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Hyundai diesels lean on servicing costs

17 May 2006
Immediate Release


Hyundai diesels lean on servicing costs


Hyundai diesel ownership is now less than ever with the announcement of an extended servicing policy.

Hyundai New Zealand After-market Manager Peter Tolley said all new Hyundai diesel vehicles will now require only half the standard scheduled servicing, with 15,000km intervals instead of 7,500kms.

“We have been able to capitalise on the huge gains we have made in technology in recent years with our new diesels. Improved lubrication systems mean the requirement is simply not there to have a service as often,” said Mr Tolley.

The impact on Hyundai diesel owners amounted to a saving of around $840 over a servicing period of 105,000kms when the cost of filter, oil and labour are taken into account. The number of services required has been halved with this extension of the servicing intervals on Hyundai diesels.

The economical benefits of Hyundai vehicles have been proven. For example, the Hyundai Getz won the light car class in Australia’s NRMA annual Mega Vehicle Operating Cost Survey in 2005, for the third consecutive year.

“This type of reduction in servicing cost is simply another benefit for the Hyundai customer, and we know they will appreciate it as they face ever rising fuel costs” said Mr Tolley.

The policy will also extend retrospectively to Terracan diesels and adds to the appeal of the latest vehicle in the Hyundai stable, the new Santa Fe.

The new model features a 2.2 litre diesel delivering 335 Nm of torque and featuring the latest in high pressure common rail direct injection. Power is boosted by the inclusion of a variable geometry turbo charger.

The reduced cost of Hyundai diesel ownership follows closely on the heels of the company’s family parts pricing policy.

The new parts policy sees spare part prices across the company’s model range standardised, and in many cases they have become considerably cheaper.

The strategy has seen simple components like air filters on both diesel and petrol dropping from a recommended retail price of up to $41 down to $27.50 each.

The family parts policy was the first step towards standardised “menu” service costs, and these are on track to begin in early July, said Mr Tolley.

“We believe we are the first car company to offer such transparent pricing, and know customers are going to appreciate not being in for any nasty surprises when they go to get their vehicle serviced,” said Peter Tolley.

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