Low-Emission Hyundai i10 City Car Is Not for U.S.

October 6, 2010

Add the Hyundai i10 city car to the long list of small, fuel efficient, low emissions vehicle not designed for the U.S. market.

Europe has more narrow streets, higher fuel prices, and more stringent environmental standards than the USA. So it’s a shame that models such as the new Hyundai i10 subcompact are not designed for the North American market.

Introduced this week at the Paris Auto show, the Hyundai i10 features a revolutionary three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine that emits just 99g/km of CO2, making it a class leader in reduced emissions. There’s also a clean diesel version, the i10 Blue. This model also is equipped with Hyundai’s efficient 1.0-liter Kappa engine, which is tough enough to reach a 6200-rpm rev limit.

Hyundai also is introducing a slightly larger ix20 blue, with a 1.4-liter diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This super-efficient, super-green diesel model also is for the European market and not for North America.

Hyundai also is introducing its own stop/start system, also known as ISG, to its European models. This feature cuts the engine when a car is stationary and in neutral, such as at a traffic light or in start-stop traffic gridlock, and restarts the engine the instant the driver presses the clutch to get back into moving gear.  This is a great feature that helps minimize both fuel emissions and fuel consumption.

What a shame these cars and features are not for the USA.

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