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St. Petersburg plant Hyundai on February 15th began the mass production of a new generation of Solaris sedan, which will soon appear in dealer centers of the brand. The Russian market is a priority for the company, but later this month some of cars will be also exported to neighboring countries, according to "Hyundai Motor CIS" press service.
The launch of the new model was preceded by a long period of preparation for the production line and vehicle adaptation to Russian conditions. Last year, in the plant "Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus" it has undergone substantial modernization of production facilities, installed and set up new hardware. For example, 50 new robots were launched additionally in the welding shop. Currently, the total number of industrial enterprises of robots exceeds 230 units, making it one of the most modern and efficient plants in the country. Test production of the new Hyundai Solaris started in the Russian plant in August of 2016. For six months the plant debugged the whole chain of car production, from metal roll to the most minor assembly operations, including the work of suppliers.
The range of power units of the new Solaris includes two new economical and efficient engines Kappa and Gamma 1.4-liter and 1.6 liters and with power 100 and 123 hp, respectively. Both engines are equipped with only 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The new Stability, pressure monitoring sensors in the tires and the system ERA-GLONASS emergency alert answer for the safety of the driver and passengers while driving. Also, the new Solaris can be fitted with six airbags.
Dimensions of the new Solaris are longer than its predecessor: the length of the car is 4405 mm, which is 30 mm superior to the previous generation model, by about the same amount it increased width (1729 mm to 1700 mm) and wheelbase (2600 mm versus 2570 mm).
Exterior of car is distinguished by an updated radiator closure and LED running lights. Solaris saloon is made in a completely new design. Convenient infotainment system that supports the work of Apple CarPlay systems and Android Auto, supplemented by the AUX and USB ports, a large 7-inch touch screen makes it easy to access to the navigation data and multimedia. Winter package of options of new Solaris includes heating, not only the front but the rear seats, and heated windshield.
For Russian buyers of new Solaris there will be available four trim levels Active, Active Plus, Comfort and Elegance. During six years, sales of the first generation of Solaris took the leading position in the Russian market. Totally for the period it was sold more than 640 thousand vehicles. In 2016, Solaris has become the absolute best seller in the Russian market with a score of 90380 units.