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Hyundai unveils ix20 car in Paris

The car comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, roadside assistance, and free vehicle he

Hyundai has unveiled a new ix20 at the 2010 Paris motor show, which will be available with a choice of four Euro V-compliant engines, two petrol and two diesel, and covers a spread from 77ps to 125ps.

The company said that every engine in the ix20 range (except 1.6 with automatic transmission) will be available in Blue Drive form, and includes Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) technology, low rolling-resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS).

The car comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, roadside assistance, and free vehicle health checks.

Hyundai said that the production of ix20 will start at it's European plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic.

The new ix20 is designed and developed at Hyundai's R&D centre in Russelsheim, and features the hexagonal front grille, and uses the active and passive safety technologies to ensure protection for its occupants.

The active safety features are ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system) and Hillstart Assist Control (to prevent roll-back when starting on an incline).

Hyundai Motor Europe vice president Allan Rushforth said that the company is optimistic about the future of its new B-segment MPV and have set an ambitious but achievable sales target of 55,000 units annually for the ix20.

"The MPV segment has been experiencing a tough time of late, but we are confident that the launch of the ix20 will help to increase Hyundai's overall sales volume and market share in Europe," Rushforth said.