with CarAdvice; we reached out to Hyundai Australia, though it declined to comment.
Not only will Australia now get the Veloster over a year after initially planned, it will be almost two years since the new-gen model was first revealed at the Detroit motor show in January.
It's unclear exactly why the four-door hatchback-come-coupe's launch has been pushed back so far, but we could have a couple of ideas.
One could be production constraints. Currently, the Veloster is solely assembled at Hyundai's Ulsan facility in South Korea, given its focus on the North American market – and it seems to have been getting high praise since its launch there last week. The company could be facing unexpected demand, and since the US market is far larger than ours, Hyundai could be pushing back right-hand drive production as a result.
A second possibility could be because Hyundai Australia is waiting for the Veloster N to become available to right-hand drive markets, again because the new model is being prioritised for North America – the i30 N isn't available in the US.
Regardless, we'll have to hear officially from the company's local arm before we can confirm any details, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.