Car Club

This fun and af­ford­able Korean hatch has a club!

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The last Hyundai Getz rolled off the as­sem­bly line six years ago, in 2011. Another in­ter­est­ing tid­bit: In 2017, af­ter a year of be­ing in op­er­a­tion, local club Getz Pilip­inas is now the largest group ded­i­cated to the Hyundai su­per­mini, with ap­prox­i­mately 260 mem­bers and cars.

Its in­cep­tion was the re­sult of a very press­ing con­cern: where to get parts for a model that’s no longer in pro­duc­tion.

The Getz has many pos­i­tives: af­ford­able, fuel-ef­fi­cient, com­pact and easy to ma­neu­ver, com­fort­able on the in­side de­spite the diminu­tive size, and great for city driv­ing. It boasts a spar­tan func­tion­al­ity, and re­quires rel­a­tively cheap re­place­ment parts. It may be “tak­bong chubby” (that is, a slow car), but that’s one of the things this group of own­ers find en­dear­ing about it.

Getz Pi­nas is made up of a var­ied bunch that in­cludes chefs, me­chan­ics, bankers, gym rats, mod­els, tuners, real­tors, rac­ers, news­cast­ers, and car en­thu­si­asts. Aside from a com­mon affin­ity for the Getz, th­ese folks are uni­fied by a love of travel. That’s why the most im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties of the group are fun runs and long drives to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the coun­try. Some mem­bers have even taken per­sonal trips abroad to meet up with con­tem­po­raries from the Hyundai Getz Club Malaysia, to share ideas on how to im­prove club oper­a­tions. The en­counter has proven to be en­light­en­ing, leav­ing the Getz Pi­nas guys in­spired by the way their Malaysian coun­ter­parts set up their cars.

They don’t have dif­fi­cult mem­ber­ship re­quire­ments for ap­pli­cants, but this be­ing a club ded­i­cated to the Hyundai Getz, own­ing one is pretty much the biggest re­quire­ment.

In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants should also have to be able to say the club motto, “We Getz to­gether,” with gusto. The ad­min might not ad­mit it, but when it comes to ac­cept­ing po­ten­tial mem­bers, this is the real clincher.

This group is all about fawn­ing over this cute au­to­mo­bile

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