Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hyundai i20 to be produced in Turkey for Europe

2009 Hyundai i20
  • Hyundai i20 to be produced in Turkey starting in May 2010, with a 75 million US Dollar investment
  • Annual production will be 80.000 units, most to be exported to Europe
  • Topping B-Segment car sales in 2009, Hyundai aims to retain leadership in 2010 with i20 launch
SEOUL : September 2, 2009 - Hyundai i20, designed in Europe for European customers, makes headlines again following its launch in May earlier this year. One of the strongest players in B-segment, the i20 will be produced at Hyundai Turkey Izmit Plant starting from May 2010 and will be exported to European countries.

i20, the third in Hyundai’s “i” series of vehicles after the i30 and i10, will be produced at the plant with an additional investment of 75 million US Dollars. Five-door versions of i20 will be produced in Turkey. The investment will contribute to the Turkish economy by creating 500 new jobs. The plant currently produces four-door editions of the Accent and the Matrix MPV. Total manufacturing capacity at the plant will be raised to 100,000 units per annum with 80,000 devoted to the i20.

Hyundai Motor India will continue to build three- and four-door versions of the i20 as well as right hand drive versions.

B-segment sales have a 20 percent share among all passenger car sales in the first seven months of this year in Turkey. Hyundai leads Turkey’s B-segment sales with an 18 percent market share thanks to Getz and i20 sales. Getz sold more than 7,000 units in the first 8 months of 2009 and continued to be the most popular vehicle of B-segment. Sales of the i20 only began in May but 1,500 units have been sold already, solidifying Hyundai’s leadership in the segment.

2009 Hyundai i20

The i20

Hyundai i20 was first unveiled to the Turkish public at the Istanbul International Auto Show in October 2008 and has become one of the most popular since the start of retail sales in May this year. The i20 charms with its sporty design, flexible interior, safety that sets new standards in its class, all-new chassis, dynamic ride and handling, and five-year/ 100,000 km warranty like all Hyundai models sold in Turkey.

Hyundai i20 scored the maximum 5-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash safety tests, in May 2009. The i20 received an average score of 80.25 percent, the highest among its rivals in the segment. The car’s 64 percent score for pedestrian protection test is also noteworthy for being higher than other models tested under NCAP’s new regulations.

2009 Hyundai i20 3Door

Hyundai i20 is on sale in Turkey with four different engines and three different trim levels. The i20 has 78 PS 1.2-liter and 100 PS 1.4-liter CVVT gasoline engines and a 1.4-liter CRDi diesel with either 75 or 90 PS power. Additionally, the car has Team, Select and Style trims, with the Team pack including standard features such as ABS with EBD, retracting front seat belts, front airbags, manual air-condition, digital computer, folding rear seats, steering-column controlled audio, electric front windows, tilt and reach adjustable steering column and immobilizer.

On higher spec vehicles, active headrests, side and curtain airbags, electric folding mirrors, front fog lamps, full automatic air-condition, chrome-look grille, leather steering wheel and gear shift, 15 or 16 inch wheels can be selected. Also ESP and sunroof can be added together or separately as options. The i20 prices range between 25,800 TL and 36,000 TL.

Hyundai in Turkey

Hyundai is the leader in passenger car sales in Turkey with 32,769 units in the first 7 months of 2009. Its best-selling model, Accent, is also “Turkey’s Most Preferred Vehicle in 2009” with 19,336 units sold. Hyundai Turkey Plant produces Accent and Matrix models for the Turkish Market, Europe and Middle East, and offers the best quality, superior safety, excellent performance, functionality, comfort and dynamics to all its customers.

[Source : HYUNDAI]


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