Hyundai Cars To Ditch Cigarette Lighter Socket

Hyundai Cars To Ditch Cigarette Lighter Socket

Published On October 3, 2013 |

SEOUL – Hyundai Motor said Thursday it would stop putting cigarette lighter sockets in cars made for the domestic market in favour of a USB power point.

The South Korean auto giant said its decision would affect all passenger  cars and SUVs sold at home from this month.

A company spokesman said the automaker was “the first auto company in the  world” to make the change.

He said the company would survey consumers in other countries to see  whether the change should be adopted elsewhere.

Hyundai’s decision followed a domestic survey that showed many drivers used  the lighter jack to charge mobile phones or tablet computers rather than for  lighting cigarettes.

Car lighters themselves are no longer offered as standard in the United  States and Europe, with the socket often treated instead as a general purpose  auxiliary power source.

Hyundai said its in-car ashtrays would remain the same and smokers could  buy a USB-powered cigarette lighter.

Hyundai, together with its smaller affiliate Kia, is the world’s  fifth-largest automaker. It sold 4.4 million cars worldwide in 2012. – AFP