Hyundai plans to launch a new facelifted Santro by 2009 end

Hyundai Motor India Ltd plans to roll out another variant of the Santro by the end of this year.

“The Santro has been a very successful car for us. We may refresh the car by the year end,” said a senior Hyundai official.

Earlier in 2003, the Korean firm had launched the Santro Xing, albeit with cosmetic changes.


Two years later, the Santro got the eRLX technology. The CNG variant was introduced in 2007, and the LNG version in 2008.

According to sources, there will be some stylistic changes, but the price of the new variant may not vary much.

“Of course there will be some tweaking done in the overall appearance of the car, but no engine change is on the cards,” sources said.

At present, the Santro is available in three variants —petrol, LPG and CNG — and is priced between Rs 2,59,900 and Rs 3,69,059 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai exports the car to Columbia, Mexico, Sudan, South Africa and Algeria. Till April, the company has exported 4,39,541 units. Since its launch in India in September 1998, Hyundai has sold 9,84,418 units in the domestic market.

The Santro and the i10 constitute nearly 75 per cent of the 22,000-23,000 units that Hyundai sells each month in the domestic market.


source: The Telegraph

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