Here at Inhabitat, we’re super excited about all the new electric vehicles hitting the market — from the Focus Electric to the new family of Prius cars, it seems like there’s an EV for everyone! But we know that many consumers still have their doubts about eco-cars, which is why we’re pleased to see more energy-efficient gasoline cars like the all-new Hyundai Veloster. Yesterday at the Detroit Auto Show, the South Korean automaker showed off its sporty new coupe that boasts 40mpg and low hydrocarbon emissions.

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With a sleek, yet rugged exterior and a high-tech interior, the 3-door hatchback was designed purely for the Y generation. The car is wired with Blue Link networking technology, making the vehicle as connected as a smartphone. Drivers can text hands free, upload music, download apps like Pandora, and share their location with friends. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed dual clutch transmission which blends the benefits of a manual transmission — low fuel consumption and sporty driving — with the benefit of an automatic transmission — comfort and smooth shifting.

While we believe hybrids and EVs are the best personal vehicles out there, it’s great to see automakers implementing smart design and innovative technology to make small gasoline cars as eco-friendly as possible. After all, a fuel efficient coupe is still a way better choice than a gas guzzling SUV.

+ Hyundai Veloster

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