Winnipeg Free Press

Versatile, sporty-looking new Kona a leader in its class

by Myron Love  . Mar 16 2018
Hyundai Canada The new Kona, available now and generating excitement at Manitoba dealerships, comes with two engines and four trims to choose from.

Hyundai Canada

The new Kona, available now and generating excitement at Manitoba dealerships, comes with two engines and four trims to choose from.

Hyundai dealers are excited about the new Kona, which debuted in Manitoba in mid-February.

“We have never had a model of this size before,” Winnipeg Hyundai sales rep Jhenix Ilagan said.

Focus Hyundai’s Jesse Pelletier added the all-new Kona is the leader in its class.

“I love the versatility and all-wheel drive,” he said

Ilagan also commented on the model’s fluid design and sporty-looking front end.

“It’s almost the same size as a car, even though it is an SUV,” he said. “It handles really well on the road.”

The Kona is available in a choice of two engines — a base two-litre in-line four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, or an optional 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 175 hp and 195 lb.-ft.

There are also four trims to choose from. The base Kona SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, full LED headlights, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry, a seven-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. SEL trim adds heated side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless start and a leather shift knob. With the Limited, you also get a power-operated driver’s seat, a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights, as well as the 1.6L turbo-four engine. The top-of-the-line Ultimate trim ups the ante with rain-sensing wipers, heads-up display, wireless charging pad, an eight-inch touchscreen, Infinity premium audio system and navigation.

“We have three models on our lot ready for test-driving,” Ilagan said, “and many more on order.”

He reported the starting price for the Hyundai Kona is $22,900 (including freight and PDI).


Winnipeg Hyundai renovating dealership

Winnipeg Hyundai began an extensive renovation in mid-February. When completed, the dealership will feature Hyundai’s Global Image look. The Hyundai store on Portage Avenue is getting an overall refresh as well as an expansion, which will create separate customer lounges in the sales and service areas and a Q4 Quick Lube program.

“When we are finished (in about seven months time), our building will be gorgeous,” general manager Ralph Wasserberg said. “Every area where we interact with customers will be new.”

Wasserberg reported that the new Hyundai look is sticking with its former blue and white exterior, but with a new, bronze signature entrance leading to a vestibule and new reception desk in front of you as you enter.

There will also be customer parking all along the front of the building.


Top Hyundai sales reps

Jesse Pelletier at Focus Hyundai and Tony Dang at Murray Hyundai are Manitoba’s “Top Guns” among Hyundai Canada sales reps.

The semi-annual awards recognize leaders in vehicle sales, customer service, training and product knowledge. Pelletier said only two Top Guns are chosen per province.

For Dang, this was the sixth time he has achieved Top Gun status. He reports he sold about 160 vehicles in 2017. Pelletier joined the Focus Hyundai team in October, 2016. According to Pelletier, he sold 146 vehicles this past year.


Adesa Winnipeg contributes to MMDA

On Feb. 22, Adesa Winnipeg presented a cheque for $24,500 to the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA). The funds go toward supporting several MMDA initiatives including recruitment and training programs, the Sales Certification Program, government relations and scholarships for those currently in or pursuing automotive related post-secondary programs.