Hyundai i20 makes its mark in India

Tuesday 27 January 2009, 00:00 AM by Rishi

Hyundai i20 has made its mark in India. The car has 85 percent Indian component and is being produced along with Hyundai i10 at Hyundai’s plant near Chennai. Both the models are exclusively being produced in India and are as Indian as they can be and yet they are ready for the global audience.

Hyundai broke all barriers and prejudices when it launched one of its most awaited models in India in the month of December. Hyundai launched i20 in the last week of December 2008. December is usually known as the month of low sales and considering the ongoing recession launching Hyundai i20 was a big step from the company.

Moreover, the company is working in accordance with the Automotive Mission Plan 2016 laid out by the government. It intends to have more than one model in the single segment. It currently has Santro and i10 in the same segment, Accent and Verna in a single segment giving more options to the customers to choose from. Now it has Getz and i20 in the B segment for the customer to take their pick.

The new Hyundai i20 sports the Kappa engine known for its eco-friendly features and fuel efficiency. The company currently has six engine options for the car including the 1.2 liter Kappa petrol engine, a 1.4 liter and a 1.6 liter petrol unit, a 1.4 low speed diesel, a 1.4 litre high-speed diesel, and a 1.6 liter diesel for the worldwide markets. However, it does not have any plans to launch the diesel version of i20 in India. Still, HS Lheem, Managing Director, HMIL has announced that the company shall soon launch the diesel version of i10 in India in 2009.