Hyundai has introduced special versions of the i10 and i30, while Chrysler is also aiming to boost Grand Voyager sales.
Hyundai i10 and i30 ES
ES stands for Extra Special, and these two limited edition Hyundais have been loaded with extra kit.
The Hyundai i10 ES is based on the entry-level Classic model with 1.1-litre petrol engine. In addition to the already standard air conditioning, four airbags and front electric windows, the ES edition adds remote locking, driver’s seat height adjustment, extra interior colour and body-coloured finish to the door handles, mirrors and bumper inserts.
One thousand such i10s will be available, priced at £7,195. However, if you are willing and able to take advantage of the , this brings it down to just £5,195. Not bad for a car with a five-year warranty.
The ES is based on the 1.4-petrol Comfort. Additions here include electronic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, and silver trimming on the grille and centre console. This is on top of standard kit such as stability control, six airbags, active head restraints, all-round electric windows and iPod/USB connection.
Five hundred are being made, priced at £11,795. This time the scrappage offer is even better: not only will Hyundai match the government’s £1,000 contribution, it will boost it by a further £1,500. That means you could drive away in an i30 ES for just £8,295. Bargain.
Both models are expected to sell out quickly; Hyundai has already reported an incredible 400% increase in dealer enquiries following the scrappage scheme announcement last month.
Chrysler Grand Voyager celebrates 25 years
It’s 25 years of the Chrysler Grand Voyager this year, and despite dire financial difficulties the firm is determined to celebrate. The result is this special ‘25th Anniversary’ edition of the latest version.
Powered by a 2.8-litre turbodiesel and absolutely rammed with features, just 100 will be made. Leather, dual-screen rear DVD entertainment system, satellite navigation, xenon headlights, LED running lights, chrome grille, special bumpers, paint, badging and even an ‘engraved commemorative keyring’ are all included.
The trouble is it costs a whopping £32,600 – and Chrysler is also yet to confirm its involvement in the .
The Grand Voyager is reputedly the world’s bestselling , despite struggling with a poor safety record. The latest one is said to be better in this regard but is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP. Although it has some clever features – like the ‘Stow ‘n Go’ seating that folds into the floor – interior fit and finish is disappointing.
And be warned: Chrysler has actually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States. It is however currently finalising the details of a restructuring merger with Fiat, so is far from gone for good.
We just can’t help feeling it needs to do better than this…
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