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SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and foreign carmakers are poised to unveil dozens of new cars and concept vehicles at an international motor show scheduled to kick off in the country next week, the organizer said Wednesday.

The Seoul Motor Show is set to bring together 29 local and foreign carmakers and about 290 auto parts makers from 13 countries, according to the event organizing committee. The committee said the carmakers plan to unveil 42 new cars at the auto show to be held at an exhibition center in Goyang, just northwest of Seoul, from March 28 through April 7.

Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker, said it plans to showcase its HND-9 luxury sports coupe concept car and 37 other vehicles, including ix35 hydrogen fuel cell sport utility vehicles.

Hyundai Motor began assembly-line production of the zero-emission vehicles earlier this year.

A fuel-cell car emits only water vapor as it converts the stored hydrogen into electricity, which turns the vehicle's motor, a technological advance that could eventually reduce the heavy reliance on internal combustion engines that produce greenhouse gases largely responsible for global warming.

Hyundai's sister company, Kia Motors Corp., said it plans to showcase 27 vehicles, including the Cross GT, a concept car of Kia's large hybrid crossover vehicle.

Hyundai and Kia are the flagship companies of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive group.

Ssangyong Motor, the local unit of Indian sport utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., plans to unveil 19 vehicles, including the LIV-1 concept and W Summit, a super-luxury version of the Chairman, according to the organizer.

Toyota Motor Korea Co., the local unit of Toyota Motor Corp., said it plans to present a LF-LC sports coupe concept and FT-Bh concept at the upcoming motor show.

Mercedes-Benz said it plans to premier the new A-Class, which the German carmaker claims sets new standards in the compact car segment.

The organizer has said it hopes to attract 1.2 million spectators and 15,000 foreign buyers during the event, which could generate 1 trillion won (US$921 million) in economic impact.

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