Independent automobile assessment organization Euro NCAP named the Hyundai Veloster as the recipient of its maximum five-star safety rating. The car went through an extensive assessment process that includes class-best scores for the 1+2 door sports coupe.
The Veloster obtained a score of 96% in the "adult occupant" category, registering highest possible points in the side barrier check and more severe side pole assessment. In the "child occupant" category, the Veloster achieved a score of 89%.
The results in both categories place Veloster ahead of its segment competitors like Opel Astra GTC, Citroën DS4 and Volkswagen Scirocco. The seatbelt reminder systems and electronic stability program contributed to the vehicle's score of 71% in the “safety assist” category.
The Veloster is the sixth successive Hyundai model to get the maximum five-star score in the safety program of Euro NCAP. The all-new i40 is the vehicle that got the top rating before Veloster.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented, “The five-star rating for Veloster further demonstrates our commitment to the highest levels of safety for Hyundai customers. Veloster is attracting a new audience to the Hyundai brand, combining practicality and ‘fluidic’ design in a unique 1+2 door package. Recognition of its class-leading safety performance will further add to its appeal.”
The 2011 North American International Auto Show gave us a sneak peak to Hyundai’s 2012 Veloster. During this event, Hyundai was able to showcase what the latest technologies are really made of. For the first time ever, the 3-door coupé is equipped with Hyundai’s new dual clutch transmission coupled with the advanced 1.6L direct injection 4-cylinders. There are also amazing new features for the interiors such as the 7-inch Touchscreen, Pandora Internet Radio and the Blue Link telematics system. Now, let’s view the Hyundai Veloster for a more thorough examination of the 3-door coupé.
To begin with, Hyundai’s standard 3-door hatchback comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. But for those who want the wheels to look wider, an optional upgrade of 18-inch wheels is also offered for the same variant. On the other hand, Hyundai’s top-of-the-line is available in 18-inch wheels with painted inserts. The coupé also has a concealed 3rd door rear seat entry to deliver better comfort and convenience for the passengers.
Hyundai’s dynamic principle is interpreted on the Veloster’s very unique glass hatch; chrome dual exhaust tips and the all-black lower fascia design. The coupé bears the beautiful wraparound taillights and headlights apparent on Hyundai’s latest models. There are also the flowing character lines, wide wheel arches and the newly designed door handles and mirrors in bodycolour. It seems that Hyundai’s “fluidic” design language is finally seen on the new Veloster and we couldn’t disagree.
To keep things more exciting, Hyundai took inspiration from the adrenaline-charged motorcycle racing. To come up with the Veloster’s cool design, the black A-pillars for one resemble the visors of a helmet while the floor console mirror mimics the appearance of the biker’s seats. The coupé’s aggressive image is further enhanced with Hyundai’s signature LED lights, hood scoop and wide front grille. There are also a few optional accessories available for the Veloster such as the panoramic sunroof and fog lights as well as the chrome grille with Piano Black highlights.
In fact, you’ll find other interesting features inside and out to fire up your passion for racing. Think of alloy pedals, leather wrapped steering wheels and gearshifts. But that’s not all. The Veloster’s centre console with push button starter could also be mistaken for a motorcycle fuel tank at any minute. They even had the interiors laced with metallic trims to go with the high-powered motif. Also, the coupé is now equipped with air vents that bear similarities to a motorcycle tailpipe.