Hyundai India Launches Verna Automatic; Other changes cosmetic

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Hyundai Motors has finally launched the refreshed Verna with an Automatic Gearbox. This is the first diesel car in its segment equipped with an auto transmission. Other changes on new Verna are purely cosmetic.

H S Lheem, managing director, HMIL-

Hyundai Verna is a proven success in India and the new variant which also comes with an automatic transmission – a first for this segment – will further enhance customer delight and satisfaction. With the launch of the new Verna, we have once again raised the competitive bar for style, performance, safety and driving dynamics in India’s mid-size car segment

Refreshed Hyundai Verna Engine and Gearbox-

The refreshed Verna is available in total of four new variants, Two Petrol – 1.6 VTVT & 1.6 SX VTVT and two diesel 1.5 CRDi VGT & 1.5 SX CRDi VGT, The VGT SX variant comes with an Auto gearbox.

The 1.6 litre petrol variant develops a 103.2PS@5500 rpm and 14.9 kgm@3000 rpm. The 1.5l diesel variant develops a power output of 110 ps@4000 rpm and a torque of 24 kgm@1900 – 2750 rpm. The top end diesel variant will be available with both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.

Refreshed Hyundai Verna Exterior- 6 new colors added

Additions include a new radiator grille, electrically adjustable ORVM, new chrome insert in waistline moulding, rear chrome garnish and a new wheel cover.

Refreshed Hyundai Verna Interior-

The interiors of the new Verna make it visually more appealing with new fabrics and improvements in quality and finish. The audio console has been upgraded and boasts of a high fidelity 2 DIN Music System with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. The new Verna also comes with ABS.

Refreshed Hyundai Verna Prices-

Verna –Variants     Price Ex-Showroom (Rs)
VTVT (Petrol)     637,700
SX VTVT (Petrol)     712,500
CRDi VGT (Diesel)     752,200
SX CRDi VGT (Diesel)     802,100
SX CRDi VGT AT (Diesel)     865,350

Press Release

9th February , 2009
Hyundai launches new Verna
– Introduces the 1st Diesel Automatic in the segment

New Delhi, February 9, 2009: Hyundai Motor India, the country’s largest exporter and the second largest car manufacturer today launched the all new Verna with luxurious interiors and improved exterior features to further enhance its appeal to customers.

Commenting on the launch of the new Verna, HMIL MD, H.S Lheem said, “Hyundai Verna is a proven success in India and the new variant which also comes with an automatic transmission – a first for this segment will further enhance customer delight and satisfaction. With the launch of the new Verna, we have once again raised the competitive bar for style, performance, safety and driving dynamics in India`s mid-size car segment.”

The new Verna range includes two petrol variants – 1.6 VTVT & 1.6 SX VTVT – and two diesel variants – 1.5 CRDi VGT & 1.5 SX CRDi VGT. In addition, Hyundai has also introduced Automatic transmission in VGT SX variant making it the 1st diesel A/T in its segment. Uniquely developed for a demanding segment of Indian consumers, the automatic version provides economy of diesel and the convenience of an automatic transmission in the same package.

The 1.6 litre petrol variant develops an impressive 103.2PS@5500 rpm as maximum power and 14.9 kgm@3000 rpm of maximum torque. The 1.5 litre diesel variant develops a whopping power output of 110 ps@4000 rpm and an impressive torque of 24 kgm@1900 – 2750 rpm. The top end diesel variant will be available with both – a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.

While the engine and the mechanicals remain the same the new Verna brings in a host of new features. The new Verna offers aerodynamic styling on the exteriors with a stylish new radiator grille, electrically adjustable ORVM, new chrome insert in waistline moulding, rear chrome garnish and a new full wheel cover for enhanced visual appeal.

The interiors of the new Verna boast several significant design revisions with premium, sophisticated new fabrics and detailed improvements in quality and finish. The audio console has been upgraded too and boasts of a high fidelity 2 DIN Music System with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. The new Verna also incorporates safety features like ABS, reflecting Hyundai’s emphasis on safety and security.

To add to these features, the new Verna comes in 6 new exciting colours to choose from: Blushing Red, Stone Black, Crystal White, Champagne Gold, Sleek Silver & Deep Ocean Blue.

Hyundai Verna launched in India in September 2006 with both petrol and diesel engine, created a different experience for customers with its exterior and interior features that redefined the automobile segment in the country. Since then, the Hyundai Verna has cut a niche for itself with its elegant styling and comfort, in addition to its time-tested quality and reliability.

Prices – New Verna

Verna –Variants     Price Ex-Showroom (Rs)-New Delhi
VTVT (Petrol)     637,700
SX VTVT (Petrol)     712,500
CRDi VGT (Diesel)     752,200
SX CRDi VGT (Diesel)     802,100
SX CRDi VGT AT  (Diesel)     865,350

About HMIL

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea and is the second largest and the fastest growing car manufacturer in India. HMIL presently markets 37 variants of passenger cars across segments. The Santro in the B segment, the Getz Prime, i10 and the Premium hatchback i20 in the B+ segment, the Accent and the Verna in the C segment, the Sonata Embera in the E segment and the Tucson in the SUV segment.

Hyundai Motor India, continuing its tradition of being the fastest growing passenger car manufacturer, registering total sales of 327,160 vehicles in the calendar year (CY) 2007, an increase of 9.2 percent over CY 2006. In the domestic market it clocked a growth of 7.6 percent as compared to 2006 with 200,412 units, while overseas sales grew by 11.8 percent, with exports of 126,748 units.

HMIL`s fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Chennai boasts of the most advanced production, quality and testing capabilities in the country. In continuation of its commitment to provide the Indian customer with global technology, HMIL has set up its second plant, which produces an additional 300,000 units per annum, raising HMIL`s total production capacity to 600,000 units per annum.

HMIL has invested to expand capacity in line with its positioning as HMC`s global export hub for compact cars. Apart from the expansion of production capacity, HMIL currently has 252 strong dealer network across India, which will be further bolstered in 2009.

The year 2007 has been a significant year for Hyundai Motor India. It achieved a significant milestone by rolling out the fastest 400,000th export car. Hyundai exports to over 95 countries globally; even as it plans to continue its thrust in existing export markets, it is gearing up to step up its foray into new markets. The year just ended also saw Hyundai Motor India attaining other milestones with the launch of the i10 and yet another path-breaking record in its young journey by rolling out the fastest 1,500,000th car.

Hyundai`s new model i10 which made its global debut here in India in October, 2007 made a clean sweep of all the `Car of the Year 2008` awards from the leading automotive magazines and TV channels like BS Motoring, CNBC-TV18 AutoCar, NDTV Profit Car & Bike India and Overdrive magazine. The i10 is also the choice of the discerning automotive media of the country as they conferred the prestigious `Indian Car of the Year` (ICOTY) award to the i10 as well. The i10 bagged these awards on the basis of excellence in build quality, handling, driver comfort, safety and ride quality.

The Santro and the Accent also received the `TNS Voice of the Customer – 2008` award for the Premium Compact Car (Santro) and the Entry Mid size Car (Accent). In March 2008 it achieved yet another milestone by rolling out the fastest 500,000th export car.

Last year, the Hyundai Verna bagged some of the most prestigious awards starting with the title of “Car of the Year 2007” by India`s leading automotive publication – Overdrive, the “Best Mid-size Car of the Year” award by the NDTV Profit Car & Bike India Awards 2007, the “Best Value for Money Car” by the CNBC Autocar Auto awards and `Performance Car of the Year 2007` from Business Standard Motoring.

Hyundai cars have been a favorite at all awards ceremonies and have always been winning awards. Our models like Sonata Embera won the `Executive Car of The Year 2006` award from Business Standard Motoring Magazine and NDTV Profit Car & Bike India declared the Tucson as the `SUV of The Year 2006`. Not only this, HMIL has also been awarded the benchmark ISO 14001 certification for its sustainable environment management practices.

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