Hyundai hybrid cars are few and far between. However, in late
2007, the automaker is expected to roll out the Hyundai
Accent Hybrid to waiting fans of the South Korean
car manufacturer. The Hyndai Accent is a mild hybrid not capable
of running on electricity alone.
At the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the Hyundai
Portico Crossover concept vehicle was debuted.
The Portico is neither a station wagon nor a minivan but
somewhere in-between, yet has sleek styling and features
Hyundai's new high-tech 24-valve, DOHC Lambda V6 engine.
Hyundai Getz Into Hybrid Market Slowly
Another hybrid vehicle that Hyundai will be featuring for
2006 - 2007 season is the Hyundai Getz Hybrid minicar. The
minicar market has been hot in Europe with a 26-percent
growth in the youth sector over the past year. The current
Getz hybrid test models are fitted with the second generation
1400cc DOHC Alpha engine, though Hyundai says that the production
version will be powered by a third generation powertrain.
The Hyundai Getz hybrid hatchback is also known as the Hyundai
Click or Hyundai TB in some markets.
Hyundai's subsidiary Kia expects to have its Kia
Rio Hybrid car ready for the 2007 - 2008 season (at
least in Korea). The Rio Hybrid is expected to share many similarities
with the Accent Hybrid including a price tag well under $20,000
and potentially under $15,000 in some markets making it the
most affordable hybrid car to date.