More is merrier

They say ‘the more, the merrier’ and Hyundai has gone for more with a version of its H-1 Bus that gains an extra row of seats to bring the cabin complement up to 12.

The H-1 Elite Bus, which received a new face and several new convenience features in a make-over last year, now boasts a fourth row of seats that will cater for the needs of customers in this market segment who need to transport a larger number of passengers.

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The ‘3-3-3-3’ seating configuration of the new H-1 derivative means it now has three rows in the rear of which two – between the driver and front passenger – feature a narrower middle seat that can fold up to allow passengers to reach the newly added fourth seating bench at the back.

The added rear bench in the new derivative can be moved forward to increase the luggage area when that row of seats is not needed. Customers will have the option to treat it as a 9-seater with a sizable luggage space, or a 12-seater with a small ‘boot’ space.

Convenience and safety features include an infotainment centre with a large touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity for the infotainment sound system with multifunction controls on the steering wheel, cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel, a steering wheel that can be adjusted for reach as well as height, a rear camera for parking assistance, with a display in the rear-view mirror and a fully automatic air-conditioner with climate control.

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“The H-1 has been a top-seller since we launched it in 2009, and last year’s make-over combined with the addition of an extra row of seats have really added features that will attract many more buyers in this segment,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

The H-1 12-Seater Bus is equipped with a 2 497 cc turbo-charged diesel engine, delivering its 125 kW maximum power and 441 Nm maximum torque through a 5-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.

The H-1 12-Seater Bus is equipped with McPherson type struts with gas shock absorbers for its front suspension and a rigid axle 5-link rear suspension with oil-filled shock absorbers.

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• The 6-seater H-1 Multicab derivative, which was discontinued from the H-1 range, has been added again for individual orders for this versatile vehicle that combines seating capacity with the features of a smaller panel van.

Pricing:
• H-1 2.4 Executive 9-Seater Bus (petrol, manual) R527 900
• H-1 2.5 Elite 9-Seater Bus (turbodiesel, auto) R654 900
• H-1 2. 5 Elite 12-Seater Bus (turbodiesel, auto) R664 900
• H-1 2.5 Turbodiesel 3-seater Panel Van (turbodiesel, auto) R476 900
• H-1 2.5 Turbodiesel 6-seater Multicab (turbodiesel, auto) R553 900

Pricing includes Hyundai’s 7-year/200 000 km warranty, as well as a 5-year/150 000 km roadside assistance plan and 5-year/90 000 km service plan.

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