LIV­ING UP TO ITS NAME

In Flight Magazine - - LIVING UP TO ITS NAME - { TEXT: BERNARD K HELL­BERG | IM­AGES © QUICK­PIC }

AS HYUNDAI SA’S EN­TRY-LEVEL – AND IN­CREAS­INGLY POP­U­LAR – CHAL­LENGER IN THIS SEG­MENT, THE GRAND I10 CER­TAINLY PRO­VIDES THE NUM­BERS. IT BOASTS NEARLY 40 % OF THE COM­PANY’S TO­TAL MONTHLY SALES, AS WELL AS AN EX­CEL­LENT FIFTH PLACE OVER­ALL IN THE MONTHLY NAAMSA TOP 10 RANK­INGS.

Un­der­stand­ably, then, that the Grand i10 – launched at Of­fen­bach, Ger­many, on the eve of the 2013 Frank­furt Mo­tor Show – would en­joy the ben­e­fits of on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment and tech­no­log­i­cal en­hance­ment.

SO WHAT’S CHANGED?

A pas­sen­ger airbag has now been added to all de­riv­a­tives, 1-litre, three cylin­der en­gines have been in­cluded in the line-up, and the steer­ing wheel across all de­riv­a­tives now fea­tures but­tons for Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for smart­phones.

The top-of-the-range 1.25-litre Glide de­riv­a­tive, which we drove dur­ing launch, now also has heated side mir­rors, as well as an in­fo­tain­ment cen­tre with a large, full colour touch­screen. Cus­tomers who re­quire an in­te­grated nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem have the op­tion to pur­chase an SD mem­ory card for an ad­di­tional R2,500. This func­tion­al­ity only ap­plies to the Fluid and Glide spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els, though.

DE­SIGN

In the past, Hyundai’s en­try-level cars were nar­row and up­right, with tiny wheels to match. This quirky trend was, to say the least, ex­tremely ugly, yet some­how in­of­fen­sive in an un­der­stated man­ner.This prob­lem was taken care of some years ago when the Hyundai em­pire went shop­ping for a top de­signer by the name of Peter Schreyer who, at the time, was the chief de­signer at Audi,

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