Hyundai India is planning to offer a 4-speed automatic transmission in lower variants of the Verna diesel. At present, the Verna diesel automatic is available only on the top-end SX (O) variant that is priced at Rs. 11.26 lakh, which is Rs. 73,000 more than the Verna diesel manual SX (O) variant.
Hence, when Verna is offered in the lower variants, expect the same price difference (Rs. 73,000) between the manual and automatic variants.
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Nearly, 10% of the Verna’s sales come from the diesel automatic variant and Hyundai is planning to increase this to 25%. The Verna is the only car in its segment to offer an automatic transmission in the diesel version. Diesel automatic cars have two advantages: low running costs (diesel) and easy city driving (no clutch). The Verna has attractive styling, is loaded with features and has plenty of variants to choose from. Also read: Top three sedans under Rs.11 lakh with maximum features
The Verna is a hot selling car in its segment and the company has sold 27,533 in the last six months at an average of 4,588 cars per month. A few days ago, CarToq reported about Hyundai’s plan to make the reverse camera a standard feature across all Verna variants. Now, the company is planning to offer automatic transmission in lower variants of the Verna diesel which will make this sedan, more attractive. If the response is good, other car makers may also launch diesel automatic cars in future.
*Estimated price, actual price may vary
(Source: Autocar India)