The country’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), will start taking orders for its small car, Eon, from today, the 1st of October, posing a challenge to Maruti Suzuki’s best-selling model, the Alto.
According to industry sources, the car sports an 814-cc engine and is expected to be priced around Rs 2.5 lakh. HMIL did not share technical specifications or pricing points of the car. The Alto is tagged between Rs 2.32 lakh and Rs 3.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
It was the largest selling small car globally last year, recording a sales volume of over 300,000 units.
H W Park, managing director and chief executive officer of HMIL, said, “We are confident the Eon will set a new benchmark in the Indian market with regard to styling, performance, safety and convenience. The car will provide the best-in-class design, quality and technology to our customers.”
“The car is targeted at first-time buyers who want to buy a spacious and stylish car that is high on fuel economy,” the company said in a statement.
The Eon will be manufactured at HMIL’s facility near Chennai.
The car has been developed through concerted efforts of Hyundai’s research and development teams in South Korea and India.