Hyundai has will­ing­ways

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE best Will in the Hyundai world is com­ing to Syd­ney. It’s the Blue-Will hy­brid con­cept that is head­ing for the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show next month.

It was first seen at the Detroit Mo­tor Show at the start of the year and is the Korean brand’s first plug-in hy­brid car.

Hyundai says Blue-Will’s fuel econ­omy is only 2.35 litres/100km and the car is work­ing as a test bed for new ideas, in­clud­ing roof-mounted so­lar cells, drive-by-wire steer­ing, lithium poly­mer bat­ter­ies and touch-screen con­trols. Its elec­tric driv­ing range is 65km.

The car even has a built-in ‘‘eco coach’’ com­puter pro­gram to get the best from the com­bi­na­tion of a 1.6-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine, a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion and a 100kW elec­tric mo­tor.

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