Hyundai re­veals medium van

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Hyundai has started pro­duc­tion of the com­pany’s first multi-pur­pose light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle (LCV) the all-new H350.

De­signed, en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured in Europe, for sale across Europe, the Hyundai H350 is en­gi­neered to de­liver value be­yond cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions and will es­tab­lish new stan­dards in its class.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the H350, Hyundai presents the Euro­pean LCV mar­ket with a new brand and the seg­ment’s first all-new ve­hi­cle for sev­eral decades.

The H350 will be man­u­fac­tured by Hyundai’s long-term pro­duc­tion part­ner, Karsan Au­to­mo­tive, lo­cated in Bursa, Turkey. The all-new ve­hi­cle is built on a flex­i­ble plat­form that sup­ports three body styles – van, bus and chas­sis-cab.

“With the start of pro­duc­tion of the All-new H350 to­day, Hyundai will begin to play a key role in the Euro­pean com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sec­tor. This por­tion of the mar­ket is fore­cast to grow sig­nif­i­cantly over the next few years, so now is the right time for Hyundai to en­ter Europe’s big van seg­ment.

“Built in Europe, the H350 has been de­vel­oped and tai­lored to meet the spe­cific needs of most de­mand­ing cus­tomers across the re­gion,” said Byung Tae Yea, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany.

The 3.5 tonne (GVW) H350 Van will be avail­able with a choice of 5.5m or 6.2m over­all lengths de­liv­er­ing bestin-class cargo ca­pac­ity (12.9 m3) and the unique abil­ity to carry five Euro-stan­dard pal­lets.

The 4.0 tonne (GVW) H350 Bus of­fers cus­tomers two 13+1 seat lay­outs and a choice of pas­sen­ger ac­cess doors. The Turk­ish plant will also build the flex­i­ble H350 Chas­sis­cab, which pro­vides an ef­fi­cient, ver­sa­tile and ro­bust foun­da­tion for cus­tomised body­worky for car­gog boxes up to 4.0m long and 2.32m wide.

Hyundai an­tic­i­pates that the all­new H350 will have strong ap­peal to cus­tomers seek­ing a pre­mium LCV thanks to its large cargo ca­pac­ity, er­gonomic de­sign and car-like com­fort.

De­sign­ers and en­gi­neers made ef­forts to de­velop the re­fined ride, strong per­for­mance and high safety stan­dards that Euro­pean cus­tomers ex­pect, while de­liv­er­ing Hyundai’s char­ac­ter­is­tic re­li­a­bil­ity, com­pet­i­tive cost of own­er­ship and gen­er­ous war­ranty.

Hyundai will start sales of the all-new H350 in Turkey dur­ing May with avail­abil­ity in eight other Euro­pean coun­tries start­ing from June, be­fore ex­pand­ing fur­ther across Europe in 2016.

The H350 is cur­rently only be­ing pro­duced in LHD, how­ever plans to en­gi­neer a RHD vari­ant are be­ing re­viewed with no time­frame yet con­firmed.

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