Hyundai is going into green overdrive at Frankfurt with the planned unveiling of vehicles like the ix-Metro Hybrid Electric CUV & i10 Electric Concepts.

Still in high spirits after overtaking Ford as the world's fourth biggest automaker in terms of sales, the Hyundai part of the Hyundai-Kia group takes its game to the next level at Frankfurt. Following other big manufacturers it will unveil a host of new concepts and production-ready products designed to fit in with the new enviro-conscious world.

Top of the list is the ix-Metro which is a sub-B segment Hybrid Electric Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). Its turbocharged petrol engine displaces 1.0-litre, it is run by a 6-speed dual clutch transmission and returns C02 emissions of 80g/km.

Then there is the i10 Electric which is powered by a 49kW (67hp) motor and a 16kWh battery. Hyundai says its range is 160km and its C02 emissions are nil. Sales of the i10 Electric will start in 2010 for selected customers such as South Korean government departments and state utilities.

Other "greenies" at the Hyundai stand will include the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept, the liquid petroleum gas-powered Elantra LPI Hybrid which emits just 94g/km of CO2 and a Blue edition of the i30 which produces 113g/km of CO2 gases.

Normal debuts are the ix35, the European version of the all-new Tucson and the new Santa Fe with the 2.2-litre R diesel motor.


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