Hyundai expands i30 production

Hyundai has officially started production of the i30 hatchback at its European production facility in the Czech Republic.

According to the company, production has been stepped up at the factory to cope with increasing European demand for the i30, which is currently Hyundai’s top-selling model.

In total, the i30 has accounted for a fifth of Hyundai’s sales in the past three years alone, while a range of recent updates is expected to boost popularity amongst buyers even further.

Unveiled last December, the updated i30 models feature a range of enhancements with exterior updates, greater focus on efficiency and the introduction of a new i30 Turbo performance model.

Even more colour options

Hyundai has tweaked the exteriors of each, with a new accentuated hexagonal grille, plus newly-designed alloy wheels and three new exterior colours: Polar White, Orange Caramel and Jet Black.

An expanded choice of engines has also been added, with power outputs that range from 99bhp to 184bhp. Each is also Euro6 compliant, with CO2 emissions as low as just 94g/km.

A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is now available on 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines, replacing the previous six-speed automatic and providing more performance and efficiency.

Fuel saving technologies are also included, like stop-start technology and low rolling-resistance tyres like the i20, plus an ‘active air flap’ in the front grille, which has been designed to reduce drag.

Buyers in the market for an i30 that offers a more dynamic driver and unique styling can also now buy the all-new i30 Turbo, which has been added to the marque’s 2015 line up.

Sporty upgrade to the Hyundai i30

Available on five- and three-door models, the Turbo trim adds sporting characteristics like a new radiator grille, upgraded bumpers with red detailing and twin exhausts, plus 18-inch alloy wheels.

On the inside, the i30 Turbo has a range of performance features like front sports seats, a sport-oriented instrument cluster and contrasting red detailing on the steering wheel and gearknob.

Power comes courtesy of a Nurburgring-tuned 184bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which can take the i30 Turbo from 0-62mph in eight seconds flat, with a top speed of 136mph.

Final additions to the performance-focused i30 Turbo include sports suspension, plus racing tyres and upgraded steering that’s been tweaked to offer increased responsiveness at speed.

Prices for the new Hyundai i30 range have yet to be announced, however it’s expected that more will be known closer to its launch date in the next few months.