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Hyundai Presents A New Type Of Convertible In C3 Roll Top Concept

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On: Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Presents A New Type Of Convertible In C3 Roll Top Concept

Convertibles are among the most fun but least practical cars on the road. Often offering only two seats and limited trunk space, convertibles aren't necessarily the most comfortable, practical daily commuters. But what's more fun to drive down a scenic country road on a sunny day? In the all-new C3 Roll Top concept, Hyundai shows us that convertibles can be practical, roomy and fun to drive.

Hyundai presented the C3 Roll Top at the recent L.A. Auto Show, using the sprawling, oceanside metropolis as the inspiration for the innovative convertible.

The "roll top" is the pillar upon which the concept is built. The orange canvas roof can slide either forwards or backwards, opening up the cabin or the hatch. When it slides backwards, the Veloster turns into a typical convertible with an open-topped cabin.

The most interesting part of the concept comes when the roof opens to the front. The hatchback is transformed into a versatile storage bed that Hyundai imagines holding a bike, kayak, surfboard, etc. It could also be useful for hauling tools, furniture, Christmas trees or any of the dozens of things you might want to stuff in a car. So not only is the concept a fun, airy convertible, it's also a utility vehicle. To make room for the unique roof system and the gear that can be stored inside, a tailgate serves in place of the Veloster's usual hatchback.

The car is powered by Hyundai's 201-hp 1.6-liter GDI engine.

Hyundai was inspired by the urban sports scene in styling the C3. The hatchback floor and rear seat backs are covered in tiles cut out of old, repurposed skateboards. The teal rear wheels are a nod to the individual style of fixed gear bicycles, as the matching bicycle in back of the concept car suggests.

We can't imagine Hyundai sending the C3 through to production, so we probably won't see it on city streets or beach-front boulevards. The roof system clearly has potential, so maybe Hyundai or someone else will offer something similar on a niche or special edition model.

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dwalter | 2:47PM (Fri, Dec 7, 2012)

Cool concept. Sort of combination of the Fiat 500 convertible and the folding "midgate" on an Avalanche

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