DETROIT (AP) -- Hyundai plans to offer a mass-market hydrogen-powered small SUV in the U.S. next year.

The Korean automaker plans to show off the specially equipped Tucson at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.

It's the first mass-produced fuel-cell vehicle to be sold or leased in the U.S. Hyundai plans to offer the SUV in Southern California and eventually in other areas as filling stations are built. Toyota and Honda say they'll offer similar vehicles in 2015.

Hyundai North American CEO John Krafcik (Kraf-CHECK) says the cars are now ready for prime time. Full details are expected on Wednesday.


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