South Korean automaker Hyundai has decided to discontinue the currently on sale i10 from the Indian car market. Hyundai Motor India has announced to stop the production of its bestseller hatchback i10.
The company said that the reason for phasing out the car is to shift focus to more premium and modern products. The model will be offered on sale till the stocks last in the inventory.
This discontinuation of Hyundai i10 will make way for the new Santro which is expected to be launched in 2018.
The i10 Journey
The car was launched in India in 2007. It was a replacement for the Santro Zing and soon picked up pace and was a success on road. It was one of the mainline models of Hyundai and played the role of a volume-grosser to Hyundai market. The Hyundai i10 came with a number of features which were unbeatable. It was powered by a 1.1-litre, petrol engine and by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Till date, Hyundai has sold a total of 16.95 lakh units of the model in India as well as global markets. It is one of the products that helped Hyundai to cement its place in India.
When the automaker launched the Grand i10 in India, it planned to phase out the i10, but due to the still ongoing strong sales. However, with new introductions in the hatchback segment that offered more features, the i10 fell behind and even minor updates were not enough to keep the sales volume high.
The sales of the i10 started to decline after Hyundai launched the i10 Grand in the middle of 2013. From high sales of nearly 10,000 units per month after its launch in 2007, recently its sales had dropped down to over 800 units in December 2016. In fact, sales of Hyundai i10 have not been over 2,500 units of sales during the year.
The New Santro
The new Santro is expected to be powered by the 1.1L iRDE and 1.2L petrol engines. These engines will have 5-speed manual transmission; however, the company may consider its 4-speed automatic gearbox as well. The 1.1L motor generated 62 hp of power in the Santro Xing and the new Santro is expected to have a similar performance. The Hyundai Santro is also expected to be offered with a touch screen infotainment unit similar to the one seen on the face lifted Grand i10.