IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
The column materials were prepared by Alexey Vorobyov-Obukhov and Mikhail Gzovsky
Hyundai Group forms the largest financial and economic structure of South Korea. In total, it includes 53 enterprises; more than 180 thousand people work in various industries: steel, chemical, aerospace, financial, shipbuilding and the most profitable - automobile. Over the past few years, Hyundai Motor has been uphill, especially in the US market. And since 2001, the company intends to supply cars even to Japan! This was announced at the Tokyo Motor Show in the fall of 1999.
One of the first in the Land of the Rising Sun will appear the newest mini-van "Trazhe" (in French - distance, travel route). The development of the car required considerable time and financial costs: more than two and a half years and 300 million dollars. They expect that they will pay off with interest - thanks to the compact size and "European" appearance, the Hyundai Traze will find buyers in many countries of the Old World, where the model will arrive at the beginning of this year.
So far, two power units have been prepared for the minivan - the four-cylinder Sirius and the six-cylinder Delta. The less powerful two-liter 140-horsepower Sirius has been produced for several years: it was modernized for the Trazh. Engineers took an unusual path, deciding … to make the power unit more massive - and thereby reduce vibration during engine operation. The 2.7-liter Delta engine is more progressive in design, as is the economical two-liter turbodiesel with direct fuel injection, which is almost ready for serial production.
The versatility of the “Trazh” provides a comfortable seven-seater salon. The two rear rows of seats can be folded or dismantled in seconds. For the comfort of passengers, automatic climate control, seat heating, cruise control are provided, as well as many "hiding places" for small things.