Auction Starts Now For Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, Proudly Made In Singapore

Auction Starts Now For Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, Proudly Made In Singapore

Gerald Yuen
Gerald Yuen
13 Jan 2023

The possibility of buying a car made from ground up in Singapore sounds like a far fetched dream in 2023. Granted, we knew that Hyundai was on to something big when it announced the creation of Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre located off Jurong West at the tail end of 2020. But to physically witness a project come to fruition, let alone a car built from scratch on our island nation, is still a sight to behold.

Fresh off the oven at Singapore Motorshow 2023, Hyundai has revealed an Ioniq 5 specced for the local market. 100 units of ‘Ioniq 5 First 100’ will feature ‘First 100’ badges and debossed seats (accompanied by Merlion motifs), alongside commemorative ‘EVS’ plates numbered 1 to 100. All 100 examples will come in a shade that draws resemblance to steampunk, retro-futuristic machinery Hyundai aptly labeled as Gravity Gold Matte.

All Ioniq 5 First 100s will be offered in the highest trim level - AWD Long Range ‘Inspiration’. That means 77kWh of juice, 454km of range (WLTP) and a 0 to 100km/h sprint in 5.1 seconds. 20-inch rims and a massive sunroof are standard fitments. It falls under Category B COE and will set you back S$249,800 (with COE, excluding number plate bidding).

Speaking of registration plates, all 100 special numbers will be available for bidding and full proceeds from the charity auction will be donated to the President’s Challenge. The auction has started and will last for 8 days until Thursday, 19 January.

We reckon that for most, the number plate bidding process is almost as exciting as the car itself. Eyeing a number that’s close to your heart? Take note of each bidding window’s closing time on the final day, stretching from 10am SGT to 6pm SGT.

If you’re not in a hurry, Hyundai will offer two other trims once this wave of cars (and accompanying number plates) have been spoken for. 2WD Standard Range ‘Exclusive Trim Model’ (COE Category A) and 2WD Long Range ‘Prestige Trim Model’ (COE Category B) should be priced lower than the top-spec AWD Long Range option, and it’ll be interesting to see how they will fare alongside its Kia EV6 sister car launched late last year.

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