Hyundai Veloster: Not A Coupe?
January 4th, 2011 12:58 PM Share
Hyundai just hit us with this teaser image, showing the forthcoming Veloster, which we (and everyone else) thought was a two-door. Apparently not. Look for the full reveal this Monday, live from the Detroit Auto Show.
Published January 4th, 2011 11:50 AM
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Aaah-don't get my hopes up for a CR-Z engine upgrade. I think it looks fantastic, and it's got a Honda 6 speed. BTW, I think the Veloster looks very interesting, and the 1 rear door is great for putting stuff in the back seat. I only ever drove 2 door coupes/hatchbacks (including an '87 CRX Si) until my current 328i sedan, and having a rear door or two is awfully handy (even if the 3 series coupe is clearly the looker). If the Veloster's curb weight is similar to an Accent's then 140 hp would be plenty.
Well, by "stuff" I meant stuff and people. I put stuff in the hatch and the back seats of my last hatchback. I suppose I'll reserve actual judgment until I see it in person-but it's intriguing.
From en.wikipedia: "Though originally most traffic drove on the left worldwide, today about 66.1% of the world's people live in right-hand traffic countries and 33.9% in left-hand traffic countries. About 72% of the world's total road distance carries traffic on the right, and 28% on the left." So it's roughly 2/3rds right-hand traffic (RHT=LHD cars), 1/3rd left-hand traffic (LHT=RHD) cars. That's more than just "a few countries" that would have to switch over.
I'm sure that the rear door is a concession to young families with one (small) child. Perfect for a car seat, and (in the US) on the curb side. Yet the driver has good over-the-shoulder visibility and easy access. Yes, it's odd, but the Saturn was even more weird, as the 3rd door was on the street side (not good for offloading kids).