March 26, 2009 Like all of the major international auto shows in recent times, Seoul 2009 looks set to be a showcase for low-emissions, eco-motoring technologies. Among them is Hyundai's new BLUE-WILL plug-in hybrid concept which features a 1.6-liter gasoline engine combined with a 100kw electric motor powered by Lithium-Ion batteries. The car's raised hatchback body design incorporates eco-friendly plastics along with integrated dye-sensitized solar panels in the roof to increase battery range.

Apart from the striking pics, there's little detail available ahead of the show. Here's what we know:

  • The hybrid drive BLUE-WILL concept is powered by an all-aluminium Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6-litre engine which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor.
  • The Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack is positioned next to the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximise luggage space.
  • Recycled PET soft drink bottles were used to make the material for the headlamp bezels while plant-based bio-degradeable plastics have been throughout the interior and for the engine cover.

The new concept design shares similarities with the company's Elantra LPI Hybrid which is set to hit showrooms in Korea in July this year.

The Seoul Motor Show runs from April 3-12, 2009.

Noel McKeegan