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April 1, 2012

MIAS 2012: Hyundai Launches Eon, Previews Veloster

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) is now the Philippines third largest selling automotive brand. And it seems there's no stopping this Korean freight train has they have launched two new models at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS): the Eon sub-compact hatchback and the Veloster hatchback.

Manufactured in India, the new Eon slots below the i10 has HARI's most affordable car. The retail price of the Eon is a mere P 438,000 and P 498,000 for the range-topping model. Powered by a 0.8-liter (yes, as in 800 cc), the Eon has a peak power of 55 horsepower and 75 Nm of torque. More importantly, it promises over 25 km/L in fuel efficiency. Despite being a basic sub-compact, the Eon comes with front power windows, keyless entry, a driver's airbag and an audio system with USB input.

Meanwhile, the Veloster has also been previous at MIAS. Pricing and specifications still haven't been finalized as the Veloster is officially on "preview" mode. However, it's clear from the exterior that the Philippines will be getting the Veloster 1.6 GDi (as opposed to the new turbo-charged model). The Veloster 1.6 GDi will push out 138 horsepower and 167 Nm of torque. This stylish and unique three-door hatchback will slot below Hyundai's sporty and sleek Genesis Coupe in terms of price.

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