The first national showing of the new Hyundai medium-duty trucks will be March 3-5 at the National Truck Equipment Association “Work Truck Show” in Atlanta.
With initial units being shipped in February by Hyundai Truck America, the Class 4 and Class 6 cab-over diesels are aimed at businesses with smaller fleets, independent owner/operators.
“These trucks are well suited for many vocational applications like pick up & delivery, nursery/landscapers, towing/wrecker services and food services,” said Ed Muldoon, HTA national sales manager. “The high level of standard equipment provides a very comfortable driver and passenger environment, and a comfortable driver is a more efficient driver.”
The Hyundai Class 4 HLD 150 is rated at 14,510 pounds GVW, and Class 6 HMD 230 has a 23,000-lb GVW. The HMD 260 is rated at 26,000 lb GVW. The HLD 150 is powered by the Detroit Diesel 638 engine rated at 160 horsepower and 295 pounds/feet of torque. It is backed up by an Allison AT 542 automatic transmission. The HMD 230/260 are powered by the Cummins ISB 5.9-liter diesel engine, which produces 215 hp and 540 lbs./ft. of torque and have a ZF six-speed manual transmission.
“We forecast our dealers retailing nearly 1,000 units in the first year,” said Muldoon. “We want and expect these numbers to grow slowly and steadily as we expand the dealer organization and the market comes to understand the kind of trucks we are selling. Our trucks are competitive in price to the others in their classes, but with a car-like complement of standard, driver comfort and convenience features.” Every Hyundai truck is covered by a two-year/unlimited-mileage basic chassis warranty. The Detroit Diesel engine/Allison transmission powertrain has a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, while the Cummins engine/ZF-transmission combination is covered for two years/unlimited mileage.
HTA will provide technical training at its headquarters here and at a training facility in Miami, FL. HTA is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Seoul, Korea.