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Hyundai takes on heavy-duty market

Hyundai takes on heavy duty truck market.

Hyundai Motor Company’s commercial division has unveiled its new heavy-duty truck, Xcient, at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.

The next generation of Trago, which debuted in 2006, returns with greater styling and a variety of improved features.

The Xcient is expected to set new standards in the heavy-duty truck market with an impressive combination of grand, dynamic style, best-in-class fuel economy and spacious cabin room.

The name ‘Xcient’ was made combining XC, the biggest unit measuring data, and the word ‘efficient,’ conveying the truck’s power and efficiency.

“The Xcient is the result of Hyundai Motor’s relentless pursuit of excellence and technological innovation. We believe that this new vehicle will help us achieve our goal of becoming a major player in the commercial vehicle market,” said Hanyoung Choi, Hyundai Motors vice chairperson.

The Xcient, which took three years to develop, offers a full lineup including cargo, tractor and dump.

From the early development stages, truck customers’ needs and market trends were fully reflected.

The wide grille strengthens its confident look, while side character lines add to its bold yet sophisticated image.

The cabin height was increased by 330mm to 1 895mm, giving drivers more space. The width of the bed inside the cabin has also been increased to 800mm from 650mm, optimising the truck for long-distance driving. The 1 046 L storage room offers more convenience as well.

The Xcient comes with two diesel engines: 10L H-engine, with maximum output of 420ps, maximum torque of 200kg•m, and Powertech engine, with maximum output of 520ps, maximum torque of 255kg•m.

Due to improved engine performance, the new model’s fuel economy has been enhanced by 7% from the previous model.

In addition, the new model boasts enhanced durability resulting from improved components, including dump spring, twin clutch and air suspension – making the truck more economically efficient by lowering maintenance costs.

The Xcient adopted a number of convenience features for the first time in the commercial vehicle market, such as driver seat with cold/warm air ventilation, and button-start.

In particular, Hyundai’s advanced in-vehicle telematics service ‘Blue Link’ was included for the first time in its commercial vehicles.

Hyundai Xcient will go on sale in the second half of this year, with a target of 60 000 global sales by 2017.

Hyundai is set to hold events for the new car in overseas markets including Peru and Russia.

During the Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai displays a total of eight models, including the Xcient, compressed natural gas hybrid bus, and electric bus at a separate booth dedicated to commercial vehicles.

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