September 15, 2021 13:15
Hyundai started taking online pre-orders for its new subcompact SUV Casper, which is priced between W13.85 million and W18.7 million (US$1=W1,170).
The Casper is made by Gwangju Global Motors, a joint venture between Hyundai and the city of Gwangju, and targets first-time buyers.
It "offers advanced safety and convenience functions and is built on a strengthened new chassis, which made the price tag a bit higher than other vehicles in that class," Hyundai admitted.
It comes with seven airbags as well as electronic sensors to prevent frontal collisions, smart cruise control and different driving modes to accommodate road conditions. The front seats can be folded down to create a roomy interior "for camping," according to the automaker. It is available only with gasoline engines.
Casper is being sold exclusively online, a first for Korea, to save even further costs on dealerships.
President Moon Jae-in ordered a Casper online on Tuesday. Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee said the car is "for his personal use even after his term ends."
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