According to Korean newspaper, Chosun IIbo, Hyundai as announced that it will introduce a hybrid-electric vehicle in 2009. The Avante hybrid (Avante is the Korean version of the Elantra) will be powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rather than standard gasoline.
Hyundai, in the mean time, will halt production for the Verna and Pride hybrids, which are currently being tested in government fleets.
Hyundai will stick to introducing the LPG based hybrid in Korea due to the sufficient number of LPG fueling stations. But if you’re one of the few Hyundai lovers worldwide, don’t be disappointed. Hyundai has also said that it will introduce a more conventional gasoline based hybrid in 2010 which could be sold outside Korean markets.
The Avante hybrid will be the first domestic hybrid for Korean drivers.
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