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 Mighty EX8 – a successor of the previous HD truck, stems from a long, proud and successful 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 Mighty EX8, which is assembled at Hyundai Automotive SA’s commercial vehicle factory in Apex, Benoni, joins the ever-popular H100 (also referred to as our “Bakkie”) and the H1 panel van in Hyundai Automotive SA’s commercial vehicle range. “It also comes at a time when we at Hyundai 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, director of commerical vehicles at Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
The Hyundai’s assembly plant on the East Rand in Gauteng started in 2014 and is now fully operational, assembling the EX8 and the H100 Bakkie. The plant has an land area of 32 000 m2 , with 19 000 m2 under roof. The assembly plant is currently manned to produce over 400 units of the H100 and EX8 trucks per month.
Hyundai Automotive SA’s Commercial Vehicle Division has its own truck body builder on site in Benoni that produces several standard and customised options according to the customers’ specifications. These include van bodies; dropsides; tippers; tautliners; trailers; and H100 tipper conversions. The truck body builder also does all kinds of repair work for customers. “Hyundai’s mission is to partner with customers to help them build their businesses by offering them good quality commercial vehicles that is suited for its specific purpose. We offer vehicles that are durable and reasonably priced, with generous warranties for peace of mind and low cost of ownership,” says Griffin.
“We also have what we call trained transport solution consultants who will make sure that we offer the right vehicle to get the best return for your business.”
It is against this background that the EX8 Mighty is introduced to the South African market, with the various options and new, practical features that the new truck offers.
It has a more spacious cabin, better comfort and visibiity. The EX8 Mighty’s interior space has been increased from 2,9 m² to 3,5 m². Visibility from inside the cabin has been greatly improved by increasing the windshield size, an important feature, because better visibility ensures safer driving. Interior space has been enhanced by increasing the interior cabin height to 1 490 mm. The steering column now has forward-backward adjustment of 60 mm, as well as height adjustment of 76 mm – an altogether new feature that enables the driver to set the most comfortable and safest driving position.
The longer wheelbase of the new EX8 has increased its versatility as a load carrier, and resulted in a longer deck that allows one to carry more freight and to do fewer trips. The Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the new EX8 is 7 800 kg versus 7 500 kg of Hyundai’s main competitors, which also means you can carry more with the EX8 Mighty. Various load carrying options according to customers’ demands are available, including a tipper conversion, closed bodies for secure transport of goods, and the very practical dropside body that ensures easy loading and off-loading of goods. The D4DD 3 907cc engine, which conforms to Euro 3 emission standards, has a common-rail diesel injection system that delivers greater efficiency, reliability and more power. It delivers maximum power of 103 kW at 2 800 rpm. Peak torque is 373 Nm, which is produced at a relatively low 1 600 rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual synchromesh gearbox.
Hyundai has increased the service intervals for the EX8 Mighty from 10 000 km to 20 000 km, which reduces the service cost of the truck and results in less downtime for the operator. “The durability and reliability of our drivetrains has also enabled us to launch the EX8 with an industry-leading factory warranty of four years, with unlimited mileage in this period. We also offer a three-year/200 000 km roadside assistance plan as part of the standard package,” says Griffin.
“Hyundai Automotive SA is also notified daily via a roadside breakdown report of any commercial vehicle towed in, which allows us to act swiftly to ensure that the dealer is giving our customer the utmost attention and with the necessary urgency to get the vehicle back on the road,” says Griffin.
“Our focus is on our customers and their business. We want our transport solution consultants to give you, the business owner, the correct solution and ensure that you have the right tool to do the job,” says Griffin. We believe that we have the right truck to partner with your business, and having reduced the cost of ownership results in better bottom line profits for your business.”
Prices start from R379 500 (excl. VAT).