2011 Hyundai ix20 unveiled ahead of the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2010

Hyundai has unveiled its newest challenger in the MPV category – the Hyundai ix20 – at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This new B-segment MPV from the South Korean carmaker is the latest member of the "i" range of vehicles. Featuring distinct looks and style as well as superb drivability and remarkable comfort, the Hyundai ix20 is set to challenge the growing B-segment of the MPV market.

While the overall MPV segment in Europe has been in declining by 34 percent since 2005, it was a different story for the B-segment, which grew from 23.3 percent to 29.2 percent over the same period.

The Hyundai ix20 is Hyundai's second for-Europe vehicle that features the carmaker's new 'fluidic sculpture' form language. This MPV -- designed and developed at the carmaker's R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany – is an amalgamation of three key qualities: refinement, dynamism, and confidence.

These qualities are all highlighted by Hyundai's new signature hexagonal front grille, which has become a key graphic attribute of its new European family 'look'. Hyundai's new hexagonal front grille has been designed to bestow a friendly face to the Hyundai ix20. Hyundai also implemented the fluidic design into the cabin of the MPV, complemented by some neat styling elements.

Its cabin allows for outstanding comfort by offering extra legroom and headroom as well as for convenience with ample room for cargo and higher equipment specs. With a length of 4.1 meters, the Hyundai ix20 has a long wheelbase (2.615mm), which is not typical of vehicles in its class.

The vehicle also features a 1.600mm high roofline. In fact, the B-segment ix20 boasts of a cabin space that is roomier than most vehicles in its segment, offering an interior that is as spacious as many larger C-segment vehicles.

Customers can choose from any of the four Euro V-compliant engines with outputs ranging from 77 PS to 125 PS -- two petrol and two diesel powerplants – and are mated to either a manual or automatic transmission.

All of these engines – except the 1.6 powerplant mated to an automatic transmission -- will be available in Blue Drive form, which features a number of technologies like Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) technology, an alternator management system (AMS) and low rolling-resistance tires. Hyundai ix20 Blue Drive versions emit just 114 grams of carbon dioxide/km (1.4-liter U2 diesel engine), underscoring the carmaker's intentions to become one of the leaders in the area of long-term environmental sustainability.

Safety and protection for the occupants of the Hyundai ix20 have been taken cared of by the latest active and passive safety technologies. The active safety features include ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Hillstart Assist Control that prevents roll-back when the vehicle is starting on an incline.

These features come as standard on the ix20 in several countries. Hyundai expects the ix20 to carry on its outstanding safety record and become the first B-segment MPV to earn 5-Star ratings under Euro NCAP's impact assessment.

The Hyundai ix20 features the South Korean carmaker's Five Year Triple Care package, which includes five years of unlimited-mileage warranty, roadside assistance, and free vehicle health checks. Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe, described the Hyundai ix20 as a modern mini-MPV that has its own personality while providing owners with a good balance of dynamic style and functionality.

Rushforth added that the Hyundai is a vehicle that does not only suit the lifestyle of young European families but also appeals to their sense of adventure. He remarked that Hyundai is targeting to sell around 55,000 units of the Hyundai ix20 annually.

He noted that while the MPV segment has been having a hard time recently, Hyundai is confident that the ix20 will help the carmaker raise its overall sales volume and market share in Europe. He added that even C-segment MPV owners will be attracted to the Hyundai ix20.

According to Rushforth, the ix20 is an integral part of Hyundai's overall business strategy, as it is expected to help boost the carmaker's sales before the end of 2010, thereby allowing the company to stay close to achieving its market share target of 2.75 percent this year.

Rushforth's confidence comes from his belief that Hyundai ix20 would be able to answer the expectations of European customers on the Hyundai brand, including dynamic design, versatility, efficient engines, and superior safety.

He announced that Hyundai ix20 is the first of Hyundai's intensive model launches, with 12 new models and derivatives bound for introduction in the next few years. Hyundai is assembling the Hyundai ix20 at its Nošovice manufacturing site in Czech Republic.

Press Release


Hyundai is set to shake up the MPV market with the new, modern and dynamic Hyundai ix20, unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show by the company's Vice Chairman, Euisun Chung.

The car combines unique looks and great drivability with key MPV attributes to form an unprecedented package, promising to be the benchmark for future B-segment offerings.

The Hyundai ix20 is the latest Hyundai model to join the company's hugely popular 'i-range' line-up of vehicles offering European consumers unparalleled levels of quality, style, and comfort. The all-new B-segment MPV is also the latest Hyundai model to come with the company's groundbreaking Five Year Triple Care package, which includes a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty; five years of roadside assistance; and five years of free vehicle health checks.

"The Hyundai ix20 is a modern mini-MPV which has its own personality, offering the right balance of dynamic style and functionality," said Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe. "With Hyundai ix20 we are giving young European families a vehicle that not only suits their lifestyle, but also appeals to their sense of adventure."

Overall, the MPV segment in Europe has experienced a downturn in fortunes during recent years, with sales declining by 34% since 2005. The B-segment of the MPV market however, has increased its share from 23,3% to 29,2% over the same period.

"We are optimistic about the future of our new B-segment MPV and have set an ambitious but achievable sales target of 55,000 units annually for the Hyundai ix20," continued Mr. Rushforth. "The MPV segment has been experiencing a tough time of late, but we are confident that the launch of the Hyundai ix20 will help to increase Hyundai's overall sales volume and market share in Europe. Taking into account the current trend for European motorists to downsize, we expect many C-segment MPV owners will be tempted by the Hyundai ix20."

Production of the Hyundai ix20 is under way at Hyundai's newest European plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic. The 4.1 metre-long car features an unusually long wheelbase for its class (2.615mm) and a 1.600mm high roofline. These dimensions, as well as developments in the field of interior packaging, ensure that the Hyundai ix20 offers cabin space typical of many larger C-segment vehicles.

Designed and developed at Hyundai's R&D centre in Russelsheim, the Hyundai ix20 is the second European car to adopt Hyundai's new 'fluidic sculpture' form language. This concept brings together three key qualities in a pleasing design: refinement, dynamism, and confidence.

These qualities are accentuated in the Hyundai ix20 package by a design feature that has become unmistakably Hyundai: the hexagonal front grille, a key visual element of the brand's new European family 'look'. This grille is designed to give the MPV a 'friendly' face, inviting potential buyers to explore the car further.

The fluidic design theme continues inside, with neat styling touches reflecting the dynamic flow of the exterior. Hyundai's European designers have also sculpted the interior space to provide extra legroom and headroom for superior comfort, while accommodating ample luggage and raising equipment specifications.

The all-new Hyundai ix20 will be available with a choice of four Euro V-compliant engines: two petrol and two diesel, covering a power spread from 77ps to 125ps. Manual and automatic transmissions will also be offered. Every engine in the Hyundai ix20 range (except 1.6 with automatic transmission) will also be available in Blue Drive™ form, which includes Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) technology, low rolling-resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS). Blue Drive™ versions of the Hyundai ix20 give class-leading CO2 emissions levels from just 114 g/km (1,4-litre U2 diesel engine), highlighting Hyundai's desire to lead the way on the road to long-term environmental sustainability.

The modern Hyundai ix20 uses the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features, fitted as standard in several countries, include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system) and Hillstart Assist Control (to prevent roll-back when starting on an incline). Hyundai anticipates the ix20 will continue the company's excellent safety record and become the first B-segment MPV to attain the maximum 5-Star result under Euro NCAP's impact assessment.

"The Hyundai ix20 is an integral part of Hyundai's overall business strategy," added Rushforth. "Its launch will help to increase our sales performance before the end of the year, keeping us on target for our 2010 market share goal of 2.75%."

"With its dynamic design, economical powertrains, unique versatility, and uncompromising safety, the Hyundai ix20 builds upon what European consumers have come to expect from the Hyundai brand. The arrival of Hyundai ix20 kicks off our intensive model launch period, and it is sure to set a high standard for our future models. In the next couple of years Hyundai will introduce another 12 new models and derivatives," he concluded.

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