History on Empire Hyundai

by Nasrul Hanis

in Reviews

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Hyundai motor vehicles are currently being sold in 193 countries through a lot of dealers. Based on the survey, Hyundai is the 4th largest automobile producer in the world in 2009.

Hyundai began to sell cars in the United States in 1986. It also began to produce models with its own technology in 1988, starting with the middle-size Sonata. In 1996 Hyundai Motors India Limited has been established with a production plant in Chennai, India.

Although having growing sales internationally, Hyundai struggled to do the same thing in Japan where they manage to sell only 15,000 passenger cars from 2001 to 2009. As the announcement in November 2009, Hyundai pulled their passenger car division out of the Japanese market and start focusing on their commercial vehicle division instead.

In Europe, the models was heavily promoted by the motoring press and even Hyundai themselves where it was intended to plug the gap in Hyundai’s range until a brand new small family car was launched in 2007. The Hyundai i30 fills the void left by the Accent and the larger Hyundai Elantra. The name has been changed to help in creating the gap between the i30 from the budget reputation of the Accent and also to highlight that the new car can truly compete in the market.

In Mexico, this model is being marketed as the Dodge Attitude where the trim levels are 1.4 GL and 1.6 GLS. As the matter of fact, Hyundai does not have any official representation in Mexico. In Egypt it is sold as Hyundai new accent – 1.6 GLS only and the previous model is still produced & sold as Hyundai Verna – 1.6 GL and GLS trims.

Empire Hyundai’s Engines

Based on Click’s launch in 2002, 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol or 1.5-litre turbodiesel engines were available. From 2004, a new 1.1 litre engine was introduced to the line and a 1.4 litre engine replaced the 1.3 litre. A 1.6 litre engine replaced the 1.5 litre. However, availability of engine options varies depending on market.

The 1.6 litre gasoline engine is not available in New Zealand and some countries in Southeast Asia and South America.

  • 1.1L SOHC engine 66 hp (49 kW) 0–100 km/h: 16.1 sec., top speed 159 km/h (99 mph)
  • 1.4L DOHC engine 95 hp (71 kW) 0–100 km/h: 10.6 sec., top speed 176 km/h (109 mph)
  • 1.4L DOHC engine 107 hp (80 kW) 0–100 km/h: 9.6 sec., top speed 186 km/h (116 mph)
  • 1.6L DOHC engine 106 hp (79 kW) 0–100 km/h: 9.6 sec., top speed 184 km/h (114 mph)
  • 1.5L CRDi engine 88 hp (66 kW) 0–100 km/h: 12.1 sec., top speed 173 km/h (107 mph)
  • 1.5L CRDi engine 110 hp (82 kW) 0–100 km/h: 11.1 sec., top speed 180 km/h (112 mph)

In late-2008, a fully electric version of the model has been introduced in New Zealand and Australia where this model has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a range of 120 kilometres (75 mi) on a full charge.

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