Hyundai given ‘blue light’ to join emergency services

Hyundai has been given the go-ahead to supply vehicles to Britain’s emergency services as part of an ongoing partnership with the Crown Commercial Service.

The Korean manufacturer has been given a place on the CCS’s Vehicle Purchase Framework following a previous four-year tenure with the agency.

Under new arrangements, Hyundai will continue to be able to supply vehicles to the so-called blue light market, plus a range of other public bodies including local authorities and charities.

Demanding customers

Martin Wilson, Hyundai UK’s fleet director, said: “The emergency services are discerning and demanding customers, and rightly so, when lives may depend on vehicle reliability and flexibility.

“With these high-profile customers using our vehicles, it acts as a powerful recommendation to potential buyers.”

Hyundai’s relationship with police forces began in 2010, with a total of 41 cars given to law enforcement, which rose to more than 350 models within a year.

In total, the manufacturer has now supplied around 2,250 to blue light customers in the past four years, with the number expected to rise with the renewal of the agreement.

English and Welsh police forces are the biggest recipients of Hyundai’s vehicles, covering a distance of 8,000 square miles and a population of 20 million people with 500 i30 models alone.

In order to prove its worth to emergency services, Hyundai was judged on specific capabilities like the ability to supply spare partsquickly and to provide training in emergency service workshops.

The manufacturer has also invested heavily in programmes for emergency service operators over the past year and a half and also created a purpose-built training academy just off the M40 motorway.

Denis Watling, Hyundai’s public sector assistant manager, said that he was confident that the carmaker’s high-quality line of products would prove popular with officers and buyers alike.

Best City Car award

Earlier this month, the i10 city car was named the Best City Car at this year’s What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the second year running with its list of features that puts many larger cars to shame.

Judges also praised its roomy cabin and its range of frugal but punchy engines, which offer CO2 emissions as low as just 98g/km but without sacrificing driveability.

Jim Holder, What Car? editor, said: “Last year the Hyundai i10 stunned us by stealing the crown from the VW Up.”

“It’s just as nimble to drive and comfortable in town as the VW, but offers even greater practicality, class-leading refinement and loads of kit.”

The i10 is available to buy now, along with the rest of Hyundai’s range, from Perrys new Hyundai dealership in Luton, priced from £8,595.