Tuesday, September 20, 2011
By Pranjal Gera
Hyundai Eon to fill the place vacated by Maruti 800 in India
The country’s largest car exporter and the second largest car maker, Hyundai Motors India Limited, is all set to launch its much awaited small car Eon in the Indian market by the end of this year. The company said on Thursday that it is looking at the space vacated by the out-going Maruti 800 model.
Speaking to the reporters in Tamil Nadu, Hyundai Motors India’s Vice-President R Sethuraman said that a new small car will be launched by Hyundai that will fit between the Tata Nano and the Maruti Alto. He added that the car will be launched in petrol and LPG versions only and there are no plans of the company to launch the car in the diesel version.
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The Maruti 800 model is currently being discontinued by the company in the Indian market. The car has already been phased out from 13 major Indian cities as it is not compatible with the new BS-IV emission norms. Earlier, it was expected that the car will be upgraded to make it compatible with the BSIV standards but the company decided to discontinue with the car.
Hyundai Eon will be powered by 0.8L engine and is expected to be delivering a considerably high mileage over 20 kmpl. As far as pricing is concerned, the company hasn’t revealed any details regarding the pricing of the car, so far. However, it is expected to be launched in the price range of Rs 2 to 3 lakh, where it will be a strong competitor to the likes of Maruti Alto and Tata Nano.
The launch of Hyundai Eon will certainly strengthen the portfolio of Hyundai in the Indian market along with enhancing its market presence. Having a competitive small car like Eon in its portfolio will certainly boost the sales of the company in the country.