Hyundai Wants to Build Real Life Transformers
News out of South Korea is that Hyundai is exploring the idea of transformer cars. The vehicle would transform from an Elantra to a Tucson and even a light truck like the overseas H100 (which is pretty damn cute and would totally lend itself to this vehicle). According to The Korea Herald, at this year's research and development IDEA Festival at Hyundai's Namyang R&D Center south of Seoul, "its engineers have conducted experiments … building a single car that can be changed from a regular sedan to an SUV and even a light truck, depending on the requirements of the driver. The 'three-in-one' concept 'Hyundai Carmeleon' can eliminate the need to buy different types of vehicles to meet various needs that can translate into greater convenience and savings for car owners." RELATED: See Pictures of the Maserati Transformer
Hyundai said that its engineers checked on a "space former" concept where the sides of cars can be lifted upwards, making it possible for the seats to swivel or even be removed altogether, which can maximize internal space. Make them able to walk down the street crushing all in its path and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un immediately swears off communism and surrenders to Seoul.
While the idea of a Hyundai transformer may seem farfetched to us naïve Americans, it's a big hit in South Korea. There you can buy a Carbot Santafe R Transformer- Korean Animation Robot Character. You can also buy one on Amazon (of course) for $104.48 with free shipping even.
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Now if this was Kia, the car could be called Optima Prime but Hyundai will have to opt for another name because Carmeleon looks like Car-melon no matter how many times I read it. I like Optimus Tiburon myself. Maybe it could steal the name of its large commercial van and call it the Optimus i800.
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