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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Hyundai Veloster
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What is it? A small hatchback designed to compete with the Mini Cooper and the Honda CR-Z, the Veloster's three front-hinged passenger doors and hatchback give it a more practical than sporty bent. Yet Hyundai says the Veloster will also be fun to drive. It uses a 1.6-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque at 4850 rpm. A new-for-Hyundai six-speed dual-clutch transmission drives the front wheels. The company says the interior styling was inspired by motorcycle sportbikes. Hyundai says the Veloster weighs just 2,584 pounds, putting it on par with the Mini Cooper, one of the lightest cars sold in the U.S.

What is new or notable? The Veloster comes with Hyundai's new BlueLink technology, which allows drivers to send and receive text messages via voice commands, access turn-by-turn directions, local points of interest and automatic crash notification. The system also offers Pandora internet radio and Gracenote technology for categorizing songs and creating playlists. 



CR's take: There seems to be room for another truly sporty subcompact that gets great gas mileage, especially if Hyundai's claim of beating the Honda CR-Z hybrid's mileage bears out. Hyundai has had a string of hits lately, and we can't wait to try this one.


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