Hyundai i30 Tourer In Production


Hyundai finally realized there is actually a market for an estate version of the i30 in Europe. So they put it in production in their Czech plant.

The car has been on sale – although the previous generation – in America for years and it was fairly successful. On the other side of pond, the hatchback is now on sale in America. So it’s like ‘damn we just swapped!’. Retaining the characteristics that have made its hatchback sibling a European success – quality, value, stylish design, efficiency and driving enjoyment – the Tourer adds greater load-carrying capability to the i30’s package. Hyundai expects the Tourer to boost i30 demand and account for around 30 per cent of the model line’s total sales in Europe.

Orders of the New Generation i30 are already approaching 60,000 units just a few months after coming to market, making it Hyundai’s most popular car among European customers. The tourer won’t be that popular, but still. It makes a lot of sense.

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Hyundai press release:

llan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The launch of the Tourer is the next phase of the New Generation i30’s introduction to Europe, following the very positive reception for the five-door.  It not only brings greater choice for consumers but also is a testament to the quality and importance of the teams at our European design, engineering and manufacturing facilities.”

With a load capacity of 528-litres with the rear seats raised and 1,642-litres when the seats are folded, the New Generation i30 Tourer adds further practicality without compromising on style.  The Tourer was developed alongside the hatchback from the outset, enabling designers to fashion a coherent form that bears a strong family resemblance inspired by Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture form language.

As it climbs the European sales charts, the New Generation i30 has received several notable accolades.  Among these is a five-star rating from Euro NCAP in the organisation’s test programme, including a 90% score in the ‘child occupant’ assessment, with maximum points in the ‘18-month-old’ and ‘3-year-old’ tests.

The New Generation i30 was recently named ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Best Family Car’ by the UK’s highly respected Carbuyer.co.uk website.

The New Generation i30 models are produced alongside ix35 and ix20 at Hyundai’s Czech plant in Nošovice, where around 900 additional employees were hired when a third shift started in September 2011.  During the first five months of 2012, production output has increased 39% compared to the same period last year.  Earlier this month a second transmission facility was opened on site, creating a further 97 jobs

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