Hyundai to pro­duce popular H100 lo­cally

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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.

PHOTO: QUIKCPIC

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.

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