Hyundai to launch new "i20" by year-end

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Mumbai, Apr 5 (UNI) Korean autocar maker Hyundai will launch its new passenger car, ''i20'', a larger version of its successful ''i10'', by year-end.

The new B-segment car which is undergoing final tests in Korea with contingent of 400 technicians from India will be produced in the company's Chennai plant, where new engine and transmission factories have been built for both the i10 and i20 cars. Production will start in the second-half of 2008.

Speaking at a press conference here, Hyundai Motors India MD and CEO Heung Soo Lheem said, ''the new car will meet all the EU safety and emmission standards, and our emmission rate of 119 gms/ km of carbon dioxide is one of the most environmentally friendly.'' Hyundai is also developing LPG versions of Santro and Accent, Mr Lheem added.

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