Hyundai on target for truck launch 1


Hyundai says it will launch the first three models of its truck range before the end of 2010

By Gary Worrall | April 14, 2010

Although details of the final Australian specification are not yet finalised, Hyundai says it will launch the first three models of its truck range before the end of 2010.

Initially three models will come to Australia, the HD45, HD65 and HD75, competing in the 4.5-, 6.5- and 7.5-tonne segments against market leaders Isuzu, Hino and Fuso.

Power for the three trucks will be a 110kW 3.9-litre turbo-diesel, offering 549Nm of torque, which puts it squarely in the middle of a competitive field.

With planning still under way, the spokesman says the company is still appointing dealers, which are understood to be separate from the existing passenger car network.

A Hyundai spokesman says while the company will operate separately from the passenger car division, the two organisations will use the existing spare parts and after sales network.

While pricing is still a closely guarded secret, given the price advantage the Korean car maker enjoys in the passenger market, it would make sense the new trucks will come in at a slightly lower price point than the equivalent Japanese truck, potentially creating a price war with its opponents.

ATN will advise the final specification when details are confirmed by Hyundai.

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