The South Korean auto giant, Hyundai announced its plan of expanding its Indian product portfolio with 8 new models by 2020. The plan outlines five full-model changes, two products for new segments and an electric vehicle. The carmaker is ready to give a generation change to the Grand i10, Elite i20, Xcent sedan and the Creta SUV. The company will also introduce a range of electric vehicles including a sedan, a few compact SUVs and small cars.
According to a latest report, Hyundai India is planning to setup new premium dealerships similar to Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa. The new Hyundai outlets will exclusively retail the premium products positioned above the Hyundai Kona electric SUV. The company will approach its existing dealerships to setup the premium outlets. These are likely to be established across the nation by 2021.
The carmaker has already built a new management hierarchy, and started appointing Area Managers from August, 2018. The Area Managers will be responsible to give training to dealers and provide premium showroom experience to customers. They will also take care of the existing premium product range including Creta and Tucson.
As of now, Hyundai India is gearing up to launch the new-generation Santro (codenamed – Hyundai AH2) in the country. Reports suggest that the carmaker will announce official name of the vehicle in October, followed by its launch. The Hyundai AH2 will be the brand’s first car to get an AMT (automated manual transmission) technology.
The South Korean carmaker will also introduce the Carlino concept based compact SUV early next year. The new SUV is reported to come with both petrol and diesel engines – a 1.0L T-GDi and a 1.4L U2 CRDi – with manual and automatic gearbox options. The Hyundai Kona electric SUV is also slated to launch in the second half of 2019.
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