March 29, 2011

Hyundai Santa Fe comes to India

Hyundai Santa Fe comes to India
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Hyundai Motor India, India's second largest car manufacturer has launched its luxury SUV Santa Fe, priced between Rs 20.95 lakh - Rs 22.95 lakh. The company aims at selling 600 to 800 units a year. "Bookings will start from October 18", Hyundai India's Director, Marketing and sales Arvind Saxena said after the launch of the crossover SUV in Jodhpur. Hyundai India aims to sell 100 to 150 units in 2010.

"In India Santa Fe will be imported as completely built units (CBU) from South Korea", Saxena said. Hyundai has no plans to manufacture the car in India in the near future.

The SUV will be available with 2.2 L engine and six speed manual transmission, with an option of 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.According to Hyundai this diesel vehicle has mileage of 14.66 km per litre.

Speaking at the launch, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motors India H W Park said, "Globally, Santa Fe has already sold over 20 lakh units since its launch in June 2000 and we are confident that in India, Santa Fe will give us a competitive edge in the SUV segment..."

With the launch of the second generation Santa Fe, Hyundai aims to grab a bigger share of the highly competitive SUV segment in the country. With this launch, Hyundai now has seven models in the country, including the popular i10.

The SUV is named after the capital of New Mexico, USA. The Hyundai Santa Fe made its debut in 1999 at the Detroit Auto Show as concept car. The first generation Santa Fe was launched in 2000, followed by the second generation in 2005.

The Santa Fe is Hyundai's third SUV to be launched in India, the other two are the Terracan and the Tucson.

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