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.