Hyundai Porter translated from English means the word porter or loader. This car is a light commercial truck that can carry cargo up to 9.5 tons. It is intended primarily for the delivery of cargo in the dense urban traffic of the metropolis. "Hyundai Porter" (body dimensions are indicated in the article) is not only economical, roomy and comfortable inside. It is easy to control thanks to its small size and well-thought-out ergonomics. While driving this vehicle, it feels like you are in a car.
The cab in the car is triple. It is located above the power unit of the transport. The motor and gearbox are mounted on a rigid steel profile frame. The body of the truck, originally from South Korea, has a minimum width and a short base, which does not prevent it from accommodating a large amount of cargo in the rear compartment.
The Porter car also has a more capacious modification with a carrying capacity of up to 12.5 tons. To carry such an impressive load, the designers equipped the car with a dual tire. Rearthe wheels on the car still have a small diameter. This is done to reduce the cost of the vehicle.
History of the creation of the car
"Hyundai-Porter" began to produce since the beginning of 1977. Nearly a decade later, Korean engineers began producing a second-generation truck of this brand with an improved body, an economical powertrain and a reliable suspension.
In 1996, the next, already the third generation of the compact truck was released. They are still produced in Russia. Despite the moral obsolescence of the car, it is in good demand in our country, especially small business representatives fell in love with it. It is very difficult to find a cheaper and more reliable lifting truck in our country.
Modernization of the Porter car
In 2005, South Korea launched the production of another modernized version of Porter. It is known to drivers under the brand name Porter II. The novelty received a more modern instrument panel, a rather nice new cabin. Also, 3 types of D4CB diesel engines were developed for the truck:
- Equipped with a turbine, thanks to which it is able to generate 123 horsepower. Emissions into the atmosphere of harmful substances from the exhaust pipe complies with Euro-3 according to the international classification.
- 126 horsepower, Euro 4 compliant.
- Developing up to 133 horsepower. It is the most environmentally friendly of allpresented line of power units, and complies with the Euro-5 standard.
The truck is still fitted with small twin wheels, 12 inches in the back and 15 inches in the front.
Assembling a car in Russia
Starting from 2005, "Porters" of the third generation began to be assembled in our country at the TagAZ plant. In mid-March 2010, the demand for this type of car fell so much that the domestic plant had to suspend production, but in the summer of next year the conveyor started working again. Workers are once again assembling a Hyundai-Porter truck with an impressive body size.
The Russians saw the fourth generation of the Korean medium-duty truck on the roads of their country only in 2012, because it was then that they began to be actively sold in Russia. This slowdown is explained by the fact that the previous model enjoyed a fairly stable demand in the automotive market. The new model could significantly increase the cost of production, as a result of which the end consumer will suffer, as well as the demand for a truck with Korean roots will inevitably decrease.
It's no secret that the car of the South Korean brand is wildly popular in Russia due to its reliability, cheapness and comfort. Since 2005, an incredible number of copies of thisvehicle. That is why the management of the Hyundai plant was awarded the prize in the nomination "Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia" for the development of the Porter, whose body dimensions surprise with its spaciousness.
The loading platform of the first generation Porter was completely copied by engineers from a Mitsubishi car (models L300, Truck and Delica). That is why, until 1996, Porters were produced under license from a Japanese company.
New products were produced with a wide variety of modifications:
- With an open side platform.
- With a manipulator.
- Equipped with a small lift for small loads (capacity up to 5 tons).
- Factory van for the transportation of manufactured goods.
- Body with refrigerators for transportation and sale of ice cream.
- With a cargo compartment for bread delivery.
- With a box for transporting special tools. Such cars were used mainly for emergency services.
- With one and two cab design. TagaZ assembles cars with only one narrow, but quite roomy cabin, designed for three people.
Also, Korean trucks with an increased body size and an awning left the assembly line.
"Hyundai Porter", in addition to the above modifications, was produced with many other equipment options. This widespread use of compact cars is typical of South Korea.
Interior and additional options
In addition to the impressive size of the body with an awning, Porter boasts a very comfortable interior. The owners of this car notice that inside the upholstery of the car is made of very soft plastic. It also has very convenient controls. By purchasing a Hyundai Porter in the maximum configuration, the buyer can count on air conditioning and power windows on the doors. Also, the car is equipped with a good branded radio.
All cab seats are equipped with seat belts. The seats are not very large, so only two people can comfortably sit in the car. It is worth noting that despite the small space in the Porter's cabin, passengers and the driver in it easily endure many hours of travel.
The driver's seat can be adjusted horizontally, and the backrest is also adjustable in tilt angle. In expensive versions of the car, the seat has lumbar support.
The basic equipment of the Korean truck includes power steering. The steering wheel on the car is three-spoke, which for the convenience of the driver can be adjusted in height, thereby providing a free view of the instrument panel.
The dials on the tachometer and speedometer are of high quality and easy to read. All of them are mechanical, the on-board computer and liquid crystal displays are absent even in the most expensive versions of Porter cars.
In order for the mechanic to get to the engine, it is necessary to lift the passenger seat up and then fix it with a special stop.
The vehicle's ignition lock is equipped with a bright illumination thatmakes life much easier for drivers who come to work late at night or early in the morning.
The assembly quality of the cabin, like all Hyundai cars, is made at a high level. Even with intensive use of the car, plastic panels do not squeak.
All Hyundai Porter cars assembled at the plant in Taganrog are equipped with D4BF diesel turbocharged in-line engines with four cylinders and eight valves. The arrangement of the cylinders is longitudinal. The motor is equipped with an electronic injection pump. Emissions into the atmosphere of harmful substances from spent fuel comply with the Euro 3 standard.
The Porter's diesel engine with a body size of up to a ton is almost 2.5 liters, the compression ratio is 21, and the maximum power output is 80 horsepower.
The engine torque is 24 kg per meter, while the crankshaft moves at a speed of 3800 rpm. These characteristics guarantee excellent traction.
The Korean-assembled Porter is also equipped with an injection pump, which is capable of producing up to 110 horsepower.
D4BF engines are a modification of the 4D56 power unit, created by Mitsubishi engineers.
Brakes, steering and suspension
Front suspension, on a car "Hyundai-Porter 1" with an impressive body size, fully independent torsion bar. It consists of wishbones, telescopicshock absorbers, anti-roll bars. The rear suspension is dependent, consists of springs and hydraulic shock absorbers.
The brake system on the truck is hydraulic with a diagonal division into two circuits. For more efficient braking, they are equipped with a vacuum booster.
Front disc brakes, rear drums. In more expensive versions, cars are equipped with ABS.
The steering mechanism on a Hyundai Porter car (body dimensions with an awning can be found in this article) is of the rack-and-pinion type. For ease of control, the steering wheel drive is equipped with a hydraulic booster.
The medium-duty Korean Hyundai Porter has a low body, which greatly facilitates the loading and unloading of various goods carried on this vehicle.
At the automobile plant in Taganrog, Korean cars are equipped with a body in two variations:
- With a metal low board, covered with an awning. Maximum load capacity 980 kg. Such a characteristic as the body size of the Hyundai Porter with an awning is as follows: the length is 2.785 meters, the width is 1.6 meters, the height is 0.355 mm.
- Fully enclosed metal van. Maximum load capacity 820 kg. The body size of the "Porter" of this modification is as follows: length is 2,873 meters, width - 1,641 meters, height - 1,764 mm.
The wheel formula of the truck is 4x2. The gross weight of a fully loaded vehicle is 2880 kg. front axlecan be loaded by 400 kg, rear by 1250 kg. The total volume of the platform is 1.5 cubic meters.
Dignity of Porter
The advantages of a medium-duty truck include high reliability, compactness and ease of control.
The driver's seat is located above the front axle, in addition, it is located much higher than on passenger vehicles. Thanks to these characteristics, excellent visibility is provided from the Porter's cab. A-pillars almost do not block the view.
The minimum ground clearance is 150 mm, which allows you to move in the winter through snowdrifts, without fear for the integrity of the bumper and body elements.
The fuel consumption of a medium-duty truck is small, and amounts to 10.2 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers.
Hyundai-Porter's rather impressive body size also belongs to the advantages of this car. It is because of this that he was so loved in Russia.
Disadvantages of Porter
Despite the impressive size of the Porter's body and other advantages, this truck has many disadvantages. These include the low ceiling of the cab, which greatly impairs visibility, especially for drivers taller than 185 cm. There is little room on the left for the hand of the person driving the car.
Battery is not covered with protection, which eventually leads to contamination. This leads to oxidation of the contacts.
In case of accidents due to the large size of the body "Hyundai-Porter 2" often falls on its side, which leads to injury to the driver and passengers. Such an unpleasant situation occurs due to a too high center of gravity.