Hyundai crosses 10 lakh SUV production mark in India
Hyundai India has now sold over 10 lakh SUVs in the country. The country's second-largest carmaker sells the Creta, Venue, Tucson and Kona Electric SUVs in India and is currently the largest maker of SUVs in the country.
Hyundai's SUV sales took off with the launch of the first-gen Hyundai Creta in 2015. The C-Segment SUV has sold 5.9 lakh units in the domestic market and over 2.2 lakh units in the export market, and is in its second generation which launched in 2020. As of March 2021, the Creta is the largest selling SUV and the fifth-largest selling car in the country.
The other big contributor to Hyundai's 10 lakh production milestone is the Venue launched in 2019. Over 1.8 lakh units of the sub-four-metre SUV have been sold in the domestic market. The Tucson and the Kona Electric have not seen as many numbers as these two, given their niche, brand-building positioning. Adding to the Hyundai SUV range soon will be the Hyundai Alcazar, the three-row iteration of the Creta.
Hyundai had sold less than one lakh SUVs until 2015, but the growth has been exponential since then. The two lakh mark came in 2016 and the three lakh milestone in 2017. There was another uptick is SUV popularity after this, the five lakh mark coming in 2018. It's taken only three years to double this, the seven lakh sales mark coming in 2019 and the nine lakh mark in 2020.
The Creta gets three engine options, which it shares with the similar Kia Seltos. These are a 1.5-litre petrol with 115PS/144Nm, a 1.5-litre diesel motor with 115PS/250Nm and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol with 140PS and 242Nm. There are three automatic options, aside from a 6-speed manual. There will be a CVT, a 6-speed auto and a 7-speed DCT. The CVT is paired to the N/A petrol, the diesel is available with the torque converter while the turbo-petrol can be had with the DCT. There is no manual turbo option as in the Kia.
The Creta can be had in numerous variants, which you can read about here.
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