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Hyundai now with Euro twist

Posted on: April 17, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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Hyundai Motor Co Australia (HMCA) has added a European style to its i30 range with the German-designed Czech-built Tourer wagon which has now been released in Australia. The basic $22,990 plus on-road costs means Hyundai will offer the cheapest load-carrier in the segment, undercutting the recently launched Holden Cruze wagon (from $25,790), as well as the Volkswagen Golf wagon ($26,990) and Opel Astra wagon ($27,990). HMCA says the Tourer will result in about 20 percent of all i30 sales. Fleets will be the major sales target, but the company hopes the sharper styling could equate to more private sales as well.

Small crossover and compact SUV models are booming but the i30 Tourer beats most on cargo space and starting price even if it lacks their ride height. It has been a convoluted path for the stylish Tourer, which was initially ruled out from local sale when HMCA learned it could only source the car from Europe, not Korea as with the previous model. However, a concerted effort led by its local fleet department, favourable exchange rates with the Euro and a surplus of factory production has seen the car come here.

The new Tourer will be available in base Active and range-topping Elite trim levels, with no Premium flagship variant crossing over from the hatch body style.

The fleet-focused Active is available with the choice of petrol or diesel engines – both with 1.6-litre capacities – matched to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Pricing starts at $22,990 (plus on-road costs) for the petrol and $25,590 for the diesel, with the auto adding $2000 to each. The Elite will, from launch at least, be available exclusively as a diesel/automatic priced at $31,190.

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