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Car reviews - Hyundai - Trajet - GL 5-dr people-mover

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Hyundai logo22 Feb 2001

By TERRY MARTIN

The Trajet was conceived in Hyundai's European Design Studio in Main-Kastel, near Frankfurt in Germany The Trajet was developed in 30 months for a total investment of $A500 millionMost people-mover drivers are women Two glove boxes are provided on the passenger's side The Trajet's all-aluminium "Delta" V6 is an in-house Hyundai design The engine uses twin camshafts per cylinder bank, with four valves per cylinder The V6 has a larger bore than the 2.5-litre version used in the Sonata to bring capacity up to 2.7 litres Hyundai says fuel economy and torque are improved via optimised inlet ports and lower-inertia pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft 132kW is produced at 6000rpm, with 247Nm of torque developed at 4000rpm. More than 200Nm is available by 2000rpm The compact 36mm cylinder bank offset and 98mm bore pitch help make the V6 unusually compact The V6 does not need to resort to balance shafts, according to Hyundai. The company claims the six-counterweight crankshaft, plus precision manufacturing, give the engine near to perfect balance The air-conditioning compressor and alternator are mounted directly to the engine block to save under-bonnet space The Trajet uses independent MacPherson strut suspension at the front and independent coil-spring suspension with trailing links at the rear. The rear suspension's compact design minimises intrusion into rear floor space Front seatbelts in the Trajet are fitted with pretensioners and load-limiters to maximise belt effectiveness while minimising the chances of belt-inflicted injury The front and centre row bucket seats are mounted inboard to help provide protection from side impacts All side doors are fitted with high-tensile steel anti-intrusion bars All seats have anti-submarining plates under the cushions to prevent passengers sliding under the lap section of the belt in an accident Hyundai claims the Trajet has one of the tightest turning circles in its class at 11.3 metres The Trajet's front end is distinguished by projector style headlights located behind a single, clear lens Sound-insulating measures include the use of a sandwich of polyester fibre, thermoformed polyurethane foam and cloth in headlining, floor, cowl and hood.

Under the rear floor, a special polyfelt material is used to further mute noise coming up from under the vehicle The front wiper arm uses a special cam-action design to sweep the large glass area on the front passenger's side effectively

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Trajet is aimed at all major world car markets except North America

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