Hyundai confirms i40 for Geneva

Hyundai has confirmed that its 2011 entry into the European D-segment will be called the i40.

Hyundai has confirmed that its 2011 entry into the European D-segment will be called the i40.

The model, set to make its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, has been designed at the Korean manufacturer's European research and development centre in Russelsheim, Germany, specifically to appeal to a European audience.

Boasting Hyundai's latest green technologies under the 'Blue Drive' banner, the company claims the i40 will demonstrate best-in-class fuel economy and very low CO2 emissions.

The i40 will initially be available as an estate model, with a saloon version following the same sleek, 'fluidic design' philosophy arriving shortly after.

"We have bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe, and the new i40 will provide the momentum we need to achieve our goals in 2011 and beyond," said Allan Rushforth, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Europe.

"We expect the quality of the new i40 to continue the development of our image in Europe and attract new customers to the Hyundai brand".