New Hyundai Verna crosses 12,000 bookings

Hyundai’s new Verna seems to have caught on big time with car buyers. The car’s bookings have crossed now 12,000.

Ten days earlier, CarToq had reported that Hyundai received 5,000 bookings within just one week of the new Verna’s launch.

Update 03/06/11: Hyundai sold 4,357 units of the new Verna in May 2011 and bookings for the car have now crossed 12,000.

The company believes that the overwhelming response for the new Verna is a result of introduction of segment-first features such as rear parking sensors, auto-dim electro-chromic rear view mirrors, six airbags, eco indicator for automatic transmission, auto door unlock and speed sensing auto door lock.

New Hyundai Verna crosses 12,000 bookings
Photo: 2011 Hyundai Verna

Hyundai targets to sell 45,000 Verna cars in the first year of the launch which appears to be an easy target considering the booking numbers the company has received from customers so far. Also read: 2011 Hyundai Verna receives 5000 bookings in one week

The new Hyundai Verna was launched on May 11th 2011. The new Verna has 4 engine options, the 1.4 & 1.6 petrol and 1.4 & 1.6 diesel. The following are the price details of the Verna’s ten variants. (All prices are in rupees and ex-showroom, Delhi)

1.4 1.6 1.6 SX 1.6 SX(O) 1.6 SX(O) AT
Petrol 699,000 764,500 824,500 894,500 964,500
Diesel 809,000 874,500 934,500 1,004,500 1,074,500

The new Hyundai Verna has a gorgeous fluidic design sculpture with proportionate and aesthetically contoured curves. The hexagonal front grille is a recent trend used in all new generation Hyundai models such as the next-gen i10, i20.

The Verna’s rear roof line seamlessly blends into the aptly sculpted boot lid with swept back tail lamps and the hood has been slightly raised on either side. The fluidic Verna stands on 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/55 R 16 tyres giving a sporty look to the car. Also read: 2011 New Hyundai Verna launch: First impressions!

New Hyundai Verna crosses 12,000 bookings

Mohanish Warde I took test drive of the car and it was amazing. Smoothness of clutch was great for Indian traffic and road. Interior was neat. Suspensions was good too. And mileage, cost for diesel car was very fair for India

Susobhan Maity Previously with its great engine it appealed to the head. But now coupled with great looks, it appeals to the heart as well

Ramrao Patil Price, Continuous innovations, Awesome facelifts, Fuel efficiency….and much more…!

Vishal Thakur Looks and name matter a lot… And Verna got a very cool look.

Simarjit Singh Everything is better in Verna than other cars in this segment…It looks hot on road and its design is awesome…

Ayush Rastogi Low cost and great performance 

The interiors of the new Verna boast of leather upholstery, push-button keyless ignition, steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control with ionizer for purifying air. Fake wood inserts on the dashboard and door sills add to the premium feel (though some may find the fake wood tacky) and the central console has a 2-DIN CD-MP3 audio system, USB, Aux-in and iPod cable.

The front seats are sufficiently contoured and the centre arm rest will help the driver to rest his left hand during long journeys. The rear seat is low set, but lacks adequate thigh support. The car even has an adjustable head rest for the middle passenger.

The 1.4-litre petrol engine puts out 107 PS of power and 13.8 Kgm of torque while the 1.4-litre diesel engine churns out 90 PS and 22.43 Kgm of peak power and torque respectively. The 1.6 litre petrol VVT (Variable Valve Timing) engine churns out 123 PS of power and 15.8 kgm of torque. The 1.6 VGT diesel produces 128 PS of power and 26.5 Kgm of torque.

During a CarToq road test, the petrol Verna (1.6) automatic returned a mileage of 10.8 km/litre while the diesel Verna (1.6) manual variant returned a mileage of 16.8 km/litre.

The new Verna competes with the likes of the Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki SX4, Honda City, Toyota Corolla Altis, and Chevrolet Optra among which Vento and SX4 are leading in terms of sales. The much expected, new Ford Fiesta which could be launched this July is being considered a potential threat to the Verna.