Hyundai H350 bags Best Minibus title at the 2017 CAGI Car of the Year awards

December 7, 2017

During the recently concluded 2017 Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) awards, Hyundai Philippines took home one of the category titles. Case in point, the brand’s H350 was given the Best Minibus award, a remarkable feat considering the vehicle’s relatively fresh local debut over 6 months ago.

The winning prowess of the Hyundai H350 stemmed from its behavior on the road as shared by CAGI President Ronald de los Reyes. In his statement, de los Reyes was quoted as saying, “Despite its size, it still handled like a car.”

What he said held strong bearing as the Hyundai H350 boasts an independent McPherson Strut suspension up front and a rigid leaf-type unit at the rear. Both are made extra effective with the help of gas-type twin tube shock absorbers. With the said contraptions bolted onto the vehicle’s U-type longitudinal side frame chassis, the H350 was able to sweep through CAGI’s test course with ease.

Of course, the H350’s underpinning is just a part of its winning qualities. Another contributing factor is the comfort it offers to its occupants, 14 of them in total. Its leather-wrapped seats feature adjustments headrests and back supports. It also comes with a manual-type air conditioning system with roof vents for the rear passengers.

Under the hood, the vehicle’s diesel-fed 2.5L inline 4-cylinder mill with 170 hp and 421 Nm of torque on tap, and its 6-speed manual transmission are more than enough to take its 4,100 kg body to places.

Aside from the CAGI award, Hyundai Philippines is also proud of the H350’s recent participation as the official ride of the ASEAN 50 Summit delegates, a true testament to its capabilities.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.