Everyone multitasks when driving, even if we’re only thinking about work. So you have an entire road network full of vehicles driven by people not quite paying 100% attention. You know you are a great driver, but others may not be so good. The result? 94% of serious accidents involve human error.
A college kid in a red Veloster pulls up at a light next to a cop car. Aggressive revving starts, cops glare in disbelief, the kid looks embarrassed and perplexed. Wheels spin, smoke. The camera pans wider – there is a very small Veloster between the big cars making all the noise. Purple body, orange flames, big tires, huge exhaust – the full comic treatment.
If you think the SUV segment couldn’t get any better, just wait for the New York Auto Show as you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The all-new stylishly ‘boxy’ Hyundai Styx will make its debut this year joining the Kona, Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe and the Palisade in the already impressive global line-up.
It comes as no surprise as the next generation of Hyundai’s top-selling hatchback has been spotted. That’s right, the new Hyundai Grand i10 was seen during a test run near the company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai.
Adding to Hyundai’s already impressive range of vehicles across all segments, we could see a WRX-style ‘N’ model by 2022. The Korean automaker has already dazzled us with sporty excitement on the Hyundai i30 N Fastback version but they are planning something incredibly special. Some believe it will be the pinnacle of the Hyundai ‘N’ brand and dubbed it a “halo car”. Early signs suggest it will have all-wheel drive and a petrol-electric powertrain.
Since it was first launched globally in the early 1990s, the humble Hyundai Accent has gone from strength to strength and proven to be one of the most versatile vehicle models in the Hyundai stable. Currently, in its Fourth Generation here in South Africa, and Fifth Generation in North America, Europe, and the Far East, the Hyundai Accent has become the mainstay of the Hyundai brand in so many countries thanks to its model variety, stylish looks, reliable nature and fun to drive features.
Hyundai has announced BTS as the new brand ambassador for the all-new Hyundai Palisade SUV. The seven-member South Korean boy band, also known as the Bangton Boys, was formed by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013. Since then, they have become a real sensation winning numerous awards and has bragging rights as the most retweeted celebrities in 2017 and 2018.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona adds to the Korean automaker’s long list of well-equipped, stylish and functional vehicles. Judging from their overwhelming global success in recent years with the Hyundai Grand i10, Hyundai Tucson and Creda, it’s no surprise that Hyundai is the third best-selling passenger car brand in South Africa.
For some time there have been rumours about the Hyundai Leonis, a next-generation compact SUV. This sub-4 meter SUV is codenamed, QXI and will make its long-awaited debut in India in April 2019.
While it was first shown as the Carlino concept, the Hyundai Leonis will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra S201. The Carlino concept may have been based on the i20 platform but Hyundai Leonis will follow the new Santro’s platform. It will help the Korean automaker achieve their pricing strategy.
September 2018 saw Hyundai Automotive South Africa announce their plans to revive the popular Hyundai Atos in South Africa. Reports suggest that the new version budget hatchback is scheduled to arrive early in 2019. To whet the appetite even further, they have now hinted at local pricing.