Hyundai said it took 24 months to develop the new Elantra, which required an investment of just A310 million, even though it is a brand new car. The new Elantra - as it will be called across Europe - will be offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions. Hyundai won't replace the current Elantra station wagon, but will later add a compact minivan, based on this new platform, to rival the Renault Scenic and GM Zafira.
Luigi Koelliker, the importer of Hyundai in Italy, said: 'Since the first car was imported here 26 years ago, Hyundai has grown to cover almost 2 percent of the Italian market. We are close to selling the 200,000th Hyundai in Italy.'