July 9, 2008

News Brief: Hyundai to sell LPG hybrid Elantra in 2009

Beginning next June, Hyundai will leapfrog Toyota and Honda in the next-generation battery race with their first LPG hybrid, the Elantra LPI.

Based on the Elantra wagon available in Europe and Asia, the Elantra LPI will feature a liquid petroleum gas version of their 1.6 liter Gamma inline-4 paired with a 15kW electric motor bolstered by lithium polymer batteries.

Sales of the LPI be restricted to the Korean market at first; distribution is expected to include to Asia and Europe in early 2010.


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