Categorized as a small family car, the Hyundai i30 made its way into the automotive market starting 2007. It shares platforms with Kia’s Cee`d and comes either as a station wagon or hatchback with diesel and petrol engine options and either manual or automatic transmission systems. In the US, the i30 is marketed alongside the Hyundai Elantra and the Elantra Touring in Canada. In 2011, the second-generation i30 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The concept and design for the i30 was conceived at Hyundai Design and Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany. Over the years it was in production, the i30 did very well and enjoyed great reception. It was awarded Car of the Year in Australia in 2007 and Car of the Year in 2008 in Spain. In 2009, it was the Best Family Hatch in New Zealand and was Britain’s Most Satisfying Car in 2010.
The new Hyundai i30 was made available in Europe at the beginning of 2012, the second model to be launched under the Premium Youth Lab brand by Hyundai. When the new i30 was released in the US, it was launched as the Hyundai Elantra GT 2013. It was first seen alongside the new Hyundai Elantra Coupe at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.