New Hyundai i30 Coming to New Zealand

July 20th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Hyundai Motors New Zealand has launched the new-generation i30; a vehicle the company expects will build on the success of the original model thanks to an all new European design.

Hyundai General Manager Andy Sinclair says the i30 is the company’s best-selling and most awarded model globally and the new-generation i30 really ups the ante against its Europeans rivals.

“The i30 is designed and engineered at Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, and built at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Namyang, South Korea,” he says.

“This car changes the game in value in the small car market. It’s going to be a hit with Kiwis. It really pushes the envelope on design, technology and efficient performance.

Every new i30 comes standard with the Flex Steer system, one-touch triple turn indicators, iPod/USB connectivity and Bluetooth hands free phone system with steering wheel controls, and cruise control. The Elite model adds front heated seats, electric folding outside mirrors, stop/start button, 17” alloy wheels, reversing camera and reversing sensors.

“Once you take account of all these additional features, the value of every model is market leading,” says Mr Sinclair.

The new i30 has also been named as ‘one of the safest choices within the small car category’ by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), receiving the maximum five-star safety rating.

“It is further testament to Hyundai’s continued commitment to bringing industry-leading occupant and pedestrian safety within reach of all New Zealanders,” says Mr Sinclair.

As well as achieving the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the new generation i30 comes with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety technologies as standard.

Active safety systems include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist System (BAS), whilst advanced passive safety features include the use of ultra-high tensile steel within the body shell and seven airbags standard, including driver knee airbag.

In New Zealand, there is a choice of fuel-saving petrol and diesel engines with combined fuel efficiency as low as 4.5 litres* per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions as low as 119 g/km*.

There is also the choice between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, with both units providing a refined driving experience and enhanced fuel efficiency.

The entry model i30 manual petrol starts at $34,490 and the Elite auto petrol from $39,990.

The new i30 is on sale now and available for test drives from one of Hyundai’s 23 dealerships nationwide.

*Applies to the 1.6 CRDi M6 model

Nürburgring, Germany

December 24th, 2007 by Darren Cottingham

The Green Hell


Home to the ‘second’ German Grand Prix for recent years (Hockenheim being the other), the new safer emasculated track did not warrant being called the Nürburgring, according to local fans. Opened in 1984, the 5.1km circuit saw a flagship inaugural event offering a veritable smorgasbord of F1 talent driving identical Mercedes 190E 2.3-16. The line-up was Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, James Hunt, Jacques Laffite, Niki Lauda, Carlos Reutemann, Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, Manfred Schurti, Ayrton Senna and John Watson. Ayrton won, followed by Lauda and Reutemann.

In recent years, both the ‘Ring and the Hockenheim events have been losing money due to high and rising license fees charged by Bernie Ecclestone and low attendance due to high ticket prices. Starting with the 2007 Formula 1 season, Hockenheim and Nürburgring will alternate for hosting of the German GP.

http://www.nuerburgring.de/

By Phil Clark