The Korean company, already on a roll with great sales of its Getz supermini and its new Tucson 4x4, is set to explore more markets as the year progresses, with the Atos mini just unveiled, a new Sonata sedan and the larger XG luxury car pegged for later in the year.
And there's a new MPV, the Trajet, available now at dealers, with super-comfort and great versatilioty which includes the ability to swing the two front seats (driver and front passenger) right around through 180 degrees so they face the rest of the passengers.
Not while in motion, of course - at least for the driver!
Built on the same basic platform as the Kia Sorento/Carnival, but with a different drivetrain, the Trajet (the word, pronounced pronounced Tra-jhzay, French for 'journey' or 'route'), offers modern styling and great interior space and versatilty.
Extra storage has been added where you realy need it and you can fit a 1.5 litre bottle in the front door pockets. There's a handy under-tray beneath the front passenger seat and the Trajet has fold down tables in the front seat backs.
The new Trajet is available in two derivatives: a 2-litre CRDi manual and a 2.7 V6-powered petrol automatic, and both are equipped with ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.
The car comes with 2-2-3 seating, with a centre aisle enabling access to the back two seat rows.
The front seats can swivel around 180 degrees and the centre and rear seat backrests can fold forward to make tables with cup holders and a easy to clean surface on top.
The rear seats can be separately snapped out of the vehicle to offer a completely flat floor.
Cradled under the rear floor is a full size spare wheel. The Trajet offers car-type back doors.
The 2.7 V6 Trajet has maximum torque of 245 Nm at 4 000 r/min and peak power of 131 kW at 6 000 r/min.
The automatic transmission is operated through a steering column-mounted shift lever.
The 5-speed manual 2-litre CRDi (Diesel) Beta 11 engine delivers 84 kW at 4 000 r/min and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1 800 r/min.
The Trajet is 4.7 metres long, just a tad shorter than Hyundai's medium sized Sonata sedan.
Storage areas include 10 cup holders, a lit and lockable glove box, rear seat under-armrest side compartments, front door pockets with bottle bulges and book-retaining elastic straps, front seatback pockets and a cargo net in the rear.
Other standard features include an MP3 CD/FM/AM audio, leather interior, sunroof, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, electric windows, driver seat height and tilt adjustment, rear seat centre armrest, three 12 volt DC power outlets, central locking and aircon/climate control system.
The Trajet was designed in Hyundai?s European Design Studio in Germany, and fulfils the demands of many European families who prefer sensibly compact exterior dimensions and manoeuvrability in a spacious, stylish multi-seater.
The Trajet compliments the rest of the Hyundai Family and comes standard with a 3 year/60 000 km maintenance plan and a 3 year/100 000 km factory warranty.
Trajet 2.7 V6 R259 900.
Trajet 2.0 -CRDi R249 900.00