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2008 Hyundai i30

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Despite the fact the US won't be getting the 2008 Hyundai i30 and that it's already been revealed, it still appears the Korean automaker's spending some time getting some testing miles in on these shores with their newest little family hatch. The i30 shares some mechanical components with the Kia cee'd — but as you can can't see, it should look a wee bit different due to prodigious use of dissimilar body panels. OK, that's a lie — it looks exactly like the cee'd — but whatevs. Many thanks to Jalopnik reader Chris for snagging these shots out in Colorado.

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I am pretty sure the i30 will be sold here as the 2009 Elantra Touring, per Automotive News about 2 weeks ago. Maybe they are sprucing up the sheetmetal for us 'mericans. It is going to feature the same lame-ass 138hp 2.0 that the current (and last) Elantra has. Hopefully when they get the new Tib done, they can put that turbo 4 into some other cars that so desperately want more power.