Hyundai has sold its one millionth Australian new vehicle at a Western Australian dealership, 26 years after the same Perth-based dealership sold Hyundai’s very first Australian new car.
The Hyundai ix35, from John Hughes in Perth, marked the one million milestone following the Korean brand hitting 500,000 new car sales eight years ago.
“We’re delighted that that the millionth new Hyundai was sold in the same city where it all began back in 1986,” said Hyundai marketing director Oliver Mann.
Hyundai’s Australian sales peaked in 2011 with a record 87,008 units sold, making up 8.6 per cent of market share. With sales up 5.4 per cent so far this year, its on track for another record year in 2012.
That percentage market share was matched in last month’s June sales figures with 9672 vehicles sold, enough to see it finish the month in third position overall behind Holden (10,632) and Toyota (21,649).
Hyundai has joined the growing list of manufacturers offering capped price servicing to entice Australian buyers.
Today’s announcement of iCare Capped Price Service coincides with the company’s milestone of reaching one million car sales in Australia.
Hyundai announced its plans to offer a three-year capped price servicing strategy across its entire range, which applies to both private and small business buyers starting with cars sold from the beginning of August.
Owners of cars such as the Hyundai i20 and Hyundai Accent (petrol) will pay just $ 189 for a yearly or 15,000km service for the first 50,000km or 40 months, whichever comes first. New buyers of the Korean brand’s popular i30 will pay $ 219 for the petrol or $ 289 for the diesel to service their vehicle.
The new cost of ownership strategy means that a new i20 or Accent (petrol) buyer will pay a maximum of $ 567 in servicing for the first three years.
The most expensive car to service in the entire Hyundai range becomes the diesel ix35 which will be $ 399 per service ($ 20 more than the Santa Fe diesel) which has a three year maximum total of $ 1197.
The latest round of ANCAP crash testing has delivered a strong set of scores, with the Holden Colorado, Hyundai i30 and Subaru BRZ all achieving the maximum five-star result.
The Holden Colorado crew-cab joins the growing list of light commercial vehicles to earn five stars for safety, ranking alongside the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Amarok, and the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore utes.
The crew-cab variant, which accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Colorado sales, launched in Australia last month. It comes standard with electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and six airbags (dual front, side and curtains).
ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said it was encouraging to see another light commercial vehicle earn top marks for safety.
“It’s satisfying to see manufacturers lifting the safety of light commercial vehicles (LCVs),” McIntosh said. “Manufacturers have been incorporating greater levels of safety into passenger vehicles for some time now, yet the safety of LCVs has trailed.
“Pressure not only from ANCAP, but now big business, is encouraging manufacturers to elevate safety as a priority in the design and construction of new LCVs, and consumers are the winners.”
The first six months of this year saw more new vehicles roll off showroom floors than any other first half in Australia’s history. A record 112,566 vehicles found new homes in June, pushing Australia’s first-half tally to 547,854 – eclipsing the previous record of 542,695 in 2008.
The days of the traditional Australian-made family cars duking it out for sales supremacy are long gone. The Holden Commodore, which was Australia’s sales king for 15 consecutive years between 1996 and 2010, has been usurped by three small cars – including its production line buddy the Holden Cruze, which is just 11cm shorter than the original 1978 VB Commodore – and the Toyota HiLux workhorse.
While the Mazda3 only just pipped it by 812 units last year, a 25 per cent decline in the first half of 2012 puts the Commodore in danger of slipping out of the top five come the end of the year. The Hyundai i30 is snapping at its heels in sixth just 1860 units adrift, and on the back of the May launch of the all-new model, closed the gap by almost 300 cars in June alone.
The forecast is no sunnier in the blue corner either. The Falcon, which has almost exclusively been Ford Australia’s top-selling model since first going on sale in 1960, has fallen to fourth in the pecking order this year behind the Focus, Territory and Ranger, and is just clinging to 20th position overall with a 44-car buffer over the Toyota Kluger.
Stuck on the same slippery slope as the Commodore, Falcon sedan sales are also down 25 per cent this year compared to last. The Broadmeadows-built model is starting from a significantly lower base, however, and with just 6846 cars delivered so far this year, the large sedan is guaranteed to hit a new 12-month low by the time January rolls around.
Price: $ 19,590 to $ 30,090
It’s five years since the Hyundai i30 arrived as a game-changing model for the South Korean brand, showing the world it could build cars that were recommendable for virtues other than just good value.
The i30 wasn’t as good as the best in class, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus or Mazda3, but it held its own and has deservedly become a huge seller for Hyundai.
And the second-generation i30 – designed and engineered in Europe – now comes with promises of matching its heralded peers.
It should certainly catch more eyes than its predecessor, which has still accounted for more than 85,000 sales in Australia. Where the original i30 was tidily designed, the new model has more chance of turning heads with its bold crease lines, intricately detailed headlights and daytime running lights.
Price tag: $ 19,590 to $ 30,090
It is five years since the Hyundai i30 arrived as a game-modifying model for the South Korean brand, exhibiting the globe it could create cars that had been recommendable for virtues other than just excellent worth.
The i30 wasn’t as excellent as the best in class, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus or Mazda3, but it held its very own and has deservedly become a massive seller for Hyundai.
And the 2nd-generation i30 – developed and engineered in Europe – now comes with promises of matching its heralded peers.
It ought to surely catch a lot more eyes than its predecessor, which has nonetheless accounted for far more than 85,000 product sales in Australia. Where the unique i30 was tidily intended, the new model has a lot more chance of turning heads with its bold crease lines, intricately thorough headlights and daytime operating lights.
If Drifting is your scene the 2012 Formula Drift season gets under way in Extended Beach, CA this weekend, on the identical street program the Indy Vehicles will race at the Prolonged Seashore Grand Prix the following weekend.
Former Formula Drift Champion Rhys Millen returns to compete in his RMR (Rhys Millen Racing) Genesis Coupe with continued support from Hyundai Motor America. The Genesis Coupe that Millen will slide by way of the turns in downtown Lengthy Seashore is entirely race prepared with a turbocharged four.one-liter V6 engine producing about 650 horsepower.
If you are not anywhere close to Lengthy Seashore, here is the routine for the 2012 Formula Drift Season:
- April six-7: Streets of Prolonged Seaside, California
- May possibly eleven-twelve: Road Atlanta, Georgia
- June 1-2: Palm Beach Worldwide Raceway, Florida
- June 22-23: Wall Speedway, New Jersey
- July 20-21: Evergreen Speedway, Washington
- August 24-25: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada
- October 12-13: Irwindale Speedway, California