Hyundai Motor India achieved record sales of 34,725 units in the domestic market in October 2010, which is the highest ever since the company started sales in September 1998. This is also the first time that HMIL in the last four consecutive months has achieved over 50,000 units in sales cumulatively.
HMIL’s total sales for October 2010 stood at 52,225 units as against 51,735 units in the same period the previous year, registering an increase of about 1 percent. Domestic sales accounted for 34,725 units, while the exports dipped by 25.3 percent to 17,500 units in October 2010.
Here’s a look at Hyundai’s cars in India, from the Santro to the Santa Fe. The Tucson, Terracan and Getz have been discontinued, so we leave them out of this list.
The car that started it all for Hyundai in India. A small car with big ambitions, the Santro has come a long way since its debut in 1999 and has added a lot of ‘Xing’ on the way. Taking on market leaders Maruti 800, the Wagon R and Alto, the Santro is one of India‘s most popular ‘B’ segment hatchbacks.
The Santro Xing remains the first choice for many prospective buyers who want an affordable, hassle-free, spacious and comfortable hatchback. The design is nothing to write home about. It is functional, utilitarian and clean. The front is dominated by the now-familiar Hyundai grille and a massive air dam in the bumper.
Inside, the Santro Xing boasts of several design revisions with premium sophisticated new fabric in dual tone beige and brown with premium chrome touches at multiple locations, adding an upmarket feel and enhancing the visual appeal of the interiors. A rear parcel tray has been added to provide convenient storage for utility items. The new sporty front seats are pretty comfortable. The car suits its tagline ‘First Car First Choice’ rather well.
Engine: 1.1 litre petrol
Power: 63 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 98 Nm @ 3,000 rpm
Price range: Rs 275,686 – Rs 396,064 (ex-showroom Delhi)
CNG kit available for Rs. 55,000
It was in 2007 that the ‘i Series’ was launched with the i10 (and Shahrukh Khan) as the new face of Hyundai in India. And immediately the debutant was named the India car of the year 2008. Now the newest avatar of the i10 is all set to reclaim that throne in 2010.
The new face lifted Hyundai i10 looks more aggressive and sporty than its older version. The i10 sports a new look on the outside with a chrome radiator grille, 3D wraparound headlights, chrome-bordered fog lamps, a wider honeycomb grille and newly designed front bumpers.
The cabin of the Hyundai i10 now has steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth in the top-end variant. It also has a USB port and AUX connection for the audio and the instrument console is now a vibrant blue instead of light green. A luxurious two-tone dashboard, silver casing for the audio system, a digital fuel meter and a shift indicator, etc are some other features.
Under the hood, the i10 has two engine choices. The 1.1-litre Intelligent Responsive Drive Engine (iRDE) churns out 66 bhp at 5,500 revs and 99 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm. The new 1.2L 16V DOHC Kappa engine delivers 79 bhp at 5,200 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Hyundai claims the engine is frugal enough to boast of an impressive mileage of 14 kmpl in city and 19.8 kmpl on the highway.
Hyundai i10 basic specifications
Engines: 1.1 litre petrol / 1.2 litre petrol
Power: 66 bhp @ 6,000 rpm / 79 bhp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 99 Nm @ 2,800 rpm / 114 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Price range: Rs 348,804 – Rs 594,464 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The hatchback segment added one more to its swollen kitty with the launch of the powerful Hyundai i20. This premium hot hatch retains the original’s modern European looks. The i20 is a very stylish and classy car with elegant exteriors and interiors.
The new Hyundai i20 also offers a 4 cylinder DOHC Gamma petrol engine that produces a 100 bhp from a 1.4 liter engine – effectively making the i20 a leader in the horsepower stakes, in addition to the 1.2 litre kappa petrol and 1.4 litre diesel.
The i20 is equipped with loads of standard safety features, it has ABS, seat belts with pre-tensioner, dual air-bags for the driver and front passenger and auto-unlocking doors. As for interior features, the i20 has a metal-finished centre fascia, and features cool blue LEDs with eye-soothing illumination. The reach and rake adjustable steering wheel with leather cover and metal finish lends a very classy look as well.
Hyundai i20 basic specifications
Engines: 1.2 litre petrol / 1.4 litre petrol / 1.4 litre diesel
Power: 80 bhp @ 5,200 rpm / 100 bhp @ 5,500 rpm / 90bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 111 Nm @ 4,000 rpm / 136 Nm @ 4,200 rpm / 219 Nm @ 1,750-2,750 rpm
Price range: Rs 453,934 – Rs 752,103 (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Hyundai Accent is a 4-door saloon car that packs punch with a peppy engine, smooth suspension and plush interiors, making the whole driving experience a real pleasure.
The Hyundai Accent’s design is beginning to show its age. However, it still looks elegant with chrome-trimmed front grille, chrome Hyundai badge, integrated bumpers, and rectangular headlights set back from the front fenders. The car comes standard with 13-inch steel wheels, front fog lamps, body-coloured bumpers, power windows, intermittent wipers, waistline mouldings and body-coloured mirrors/door handles.
The Accent’s cabin has a new upscale beige colour scheme. A contoured instrument pod in front of the steering wheel incorporates the speedometer, tachometer, and fuel and coolant temperature gauges. All seats are contoured and finished in good quality upholstery; rear-seat legroom and headroom is adequate. Rear seat splits 60/40 for storage of additional luggage.
Hyundai Accent basic specs
Engine: 1.5 litre petrol
Power: 95 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 124 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
Price range: Rs 499,900 – Rs 536,699 (ex-showroom Delhi)
CNG Kit Available for Rs. 57,500
Hyundai Verna Transform
When the Verna was launched in September 2006 it not only won many awards including the prestigious ‘Car of the Year 2007’ but it also introduced to the segment many class leading premium features such as clutch lock system, dual-height adjustable driver’s seat and maximum power (110PS) for any diesel car in this segment besides offering the only diesel automatic transmission in the segment. The tradition continues in the new Verna Transform with the company bringing in several advanced features that make it distinctive and sporty.
The exteriors of Verna Transform gets a fresh, new look with features like ‘Sharp eye’ headlamps that provide better illumination and also complement the new bumper design. The stylish new front grille gives the Verna Transform a more aggressive look.
The interiors of the Verna Transform have been changed to increase user convenience and driving comfort. With a view to enhance the interior appeal, a unique blue LED illumination has been introduced that gives the cockpit a refined, premium feel. The interiors are complemented by a new instrument cluster with silver surround dials that are neatly arranged.
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol / 1.5 litre diesel
Power: 103.2 bhp @ 5,500 rpm / 110 bhp @ 4,000
Torque: 146 Nm @ 3,000 rpm / 235 Nm @ 1,900-2,750 rpm
Price range: Rs 657,364 – Rs 923,013 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Hyundai Sonata Transform
The new Sonata is nowhere close to its predecessor. The styling looks bold and aggressive. The profile is a nice blend of athleticism and elegance. No wonder it took Hyundai three years to bring it on the production line. The profile is not a head-turner but will garner fair bit of attention because of its length and size.
The engines on offer are a 2.4 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel. These offer enough punch and drive quality and you would expect that with the price tag. One thing Hyundai has really worked on is the suspension setup which is different from its predecessor, enhancing the ride quality and comfort. It maintains good poise at high speeds and braking is impressive. The 175bhp and 150bhp power outputs from the petrol and diesel respectively are lively.
The interiors are plush and spacious. There is a marked increase in the rear legroom and boot space. The car is safe with the features on offer. The previous Sonata was really good looking with clean cuts and angles but this one really scores on performance and ride quality.
Hyundai Sonata Transform basic specifications
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol / 2.0 litre diesel
Power: 175 bhp @ 6,000 rpm / 150 bhp @ 3,850 rpm
Torque: 233 Nm @ 4,000 rpm / 315 Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Price range: Rs 14,63,478 – Rs 17,13,994 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe is a seven seater, luxury SUV and is offered in 2WD and 4WD variants. In India, the Santa Fe is sold as a CBU (completely built unit). The car is manufactured at Hyundai’s plant in South Korea. Related: Hyundai Santa Fe launched
Hyundai Santa Fe has a subtle style with European design cues that cleverly hide its huge size. The Korean maker’s new age signature grille design is worn by the Santa Fe with body-colored horizontal bars. This SUV stands on 18 inch alloy wheels (standard). The projector headlamps are eye-catching. The LED turn indicators are mounted on the outside rear-view mirrors. The Santa Fe comes with roof rails. The side profile of the Hyundai Santa Fe has boat-shaped curves running from the A pillar to the D pillar.
The Santa Fe has a feature-enriched cabin with prominent wood inserts for the dashboard. The grey-beige interiors and uniform panel gaps boast Hyundai’s “world class quality.” The blue LED illuminated central console is driver oriented, revealing all the details at a quick glance. The 6 CD changer MP3 player with USB, AUX in and iPod connectivity along with a 6 speaker system with amplifiers, woofer and tweeters can keep you entertained throughout a journey. The central armrest also gets a cool box. However, it lacks the navigation system that is offered in lower-priced models like the Tata Aria.
Hyundai Santa Fe basic specifications
Engine: 2.2 litre diesel
Power: 1,975 bhp @ 3,800 rpm
Torque: 420 Nm @ 1,800-2,500 rpm
Price range: Rs 20,95,000 – Rs 22,95,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Hyundai Avante (coming soon)
Hyundai is planning to launch the Avante luxury sedan in December 2010. The 2011 Hyundai Avante will replace the Hyundai Elantra in the company’s Indian portfolio. Hence, we estimate the price of the new Avante to be around Rs. 12 lakh.
The Hyundai Avante is likely to have loads of features including high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, LED tail lamps, heated rear seats, puddle lamps, and a color TFT LCD information display on the central console.
We are yet to get any official word from Hyundai as to which engine options will be made available in India, because some speculate that Hyundai may offer 1.6-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engines, besides a 1.6-litre petrol engine.