Hyundai has been known for developing a Toyota Prius-rivaling dedicated hybrid car since early this year. Internally known under the codename ‘Hyundai AE’, the hybrid car is being tested in both hot and cold weather conditions around the world. It was reported to be unveiled as a concept model at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) but that didn’t happen. It will arrive in 2016 as reports said earlier though, as per a report from AutoFans.be. It is expected to be a C-segment saloon and have a plug-in hybrid variant also.
Hyundai’s other near-future vehicles also include the second generation Veloster. Speaking to the Belgian publication, Raf Van Nuffel, Head of Product Management & Pricing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said that the second generation Hyundai Veloster shouldn’t be expected in Europe. Supposedly, development and production costs for a small niche doesn’t make sense financially.
This indirectly also hints that the next-gen Veloster won’t make it to Australia and New Zealand, as there won’t be a Euro-spec version, and thus no right-hand drive version either.
North America will get the all-new model though, but in which form, cannot be confirmed as of now. One possibility is that it may adopt a mid-engine layout as showcased in the RM15 concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show in April.