Geneva Auto Show Preview: Hyundai Unveils New "FD" C-Segment Hatchback

GENEVA — Hyundai will take the wraps off the C-segment hatchback that it has code-named FD on March 6 at the Geneva auto show. This is the first car Hyundai has ever designed specifically for Europe. The "FD" was shown in concept last fall at the Paris Motor Show in the guise of the Hyundai Arnejs.

hyundai fd concepthyundai arnejs conceptThe new model is scheduled to reach European showrooms this summer. It is the sister vehicle to the Kia Cee'd. Kia launched the Cee'd five-door hatchback last December and will introduce a sporty wagon variant in Geneva. Like the FD, the Cee'd is a critical product for the Korean manufacturer because the vehicles are designed for the Europe market.

Hyundai revealed few details about the FD, only cryptically saying it would include "generous equipment levels and an up-to-the-minute safety package." But it apparently has dumped the Arnejs nameplate in favor of a new alphanumerical naming strategy for Europe. Hyundai said its new product naming strategy will be introduced in Geneva. Arnejs is pronounced "Ar-nez."

Hyundai said it will also roll out a crossover-SUV concept at Geneva that uses "advanced materials" from its partner GE Plastics.

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