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Big on design, space and style, while small on price and petrol usage, say hello to the Hyundai Grand i10! Built to take on the likes of the VW Polo Vivo, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios and the Renault Sandero, the Grand i10 has big shoes to full, and thanks to its low price, reliability and generous standard safety and comfort specifications it has been able to do this in style.
The automotive future is filled with concepts and ideas but few are as interesting as the Roadable Synapse project. The link between art and technology is as exciting as it is promising with the aim of creating a neuroscientifically-driven concept vehicle.
Smartphones, home appliances and computers, most of us use them and there is a good chance that many of the ones we do own come from Korea. But what about Korean cars? Once the subject of internet meme’s and the butt of jokes, the Korean automotive industry has matured and grown to such a degree that over the past decade “made in Korea” is now used to denote the same thing as “made in Germany”. Brands such as Hyundai have not only gone global, they have changed the way that people regard Korean cars, and all new Hyundai cars and SUV’s are now known for their reliability, style, value for money, and high levels of safety.
South Africa’s very first Hyundai was an Elantra, and the one thing that we can say is that since those heady days of introducing the brand to sceptical locals, this evergreen sedan has won hearts and minds across the country. This fact could not be more evident today, with the launch of the Elantra 1.6 TGDI Elite DCT Sport, a sedan that is the perfect family sedan wrapped inside a sports cars body, and all powered by a 1.6-litre turbopetrol heart.
In South Africa we are no strangers to having our most excellent TV ads relegated to the banned-box. Some enterprises, like Nando’s, are famous for flirting with censorship and even seem to bank on their TV ads being banned. These ads invariable attract more attention and debate than if they’d been run on a loop during the World Cup, proving that there is no such thing as bad publicity. This rule also proved true in 2006 when Hyundai ran a heartwarming TV ad in Australia and New Zealand, promoting the (then) new Santa Fe. It was banned a mere three weeks into airing.
When you pose a question to the global hive oracle (or “the web” – as my granny insists on calling it), it is not at all uncommon to be overwhelmed by a gazillion search results. For example, if you type “who is Jimmy Wales?” in the search bar right now, you’ll return about 9.9 million hits. If you are anything at all like 9 out of 10 cyber surfers, you prioritize the result (near the top) containing the words “wikipedia” in its source. That is who Jimmy Wales is: co-founder and spokesperson for the largest free online encyclopedia in the modern world: Wikipedia. In short, he’s the guy the world goes to for answers.
As South Africans we may be forgiven if the humdrum of our nine-to-five lives sometimes occludes the country’s abundant natural beauty. It can take a Youtube video, doing the office rounds, to remind us that we not only live in a Noah’s utopia but we are also blessed in being able to take the ark for a spin. Our metaphorical ark, in this case, is a bright blue Hyundai Tucson, touring the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in early July of this year.
South Africa’s criminally poor public transport system has, over the years, ensured our devolution into a one-person-one-car nation, effectively making our cars our meal ticket. For many of us, this means our cars will probably also be the most expensive thing we ever own. For even more of us, it means we’ll probably end up buying our cars (exclusively) pre-owned. In either event, we (the buyers) are confronted with a desperately difficult choice: what new car is still going to be worth something when it comes time to trade up? And: what pre-owned car is still going to be worth buying? Luckily, these two questions share an economical answer: the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Hyundai Motor Company has always been known for its cutting edge design, so it no big surprise that it has two finalists in this year’s International Design Excellence Awards®. The International Design Excellence Awards®, or IDEA. The IDEA is held by the Industrial Designers Society of America and recognises design excellence in a huge array of categories ranging including sporting goods, office & accessories, medical & health, outdoor & gardens, sports, leisure & recreation and, of course, automotive & transportation.
Whether it’s taking the kids to see the grandparents, packing up to go in search of waves or just getting away for a long weekend, South Africans love to road trip. With huge vast open expanses of the country to explore it’s little wonder either. There is so much beauty out there, so many open roads less travelled to venture along. The excitement and anticipation of a road trip can be forgotten very quickly though. In fact, sometimes it can take a matter of just a few short hours before the whining, the whining and the constant queries of “Are we there yet?” start to drive you to distraction.