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30 May 2012 | Text by Julian Kho, Photos by Julian Kho & Siddiq
The Young and Bold
With a two-door coupe on one side and a four-door hatch on the other, the Hyundai Veloster is a showy car that's aimed at the younger crowd who knows how to appreciate style.
Kia launched its Forte Hatchback in the third-quarter of 2011 and while it was a car worthy of its name and price, it didn't fare well amongst the competition due to high COE prices. Now, fellow Korean carmaker, Hyundai, decides it wants a piece of the hatchback pie with its latest offering - Veloster. It was years ago in 2007 when the concept was unveiled at Seoul Motor Show but it wasn't until early January in 2011 when the final production was showcased at Detroit Auto Show.
Considering that Hyundai was filling the void left by the Tuscani, the Korean marque did one hell of a job. Its latest attempt to produce a coupe without compromise has proven that the Korean carmaker hasn't lost its design touch yet. Least to say, the Veloster, whether near or far, is a looker.
As it is, the Veloster has a bold-looking fascia that's pulled back tightly with deep sculpted lines and it mimics the rest of the recent models in its stable. Where it doesn't exhibit mimicry is the layout of the rear door. Having similar design as the Nissan Juke where the rear door handle is flushed with its sheet metal, the Veloster sports a single door on the driver's side and a pair of doors on the other to improve access to the back seats. It's probably one of the most innovative designs we've come across in years.
This mutated coupe-hatch also sports a silhouette that could be easily mistaken as the coupe offering from Volkswagen. Where it differentiates itself from its continental competitor is the blacked-out roof and the scalloped portions of the rear fenders which certainly add visual enjoyment to the Korean car.
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