The Hyundai H-1 is a light commercial vehicle with bodywork panel van for the transport of goods or people carrier arranged for the transport of persons. Produced by the Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company since 1997, in 2007 was presented the second generation. On the Asian market is sold as Hyundai Starex while the second set is sold in some European markets as the Hyundai i800.
The first generation of H-1 is presented in Korea in 1997 and imported to Europe only since 1998. It is a commercial not very large (total length was 4.70 meters) characterized by a line at the time modern; a rounded front bumper fascia with large and small lights placed at the ends of the snout and separated by a grille which incorporates the brand of the house. The tail has a split tailgate or double doors the classic openable bonnet from the bottom upwards, and a two-color lights oval: the lower zone adopts a red background while the upper zone of the lantern adopts a white background. The frame H-1 exploited front suspension independent MacPherson strut while the rear wheels connected by a torsion beam and longitudinal leaf springs. The rear side doors opening possessed manually sliding. The tank had a capacity of 65 liters and the braking system was composed of front discs and rear drums.
In Italy it was sold with the body panel van that has a 3,500-liter boot and approval in 2 places, the van version combined 4-seater with the second row of glass windows that can be opened and approval truck 4-seater MPV and the version that has 7 seats configured in 3 rows of seats (2-3-2 scheme) with a trunk of a minimum capacity of 250 liters (with 7 seats) to go to 3,500 liters with the second and third row of seats removed. The H-1 minivan was sold in two versions: SVX Comfort and HSV Max Among the standard equipment was included ABS, electric windows, front airbags (later ones were also introduced on the side), height adjustable driver’s seat, manual air conditioning, power steering and electrically adjustable door mirrors. Among the accessories were available fog lights, metallic paint or black and the package that included two-tone paint the body in two different shades and profiles plus side (only for H-1 HSV Max). It was later introduced the anti-skid system LSD.
For the Asian market, the H-1 has been proposed version also pick up (2 seats and rear body), extended-cab (over 5.0 meters in length with body van or minivan with 10 or 12 seats, compartments up to 5,300 liters and a longer wheelbase), taxi (both with walk-in long and short), ambulance and also in all-wheel drive crossover (cab & chassis elevated from the ground to deal with the dirt, 4 disc brake system with front ventilated, limited slip differential and 7 seats). Also from the H-1 pick-up was obtained the van Hyundai Libero that exploits the same mechanics and the same group of engines but has the rear cabin of the cubic form and raised to the place of the body.
A mild facelift was introduced in 2000 when it was adopted a new chrome front grille and a new front bonnet where it was adding an air intake specific to increase the flow of air to the engine (powered). A deep restyling instead was carried out in 2004: the completely redesigned front grille featuring a large and a new front headlights. New bumpers that feature a new profile and revised especially in the interior fittings. Among the old 2.5 TD engine was replaced by a new unit with common rail direct injection capable of 140 hp.
In Italy, the vehicle was brought into a single engine turbo-diesel 4-cylinder with 2 valve per cylinder 2.5-liter (2,476cc) capable of a maximum power of 82 horses, boosted to 99 in 2000. Was also available in Asia with a 2.4 8-valve petrol engine capable of 112 hp and front-wheel drive versions of the 110 and 135 hp version of the four-wheel drive (H-1 Crossover). For all engine, the exchange rate was a manual 5 reports, while among the options available was the 4-speed automatic with converter. Since 2007 was introduced in Europe a new common rail diesel engine CRDI 2,597cc capable of 140 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The average consumption was 10.9km/l, while the maximum speed was equal to 180km/h with 241 grams of carbon dioxide emitted per kilometer in mid-cycle.
The second-generation H-1 is presented in Korea in 2007 while the European premiere takes place at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, when it will begin importing the vehicle in Europe. Completely renovated from the rear-drive mechanical platform with many components in common with the Kia Carnival second set, the new H-1 leaves the rounded style of the first generation to adopt a more angular design inspired by the family-feeling introduced by Hyundai Sonica in 2004. features a large front grille also coupled to a large-size headlights and tail lights abandons the circular in a horizontal position to adopt a type of headlight vertically positioned and characterized by an angular shape. The side instead show a hint of wheel making the overall pleasant and modern. Also new is the scheme that uses MacPherson strut suspension at the front and multi-link to retrotreno (Schema Multilink).
The body grows by more than 30 cm compared to the old version with short wheelbase, reaching 5.12 meters in total length with a wheelbase of 3.2 meters. Eight available seats arranged in 3 rows of seats (2-3-3), but Asia is also a version for 12 people with 4 rows of seats in 3 sessions. The new H-1 is produced in three types of bodywork: H-1 Cargo van version 2 or 3 places with side panels and the load compartment of 4308 liters, H-1 Cargo Combined with two rows of seats (front and center seats up to 6 with scheme 3 front seats and 3 rear seats) semi-paneled room with a load of up to 2,500 liters and the H-1 Wagon MPV version, which accommodates up to 8 people and offers a minimum capacity of 851 liters of luggage up to a maximum of 4,308 with the second and third row of seats removed. Versions pick up, crossover and long wheelbase will not revert, while the specimens intended for use as ambulances and taxis are produced on demand. The tank has a capacity of 75 liters and the turning radius is equal to 11.2 meters.
The internal H-1 has a dashboard inspired in design to the Kia Carnival with exchange place on the console and material of poor quality. Also available in color plastic inserts and aluminum steering wheel and gear knob covered in leather. The H-1 Wagon is offered only in the Active version; between the facilities include front and side airbags, electronic stability control and traction, rear parking sensors, remote control for opening doors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, alloy wheels (abroad are offered for a fee) and fog lamps while among the optional two-tone dashboard and leather seats.
In 2012, the institution is subject to the EuroNCAP crash tests totaling the overall rating of three stars; in particular, the institution shall assess safety for adults 55%, children caps at 75%, 34% and investment pedestrian safety devices 43%.
In Italy, is proposed in one motorization turbodiesel CRDI approved Euro 4 from 2.5 liters capable of 170 hp and equipped with variable geometry turbine (VGT) that provides a torque of 392 N but 2,000 rpm. The trigger 0 to 100km/h is recorded in 14.5 seconds with a top speed of 180km/h. The average distance is about 11.8km/l. The transmission is a 5-speed manual while among the options available is the automatic 4-speed transmission. Abroad vehicle is also sold with the same engine throttled to 136 hp ensures that costs slightly less than the more powerful model. In Asia, the H-1 (Starex or come as TQ depending on market) also adopts a 2.4 petrol engine with variable valve timing (D-CVVT), part of the family motoring θ Theta capable of 175 hp.