Diesel power units are inherently more efficient than petrol engines. They produce more power and torque, use less fuel, and generate fewer emissions. Diesel engines also have fewer parts and generally live longer than their petrol counterparts. And while that’s all very worthy, modern diesel vehicles are also fun to drive.
In many ways, then, diesel is a better choice for the environment. And at Hyundai, we’ve taken those basic advantages and honed them further. At the same time, we’ve worked to make our diesel engines more advanced in other ways - in terms of refinement, responsiveness, serviceability and so on.
What it adds up to is a range of some of the most advanced diesel power units on the planet. We’ve proudly featured this kind of advanced diesel technology across our entire range since 2006 - the first major manufacturer in New Zealand to do so.
Little wonder Hyundai has led the diesel passenger vehicle market here ever since. Even in tough economic times, we’ve increased sales volume and market share. It shows that our commitment to advanced diesel technology has paid off: for us, for our customers and for the environment.
Diesel engine technology has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Slow, clattery and emitting plumes of black smoke? Old, used and poorly tuned imports might be like that but today’s diesel vehicles are the exact opposite. Diesel sports cars have won the Le Mans 24 hours and advanced diesel engines bristle with high-end technology.
Take our R series engines for example. They use clean-burn technology to lower CO2 emissions and comply not only with the stringent Euro4 emissions testing regime, they already meet the Euro5 regime. They are the industry standard, winning awards and powering some of the greenest vehicles available in the country.
At Hyundai we have made massive investments in the development of diesel engines. The results are power-units that are lighter, easier to maintain and more environmentally friendly without compromising power or performance.
From our position at the forefront of diesel technology, we have a better idea than most of what’s coming down the diesel ‘pipeline’. Greater fuel-efficiency and lower emissions are a given, as work continues on clean-diesel exhaust filters and Euro5 compliance. And beyond that? Watch this space...