South Korean automaker Hyundai has achieved the milestone of selling 8 million vehicle units in the Indian market. Accounting for about 16 per cent of all car sales in the country, Hyundai is currently the second largest automaker in India after Maruti Suzuki. Hyundai started making cars in India in 1998 by launching the Santro, which is about to make its namesake comeback in India as a new supermini and the 8 millionth car made was a Hyundai Creta.
Commenting on this new milestone, Y.K Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai India said, "Today marks a momentous and landmark day in the history of Hyundai Motor India with the achievement of 8 Millionth Milestone. Hyundai is the only manufacturer to achieve this feat in the shortest span of time while strengthening our Manufacturing Excellence, Customer Experience, Marketing Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. In our evolving journey to becoming India's most Loved and Trusted brand, we have pushed the boundaries and taken on new challenges at every step. Our vision is to deliver on the promise of becoming the 'Lifetime Partners in Automobile and beyond'. I dedicate this achievement to our valuable customers and every member of the Hyundai family."
Coincidentally, the 8 million mark for Hyundai comes only days after Suzuki's India announced that it had crossed the 20 million vehicles produced milestone in India. The first 1 million production mark by Hyundai was just 8 years after production began and got achieved in 2006 with a Santro (or Santro Zing at the time). After that the South Korean automaker has made about 1 million cars every 18 months. However, the largest production by the company was made in FY 2017 with 5,36,241 units. Currently, Hyundai has sold 5,300,967 units in India and 2,703,581 units as exports overall.
Since the beginning of its operations in India in 1998, Hyundai has sold more than 53 lakh cars in the country and exported over 27 lakh units globally. Hyundai claims to be the largest passenger car exporter in India by exporting to over 88 countries across Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. This year the automaker launched the facelifted i20 premium hatchback with petrol and diesel engine as well as a CVT gearbox as well as an updated and facelifted version of the popular Creta SUV with features like a sunroof, an updated front end and wireless charging for cell phones.
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