Thursday, 20 October 2016

Review of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster

Want an affordable car that stands out from the crowd? This three-door hatchback might win you over with its distinctive styling, impressive list of available features and reasonable price tag. Ready to learn more about Hyundai's unusual compact hatch?


Lots of features for the money; both engines are reasonably fuel-efficient; three-door styling is unusual and distinctive.


Not as sporty as it looks; has a harsh and noisy ride quality; acceleration is pretty slow with the base engine; despite a third door, rear-seat access and headroom are limited.

What's New for 2016

For the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, a limited-edition turbocharged Rally Edition debuts with Rays wheels, matte blue paint and sportier suspension tuning than the Veloster R-Spec. The Veloster Turbo gets a new seven-speed automated manual transmission and new seats. An upgraded navigation system with HD radio, second-generation Blue Link and Apple Siri Eyes Free integration is available for base and Turbo models.

If your ideal car is one that is small, fuel-efficient and offers great value, a compact hatchback could be the way to go. There are many cars in this class that meet those requirements, and some are even fun to drive. At first glance, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster appears to fit into this subsection, with a wide, low stance and muscular fender flares. But the actual driving experience may leave you wanting.
Certainly, there are some cool aspects to the Veloster. Its unique three-door body style, with the third door on the passenger side, offers easier access to the rear seat than a two-door coupe can. Inside, the Veloster comes with a substantial number of standard features, including a rearview camera, a touchscreen infotainment system and satellite radio, all of which are typically optional extras in this class. Estimated fuel economy is good, too, with both engine and transmission packages hovering around the 30 mpg mark in combined city/highway driving.
But while the Veloster meets the basic requirements of a compact hatchback, it doesn't offer much in the way of excitement. The base engine is extremely slow and the turbocharged engine, while definitely an improvement, is slower than pretty much every hot hatch on the market. The suspension, particularly in the sportier states of tune, transmits a flurry of impacts into the cabin while traveling on rough surfaces. Usually this is a natural byproduct of capable handling, but even around corners the Veloster seems out of place.
While there are no three-door vehicles to compare against the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, there are plenty of two- and four-door rivals to consider. The 2016 Ford Fiesta is one of our favorites, with three engines to choose from, including an extremely satisfying performance-minded ST variant. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is a bit more expensive, but the cabin has higher-quality materials and the sporty Golf GTI practically invented the "hot hatch" segment. The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of our favorite cars as well, with a 0-60-mph time that beats the Veloster Turbo by a hair; it gets better fuel economy to boot. While the Veloster has some high points, we think most of the competition is more desirable overall.

The One to Buy
The Hyundai Veloster is extremely slow when powered by the standard four-cylinder engine. According to a spokesperson for Group 1 Hyundai in Midrand, as its name suggests, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds a more powerful engine in addition to a variety of luxury features.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

7 reasons to buy a Hyundai i10

So you ask if the Hyundai i10 is a good car? Yes, here is why:

1. Looks
The previous i10 was a good car, but it looked a little, well, awkward.
That has been rectified in the current model, however: Hyundai’s European design studio has styled a cute little city with a twist of sophistication.
It looks right at home in the modern metropolis, with its hexagonal grille and strip of daytime running lights and should appeal to stylish city dwellers.
2. Equipment
The i10 is a city car, so it’s unreasonable to expect a great of kit as standard, but it’s not exactly barren in there: central locking, electric front windows, CD/tuner/USB and Isofix are standard on all versions and, depending on the trim level you opt for, you can get Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, steering wheel controls and LED daytime running lights.
Not bad for under 11 grand.
3. Good to drive
The last i10 was a quite fun to drive, but the new version has reined that in a bit in favour of a more consistent experience.
There’s plenty of grip, it feels well balanced and the steering is light, but just as it should be for a city car (making it easier to turn and park in tight spaces).
4. Comfortable
The i10 might be a compact city car, but it’s surprisingly spacious inside, with adults even to fit in the rear without too much contortion.
The occupants aren’t discomforted too much, either, by the ride: the car copes well with the speed humps in town and even manages to remain stable out on faster roads alongside larger vehicles.
5. Cheap to run
The two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder and a four-cylinder 1.2 – are not exactly the most powerful you’ll ever control, but the upside is that official consumption figures of 60.1 and 57.6mpg will mean visits to the filling station won’t be too regular.
CO2 emissions of 108g/km and 114g/km also mean vehicle excise duty also won’t break the bank.
Then when you factor in insurance groups of 1 to 4, the i10 makes a strong case for one of the cheapest cars to run on the road today.
6. Reliability
Hyundai i10 warranty offers a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, plus five years of roadside assistance and five years of annual vehicle health checks, so it’s confident that owners are not going to be clogging up its dealership service centres with problems.
Results of recent customer satisfaction surveys also suggest that owners are happy with the day-to-day running of their cars – and that’s always a good sign.
7. Holds its value
The i10 really started to make serious inroads into the city car market during the scrappage scheme a few years ago and despite its greater availability since then, second-hand values have remained strong.
The blend of reliability and low running costs make it particularly appealing to young drivers looking for a first car, so when you come to sell yours, you should be able to get a decent price for it.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

HYUNDAI Brand History

Hyundai is a self-grown South Korean brand of automobiles established in the 1960's. Presently part of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, the motor company has registered a steady growth over the past few decades, having successfully entered European and American markets. The assembly lines operated by the company were built to match its size, the manufacturing facility in Ulsan being able to produce 1.6 million units per year.

Founded by Chung Ju Yung, born into a poor family of farmers, the Hyundai Motor Company became the first Korean car producer. The grounds for finding a car company could not have been more welcoming since post-war years in Korea brought forth a series of odd politics one of which stated that automobile imports were better than having a Korean car brand.

Yung was quick to fill the void, having raised enough capital for the investment from his very profitable construction business, opened in 1947. One year after its birth, the Hyundai Motor Company signed a technology-share agreement with Ford in 1968. Soon after Hyundai's access to Ford's resources, the first Hyundai car was developed: the Cortina. This model was quickly followed by the release of the Pony, Hyundai's first entirely Korean designed and built model. Its blueprints however, were not all-Korean, the company having used Japanese technology from Mitsubishi to develop the car.

Japanese constructors at the time had already developed wide range of models, many of which were exported worldwide, mainly to the US and South America. The Pony model was the first Hyundai to be shipped overseas in 1975.

However, Hyundai would only cross US borders later, in 1986, with the release of the Excel. The subcompact car was an instant hit with its fairly small price tag accounting for most of its popularity. The Excel was such a hit that it sold in over 100,00 units in the first seven months.

This was the last automobile that Hyundai produced before resorting to their own technology in 1988. The Sonata was their first born, a mid-size car that marked the beginning of a new era. Despite the steps the company had taken into building a strong brand image, the reputation Hyundai had previously collected was lost because of poor quality and reliability complaints.

As soon as the 90's came, Hyundai was short of air on American territory, struggling for one last gasp. Instead of retreating, the company made massive investments in new design and technology. By the time the new millennium came, the company had already reinstated as one quality car manufacturer.

Sales increased once more and with them so did the buyer's confidence in Hyundai. The sudden shift in consumer behavior was made possible by eliminating all worries regarding the vehicle's reliability through the introduction of a 10 year warranty to US sold vehicles only. Since few companies could top that, Hyundai quickly earned a spot in the world's top -10 car manufacturers.

Hyundai is currently operating in 193 countries, selling vehicles through approximately 5,000 showrooms and dealerships. Sales have also aided image growth, the brand having entered the first 100 most valuable brands of the world. Its recent history is strongly connected to investments in technology and ample advertising campaigns. Indeed, communication is one of Hyundai's inherent elements, best described by their logo: the stylized H is in fact a representation of two men (brand-buyer) shaking hands.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Hyundai Motor Company Success Story

The Hyundai Motor Company was set up in 1967 as a subsidiary of the Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company. The company started off by assembling cars and trucks for the Ford Company in their car factory. In 1975 they produced their first car called the Hyundai Cortina which was produced in partnership with the Ford Motor Company. Within the next two years they had become the 13th largest automaker in the world with 2% share in the world retail market.

In 1975, the company decided to build its own car which it would sell under the brand name ‘Hyundai’. They hired five of the best car engineers from Britain who designed their first car, ‘Hyundai Pony’. The car soon became the number one selling car in South Korea because of its small size and economical pricing. Next the Hyundai Pony entered the Canadian market and within 9 months became the top-selling car there. By 1985, their production had exceeded more than 1 million cars.
In 1986, they entered the U.S. market with their new ‘Hyundai Excel’ car. This car also proved to be a bestseller because of its quality and low pricing. In 1986 more than 160,000 units were sold and the next year it crossed 260,000. Now Hyundai have established itself as one of the top competitors in the world automobile industry. Their next release was the midsize Sonata in the year 1988. This model did not click in the U.S. market but by then Hyundai was already producing 4,000,000 units per year. ​
Hyundai restructured themselves by investing heavily in the quality, design, research and manufacturing of its vehicles. As a result they came up with the first proprietary gasoline engine with its own transmission including the four- cylinder Alpha. They started giving a 10-year or 10,000-mile warranty for all their cars sold in the U.S. This improved their image and prompted more and more customers to choose a Hyundai car over other brands.
It continued its success with the release of best-selling cars like the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Hyundai Genesis. Hyundai has been receipt of many awards over the years for it’s their car’s durability and fuel-efficiency.
By 1995, Hyundai had setup sales in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Japan where it released country specific models according to customer requirements. In 1998, Hyundai purchased a 51% stake in Kia Motors which was then the second largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea. By the year 2000, it had manufacturing plants in India, China, Pakistan, Turkey and Czech Republic.  In 2004, the company had $56 billion in revenue with sales of more than 2,500,000 units.  By the year 2011, Hyundai sold more than 4.04 million cars making it the fourth largest car maker in the world behind GM, Volkswagen and Toyota.
In 2012, Hyundai sold 4.5 million vehicles worldwide and together with their subsidiary Kia total sales exceeded 7 million units. As of 2013, Hyundai produces more than 3,000,000 units every year in its plants spread across the world. It has more than $ 82 billion in revenue and nearly 75,000 employees. From taking a cautious start in the automobile industry, Hyundai has today become one of the most trusted four wheeler brands in the world. Hyundai’s success has been a result of its continuous focus on expansion and customer satisfaction.

​Hyundai has reputable dealers, such as Group 1 Hyundai, across the world!


Monday, 21 March 2016

This mom needs a Hyundai i30!

Spent the weekend taking care of the usual domestic duties? Headed to a busy shopping centre, visited some family and did a lot of running around with the kids? Is this you? Folks buy the new Hyundai i30 because they need a comfortable, practical and affordable way to get their family and themselves around, and in this role the i30 is a peach.The updated design is far more upmarket than before, with a fresh new grille. Very comfortable and well laid out. There is a quality feel to the latest Hyundai i30 cabin regardless of specification, and there are more than enough niceties to make it feel like something more than a base model.

We had a good giggle at this brilliant UK TV Ad about a mom on a car shopping spree! Enjoy!


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Kids test quality of Hyundai i30

Playtime got serious recently when pupils from Holmer Green First and Junior Schools in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom taught car manufacturer Hyundai a lesson in quality testing. School children became the brand’s ‘Next Generation Testers’ and put its i30 Tourer through an extreme durability test to assess its suitability as a family car.

Recognising that little people can provide big insights, Hyundai went back to school. The car brand recruited a panel of 25 children aged between 4 and 10 to carry out a series of quality tests on its New Generation i30 Tourer and see if it really is tough enough to stand up to the challenges of everyday family life.

This is the next installment of Hyundai’s unique quality tests after the carmaker put the hatchback version of the Hyundai i30 through similar unusual testing at Knowsley Safari Park last year. Responding to customer feedback that their ‘little monkeys’ would be much harder on a car than 40 baboons, the brand decided to put the theory to the test.

Specially-designed for families and their children, the i30 has been made using extra strong materials, easy-wipe plastics, tough fittings and special high-quality steel for the bodywork. Hyundai parked its car in the school’s playground and then let eight times as many children as in the UK’s average family subject it to some rigorous testing. Six hours later, the tough tourer cleaned up as new and was driven out of the playground fully intact and virtually unscathed.
The children simulated the typical car punishment that parents dread but sometimes have to deal with: jumping and bouncing up and down on seats (in muddy wellies on this occasion), prodding buttons and opening storage compartments, repeatedly putting windows up and down, dropping crisps, squashing bananas into fabrics and spilling orange juice on the seats.The car’s gadgets were also inspected, with the children pulling faces to their friends in the reversing camera and making calls to their teacher using the car’s hands-free Bluetooth system.

Outside, the paintwork was put to test after magnets were thrown onto the car and mud smeared all over the body panels. The children investigated whether the i30 really was ‘made of steel’ by using the bonnet as a slide and thumping the doors with drumsticks. Thankfully, the hard-wearing paint protected the car from significant scratches and chips.

As well as confirming the robust quality of its New Generation i30 Tourer, Hyundai will use the findings to inform the research and development of its future cars. Mark Baxter, Hyundai UK’s product planning manager, said: “At Hyundai we believe in ‘New Thinking’, which is why we like to take a different approach when it comes to quality testing. Kids are notoriously hard on cars and these days families need transport that will withstand sticky fingers, accidental spillages and energetic personalities. We wanted to see if the i30 Tourer really is a fully suitable and durable family car – we thought that if it can withstand the tests of 25 kids, we could be confident that it would be tough enough for family life.

“I must say, I was extremely nervous about doing this test. I have a child myself so I know exactly how messy kids can be. But I am very confident in the quality of Hyundais. As I suspected, the reception children gave our New Generation i30 Tourer a thorough inspection and the Year 5 pupils provided me with some very useful feedback. The fact that the i30 survived with only a few scratches after such rigorous testing is testament to the way modern Hyundai vehicles are built.”

Tyreece Carey, a five year old reception pupil from Holmer Green First School said: "It was really good fun playing all over the car. My favourite part was getting really messy with my muddy wellies. And I enjoyed making sandcastles in the boot. Mrs McClelland said I could only do this today and that I mustn’t do it in Mummy or Daddy’s car.”

Sandy McClelland, Headteacher of Holmer Green First School said: “This is such an exciting project for our school; we were delighted when Hyundai approached us to take part. “In preparation for this challenge, we taught the children about transport and product testing. We also ensured that it was very clear that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity – not to be repeated at home!

“Children love to help and they are extremely inquisitive. Personally, I can’t think who would be better suited to such a job. And the best part of today was when the children saw how dirty they had made the car and asked if they could help clean it - surely a lesson learnt in itself!”

Yasmin Pierce, a 10 year old pupil from Holmer Green Junior School commented: “I really enjoyed becoming a quality inspector for Hyundai. We called ourselves the ‘Junior Scientists’ and it was our job to inspect the car while the reception children got it extremely messy. It was good to be able to feedback our findings to Hyundai and I thought that the i30 was really stylish and overall very strong. It is a good car for families.”

Rebecca Campbell, head teacher of Holmer Green Junior School, commented: “Pupils who had shown a keen interest in Science and Technology were chosen to take part in this project and they were extremely excited about the challenge set by the car maker.”

She added: “The children took their role as Hyundai’s quality inspectors very seriously. They watched every move that their younger peers made, noting down feedback throughout the day and then presenting it back to Hyundai’s product planning manager. Ensuring a professional job, my pupils even inspected the car with a magnifying glass! This challenge gave them the opportunity to learn about quality testing and the automotive industry, but in a practical and engaging way.”

To thank Holmer Green and its pupils for all of their help, Hyundai is funding new equipment for both of the schools.