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Hyundai Stellar (1983 - 1991)

Last updated 24 May 2013

 
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Rugged, simple, Cortina-based cars powered by reliable Mitsubishi engines
Nowadays, most people would prefer the British original...

Introduction

The Hyundai Stellar was the second new model line from its maker. It was actually a rebodied Ford Cortina - a car Hyundai had been building under licence since 1968 - but the body and interior were all new. Like the Pony, the styling of the Stellar was by Ital Design, and it was powered by a range of Mitsubishi engines. It was a simple car that continued to strengthen Hyundai's reputation for value and reliability - even if it lacked the dynamic abilities of rival saloons.

In the UK, the Stellar's simple charms were used to good effect. Advertising was piched at disaffected ex-Cortina owners who coudn't face a Sierra - and eventually, a generation of minicab drivers fell for its charms. UK buyers were offered the 1.6-litre engine with five-speed gearbox and from 1986 in overseas markets, a 2.0-litre. In 1987, some minor changes were made, most notably the dropping of the Cortina's double wishbone suspension set-up, to be replaced by a more conventional MacPherson package. Forgotten now, but not without its charms.

 

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