The sole distributor of Hyundai vehicles in Malaysia, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd expects to sell 600 units of its new 11-seater Hyundai Starex every year, said the company’s chief operating officer Dennis Ho Friday.
He said to achieve the target the company will sell at least 50 units per month, adding that the latest MPV was also expected to help them expand their market share.
“We received good response from customers and we are confident the car which is stylish and versatile will be well-accepted,” he told reporters after the launch of the car here.
The Hyundai Starex will also meet the changing demands from customers especially from the business, group and family segments looking for larger vehicles, Ho said.
Equipped with Hyundai’s latest engine technology, the vehicle features aerodynamic casing, a roomier interior, better handling, and additional safety features.
The Hyundai Starex is a CBU (completely built-up), imported from Korea and available in three colours namely silver, white and gold.
The on-the-road price with insurance for the car is RM138,888.00.
Ho said the Hyundai Starex could be configured to a seven-seater plus additional accessories with a price tag of RM172,888.000.
Hyundai brings in a powerful and dependable workhorse to compete in the panel van market. With creature comforts and a huge loading space, this is one van to watch in the coming years.
The Starex has been designed MPV style to look elegant, but its workhorse pedigree is unquestionable. Dual sliding side doors, twin swing rear doors & enlarged wheels and tires (215/70R16) make one’s manual routine job an easier one. A turning radius of 5.61m makes Starex a breeze to navigate.
One will find improved mounting of the transmission gear shift lever to the center fascia to avoid distraction of movement between the driver seat and front passenger seat. The Starex comes standard with a 5-speed Auto Transmission. You will also see an overhead storage console, an added feature. The new Hyundai H-1 also has an electro-chromic rear view mirror and new roof-mounted air vents for further cooling the cabin. A loading area of 2,375 x 1,620 x 1,350mm makes for loading more equipment and a probably conversion into a passenger van.
Under the hood
Hyundai Starex is powered by a turbocharged, 2.5 CRDi, Euro-IV compliant engine which yields 170ps and 40kg.m of torque. The advanced common rail diesel engine also has a top speed of 180km/h.
Starex comes with 16-inch front disc brakes. These yield better braking power than the previous H-1 discs. A MacPherson strut front suspension is added to further experience better handling conditions. It comes with a single airbag in the driver’s seat. ABS is standard.