Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai will feature Blue Drive, its eco-initiative, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September. The company has created a special Blue Drive Zone where it will exhibit a wide array of its new eco-friendly technologies and products.

The company will present the world debut of the ix-Metro, a new hybrid CUV for the European sub-B segment. The fifth in a series of concept cars to be created by the Global Design Team in Namyang, Korea, the ix-Metro uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection, dual CCVT, turbocharging, and six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The i10 Electric will also make its world debut. It is a production-ready, zero-emissions vehicle, set to go on sale in Korea in the second half of 2010, powered by a 49 kW motor and 16 kWh battery, with a driving range of 160 kilometres and a top speed of over 128 km/h. The i10 can be plugged into household current and fully recharged in about five hours, but can also be quick-charged at 415 volt industrial-strength current, recharging to within 85 per cent of its capacity within 15 minutes.

Other Blue Drive vehicles on display will include the Elantra LPI Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid-electric vehicle to be powered by liquid petroleum gas and the first production car to use advanced lithium-ion polymer batteries; the updated Santa Fe with 2.2-litre diesel; a new Blue edition of the i30 (sold as the Elantra Touring in North America) with idle-stop technology; and the ix35, the European version of the all-new Tucson which made its debut in the Korean market earlier this month. Designed in Europe and to be built in Europe, the ix35 is the first production vehicle to use Hyundai’s new “fluid sculpture” design language, and uses an all-new 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed transmission.

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