Hyundai Atos debuted in 1997 on the market of South Korea, a year later began to be sold in Europe.
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The luggage compartment volume is 263 liters, if you fold the back seat, the usable area increases to 1084 liters. The trunk is opened either from the inside by the lever on the driver's seat, or from the outside with the key. The cabin provides for the presence of small additional tanks for different luggage. On the driver's door is a pocket, on the left and right of the steering column there are small depressions where a pack of cigarettes or a wallet can easily fit. Instead of the classic glove compartment, there is an open shelf in front of the front passenger, but under the seat is a pull-out drawer, in which you can hide audio tapes or other trifles.
Hyundai Atos equipped with a 4-cylinder, 12-valve engine with distributed injection 55 hp and a volume of 1 liter.
The standard equipment includes an inflatable airbag for the driver and front belts with pretensioners, electric front doors and a simple radio tape recorder.
In the autumn of 1999, the model was updated and it became known as Hyundai Prime. The body of the updated model was slightly lower (1580 mm), and its rear part is not vertical, as on the Atos, but inclined. In short, after the update, the body has become increasingly fit under the definition of a five-door hatchback.
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Not differing "purebred" entourage, Atos is not without comfort and functionality. In the cabin, thanks to the gondola layout, there is no less space than representatives of the golf class. The ergonomics of the driver's workplace and the quality of the materials used look quite decent. Hyundai experts have significantly improved sound insulation, eliminating the Atos from a whole range of extraneous sounds. A choice of two levels of equipment GL and GLS.
Hyundai Atos Prime attracts not only low price and low-cost maintenance, but also the availability of a range of versions with automatic and even semi-automatic gearboxes. And for the most lazy, a three-step “automatic” is offered. Small dimensions are a plus in traffic or in the parking lot. Hyundai Atos Prime is a comfortable car for the city.
In 2003, at the auto show in Frankfurt, the presentation of the 2004 Hyundai Atos model year was held. The new car is different from its predecessors in the modernized design of the front end, where new headlights, a new grille and a new bumper appeared. Smooth body lines gave way to sharper edges. In addition, the novelty has received a slightly upgraded interior, where new trim materials have appeared, and will be equipped with a 1.1-liter engine with 59 horsepower, which can be combined with both manual and automatic transmissions. The power unit is able to provide an acceptable level of dynamics, and also boasts high efficiency.
As expected, the updated Hyundai Atos will be available in two main versions - ActiveVision and DymanicVision, differing in the level of trim and a list of basic equipment.
Production of a new generation of Hyundai Atos will be arranged at the Indian enterprise Hyundai Motor in Madras.