Hyundai preparing to launch 22 new models by 2017

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Hyundai to launch new models
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Hyundai is concentrating on preparations for what will be an extremely busy 2015 when the manufacturer will totally revamp its range. By the end of next year the oldest car in the Hyundai range will be new i10, which was launched this year.

Hyundai president and CEO Tony Whitehorn told AOL Cars: "Dealers need to get ready for a bow-wave of vehicles. "Back in 2012 it was the same when we had eight new vehicles all coming on to the market at once. Then we had a facelift in 2013 and one new model in 2014, but next year it takes off.

"We'll have facelifts and all-new models. The biggest will be all-new i20 and ix35 but the rest will be face-lifted too."

And this is just the start for Hyundai, Whitehorn said: "It's a big year next year but that's just the beginning as we have 22 new models arriving by 2017. We've got another 19 models coming through between 2015 and the end of 2017 including whole new models. We will go into new sectors."

Most likely of those will be a rival to the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport – which the manufacturer has been planning for some time. Although Whitehorn remained tight-lipped as to whether it will happen or not, he admitted the firm was closely monitoring the segment.

"I think there's an opportunity in the compact SUV market," he said. "I see it as an opportunity. We're talking about it. We're being a little bit cautious because we are worried it's a fashion thing at the moment. Bigger SUVs will be around for ever, but smaller SUVs are a bit more of a fashion statement. That's why we are cautious. We're monitoring it very closely and if it has some sustainability then we will be very interested about getting in there."

Hyundai has sales ambitions of 100,000 units a year. In 2014 the manufacturer will finish between 80-85,000 and Whitehorn believes it is the raft of new product that will drive that growth with a renewed focus on fleet sales.

We've recently driven the new Hyundai i20. Read our report to see how this supermini compares to other rivals.