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December 2, 2002 - ‘Dreams on wheels’ was the theme of Hyundai Motor Company’s stand at the 2002 Seoul Motor Show with centre stage going to the new HIC concept, and the HCD-7 concept , first revealed earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show.

The HIC 'High-technology Intelligence Coupe' is based on the XG platform and is powered by a 3.5-litre, V6 engine. Designed at Hyundai’s Design Center in Japan, this car is a testbed for futuristic technologies such as an intelligent distance-sensing cruise control system, which constantly keeps the vehicle at a safe distance from the vehicle in front. The HIC concept has also been given night visibility capabilities as well as a peripheral monitoring system, which uses CCTV to replace rearview mirrors and enable the driver to see around the complete car.

Two other cars unveiled at the show were the Hyundai Coupe, known as the Tuscani on the domestic market, with a make-over giving it the name of the Coupe Aero with a new, distinctive nose plus aggressive aerodynamic projection headlamps. The Santa Fe Mountaineer is a design exercise that has treated the original model to a more rugged and sturdy front end, with sleek angular headlights.

The 4.5-litre V8-engined HCD-7 concept saw its first viewing by the Korean public at the Seoul Show. Conceived and developed at Hyundai’s Californian Design studio, the HCD-7 was inspired by an aircraft fuselage which can be seen both inside the cabin and in the exterior forms.

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Last updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2002