COSTA MESA, Calif., June 20, 2013 – The Hyundai Veloster took the top spot on the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013 list from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Editors of the trusted new- and used-car information resource applauded the three door coupe for its highly unique exterior design and stylish, tech-laden interior.
"The driver's side has one door and the other side has two, but unusual asymmetry isn't the most outrageous aspect of Veloster's design," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst, Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "Inside that unique outside is enough style and tech to earn the Veloster the top spot on this year's list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000."
Two criteria – fun-to-drive and fun-to-own – are used by KBB.com editors to determine each vehicle's "cool factor." Each vehicle on the list is available for purchase at $18,000 or less, using Kelley Blue Book's exclusive Fair Purchase Price as the yardstick, the price consumers typically pay for a car, based on actual new-vehicle transactions and updated weekly for changing market conditions.
"With the Veloster, Hyundai proves that sleek design and reasonable pricing can go hand in hand," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "With its unique third door and advanced technology features, Veloster was definitely created with the cool factor in mind."
In addition to having a unique three door design, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster also debuted an all-new turbo model, with a new 1.6-liter, 201 horsepower, direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged engine, aggressive bodykit and unique 18-inch alloy wheels. Veloster is also equipped with Assurance Connected Care powered by the Hyundai's Blue Link telematics platform. Assurance Connected Care is a suite of safety and car care features providing Hyundai owners with free proactive services including automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, monthly vehicle diagnostics reports and maintenance alerts.
For more information about KBB.com's 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013, please visit: http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-coolest-cars-under-18000-2013/