2013 Hyundai HB20

This is the first production of Hyundai’s Brazilian plant and it seems fine for a global economy car. The HB20 comes with three engines and different trim levels to satisfy every need.

The HB20 will be offered in nine different versions, each of which fitted a comprehensive package of items offered as standard from entry levels: Hydraulic power steering, dual front airbags, air-conditioning, a spoiler with a built-in brake lights, a rear windshield wiper and storage compartments for all passengers, to name a few. The name “HB” stands for Hyundai Brasil, while the number “20” is the company’s characterization for vehicles in this segment, a category that includes models assembled on small or compact vehicle platforms.

Looks-wise, the HB20 looks a tad like the current Toyota Yaris. t looks good, but Toyota might not be terribly pleased to see it. That said, it’s kinda OK because Hyundai HB20 will only go on sale in Brazil, and probably a few other global markets.


Details in Hyundai press release below:


The Hyundai HB20 is a compact and economical model that is poised to become a benchmark in style due to its flowing lines, excellent finish and the quality of its assembly.

Based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, HB20’s external details accentuate the modern and sporting lines of the hatchback. Its high waist-line and rear accentuates its stylishness and exclusivity.

The Hyundai HB20’s interior also differentiates itself from competitors with its modernity, sophistication, comfort and practicality. The impressive details and high quality of its finish are immediately noticeable, while chrome, metallic and leather-covered parts are options that enhance the model’s stylishness even more. In its search to maximize consumer comfort, the HB20 has achieved some of the lowest noise and vibration levels in its class, while the spacious interior will surprise consumers.

Powertrain & Transmission

The Hyundai HB20 comes with three powertrains: 1.0L and 1.6L, with a manual gearbox and 1.6L, with automatic transmission.

The vehicle’s 5-speed manual gearbox has precise and perfect shifting, providing comfort and a rapid response. The automatic option has four gears, with smooth changing.

All versions are equipped with a flex-fuel engine. The 1.0L model has three cylinders and gains in power due to reduced friction and better energy efficiency, leading to lower fuel consumption, a reduction in pollutant emissions and lower maintenance costs. It is considered to be 6% more powerful than the segment’s average. The 1.6L version has four cylinders and emits 23% more power than the segment’s average.

The Hyundai HB20 is equipped with a continuous variable valve timing (CVVT), which optimizes the air-fuel mixture both at low and high RPM, leading to improved performance and fuel consumption.

The HB family will also have sedan and crossover versions that will come to market during 2013. The three models will all be produced at Hyundai’s first plant in Brazil. The Piracicaba factory covers 1,390,000 square meters of land, of which 69,000 square meters will consist of facilities. The plant is Hyundai’s seventh overseas manufacturing base outside South Korea, after Turkey, India, China, the United States, the Czech Republic and Russia. The company invested a total of US$ 600 million in the facilities.

HMB has already hired 1,600 employees with plans to increase this figure to 2,000 by 2013. Hyundai’s Piracicaba plant, together with its suppliers, will create an additional 3,000 jobs. It will also indirectly generate 20,000 jobs in the region.

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