Hyundai i-Flow concept to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Posted on Monday, 15 February 2010 , 08:02:33 byEmil

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Hyundai i-Flow concept to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Back in the 20tth century Hyundai was known for having cheap, decent cars. Usually, they would be the subject of jokes made by the car enthusiasts. But, we are in the 21st century and things have changed. With the new generation of models Hyundai has impressed everyone and is, currently, one of the most appreciated automakers on the market.

The South Korean automaker could not miss the chance to participate at the biggest event of the year, the Geneva Motor Show, so they announced that they will be presenting a new concept named Hyundai i-Flow. The Hyundai i-Flow uses the new design language of the company, that is named by them ``fluidic sculpture``. Still, they only offered a single teaser photo of the new concept, leaving us wanting more. From what we can see in the teaser photo, the Hyundai i-Flow looks fabulous, but it is shown only in a sketch so do not get too excited yet, as a lot of models that looked great in sketches turned out to be dull production models. We will have to wait for further photos or the Geneva Motor Show to make a good impression.

The Hyundai i-Flow gets a lot of new technologies that have the role to assist in reducing weight and improving energy efficiency. These technologies include solar cells, novel lightweight materials from the chemical company BASF.

It is too early to tell whether the Hyundai i-Flow, when in production form, will take the place of the current generation Hyundai Sonata in Europe (former generation in the U.S.) or if it will be a compacter model, having a different target. Anyway, from what we can tell, the Hyundai i-Flow will compete against cars like the Toyota Avensis, the Citroen C5, the Opel Insignia and the Ford Mondeo in the mid-size saloon segment.