Monday, 26 September 2011

Hyundai Motors launches Automatic variant of Santa Fe




Hyundai Motors India Limited launches new variant of its Sports Utility Vehicle(SUV) with automatic transmission (AT) priced at Rs 24,36,500 (ex-showroom price).

The Santa Fe’s six speed automatic gearbox will transmit the 2.2 Liter Gamma CRDI turbo diesel engine’s 197 Bhp of peak power and the gargantuan 430 Nm of peak torque. Apart from the automatic transmission, two other major changes on the Santa Fe Automatic is the addition of a push button start and a a new smart key. These changes apart, the seven seater Santa Fe remains bog standard to the manual transmission variant.
Hyundai’s Santa Fe automatic variant comes into market exactly when Toyota is testing the automatic variant of its SUV, Fortuner. The Hyundai’s Santa Fe has done a good amount of volume till now, and is now likely to compete with BMW’s X1, Renault’s Koleos, Honda CRV and Toyota’s Fortuner.
Hyundai’s Santa Fe is currently produced at its South Korea unit and is exported from Korea to other major markets including India. Santa Fe will be launched in India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) and hence is priced a little upmarket. Hyundai if starts manufacturing its SUV in India, there is a possibility that it might boost the overall sales of Hyundai which at present has a very competitive stand in Sedan market by launching Verna in the market and its upcoming Hatchback Eon is expected to gain huge numbers for Hyundai. Seems like Hyundai is going to have a  good time in Indian market.

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