Geared Up In Triplicate

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Text: Jude P. Morte / Photos: | posted April 16, 2005 00:00

Hyundai is definitely another brand to watch out in the local industry. Recently it launched to the motoring public three new models that are bound to take space in their respective segments. Launched were the Getz subcompact, the Tucson SUV, and the Sonata luxury sedan.

"With the launch of these exciting new models, we hope to offer a wider range of choices to value-conscious customers and build on the market success of our best-selling Starex van," Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Managing Director Fe Agudo said in a statement.

The Future is in the Sonata

As its name implies, the Sonata has always been Hyundai's work of art. Three years and ten months in the making, this car contains all the newest and exciting things that Hyundai could offer, in a luxury package.

>First, the 3.3-liter Lambda engine is undisputedly the largest in its class. Figures such as 235 ps maximum output and 31 kg-m maximum torque will be more than a power trip to its would be owner, most likely to be a top honcho of the country's best corporations. The best deserve nothing the best, correct?

For Hyundai, luxury does not mean unexciting and unintuitive. That is why a 5-speed gate type gear-stick joins the proven H-Matic transmission so one can indulge in Sonata's dynamic driving performance from time to time. Independent front double wishbone suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension assume springing duties. As you may notice, no torsion beams here, which translates to a suppler and accommodating ride.

Other performance-guaranteed mechanical features include the speed-sensing rack and pinion steering, anti-lock all disc brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution. What is stellar in the Sonata is the standard ESP (Electronic Stability Program) that automatically controls brakes and power if the car loses grip, which is definitely necessary for this power-stuffed luxury vehicle. With the 5-star Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) together with six air bags, the Sonata is another safe place to be in while on the road.

Of course, the luxury equation is not complete without the leather upholstery, sunroof, six-speaker audio system, all-power features including driver's seats and pedal adjustments.

The NF Sonata is set to win out a new batch of cunning but value-conscious executives. Rest assured they would not be left wanting with all the power and luxury it has to offer.

The Spirit that is the Tucson

This SUV offering from Korea's leading automaker is also the only diesel compact SUV in the market today. Powered by a CRDi (Common Rail Direct Injection) diesel engine variant, which makes 112 hp/4,000 rpm and 25 kg-m at a low 1,800-2,500 rpm, it is destined to pull its own influence amidst the petrol-based competition.

Awarded as the "Best New Crossover" in the 2005 Canadian Car of the Year, the Hyundai Tucson is set to win the hearts of a new breed of motorists who wanted a diesel power plant from a compact SUV package. Hyundai is more than happy to fill their bill.

With H-Matic transmission and independent suspension on all four corners, one would think that this vehicle is a timid, non-assuming one. Fret though, for its electronic four-wheel-drive system and traction control will reveal the Tucson's free-spirited behavior.

Interior appointments will boggle the senses as the Tucson incorporates a touch of luxury and ruggedness in one stunning package.

Getz Mo Na?

Pardon the pun, but the above title definitely describes what the Hyundai Getz is. Small car form but big in heart, it will definitely create another dent on the small car market. This car is indeed an attention-seeker via its screaming colors and popular price packages.

Powering the Getz is either a 1.1 or a 1.3 petrol power plant that vows to make it zippy in town and even beyond, while being frugal on gasoline. Being cute does not mean being selfish as the Getz's double folding rear seats dubbed as the Space Wizard reveal a 977 liters of carrying space.

Raking several recognitions throughout the world, the Getz has sold more than 100,000 units in less than 14 months in Europe, therefore making it a European best seller. It was the official car of the 2004 Athens Olympics as well.

Small car does not mean small safety ratings, as the Hyundai Getz earned a 4-star rating and even higher in Hyundai's own version of NCAP frontal impact crash tests.

Let another small car win your big heart by welcoming the Hyundai Getz.