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Hybrid Car Review: Hyundai Promises 2009 Hybrid Elantra (Avante)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hyundai Promises 2009 Hybrid Elantra (Avante)

Hyundai is looking to release the Avante Hybrid (Elantra is the North American counterpart) in 2009, but only in Korea. It will by hybrid LPG-electric rather than a hybird gas-electric.

Since liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is cheaper and more readily available in Korea. But they also indicated they expected a gas-electric hybrid to be ready by 2010.

Hyundai has produced the Click Hybrid and Verna Hybrid, but only for testing purposes and only for the Korean government. Production will halt on their limited production.

Hyundai started developing their hybrids with LS Group and LG Chem back in December of 2005.

Currently, only the Lexus RX 400h and Honda Civic Hybrid are available in the Korean marketplace.

Source: Hyundai Plans Elantra Hybrid in 2009
In May, the Korean government said it would begin granting tax incentives that could lower the price of both foreign and domestic hybrid vehicles by more than 10 percent.

Hyundai said it could be building up to 300,000 hybrids a year by 2015.

What this means to you: Hyundai still isn't saying when it will begin selling hybrids in North America.

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