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Hyundai on Santa Fe diesel trail

Hyundai will in early 2001 offer diesel engines across its range for the first time, starting with the new Elantra.

The option will be extended to more models including the new Santa Fe off-roader, on show at Birmingham and due for launch in May.

A spokeswoman said diesel engines would allow Hyundai to compete in new markets. The company could also be more effective in sectors where diesel took a high proportion of sales, such as with the Trajet MPV.

The common-rail engines were developed in-house. First into the market will be the mainstay, 109bhp 2-litre TDi. It will go into Elantra, Trajet, and Santa Fe.

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