Hyundai To Produce Toyota iQ Rival

February 2, 2009

Hyundai might soon produce a minicar to compete with Toyota's iQ; the U.K.'s AutoCar claims that this new Hyundai could go on sale as early as next year.

They say that a European Hyundai source indicated the car would be more basic, functional, and funky than the iQ: "sort of modular and minimalist in a Citroën 2CV kind of way." Driving the project is a corporate edict for Hyundai's R&D department to develop a "green baby" vehicle.

Speculation is that just one trim level and one powertrain could keep this Hyundai mini simple and cheap. Hyundai also revealed at the LA Auto Show that it plans an entire lineup of hybrid vehicles powered by their new i-mode hybrid system. Such vehicles would compete with cars as large as the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and current or pending hybrid SUVs and crossovers.

[source: AutoCar]

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