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Even more safety in Hyundai models

11 August 2005
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Even more safety in Hyundai models

Hyundai’s reputation for safety is enhanced even further by recent safety upgrades for two popular New Zealand models – Tucson and Lavita.

The highly successful Tucson soft-roader now boasts a total of six airbags across every model variant, the two-litre models picking up dual side and dual front-to-rear roof curtain airbags as standard.

All models of the popular SUV now feature Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), an advance on the standard Traction Control System (TCS) previously fitted.

As well as adding to safety levels, the improvements reinforce the value Hyundai owners enjoy right across the Tucson range. Feature-for-feature, the Tucson models outpoint other SUV brands in almost every department.

A new model has now been introduced to that range, a 2.7-litre V6 with the same spec as the top-of-the-range Elite model but with cloth seats and manual (rather than climate control) air-conditioning.

In some colours Tucson now offers optional body-shade bumpers and side cladding.

The Tucson model range and pricing that applies from 25th August is:

2.0-litre five-speed manual $30,990
2.0-litre four-stage auto $32,490
2.7-litre V6 $36,990
2.7-litre V6 Elite $39,990

The safety and value enhancements to Tucson are likely to boost the overall popularity of the Hyundai SUV stable. The brand already holds third spot in NZ sales year-to-date with its Terracan, Santa Fe and Tucson lineup.

Meanwhile the iconic Lavita people-mover gains dual side airbags in both model variants and rear drum brakes upgraded to discs.

It also has a new face, with the headlight, foglight, grille and airdam design all changed. The tail light design is also altered, while the steel wheels are upgraded to 5-spoke alloys.

Inside the spacious Lavita, seat and door panel material is changed. The auto model gains a fold-down driver’s armrest.

The Lavita model range:

1.8-litre five-speed manual $24,990
1.8-litre four-stage auto $26,490

“We are pleased to extend Hyundai’s safety features even further,” commented General Manager Philip Eustace.

“These latest enhancements in Tucson and Lavita are part of our ongoing drive to provide New Zealand with optimum levels of safety.”

“Road safety is of paramount importance to New Zealanders, so it is of the utmost importance to us.”

“We are proud of Hyundai’s reputation for safety as well as quality, innovation and value,” Mr Eustace said.


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