NEW SUNDAY TIMES
August 3, 2008
By Thomas Huong
The Inokom i10 is reported to have a fuel consumption of 20km per litre. Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Dennis Ho believes that the 1.1 litre i10 would be a popular buy based on its fuel economy, drivability and safety features.
“The i10 was developed for a global market and to achieve a Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) four-star rating. Also, it provides a comfortable drive and excellent fuel economy,” said Ho during a media preview of the i10 at Cineleisure Damansara in Petaling Jaya last Wednesday.
Ho pointed out that the MDPS (motor driven power steering), with a tilt function steering wheel, in the i10 also contributed to fuel efficiency.
The A-segment compact car, known as the Hyundai i10 in other markets, is assembled at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah.
Malaysia is the first Asean country to introduce the i10.
“We are targeting sales of 200 units each month,’ said Ho, adding that a 5-speed manual version of the i10 will be introduced in another three months.
According to Ho, the i10 is offered with a five-year/300,000km or which-ever-comes-first warranty.
“The lengthy warranty period is a mark of our confidence in the superb built quality of the i10,” he said.
Also, it is possible that a 1.1-litre diesel version will be launched here in the future.
“Our diesel-powered vehicles, such as the Santa Fe and Hyundai Starex, have no problems with Malaysia diesel quality,; said Ho.
The 11-seater Hyundai Starex, which was launched in May, has seen strong sales.
“The first shipment of 120 units of the Starex was sold out within three weeks,” said Ho, adding that the company would continue to sell its 1.1-litre Atos Prima compact car.
“We also plan to introduce the Hyundai i30 mid-sized hatchback next year”.