Korean hot hatch will have to wait another 12 months to offer a volume-selling auto option. Hyundai Australia will go without an automatic option for its i30 N hot hatch for at least another 12 months, with the company’s local boss indicating the promised dual-clutch auto variant won’t be here until late in 2020.Speaking at the local launch for the all-new Venue crossover, Hyundai Australia’s CEO, J.W. Lee, said the DCT-equipped i30 N has been pushed back until next year.”We’re getting the DCT. [It will be here] late 2020,” he said.Lee added that the extra volume anticipated to be gained from offering an automatic option for the brand’s first hot hatch should bring the local division to a level that pushes head office to invest more in right-hand drive versions of its performance models.”Once we have the DCT it will increase our [volume], and help to convince HMC [Global] to develop more right-hand drive N products.” In March last year, Andrew Tuitahi, senior product manager for Hyundai Australia, told CarAdvice the dual-clutch auto would be available in Australia from late in 2019. However, it appears that original launch date has been delayed by around 12 months.Mr. Lee didn’t go into… Read full this story
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