Markham, Ontario – Hyundai has announced the all-new 2012 Veloster three-door coupe, which will start at $18,999 when it goes on sale in September. It includes a second door on the passenger side to provide easy access to the rear seats.

All models will include such features as 17-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry with pushbutton start, gasoline direct injection fuel-saving technology, backup camera and a seven-inch touch screen display as standard equipment.

The Veloster uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai’s first six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. It will achieve a highway fuel of efficiency of 4.9 L/100km, which the company said is better than that of the Honda CR-Z hybrid.

“The Veloster is a new type of vehicle for Hyundai,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. “The car was designed to appeal to people looking for a compact, stylish coupe with sporty handling to navigate the modern urban jungle and an efficient engine in this era of high fuel prices. We’ve also infused the Veloster with the latest technology to help buyers get the most out of their car. We believe there simply is nothing else like the Veloster on the market right now.”

The Veloster will come in a single trim level with an available $3,500 Tech Package that will add 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, satellite navigation, premium stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded upholstery, alloy pedals and automatic headlamps.


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