By Olaolu Olusina
Apparently driven by competition and the bid to explore the huge potential in the commercial vehicles segment of the Nigerian auto market, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited, has introduced the Hyundai HD Series special vehicles into the market .
Managing Director, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Pavir Singh, said the decision to introduce what he described as the affordably-priced hi-tech Hyundai special vehicles was prompted by the spate of decrepit and old fashioned trucks and buses that add zero value to the supply chain.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos , Singh said: “We cannot continue to fold our arms and watch stakeholders in the haulage, construction and essential services’ business lose precious man-hours and money to unproductive and dilapidated trucks that make business a harrowing experience.” He said in order to redress the trend,Hyundai Nigeria sought the consent of Hyundai Motors Company to provide full scale support for Hyundai commercial vehicles in Nigeria.
He however explained that the addition of Hyundai commercial vehicles to its passenger car division was a sheer routine that would not affect service schedule or alter the work pattern of the workshop, having at inception, integrated the commercial arm of Hyundai into the after-sales and workshop agenda. “Our new Hyundai diagnostic tool which is built into Panasonic’s tough-book can offer diagnosis 24/7 via wireless communication and update parts without wired connections,," he said.
He described the Hyundai HD Series range of vehicles as tough and stylish precision engineered vehicles with new dynamics and capabilities to deliver unbeatable comfort and dependability for trucking business in the light and medium light truck category. “Be it HD65 Dry Van or HD72 Refrigerated Truck or Dump Truck, the HD Series is perfectly suited for the needs and demands of the Nigerian business and transportation environment,” Singh explained.
Acknowledging these attributes in his presentation at the occasion, Marketing Director Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited (Commercial Vehicle Division), Mr. Pananchickal Paul, said the HD Series are produced in the world’s largest commercial vehicle production plant in Jeonju, Koreawith capacity to produce more than 125, 000 units per year.
The HD range of vehicles according to Paul consists of 150 different models out of which 16 variants would initially be introduced to the local market. They include HD 65 Cargo, HD 65 Refrigerated van, HD 65 Dry van, HD 72 Safety loader, HD 78 Cargo, HD 250 Cargo, HD 260 Water tanker and HD 270 Concrete mixer. Others are HD 270 Dump truck/tipper, HD 370 Dump truck/tipper, County bus standard, County bus Deluxe with ABS, County bus Deluxe (29+1), Super Deluxe, Super Aero City bus and Universe bus.
The Hyundai marketing director said users of these vehicles would similarly discover Hyundai sterling reputation for outstanding performance, quality and reliability, adding that Hyundai ingenuity is best epitomised by the highly efficient design of their upper bodies that ensures top-notch performance and versatility for wide variety of work. He listed some of the captivating features of HD range as power steering, air-conditioning, wood-trim interior, dual rear wheels, tilt steering and tilt cabin for easy engine access among others.
Paul explained that the HD72 Refrigerated van was equipped with 3.9 litre heavy duty diesel engine, sub engine refrigerator unit, power steering, air conditioning, radio cassette, dual rear wheels, side door, tilt cabin for easy engine access and tilt steering. “So, if you’re looking for a rugged truck that fulfils everyday trucking expectation, the Hyundai HD series is your best bet," he assured.
Paul also explained that the interior of the vehicles are built to increase driver and crew comfort; relieve long distance fatigue and minimise stop and start stress – a prerequisite developed by driving professionals and proven over every kind of road imaginable in Nigeria. He added that the transport and trucking business covered a whole range of industries and services with differing crew needs, Paul says Hyundai HD variants are designed to offer unique blend of prospects both for long distance comfort and durability.
The vehicles have also been proven to guarantee unbeatable operating cost and efficiency with minimal capital depreciation.
Paul noted that the new expanded windscreen and optimised seating position allowed drivers to enjoy maximum field of view which improves manoeuvrability in tight spots.
"Coupled with this is the chassis base of the entire HD Series which according to him is web-strengthened, heat-treated with ultra-rigid frame to ensure optimum performance and safety," Paul said.
“The large size brake linings, tandem brake boosters and four-channel-type Wabco ABS with integrated EBD similarly assure consistently dependable and powerful braking capability.” And unlike in competitions, Paul said all fluid levels were easily accessible and may be checked at random, while the advanced integrated fuel filter is serviced only at 50,000km intervals.