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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Hyundai iMax people mover and 2011 Hyundai iLoad light commercial van have been upgraded in Australia with new safety equipment and added technology features.

The most significant update is the addition of electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control as standard for the iMax.

Both the iMax and the iLoad have a four-star ANCAP safety rating and include ABS, EBD, two front airbags and three-point seatbelts in all seating positions.

Inside, both vans are now equipped with Bluetooth for mobile phone connectivity and audio streaming, as well as a USB port that allows full iPod integration with the use of the original cables.

The iMax model also includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

The price of the entry-level iMax 2.4-litre petrol automatic has gone up $300, while all other prices are unchanged.

Sales of the iMax have decreased 36 percent this year, double the decline of its people mover segment. Its share of the market has dipped from 22 percent to 17 percent.

The iLoad has risen to top spot of the light commercial van segment, overtaking the Toyota HiAce with a 32 percent market share. Despite grabbing the lead, iLoad sales have also fallen 16 percent, although the entire van segment is 18 percent down on 2010.

2011 Hyundai iMax and iLoad manufacturer’s list prices:

iMax

  • 2.4-litre petrol automatic – $37,290
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual – $39,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel automatic – $42,490

iLoad

  • 2.4-litre petrol manual – $29,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual – $34,490
  • 2.5-litre diesel automatic – $36,990

iLoad Crew

  • 2.4-litre petrol manual – $31,990
  • 2.5-litre diesel manual – $36,490
  • 2.5-litre diesel automatic – $38,990



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