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Hyundai releases 12-seater minibus

The H-1 Elite Bus, which received a bold new face and several new convenience features in a makeover last year, now boasts a fourth row of seats that will cater for the needs of customers in this minibus market segment who need to transport a larger number of passengers.

The “3-3-3-3” seating configuration of the new H-1 derivative means it now has three rows in the rear of which two – as between the driver and front passenger – feature a narrower middle seat that can fold up to allow passengers to reach the newly added fourth bench at the back.

True to the versatile nature of the H-1 Bus, the added rear bench can be moved forward to increase the luggage area when that row of seats is not needed. Customers will have the option to treat it as a nine-seater with a sizable luggage space, or a 12-seater with a small “boot” space.

  • The H-1 bus has long been one of the most popular vehicles in the Hyundai line-up, with applications as a family vehicle as well as commercial use for businesses that require a car for transporting a number of people in luxurious comfort and safety.

    “The H-1 has been a top seller since we launched it in 2009, and last year’s makeover combined with the addition of an extra row of seats have really added features that will attract many more buyers in this segment,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

    The H-1 12-seater bus is equipped with a 2 497 cc turbocharged diesel engine, delivering its 125 kW maximum power and 441 Nm maximum torque through a five-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.

    Handling characteristics of the H-1 are car-like, with road-holding that inspires confidence. A rack and pinion steering system delivers accurate steering responses, while hydraulic assistance reduces the effort required in tight situations in city driving. The H-1 bus is easy to park and along with the generous glass area and substantial mirrors, there is the park-assist rear-view camera.

    The H-1 12-seater bus is equipped with McPherson type struts with gas shock absorbers for its front suspension and a rigid axle five-link rear suspension with oil-filled shock absorbers.

    The six-seater H-1 multicab derivative, which has previously been discontinued from the H-1 range, has been added again for individual orders for this versatile vehicle that combines seating capacity with the features of a smaller panel van.

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