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Inokom Assembles And Exports Hyundai Elantra To Thailand

INOKOM Corporation Sdn Bhd (Inokom), which has sealed a deal with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (HMC Thailand), will assemble and export 1,000 units of the Elantra, Hyundai’s popular C-segment passenger car to Thailand in the first year.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan, HK Kim

Currently, the Elantra Nu1.8L is the only model that is being exported to Thailand. HMC Thailand offers three versions of the Elantra 1.8L in Thailand namely the 1.8 GLS Navi, 1.8 GLE and 1.8 GL. The Elantra 1.8L is in fact the first mass-oriented passenger car product to be offered to Thai consumers by Hyundai Motor (Thailand).

Inokom, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Motors, started assembling and exporting the first 200 units of the Hyundai Elantra since June this year. It has just rolled out another 200 units, which will be shipped to Thailand in early September. The number of units for export to Thailand is expected to increase in tandem with market demand as the Malaysian-assembled model is being priced cheaper due to the ASEAN Free Trade Area Agreement (AFTA).

“With the introduction of this new Inokom-assembled Elantra in Thailand, we expect its popularity to soar rapidly following the competitive pricing resulting from the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) scheme,” said Mr Hideki Yanagisawa of Hyundai Motor (Thailand).  The introductory prices for the Elantra now start from THB749,000 for the entry 1.8 GL automatic. The mid-range 1.8 GLE and the top-end 1.8 GLS Navi are introduced at THB819,000 and THB898,000 respectively

“Though this is our first collaboration with Inokom, we look forward to future collaborations and possibly, for the other Hyundai models as well,” added Mr Yanagisawa.

According to Inokom’s Managing Director, En. Rizal Jailan, the collaboration with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) could open up more export business opportunities for Inokom, especially for locally assembled Hyundai models.

“We have proven our capabilities and we have vast experience in producing high quality vehicles. We place emphasis on quality, productivity and efficiency and this will ensure that we remain competitive in both the domestic and export markets. We are confident that our track record and reputation in producing quality vehicles will help the product’s success in Thailand.,” said En Rizal.

Official Rollout of the Hyundai Elantra for export (L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan and HK Kim)

He added that Inokom was looking forward to a long-term working relationship with HMC Thailand and also actively looking and evaluating other business opportunities in the ASEAN market.

With the export initiative, Inokom hopes to further cement its support for the new National Automotive Policy (NAP), by developing new vendors and increasing the participation of existing local vendors.

Inokom’s vehicle assembly plant, which measures 100 acres of built-up area out of 200 acres of land, has an output capacity of 27,000 CKD (Complete Knock Down) vehicles a year. Apart from the Elantra, Inokom also assembles the 7-seater Santa Fe SUV and compact passenger car i10 for the domestic market that is distributed by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors. 

Hyundai Inokom Elantra 1.6L 2012 Malaysia Review

It is an exciting season for the compact cars (C-segment) in Malaysia. Think about the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte and many more in this category. The all new Hyundai Elantra is Hyundai’s answers to compete. While all other competitors strive to create the best styling, performance, handling, comfort, fuel economy Hyundai did not lose out at all. In fact, just like the Korean pop band – Girls Generation, the Hyundai Elantra is sexy to look at, attractive, energetic and at the same time comfortable. It is a mixture of good feeling for the Hyundai Elantra.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia
2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The Hyundai Elantra also known as Inokom Elantra, it’s a CKD product by Sime Darby Motors. The design of the Hyundai Elantra are based on the “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy found in the Hyundai Sonata that we report a while ago. With this design theme & incorporating a new “Wind Craft” concept grafted into the 5th generation of Elantra, the car’s design is well balanced and looks really competent to the segment. The distinctive hexagonal grille and fluidic designed head lights with sporty looking bumper gives the Elantra an unique attitude. This is one of rare cases we look at and didn’t find a part that looks like other competitor in the market.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The rear tail lights design continuing the body line from the front certainly looks handsome and sporty. In fact, this is probably my personal favourite part of the Hyundai Elantra. The boot space of the Elantra certainly looks big and definitely one of the few largest boot space car in the compact segment. The Elantra coupe-ish sleek design and low roof line resulting good aerodynamic and good looks.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

Once you stepped inside the Hyundai Elantra, you will immediately feel the spacious & comfortable. The fluidic design continues to the interior. There’s soft-touch material on the top part of the dashboard but the plastics on the below. The center part of the dashboard is crafted as it is from a sexy lady body line. There are some glossy black and silver theme to highlight the high-tech look and feel. However, with this choice of material used for the dashboard, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The steering is leather wrapped with and equipped with basic audio control as well as some function for the Multi-info display in between the speedometer. As the car we tested was the 1.6L High Spec model there’s no auto cruise, the 1.8L Premium Spec Elantra will be the one to go for if auto cruise it’s a must for you. The electronic power steering is light and very easy to manoeuvre. The audio system supports AUX, USD and iPod connection, however we believe special connection cable is required from Hyundai for your “i” devices.

 

2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia 2012 Inokom Elantra 1.6 High Spec Malaysia

 

The Hyundai Malaysia packs the push-start button as standard across the Elantra variant line up other than the manual transmission model. Aligned with the trend, the Elantra also equipped keyless entry system. Between speedometer there will be a green “ECO” word to indicate if you are saving earth (driving economically). Hyundai has also specially design the 6-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic themselves. The smaller and lighter designed gearbox gives better performance and reliability. Hyundai also claims the gearbox it’s maintenance-free for life. When we drive the Elantra, the gear change was smooth and quiet, each higher gear changes gives the Elantra a continuous seamless pickup resulting a near no performance loss. Drivers that like to take control once awhile can switch plus-minus gears on the gear lever. There is a manual transmission model but only in the 1.6L variant.

 

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All New 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launched in Malaysia

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has officially launched the new 2012 Hyundai Elantra in Malaysia. The locally assembled all-new Elantra wears the Inokom-badged and comes in 4 variants.

 

The new Hyundai Elantra’s wheelbase is now longer by 50 mm than its predecessor to 2700mm. The interior room goes up by 18-litres and the boot capacity now with 420-litres. In addition, the drag coefficient is claimed to be low at 0.28.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

The 1.6 D-CVVT come with the engine that produces 130PS @ 6,300rpm with a max torque of 157Nm @ 4,850rpm. For top of the range variant, the 1.8 D-CVVT engine output 150PS @ 6,500rpm and 178Nm of max torque @ 4,700rpm. Regardless auto or manual transmission, both comes with 6-speed and powering to the front wheels.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Electric Power Steering (EPS), Head lamp with auto light control, fog lamp, 2 airbags, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), steering wheel auto control and all power windows are standard across the board. Moreover, 1.6 Auto High Spec and 1.8 Auto Premium come with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Telescopic Steering Wheel.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Except for the 1.6 manual standard, all other variants come with engine start/stop button. Of course, the 1.8 Auto Premium come with more goodies –  full auto climate control with dual zone, auto cruise, tilt & sliding sun roof, rain-sensing wipers, GPS, reverse camera, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels instead of 16-inch on other variants.

 

2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

 

Inside the car, the 1.8 Auto Premium comes with Nappa leather seats while the other variants with standard leather seats.

 

According to the specification from Hyundai, the fuel efficiency for 1.6 manual returns 16.4 km/litre, the 1.6 automatic with 14.9 km/litre, and the 1.8 automatic with 14.1 km/litre. All thanks to the D-CVVT engine and electric power steering which help to gains fuel efficiency.

 

Prices for 2012 Inokom Elantra

 

- 1.6 Manual Standard – RM 86,888

- 1.6 Auto Standard – RM 91,888

- 1.6 Auto High Spec – RM 96,888

- 1.8 Auto Premium – RM 111,888

 

The prices quoted above are on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. All Hyundai cars come with five-year/300,000km warranty.

 

The all-new Elantra available in seven colours: Ceramic White, Sleek Silver, Hyper Silver, Clean Blue, Tomato Red, Santorini Blue and Phantom Black.

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Hyundai Inokom Elantra Launch Event in Malaysia

Hyundai i10 / Inokom i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Review in Malaysia

Back in July 2011, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd (HSDM) introduced its facelift version of Hyundai i10 5-door hatchback subcompact. This supermini is locally assembled (CKD) in Kulim – Malaysia, and the car is also known as Inokom i10. The Hyundai i10/Inokom i10 offered in 3 variants – 1.1 Standard Spec (1.1 Epsilon), 1.25 Standard Spec (1.25 Kappa CVVT), and 1.25 High Spec (1.25 Kappa CVVT).

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia  

We heard many amazing feedback on the i10, varies from styling, driving experience and most importantly – fuel efficiency by the 1.25-litre Kappa CVVT engine.  Overall, the build, concept & design of Hyundai i10 is incredibly apart from its predecessor – Hyundai Atoz/Inokom Atoz.

 

The astonishing feedback has triggered our team to proof it with our own hands. Therefore, we received a Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec in auto transmission for this purpose.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

In a nutshell, the facelift i10 come with a new front grille, front bumper, clear headlights, redesigned alloy wheels w/ 165 60 R14 tyres, side mirror indicator repeaters, fog lamps*, revised instruments cluster, tail lamps and rear roof spoiler* (*for 1.25L high spec model only).

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

First impression, the ride of the Hyundai i10 is comfy, controlled and notably quieter than its other rivals.

Outside of the i10 is not just stylish, the interior is also sensibly designed. The cabin is impressively spacious for such a supermini car. The front passenger seat comes with under-seat tray. The rear boot space come with an organised under tray compartment as well.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

Inversely, the sound of the in-car entertainment system is not so noteworthy although it comes with four speakers and an audio head-unit with FM/AM, MP3, USB, AUX and a remote controller.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia
Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

The information cluster comes with blue LED backlights and digital indicator.  The digital display indicates the gear, fuel gauge and odometer with trip. The blue LED backlights are extended to the gear-shifter, audio head-unit, power-window and aircond switches.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

In terms of engine specifications, the impressive i10 offers in the same 1.1-litre Epsilon (69PS @ 5,500rpm with torque of 10.1 kg.m @ 4,500rpm) and a revised 1.25-litre Kappa with Constantly Variable Valve Technology (CVVT). The new 1248cc Kappa with CVVT is now producing 87 PS @ 6,000rpm with torque of 12.2 kg.m @ 4,000rpm. Both engines are paired with 4-speed automatic transmission. Based on the test unit with 1.25-litre High Spec, the power is well delivered and reasonably responsive.

 

About Fuel efficiency, we are able to clocked 340km/h per tank (35-litre capacity) of RON95 fuel. Based on my driving pattern, this works out an average of 13.0km/litre. This is good figure for a non-hybrid powered car.

 

Although there is no CO2 emissions regulation in Malaysia, but it is respectable to highlight that both engine not only offers exceptional fuel economy and also emits really low CO2 emissions. For example, the 1.25-litre Kappa CVVT engine emits only 127 grams/km of CO2.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

Due to fuel efficiency and logistical benefits with simplified components, many automakers are favouring electric power steering (EPS) and this is not exempted for the Hyundai i10 as well. Instead to name it as EPS, Hyundai promotes it as Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS). Thanks to the MDPS, the steering force management is based on vehicle speed, which helps on maneuvering the car at low speed and provides more driving confidence at high speed.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

With a rigid and tough body structure of i10, the car awarded with 4-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. The i10 1.25-litre Kappa CVVT engine High Spec comes exclusively with 4-channel ABS with EBD, and dual front airbags. The reverse parking sensor comes standard in all i10 variants.

 

About the quality & reliability of the i10, based on what we observed from this test-drive unit with 9,000km. I would say the built quality of the car is reasonably tremendous because most of the demo units that we received with this mileage are usually in a dreadful condition. But this i10 is still very pleasing, lovely and intact.

 

Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Malaysia

Anyway, I just can’t imagine what others did to them. Whatever it is, the 5-years or 300,000km warranty with 24/7 roadside assist by HSDM says it all.

 

Weakness wise (only minor) – Firstly, I think the annoying part will be the digital odometer as the indicator will automatically switch back to total distance on every engine start-up even it was previously set to trip A or B. Secondly, the digital clock on the audio head-unit requires you to press the ‘clock’ button to show the time when the audio head-unit is on. Lastly, the engine gets a bit noisy when cruising at high speed on the freeway.

 

The i10 is offered with five colours for 1.1 models – Champagne Gold, Stone Black, Ice Silver, Alpine Blue.  And four colours for 1.25 models – Alpine Blue, Ice Silver, Crystal White and Oyster Grey.

 

The closest rivals of the awards winning new Hyundai i10 in Malaysia are like Suzuki Atos, Perodua Myvi, Perodua Viva, and the upcoming Honda Brio.

 

If you preferred the top-of-the-range Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec Auto just like the one we tested, the selling price will be RM 54,988.00 on-the-road inclusive 1-year comprehensive insurance. For the rest, the i10 1.25 Standard Spec is selling at RM 50,688.00 and the 1.1 Standard Spec goes at RM 47,988.00.

 

Photo Gallery: Hyundai i10 / Inokom i10 1.25 Kappa CVVT High Spec in Malaysia