Hyundai announced today it has began production of its all-new Solaris sub-compact sedan at its brand-new manufacturing plant in Russia. First unveiled as a Solaris concept car at the 2010 Moscow auto show, the all-new Solaris boasts Hyundai's eye-catching "fluidic sculpture" design and up-to-date safety features.
The vehicle is propelled by the automaker's upgraded 1.4L and 1.6L Gamma engines and features several adaptations to suit the Russia's weather conditions and roads. For example, the all-new Hyundai Solaris rides 160mm above the ground and features a larger-than-average four-liter washer fluid reservoir with fluid-level sensor to warn drivers when a refill is required.
In addition, the model is equipped with a robust 60Ah battery for improved cold-start performance and a heater duct for rear-seat passengers.
The all-new Hyundai Solaris sub-compact sedan, which is also known as the Hyundai Accent in the States, is built at Hyundai's Russian assembly plant, which currently employs around 1.300 workers. The plant is equipped with the latest assembly technology, which provides a high level of automation in the car production process.
While this year, Hyundai aims to produce 105.000 units of new Solaris in Russia, the plant is capable of producing 150.000 units per year. Currently, the Solaris is only available as a four-door sedan, but soon, it'll be joined by a five-door hatchback. Once the five-door Solaris hits production, Hyundai will increase the number of produced vehicles to 150.000 units per year.
Gui-Il Chun, General Director of HMMR, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, told to the press: "This is a historic moment, not only for Hyundai, but for Russia as well, as we are the first foreign automaker to operate a full-cycle manufacturing plant here.