Monday, 20 January 2020

2020 Hyundai Accent adopts Smartstream engine, picks up 4 mpg combined

A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base SE, but a CVT is available.

Hyundai's new Smartstream engine family promises some solid fuel economy gains. The first member of the family to make its debut came in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, but Hyundai clearly wants this engine family in as many vehicles as possible, whether they're at the top or the bottom of the lineup.

Hyundai announced this week that the 2020 Hyundai Accent, its most affordable vehicle, has been given a bit of a freshening up. Namely, it's picked up Hyundai's 1.6-liter Smartstream I4 gas engine, which puts out 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque, reductions of 10 hp and 6 pound-feet compared to its previous engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a continuously variable transmission is also available.

The output might be down, but fuel economy is up. On the manual-transmission SE model, its combined fuel economy rises from 31 miles per gallon to 33, but the biggest benefit comes to CVT-equipped models, where combined economy jumps from 32 mpg to 36. Considering I saw 41 mpg or more on the highway with a manual in the 2018 model, I imagine this will be one seriously thrifty combination with the Smartstream.

Otherwise, it's business as usual for the Hyundai Accent. A 5-inch touchscreen is standard, but moving up a trim will add a 7-inch system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other solid creature comforts are tucked away in higher trims, too, like a hands-free trunk release, heated seats and automatic climate control.

The 2020 Accent remains the most affordable Hyundai on offer, at Group 1 Hyundai.

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The 2019 Hyundai Tucson has a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS

In one of the industry's most stringent crash tests, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson for sale was been upgraded from a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK to a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award applies to Tucsons equipped with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights built after March 2018.

Hyundai has 11 vehicles that have received the TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ Awards when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. The other 2019 Hyundai models that have achieved these honours from the IIHS are Accent, Elantra (built after September 2018), Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid (built after July 2018), Kona, Santa Fe, Santa Fe XL, Sonata and Veloster (built after August 2018).

According to IIHS, models that earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ are the best vehicle choices for safety within their size categories. The 2019 criteria required:

  • Good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests
  • Advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention
  • Good headlight rating

"We take safety very seriously at Hyundai. We are proud to hear that Tucson received an upgraded accolade from IIHS," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Hyundai continues to prioritize making advanced safety features available and standard."

The new standard Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies (listed below) on the Tucson add additional protection for drivers and passengers. For example, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist utilizes radar to help detect another vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system may apply emergency braking. Other standard safety features include High Beam Assist, Rain-sensing wipers, Surround View Monitor, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go.

Hyundai SmartSense Safety Technologies: Now standard on all trim levels

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning

Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai's technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Test drive a used Tuscon at Group 1 Hyundai if you’re looking for a cheaper Hyundai Tucson!

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Hyundai H100 - just perfect for your business

Appearances that count

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The Hyundai H100 is business-like but elegant and functional. Notice the wide windscreen, the large clear headlights and ClearType front fog and rear lights. They are all elegant enough for a car, as are the relaxed character lines which define the profile.

Wide view outside mirror

A useful and meaningful safety enhancement, especially when parking, wide-angle exterior mirrors provide a panoramic rearview.

Cargo space

Cargo space designed for work with a lower deck height of just 775mm and an unobstructed load area, the H100, from Group 1 Hyundai, makes fast and efficient work of loading and unloading cargo weights of up to 1000 kg. Latching side walls and a bolting tailgate add extra security and cargo protection.


The exterior mounted toolbox is available in three generous sizes to transport and protect your tools.


An exceptionally efficient and functional comfort

It's no secret that a comfortable workplace improves efficiency, so it's no surprise that the H100 offers a new level of comfort. Extra seat and shoulder width for freedom of movement, a driver-oriented console and car-like instrument cluster put comfort and control at the driver’s fingertips. In additional convenience details such as the forward folding centre front seat, sunglasses and cup holders, together with a whole range of well thought out and organised storage facilities, all combine to provide an exceptionally efficient and functional comfort.

Adjustable driver’s seat

It slides and reclines to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Lumbar support is exclusive to higher grades.

Seatback console

When you fold the middle seat, you can find two cup holders and a tray. Further, the small box, behind the tray to open manually, is offered some space to hold maps and paperwork for a convenient journey.

Bottle storage & door map pocket

Documents, maps, or even light refreshments are easily stored and ready for use in the door-mounted storage pockets.

Room lamp & sunglass holder

Central interior lighting with a built-in holder for the driver’s sunglasses is just one more example of Hyundai’s attention to detail, quality and driver well being.

Glove box

A cool box in a light truck? With the H100 naturally, while the upper tray holds personal and business items conveniently ready to hand. The integrated cup holder is detachable for easy cleaning.


The Hyundai H100 a quiet revolution in light trucks

The H100 engine is powerful enough to make light work of virtually any task or terrain, while surprisingly economical to operate. Compact enough to cope with limited spaces, but with a payload and crew capability usually confined to much larger vehicles.

A2 2.5 CRDi

Fuel type: Diesel
Displacement: 2,497 cc
Max. Power: 130ps / 3,800rpm
Max. Torque: 26.0kg·m / 1,500~3,500rpm

Entering its second generation, the new A2 2.5-litre diesel engine has been substantially refined to reduce vibration and achieve quieter operation. Delivering a top output of 130ps @ 3,800rpm and 26.0 kg·m of peak torque over the 1,500 to 3,500 rpm range, the A2 employs a Common Rail Direct injection system and an EGR cooler which re-circulates exhaust gases back to the engine to reduce nitrous oxide pollutants.

2.5L Diesel (Natural Aspiration)

Fuel type: DieselDisplacement: 2,607 ccMax. Power: 79ps / 4,000rpmMax. Torque: 17.0kg·m / 2,200rpm


Tough 100 x 50 mm steel section chassis with double wishbone and torsion bar, front suspension and rear leaf springs, driven by a choice of 2.6 naturally aspirated or 2.5 turbo diesel engines, makes the H100 a supreme performer. Side impact bars, single moulding body panels and a variable cross-section cowl cross member are significant safety features.

Variability & flexibility

Short and long wheelbases with high and low platforms, allow the H100 to be perfectly configured to suit your business needs. Your Hyundai commercial vehicle dealer will be happy to advise and consult on all the possibilities


Locking Differential (LD)

When driving over soft, muddy or uneven road surfaces, you can suddenly lose traction and control of the vehicle. The Locking Differential ensures that you get maximum traction. It is automatically activated at speeds over 30kph and is more efficient than a Limited Slip Differential (LSD).

Brakes to depend on

At 15-inches, disc brakes are amply sized and they are ventilated for fade-free braking. A tandem 8+9 inch booster ensure that the stopping power of the H-100 matches the dynamic performance. A front-mounted antiroll bar provides additional reinforcement for confident, precise steering and handling.

Power window switch & auto door lock

Intuitively simple to operate, these are the switches for power windows and central locking. Fine design highlights even the smallest details.


Stylish and practical

When we say that the H100 was designed to set new standards for light trucks we mean it. The list of features surpasses even some well-equipped private cars, and some have never, ever been available in this class before.

Sedan-inspired cluster

Instruments that are comprehensive, easy to read and fully in vision. High-quality information effortlessly and elegantly delivered is a hallmark of the H100.

Power & tilt steering

Precise power steering reduces driving effort, improving safety. The optional tilting steering wheel further personalises this benefit to the individual driver.

All-round ventilation

Centrally mounted with easy and efficient dial controls, keeps the driver and passenger fresh and alert. Air conditioning is also optionally available.

A lockable fuel filler cap

Protection for the fuel supply is provided by the security of a locking fuel filler flap.


Easy access speeds operations and cuts fatigue. In addition to optimally placed grab handles, the H100 offers this convenient sidestep.

Tailgate bolt

Secure loads are safe loads. The tailgate bolt serves to keep your cargo on the truck rather than the road.

Sidewall latch

Added side security for cargo retention comes in the form of these robust sidewall latches (Front).

Foldable stopper

Foldable long load retention pegs help keep ladders, pipes, wood and all other longer loads firmly in place.

Maintenance-free battery

A positive asset in all-operating conditions, adding worry-free durability to electrical dependability.

Up-front easy access inspection panel

The front panel (bonnet) is designed to open easily as a passenger car which provides exceptional maintenance or emergency access.

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Hyundai Atos (2019) Launch Review

Hyundai South Africa has reintroduced the Atos as a budget car to rival the Datsun Go and Renault Kwid. How does it stack up against those volume-sellers and... is it any better? Lance Branquinho reports back from the local launch.

Hyundai has a significant presence in the compact hatchback market; brisk sales of the Grand i10 and i20 attest to that. With the new Hyundai Atos, however, the Korean company has reinforced its entry-level hatchback offering in South Africa.

Price is critical in the budget-car segment: a few thousand Rands can often be the difference between a purchase or deferral and Hyundai’s strategy is to structure its local portfolio in such a way that customers can always afford to be in a Hyundai hatchback of some configuration, or specification.

Return of Atos sees it sit below the i10 as the entry point to Hyundai's product portfolio.

In South Africa’s stalled economy, many car customers have been forced to buy down. Therefore, Hyundai’s entry-level offering has changed from Grand i10 to Atos, which is sourced from India. By the end of next year, most of Hyundai’s local portfolio (80%) will be assembled in the world’s 2nd-most populous country and the firm says its Indian products have allowed for a very low warranty burn rate (the number of warranty claims against the amount of premium that has been set aside to meet those claims), which compares favourably with any Korean- or European-built Hyundai.

Modest – but honest – spec

The Atos' peak outputs are meagre, but it only weighs 866 kg, which should make it quite spritely.

The previous Atos was very popular in South Africa; Hyundai sold no fewer than 45 000 units from 2005 to 2013. Hyundai established its local reputation with entry-level hatchbacks, although the company now markets a vast portfolio of vehicles, including several crossovers and SUVs.

The new Atos is built on a K1 platform, which will reportedly become the standard for many of Hyundai and Kia’s more affordable sub-4-metre-long vehicles. The engineering claim is that this new K1 structure is 63% more rigid than Hyundai’s previous compact car platform, which should equate to better crash safety, sharper steering responses and lower vibration-induced noise levels.

The newcomer's mechanical specification is modest but entirely relevant for its R159 900 price point. The 1.1 Motion (the only version so far) is powered by a long-stroke 1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, which produces peak outputs of 50 kW and 99 Nm. It runs a single overhead camshaft with a 3-valves-per-cylinder configuration, which should facilitate the best compromise between low service costs and efficient combustion.

Steel wheels (with covers) are standard.

Gearing is via a 5-speed manual transmission and drive is directed to the front wheels. The Atos' suspension configuration places coil springs at all 4 corners, with the front linkages having a McPherson strut-type set-up, while the rear-axle is held in place by a torsion beam.

As you would expect for a budget vehicle of such low mass (it only weighs 866 kg), the Atos does not have disc brakes all-round. There are 180 mm drum brakes to slow down the rear wheels, while most of the brake-force is generated by 241-mm solid discs up front.

The entire deceleration system features a 4-channel ABS function, with additional sensors to enact emergency brake-force distribution. The Atos does not come with electronic stability control, but that isn’t standard on any of its rivals either.

Interior is basic, but reasonably well-appointed for a budget-car offering.

Beyond the mechanical bits, the Atos has an entirely decent cabin architecture. Broad-spectrum infotainment system functionality and smartphone synching/integration certainly sweeten the deal for any new-car buyer, even more so for those on a tight budget and truncated shopping list. As such, the Atos features a factory-fitted 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that plays nice with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The steering wheel also has satellite controls (audio- and Bluetooth handsfree toggles, which means you can answer an incoming call without having to take a hand off the wheel), but the column is neither height- nor reach-adjustable.

For Hyundai to keep the Atos within the desired price bandwidth, it had to prioritise certain content items over others. Sacrifices were made regarding convenience, which is why you have manually adjustable side mirrors, manual rear windows and seats that are not height-adjustable.

Adequate all-rounder

Meanwhile, many budget cars look like a fair deal when you evaluate their specification, but they tend to be annoyingly unrefined to drive.

The Atos is competing directly with Alliance twin-platform budget cars from Renault and Datsun: the Kwid and Go. Although the engine output numbers are similar between these 3 vehicles, their levels of driveability are very different.

Once you are accustomed to its fixed steering position, the Atos delivers an entirely adequate driving experience. For one, it has unquestionably better mechanical noise and vibration insulation than either the Kwid or Go...

After a decent drive in the Atos, it feels more complete than its rivals.

A small-capacity engine and 5-speed manual gearbox combination is always going to make for a busy drivetrain. At highway cruising speeds, the Atos does "buzz" a little, due to its engine running at higher rpm than is the norm (if you are accustomed to cars with 6-speed transmissions).

Ride quality is fair, but this is a short wheelbase car rolling on 14-inch rims shod with 165/70 tyres, which means that the Hyundai's ability to absorb harsh surface ridges and imperfections is limited. That said, the Atos has steel wheels; they tend to survive a pothole strikes better than alloys.

The claimed average fuel consumption is 5.7 L/100 km. Such figures are often overoptimistic, but on a test route that included 2 mountain passes and some very enthusiastic throttle use, we averaged 5.7 L/100 km as per the Atos onboard consumption computer. It's an impressive number and evidence, yet again, that relatively simple atmospheric engines are truer to their fuel consumption potential than any small-capacity turbo mill.

Rivals and ownership considerations

A long warranty and service plan makes the new Atos an attractive long term purchase.

The budget hatchback market is a substantial business in South Africa. The aforementioned Datsun Go and Renault Kwid often total a combined 1 500 units in monthly sales and Hyundai is understandably keen on conquering some of that business.

Hyundai’s new city car only has one real debit compared to its rivals and that is luggage space. The Atos is said to be able to accommodate 235 litres of luggage, while the Go and Kwid have more space in the back, at 265 and 300 litres respectively.


All told, the new Atos is a very convincing budget hatchback offering at Group 1 Hyundai. The engine is unmistakably efficient, ergonomics are satisfactory and refinement is superior to those of its Japanese and French rivals. On a balance of features, Hyundai's newcomer is competitively specced too.

And then there is the ownership journey, which is often an unconsidered, but crucial, element for budget buyers. With an asking price of R159 900 (November 2019), the Atos comes with a 1-year service plan and a 7-year warranty – the latter should make it marvellously cheap to run long-term.

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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Hyundai H100: The 1.3 ton workhorse you need for your business

Do you own a business? The Hyundai H100 models are fantastic commercial vehicles. Their versatile and trustworthy performance make them an asset to small businesses. If you are looking for commercial vehicles for sale, there are plenty of reasons to consider the H100. 

The H100’s Exterior

The ceramic white exterior of the H100 complements its robust design. The Hyundai H100 for sale expertly combines functionality with style. Its sleek lines form a muscular exterior.

The large windscreen, big headlights and wide front grille create a bold impression on the road. Its commanding exterior design inspires confidence.
A look at the Hyundai H100 interior

The interior provides the driver with comfort and convenience. The layout and features are designed to increase driver efficiency. The better the work environment, the better the performance of your staff. Additional space provides the driver with more room to move.

The console is ergonomically designed so that the driver has everything that they need in easy reach. There is plenty of storage space in the Hyundai H100. A convenient feature of this model is its sunglasses storage compartment. The cup holders are another note-worthy feature. If you are looking for a vehicle with a practical design, then finding a H100 is a good choice.

Payload and Features in the H100 Hyundai

The Hyundai H100 is a powerful workhorse. It is designed to tackle any task or terrain. While it delivers an exceptional performance, it still offers efficient operating costs. Its payload is comparable to that of larger vehicles. Its crew capability is also impressive. It has a dynamic drop side deck.

A note-worthy feature of the H100 is its power steering. The power steering offers both precision and safety. This feature supports the driver and reduces driver fatigue. The steering wheel is height adjustable which contributes to the comfort of the driver.

The Hyundai H100 redefines the light truck category. Its extensive list of features set it apart from the crowd of commercial vehicles on the market today. One of the many reasons to find a Hyundai H100 is its dynamic performance. Its power and tilt steering is another highlight of these vehicles.

All these factors as well as its 2.-litre Diesel engine means that the H100 fares well against its competitors. Its extraordinary performance and design means that it surpasses its competitors with ease.

Customise and Accessorise your H100

You can customise these commercial vehicles for sale from Hyundai with a wide range of accessories. Towbars and bullbars increase its capabilities. The canopy which is available for these models can also come in handy. The H100 accessories mean that you can ensure that your vehicle meets your requirements. Prices start from R 245 900. The H100 has a 1.3 ton load capacity. It is renowned within its category of vehicles.

There are three models available including the Euro ii C/C, Euro II Deck and Euro Deck II A/C. Take a look at an overview of the Hyundai H100’s specifications in the table below.
Specifications of the H100 for sale

Not only does it boast an outstanding performance, it also offers support to your drivers. With so many advantages to owning a Hyundai H100 it is easy to see why these commercial vehicles are so popular at Group 1 Hyundai. If you are a small business manager or a fleet manager, don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your business operations.

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2019 Veloster Joins Hyundai’s Lineup of IIHS Top Safety Picks

The 2019 Veloster hatchback recently became the 11th Hyundai vehicle to win recognition for its crash prevention and mitigation features from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
After a rigorous series of crash tests, the Veloster received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The organization highlighted the Veloster’s standard and available front crash prevention technologies as a major reason for the award.
“Safety is a top priority for Hyundai and its engineering team, and we are proud to hear that Veloster now joins the list of Hyundai models that have achieved this recognition from the IIHS,” said Scott Margason, Hyundai Motor America’s director of product planning. “The Veloster is a prime example of a sleek and exhilarating vehicle to sit behind the wheel of, while still offering the advanced safety features available across our Hyundai lineup.”

The 10 other 2019 Hyundai vehicles at Group 1 Hyundai with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ awards are the Tucson, Sonata, Santa Fe, Santa Fe XL, Kona, Elantra, and Accent.
To be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must have “good” ratings for these five crash tests: head restraint, roof strength, side, driver-side small overlap front, and moderate overlap front. It must also score “good” or “acceptable” for headlights, “good” or “acceptable” in the passenger-side small overlap test, and “advanced” or “superior” for front crash prevention.
The 2019 Veloster boasts a wide range of standard and available safety features. All models come with six airbags and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. The Veloster can also be outfitted with active-safety options like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, and Driver Attention Warning.
If you’re looking for Hyundai specials - check out all the great promotions on Hyundai vehicles at Group 1 Hyundai!

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Hyundai Santa Fe Ranked Most Dependable Midsize SUV By J.D. Power

Hyundai's Santa Fe received the distinct honor of most dependable Midsize SUV in the J.D. Power 2019 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Released today, the annual Vehicle Dependability Study shows Santa Fe ranked highest in its class, beating out leading competitors in the 2016 model year. The Santa Fe delivers Hyundai's recipe of bold design, high-output powertrains and a host of features to please drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality, versatility and comfort.

"Long-term ownership satisfaction is a key part of the Hyundai Way," said Barry J. Ratzlaff, vice president of customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. "We strive to create vehicles that deliver quality, safety, bold design and great value. This award from J.D. Power recognizes the strong effort of our R&D, Manufacturing and Quality teams as well as our dealers who all work together to support our owners. Along with great vehicles, Hyundai also offers our customers the assurance of a great shopping and ownership experience." 
The study, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2016 model-year vehicles. Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality. The study covers 177 specific problems grouped into eight major vehicle categories.
For the 2019 model year, Hyundai Santa Fe adds:

  • New safety, comfort, and convenience technologies 
  • Increased visibility, cabin and storage space 
  • Bolder design language

Hyundai Motor America 
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai's technology-rich product lineup of cars and  SUVs at Group 1 Hyundai and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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