It’s a Dingles double with new Hyundai i10 and showroom

New Hyundai i10 is the star of an open event at Dingles in Norwich and Lowestoft from Thursday to Su

New Hyundai i10 is the star of an open event at Dingles in Norwich and Lowestoft from Thursday to Sunday. - Credit: Hyundai

Dingles Hyundai is having a double celebration next week when it launches the all-new i10 city car and also gives visitors the first opportunity to see its new Norwich showroom.

Dingles will be holding an open event at its Hyundai sites in Delft Way, near Norwich airport, and Riverside Road, Lowestoft, from Thursday to Sunday, January 26.

Visitors will be able to see the second-generation i10 in the showroom and also book a test-drive.

The former Subaru showroom at the Norwich site has been moved to Dingles Hyundai's site at Lowestoft and the new purpose-built Norwich showroom will be finished early next week ready for the i10 launch.

Visitors also have the chance to win a new i10 for a year and help charity at the same time by entering a draw at £2 a go in aid of the East Anglia Air Ambulance which operates from Norwich airport.

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And the evening of Monday, February 3 will be the official opening of Dingles Hyundai's Norwich showroom with the honours being done by Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, Norwich City defender Michael Turner and John Dingle, managing director of Dingles. Dingles is the car supplier to Norwich City Football Club.

Even before the new i10 goes on sale it has won What Car? best city car, Top Gear Magazine's bargain of the year and CarBuyer's car of the year and best city car.

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Hyundai says the city car offers B-segment supermini value in an A-segment city car package with its bigger body and featuring standard and optional equipment typically found on more upmarket cars.

Looking to build on the success of the original i10, which has more than 110,000 UK sales since launch in 2008, the i10 has 66hp three-cylinder 1.0-litre and 87hp four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines.

Low running costs are boosted by insurance groups of one and four and up to 65mpg combined for the 1.0 Blue Drive eco model.

A stronger body, featuring much more high-tensile steel, along with new sound-deadening measures cut noise, vibration and harshness so it drives better and is one of the quietest cars in its class – again raising perceived quality.

The bigger body – 80mm longer, 65mm wider but 50mm lower than its predecessor – adds up to class-leading legroom, with the ability to carry four large adults, and a 252-litre boot which also leads the class.

S trim starts at £8,345 and gets the 1.0-litre engine, central locking, electric front windows, CD tuner and USB, daytime running lights while the S Air from £8,995 adds air-conditioning.

Mid-spec SE, from £9.295, adds remote locking, electric rear windows and heated door mirrors, upgraded body trim and you can raise and lower the driver's seat.

Range-topping Premium, from £9,995, really raises the city car bar for equipment and includes alloy wheels, Bluetooth with voice recognition, steering wheel controls, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, a more upmarket feel inside and out and emergency stop signal.

Dingles has invited customers to the showroom opening but if you would like to attend email marketing manager Rosalie O'Dea at

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