Hyundai will unveil its new European C-segment hatchback at its press conference at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday 6 March 2007. Codenamed FD, this will be the first ever car from the Korean manufacturer designed specifically for the European market.

Hyundai claims it has focussed on “combining cultivated dynamics with sleek, sophisticated styling, generous equipment levels and up-to-the-minute safety package”. The car is due to go on sale across Europe in the summer.

Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, Tony Whitehorn, said: “The launch of FD … the imminent arrival of a 300,000 unit European manufacturing facility and new advanced R&D facilities and European Headquarters in Germany, signals Hyundai’s development into a mainstream European manufacturer with serious intentions to provide high quality and affordable cars designed and built specifically to European tastes”.

Hyundai will also present a crossover-SUV concept at its Geneva press conference. Using advanced materials, Hyundai’s European designers say they have developed an SUV that is environmentally friendly and also offers pedestrian high levels of protection in the event of an accident.