New Hyundai i30 Estate unveiled

Hyundai has unveiled its new i30 Estate, to be launched next year, saying that the car will be crucial in the manufacturer’s push to become a major competitor in the European market.

The estate model will follow on from the i30 five-door hatchback and be available with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Among the design alterations to the i30 Estate are new projection headlamps, a smart folding key system, a built-in roof rack and a USB port for portable music players.

Tony Whitehorn, UK managing director for Hyundai, said it was crucial to get products such as this right if the manufacturer is to realise its European ambitions.

"The C-segment is the critical segment to be competitive in," Mr Whitehorn said. "It caters for all needs: families, singles, couples and company car drivers, with a full mix of hatchback, sports, coupe, cabriolet, mini-MPV and even crossover models.

"Hyundai realises that to compete, we must be in a position to offer a mix of such models to cater for a variety of customer needs."

The new i30 Estate will be "perfectly in tune with European tastes", according to Hyundai, having been manufactured at the automaker’s design centre in Frankfurt.

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