Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hyundai’s Fleet Offerings



Hyundai’s Fleet Offerings

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY (HMC), in partnership with Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (HASA), expanded its local medium commercial vehicle line-up by adding the HD72 medium-duty vehicle to the South African market.

This adds to HASA’s existing commercial vehicle line-up which includes the well-known Bakkie (H100), the Tipper and the Panel Van.

Since the Hyundai Bakkie entered the competitive LCV market in 1997, Hyundai has established itself firmly among small businesses with a need for reliable, versatile transport. The diesel Bakkie took on far more established competitors and proved itself a viable option with a long list of standard benefits.

Now, in addition to the standard Bakkie and the Tipper, Hyundai Trucks has introduced the new HD 72 truck, aimed at  business operators as well as bigger fleet owners in need of a versatile and reliable vehicle to facilitate their daily operations. Its versatile nature and low maintenance make it a useful tool for enhancing the productivity of all businesses in need of a reliable 3.5 ton truck.
The introduction of the HD72 builds on the company’s strong and successful relationship with HASA which has served as HMC’s distributor for passenger cars, sport utility vehicles and light commercial vehicles for the past few years.

Power and reliability

Power and reliability defines the true value of a truck and that is what makes Hyundai trucks so appealing. For the most economical performance, the D4DA 3.9-litre turbocharged intercooled engine with a built in turbo protector produces a maximum output of 114 Kw @ 3200 RPM and displaces 380 NM @ 1800RPM. The result of the inter-cooled engine is a flat torque curve allowing for a better torque range, giving the HD 72 better durability under load, economy and superior performance. All this ensures that it comfortably carries a load capacity of 4180kg.

The bigger picture
While there are currently only four vehicle ranges in the South African Hyundai stable, it is apt to take a look at the world-wide organisation so as to put into perspective the muscle and might behind the brand.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Automotive Group which includes Kia Motors Corp. and over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates.
Hyundai motor vehicles are sold in 166 countries through 4 504 dealerships and showrooms. In South Africa, Hyundai commercial vehicles are distributed and serviced through specialized commercial outlets and the current outlets will constantly monitor demand to ensure that any region requiring a dealership or service center is catered for.

Locals benefit
With all this expertise and muscle behind the brand, local South Africa customers benefit greatly in many spheres, not least of which is in the spec of the vehicles. Take, as an example, the safety features on the HD72.

The HD72 truck series is the result of the company’s continuous efforts to produce safer vehicles. The long list of safety advances in the HD72 truck series impresses, with a higher level of protection against frontal and side collisions.

A number of factors contribute to the increase in cab strength and rigidity. Among others, these include the injection of foam into the front pillar cavities and the reinforcement of the roof panel with steel ribs for improved rollover protection. To reduce the risk of fire, interior materials are flame-retarded. Vehicle stability has been enhanced by increasing the front and rear wheel tread distance. A large-capacity brake booster helps improve braking performance by increasing the braking pressure. In addition, a large-capacity vacuum pump increases braking pressure while requiring minimal pedal effort. Drum brake linings are larger for additional friction and better braking performance.
Vehicle stability and control during sudden braking manoeuvres is enhanced by the load sensing proportioning valve which distributes braking force between the front and rear axles in proportion to the cargo weight distribution.
Several solutions were developed in response to the challenge of improving visibility. First, the size of the windscreen was maximized thus improving forward lines of sight. The vertically stacked headlamps cast a stronger beam for better night driving visibility. And long wiper blades increase the glass sweep area. The wiper arms include built-in washers which are more effective in dispersing washer fluid particularly to the outer edges. The wiper control now features an adjustable intermittent setting.

Low noise and vibration
Driver comfort has become more and more important in vehicle design and another example of superior design in the HD72 lies in the attention given to reducing cab noise and vibration. It is well known that noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) are the automotive engineers’ toughest enemies. But Hyundai’s HD72 engineers have brought down NVH to the levels of a passenger car. Impressively low NVH performance figures were attained through a combination of factors including the application of the very latest NVH testing equipment and the use of an electronic cab analysis system.
Significantly large reductions in NVH levels were obtained by removing the roof water drip rails as well as by specifying a moulded door panel instead of the previous welded one. In order to reduce wind noise, the corner vane has been removed and the door opening gap has been reduced to 4.3mm. In addition, triple door seals were applied and more sound deadening material has been installed.
The HD 72 is fully imported as a chassis cab unit thereby giving the customer the opportunity to choose their own locally manufactured body configuration to suit their particular needs.
When you buy a Hyundai, you’re not just buying a ‘truck’. You’re buying into a world-wide network of innovation and expertise with local attention focussed on satisfying the growing band of discerning customers in the South African market for Hyundai Trucks.

Article and image source: http://fleetwatch.co.za/previous/truckwatch/Hyundai/

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?



Pros

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



Cons

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.

Original Source: http://we-love-hyundai.weebly.com/blog/review-of-the-2016-hyundai-veloster

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.
Article source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/572187/7-reasons-buy-Hyundai-i10

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.

Article source: http://www.autoevolution.com/hyundai/history/

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.
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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. ​
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

Source: http://we-love-hyundai.weebly.com/blog/hyundai-motor-company-success-story

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!

Source: https://hyundaidrivers.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/this-mom-needs-a-hyundai-i30/