The Hyundai i40
is a large family car designed for the European market by South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. Sharing its platform with the US Hyundai Sonata, the i40 is scheduled for launch after the 2011 Geneva Motor Show
, initially as an estate and subsequently as a saloon. The car was designed at Hyundai’s European R&D facilities in Russelsheim, Germany.
In some markets the Hyundai Sonata
remains on sale as a separate model such as the US where the i40 is not sold. The i40 is manufactured at the Ulsan plant in South Korea. The estate variant of the i40 was released in Europe and South Korea in September 2011 and it was followed by a sedan variant in January 2012, and is also available in Australia and New Zealand.
The i40 is described as featuring Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' design language, and was launched in Europe initially as an estate (marketed as the i40 Tourer) with a saloon due later in 2011. The boot space is 553-litres, increasing to 1,719-litres with the rear seats folded down.
Three engines are available, a 1.7 L diesel in two states of tune (114 bhp and 134 bhp) and two petrol units 1.6 L (133 bhp) and 2.0 L (175 bhp) GDI petrol units. A 'BlueDrive' option includes Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) start-stop system and 16 inch rolling resistance tyres, resulting in a reduced CO2 of 113g/km for the 114 bhp (85 kW; 116 PS) diesel.
Hyundai Motor Compan is a South Korean multinational automaker headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Hyundai was founded in 1967 and it, along with Kia, together comprise the Hyundai Motor Group, which is the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturer, as of 2009. As of 2011, it is the world's fastest growing automaker for two years running. In 2008, Hyundai (without Kia) ranked as the eighth largest automaker. In 2010, Hyundai sold over 3.6 million vehicles worldwide.
Hyundai operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, which is capable of producing 1.6 million units annually. The company employs about 75,000 persons worldwide. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms.