Hyundai to Introduce First Dedicated Hybrid Model to Showrooms in 2012, Plug-in a Year Later
In brief: Hyundai will introduce a model line of dedicated hybrids in 2012 and a plug-in in 2013, likely based on the Blue-Will concept.
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Whild the Korean carmaker has hybrid versions of current models on the market, Hyundai will soon be introducing a stand-alone hybrid model line. It's expected to hit showrooms in 2012 with a plug-in version the next year.
The model will feature a unique name and "green" styling. If the plug-in version hits the streets in 2013, it would compete directly with the Prius plug-in, which is slated to become available that same model year.
Hyundai's Vice Chairman Hyun-Soon Lee says the company is spending heavily on hybrid technologies and wants to remove Toyota's Prius as the top-dog in hybrids.
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No purely electric car is in the works, however. Hyundai's research and development team leader says it's not likely to happen until costs drop significantly.
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