Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s commercial vehicle range has received a healthy injection with the launch of the new Mighty EX8 truck, boasting several new features and an industry-leading factory warranty that makes it a formidable contender in its market segment.
The new vehicle, a successor of the previous HD truck, stems from a long tradition of building competitive commercial vehicles with notable strengths in Korea, the rest of Asia and the Middle East. That focus is also moving to Africa, with the resulting expansion of Hyundai‘s Commercial Vehicles to right hand drive key markets of which South Africa is one.
The EX8, which is assembled at the company’s factory in Apex, Benoni, joins the H100 and the H1 panel van in Hyundai’s commercial vehicle range.
Studies are also underway with the aim of introducing various other new models, such as the larger H350 bus and panel van, as well as automatic transmissions for the medium truck.
“It comes at a time when we are very optimistic that a strong increase in sales of commercial vehicles is bound to happen over the next five years, due to renewed hope in the change of political leadership, and the prospects for a return to a healthy GDP growth,” says Wade Griffin, Commercial Vehicle Director, Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
Compared with its predecessor, the EX8 Mighty’s interior space has been increased from 2,9m² to 3,5m² and there has also been an increase in storage space for driver and passengers to 11,8 litres. The windshield size has increased and the interior space has also been enhanced.
Small, but practical changes to the exterior include the door handle, the size of the side step and the main rear-view mirror. It also boasts greater load-carrying capability.
“The durability and reliability of our drivetrains has also enabled us to launch the EX8 with an industry-leading factory warranty of 4 years, with unlimited mileage in this period. We also offer a 3 year / 200 000km roadside assistance plan as part of the standard package,” Wade concludes.