The Hyundai Veloster is a compact kammback first produced in 2011 by Hyundai, with sales beginning in South Korea on March 10, 2011 and in North America since the fall of 2011. In South Korea, it is marketed under Hyundai's Premium Youth Lab sub-brand, which is targeted for the young generation of drivers. It was unveiled on January 10, 2011, at the Detroit auto show, and fills the void left when Hyundai discontinued the Hyundai Tiburon after the 2008 model year.
The car differs from many competitors with its asymmetrical door configuration, featuring one large door on the driver side and two large doors on the passenger side. In North America, the Veloster is equipped with BlueLink, a new telemetics system which will eventually be standard on all Hyundai models. The system is comparable to OnStar in GM vehicles, and provides customers with automatic crash notification, vehicle diagnostics, and remote control of vehicle features, among others.
The Veloster Turbo is a kammback coupe sport compact, high-performance, turbocharged sports car. The turbocharged model uses a 1.6L T-GDi Gamma engine that has different outputs depending on the market. In North America, the engine outputs 150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) at 6,000 rpm, and 27 kg·m (265 N·m; 195 lbf·ft) between 1,750-4,500 rpm. In other markets, such as Europe, it receives a lower power engine outputting 186 PS (137 kW; 183 hp) at 5,500rpm with the same 256Nm of torque, but altered to come earlier in the rev range at 1500 rpm. A possible reason for the European market receiving the lower powered engine may be because the Kia Pro_Cee'd GT already makes use of the 150 kW engine. The car has three doors in North America and in Europe, making the Veloster Turbo's shooting brake body style both in North America and in Europe a relative novelty.
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