The Hyundai Veloster is a compact three-door car first produced in 2011 by the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales beginning in South Korea in March 10, 2011 and in the United States since the fall of 2011.
It is the first of Hyundai’s new Premium Youth Lab sub-brand, which is targeted for the young generation of drivers. It was unveiled on January 10, 2011, at the Detroit auto show, and fills the void left when Hyundai discontinued the Tiburon after the 2008 model year.
The car differs from many competitors with its asymmetrical door configuration, featuring one large door on the driver side and two on the passenger side. In the USA, the Veloster is equipped with BlueLink, a new telemetics system which will eventually be standard on all Hyundai models. The system is comparable to OnStar in GM vehicles, and provides customers with automatic crash notification, vehicle diagnostics, and remote control of vehicle features, among others.
In most of the world the production model uses a direct-injected 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with 138 hp (103 kW), and 123 lb·ft (167 N·m) of torque at 4,850 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters is available as an option.
The DCT transmission was developed by Hyundai and is the first dual-clutch transmission from the company. Official EPA fuel economy numbers are 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) city, 40 mpg-US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg-imp) highway and 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) combined for the manual while the dual clutch does 29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) city, 38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) highway and 32 mpg-US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp) combined. For some markets like the Middle East, Chile and Brazil, the car is offered without GDI, making 128 hp.
Pricing starts at US$17,300, $23,990 AUD. There is also a $760 destination fee. In the United States 2 option packages are available, a style package and a tech package. Each package is $2000. Purchase of the tech package requires purchase of the style package as well. Options are not available outside the package, thus resulting in three trim levels: base, style, and tech. Each trim level is available with the DCT ($1250 option) or manual transmission.
ARK Performance Veloster featured a twin scroll turbocharged engine rated 210 hp, green paint scheme.
PM Lifestyle Veloster was developed by Universal Technical Institute. It includes Konig wheels, carbon fiber hood, a custom interior, increased engine power to 163-horsepower.
Hyundai Re:Mix Veloster Music Veloster is an audio-themed car with a full DJ deck setup installed in the trunk.
Re:Mix Gaming Veloster featured a video game theme, with an XBOX in place of the DJ booth.
RMR Global Rallycross Veloster is a race car built by Rhys Millen Racing for 2WD Rallycross race.
The turbocharged model includes 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine rated 201 hp (150 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb·ft (264 N·m) at 1,750-4,500 rpm, sport-tuned engine intake and exhaust note, sport-tuned steering, unique front fascia, foglights and ground effects, Hyundai-first Matte Gray paint, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts and Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires, projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, LED taillights, supervision cluster, leather seating surfaces with driver’s lumbar support, heated front seats, turbo exclusive Graphite Black interior with Blue accents and headliner graphics.
The Veloster Turbo was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Shown was a concept vehicle with special graphics package featuring a gray and yellow stripe running the length of the car, yellow trim on the front spoiler, side skirts and rear fascia, as well as a checkered flag theme on the side and roof spoiler, was unveiled in 2012 Chicago Auto Show.