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2012 Hyundai Veloster three-door coupe to start at $18,060

The Hyundai 2012 Veloster three-door coupe will start at $18,060 for the six-speed manual and $19,310 for the six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission.

The Hyundai Veloster Coupe has the functionality of a hatch and a passenger-side forward-hinged rear door. Hyundai

Hyundai announced pricing for the 2012 Veloster three-door coupe, starting at $18,060 for the six-speed manual and $19,310 for the six-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission, including a $760 destination charge.

CNET first saw the Veloster at the 2011 Detroit auto show back in January.

Under the hood of the Veloster is a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the same found in the new Accent. Hyundai estimates the Veloster will get 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the manual. The automatic is estimated at 29 mpg city and 38 highway, the automaker said in a press release.

The front-wheel-drive Veloster will compete with the Mini Cooper, the new Volkswagen Beetle, and the Scion tC. However, with a curb weight of 2,584 pounds, the Veloster is lighter than the Mini Copper S, and more than 400 pounds lighter than the Scion tC.

The Veloster comes standard with Blue Link (Hyundai's version of Onstar) and a six-month free subscription. The infotainment tech includes a 7-inch high-resolution LCD video touch screen, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, and iPod/USB/video auxiliary input jacks. Also included is Gracenote Technologies (iPod album cover art and advanced voice recognition), as well as steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition.

Hyundai will offers a optional style package for $2,000 and also an optional tech package for $2,000.