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hyundai i30n landscape

The i30 has been a solid performer, the next iteration, the i30 N, ready to hit Australia in early 2018, is the first real step in Hyundai shifting its brand from simply affordable, to affordable performance.

This has been a while in the making. Hyundai has been poaching from the ranks of BMW, AMG, Lamborghini and more, as part of achieving what hopefully the N series will start – a performance version of a daily drive. Of note, Albert Biermann, formerly from BMW heading their M division, is very much seen as the architect of the Hyundai N series – and it shows in the design changes.

So what is the i30 N?
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MY16 VFII_VFII and VB_HR

Last month marked the end of Australian car manufacturing with the final Holden Commodore rolling off the production line. This followed the announcement, seven days earlier, of the new ZB Commodore VXR, to be manufactured by Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Holden may have been the last manufacturer to close, but it had company, Toyota shifted production from Australia only weeks before, and Ford closed its doors only 12 months earlier. The loss of Australian car manufacturing is estimated to total a loss of over 50,000 jobs locally from manufacturing, part supplies and auxiliary services.

So why did such a thriving industry have to move away from Australia? Unsurprisingly it comes down to costs. Australia has higher wages and coupled with low to zero import tariffs, manufacturing abroad makes [...]

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