Words by Christopher Kho
HARI has just advised us that while the all-new Santa Fe's sure to arrive next year, the Eon and Velsoter is still under review with a final statement due first quarter of 2012.
Just before the New Year sets in, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the Philippines, has got some big news brewing up for 2012. Expanding its current vehicle line-up, they're bringing in three new models next year - the Eon, the long-awaited Veloster, and the all-new Santa Fe. On top of that, expect prices on new Hyundai's to drop after the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA) comes into play, which should reduce import tariff rates to 20%.
Winds of Change
The Eon is Hyundai's entry-level micro car positioned just below the i10. It's powered by an 814cc gasoline engine that allows it to achieve a remarkable 21.1 km/L fuel economy. This little five-door hatchback and claims to have greater interior room than a Suzuki Alto, hold more luggage space than a Chevrolet Spark, and come equipped with front power windows, a driver's side airbag, and a savvy two-tone interior. Infused with Hyundai's signature fluidic design philosophy, the Eon is sure to turn heads on the streets.