One of the most common sights here in the Philippines is the Grand Starex, Hyundai PH’s entry in to the van segment of the automotive industry. A tough and durable machine, capable of seating 10 or 12 people at max, the Grand Starex’ proven reliability has catapulted Hyundai Philippines’ sales on a high altitude.
Joining the ranks of the popular Toyota Hi-Ace and the Nissan Urvan, the Grand Starex’ edge lies on its user-friendliness and simplistic approaches to design, yet still showing the Korean automaker’s cool and active personality. High resale value also is its trump card, with many regarding it as a “bang for the buck” investment. Powered by a 2.5L VGT CRDi diesel engine, connected to a 5-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode to cater the driving purists among us. Roomier, family-oriented, and tough.
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, recently added a 15-seater variant of the Starex called Super Express. The new commercial version of the van is the Korean brand’s response to the growing needs of those in the commuting business.
With its redesigned style and functionality, the 2nd generation Hyundai Grand Starex proved that it’s still one of the sought after vehicles in the local market. However, what’s inside this Korean van that makes it popular to car buyers?