Hyundai has unveiled a new concept car at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is called the Veloster C3 Concept and it’s sort of a convertible. I say it’s sort of a convertible because it maintains its fixed roofline and only the center section of the car’s roof opens in a manner similar to what Fiat does with the new 500 Abarth Cabriolet.
One of the more interesting aspects of the cars semi-convertible manner is that it also has a tailgate in the back allowing you to carry bulkier items if you push the convertible top forward. As you can see in the photograph, the car is carrying a similarly colored bicycle in the trunk area. Hyundai calls this particular open tailgate set up recreation mode.
The concept car features a special white paint job, minty green wheels in the back, black wheels in the front, and red touches. The floor the vehicle is covered in a mosaic of old skateboard decks. The engine the concept car is the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder producing 201 hp.
I can’t say that I’m exactly the target market for the Veloster, but in general, I like the design of the car. I’m definitely not feeling the different colored wheels on this concept or the red interior matched with the colors on the outside of the car. There is no indication at this time if Hyundai will produce a version of the Veloster with this sort of convertible top.