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Inhabitat recently had the chance to test the new Hyundai Veloster, which is available for purchase as a 2012 model for the first time - and we absolutely loved it. The all-new Veloster is a wonder of design made affordable, and it's the closest we have ever
 
Inhabitat recently had the chance to test the new Hyundai Veloster, which is available for purchase as a 2012 model for the first time - and we absolutely loved it. The all-new Veloster is a wonder of design made affordable, and it's the closest we have ever seen a concept car come to holding its best features through to production. What's so great about the Veloster? Well first of all, it has one door on the driver's side but two on the passenger side of the car, making it a unique three-door coupe with a hatch in the rear. The shape of the Veloster also makes it stand out, with rakish angles that essentially slice the entire top off a normal compact hatch. The front doors are so angled at the top that they are welded together from two pieces of metal - something we have never seen in a modern production car. This lends the car a sporty stance and lowers its center of gravity for better handling than you would expect from a compact car. But best of all, the Veloster manages to pack a start-stop button ignition, manumatic gear shifting, and a world-class infotainment system into a little car that only costs $17,300 to start. We had a hard time giving up our little tester when the week was up, and we expect to see the Veloster change the way people view Hyundai.

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