The H100 Bakkie is one of the most popular vehicles in Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s local range, and the Tipper version of this workhorse has made the work of many a small or medium enterprise business operator easier.

Previously the Hyundai H100 Tipper was available in restricted numbers, due to the outsourcing of its conversion, but the good news is that the Commercial Vehicles Division of Hyundai Automotive SA now assembles and converts the Tipper at their plant in Apex, Benoni.

“We recognised the demand for this versatile H100 derivative, and realised that we could create a tipper conversion from the standard drop-side deck in the advanced workshop at our SKD assembly plant in Benoni,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive SA.

“The H100 Tipper is very popular, because it is a basic bakkie, with a standard direct injection diesel engine that is very reliable, produces good fuel economy and has a low running cost. That means very little down-time for business operators, and i]t has a true payload of more than one ton.

“The added convenience of the tipper deck makes it a winner, and due to the local assembly and in-house conversion, it is possible to meet the demand better than before,” says Anderson.

The H100 Tipper’s electrohydraulic lift system is controlled with a switch unit that is connected in the cabin of the Bakkie. Hyundai Automotive SA produces the Tipper on order, although a few of them are kept in stock at the Apex assembly plant.

One of the biggest benefits of the H100 Tipper for small and medium business enterprises, especially for builders who have to transport and deliver material, is that the truck is smaller than other vehicles of this nature. The smaller size means that it is often allowed in housing estates or business parks where bigger tipper trucks are prohibited.

One can also operate the H100 with a code 8 driver’s license, while a code 10 license is needed for many similar vehicles of Hyundai’s competitors.

The H100 Tipper uses a 2,6-litre single overhead camshaft diesel engine that delivers

58 kW at 3 800 rpm to the rear wheels, with maximum torque of 167 Nm at 2 200 rpm. It has a 65 litre fuel tank, and fuel consumption was measured at 10,2 litres per 100 km.

The semi-elliptic laminated leaf spring rear suspension enables to handle a heavy load with great stability.

“Business operators will also be happy to know that the H100 range benefit from Hyundai’s ground-breaking warranty of 7 years or 200 000 km, which we introduced in February this year,” says Anderson.

The H100 Tipper without an air-conditioner sells at R282 900, while the derivative fitted with an air-conditioner is priced at R297 900.