2009 Hyundai i30 Blue Goes Live at Geneva

i30 is surely a core product for South Korean automaker Hyundai as it relies most of its new production series on this model and even designs new variants to comply with the market demand. The latest addition to the i30-based range is the Blue variant, a special label which indicates a less-polluting vehicle featuring all kinds of fuel consumption reduction technologies. According to, Hyundai plans to unveil the i30 Blue in March at the Geneva Motor Show, with mass production and sales expected to start in the next few months.

In essence, Hyundai i30 Blue is especially aimed at three main points: fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and costs. The South Korean automaker wants to produce an advanced model that would boost fuel economy while releasing very low emissions. All of these available at an affordable price, which is one of the most important facts during recession times.

The aforementioned source writes that i30 Blue will incorporate a start-and-stop system sourced from Bosch and low-rolling resistance tires. The ISG system automatically shuts down the engine while not in motion and starts it while the driver presses the clutch to shift in first gear. Fuel consumption would be reduced by up to 15 percent in city driving and around 7 percent in mixed conditions, the source wrote, with CO2 emissions achieving an 142 g/km rating versus 152 h/km on the standard 1.6-liter model.

Hyundai will produce two versions of the Blue-labelled i30, five-door hatch and Cross Wagon, both of them available with a choice of two engines, 1.4- and 1.6-liter.

Hyundai also plans to upgrade the standard i30 range with ISG technologies for improving fuel economy put first models equipped with these systems are expected to be launched later this year.
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