Hyundai to produce popular H100 locally
THE Commercial Vehicles Division of Hyundai Automotive South Africa has begun production of the popular H100 Bakkie from its assembly plant in Benoni on the East Rand — little more than six months after the factory was opened in September 2014 for the initial production of the HD truck range.
H100 Bakkies assembled from components imported from South Korea are now produced daily for the commercial market in South Africa — creating value for Hyundai Automotive SA’s customers and increasing jobs for local factory workers.
“The establishment of the H100 production line forms part of a capital investment of about R110 million in the Commercial Vehicles Division of Hyundai in South Africa.
“There are financial rewards for us, but one of the important benefits of this extension of our SKD production is job creation and the testimony that it bears of Hyundai’s commitment to the local automotive market,” said Wade Griffin, director for commercial vehicles at Hyundai Automotive SA.
One of the reasons why the 1,3 ton H100 — or the ‘Bakkie’, as it is known in South Africa — was considered for local assembly is because it is one of the most successful vehicles in the local model range of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
The H100 has operated worldwide under some of the toughest working conditions, and has elevated the Hyundai workhorse to a position amongst the toughest light commercial vehicles available today — and rightfully so.
“Close to 60 000 of the H100 Bakkies have been sold since Hyundai Automotive SA started operating in the year 2000, and it has become a workhorse for many smaller as well as large, established businesses and organisations in South Africa. It is also the perfect all-round vehicle for a small family business, with a proven track record of reliability,” said Griffin
Griffin says no one should have any qualms about the quality and durability of locally produced Bakkies: A full-time quality control engineer does duty at the assembly plant, and Hyundai Motor Company has sent a team of five engineers to South Africa in February to oversee quality control procedures and to train and upskill the local workforce at the factory.
Assembly of the second batch of 60 H100 units has already started on the production line in the Apex, Benoni, factory with the aim of rolling out 360 Bakkies per month when full production is reached at about September this year.
As is the case with the HD trucks being produced in the assembly plant since last year, several applications and permutations is possible due to customised fitment of different load boxes and canopies on the H100’s sturdy frame.
The popular H100 Bakkie is now produced daily at Hyundai’s assembly plant in Benoni on the East Rand, using components imported from South Korea.