Report – Production of Hyundai Santro & Chevrolet Spark to end in India

Posted on: Oct 28, 2014 - 12:57pm IST

Both models have lasted well past their lifecycles.

Economic Times reports that Hyundai Motor India will stop making the Santro in the last week of November, thus bringing to an end, production of the car that launched Hyundai in India. Since its introduction in October 1998, the company has sold over 1.36 million units of the Santro in India, and exported 535,000 units.

Hyundai Santro Xing Celebration Edition
The Santro Xing Celebration Edition was launched to commemorate 15 years of the brand’s presence in India.

Production of the car will be stopped as the company believes the product is nearing the end of its lifecycle, reads the report. Also, with the stoppage of production, it gives Hyundai additional capacity in its plant for future models, or to increase production of hot-selling Grand, Xcent or Elite.

Recounting the Santro’s launch in the late 90’s, former Hyundai president and now an industry consultant, Mr. BVR Subbu, said that Hyundai started making cash profits within seven months of the launch thanks to the high demand. He said that the management would have been happy if the local operations were able to sell 100,000 units in 5 years, whereas Hyundai ended up selling a million in 7 seven years.

Chevrolet Spark Limited Edition press image
The Chevy Spark is a redesigned Daewoo Matiz.

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Elsewhere in Talegaon, Maharashtra, General Motors will stop the production of the Chevrolet Spark, a direct rival for the Santro since its launch as the Daewoo Matiz, the ET report says. GM has sold over 165,000 units of the Spark since it took over from Daewoo, and production will come to a halt in December.

Hyundai Santro Xing Celebration Edition – Image Gallery

Chevrolet Spark – Image Gallery

[Source – Economic Times]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Production of Hyundai Santro & Chevrolet Spark to end in India

  1. Joy says:

    good move by both makers. final applause to both these models. thank you for serving Indian market. great models in their own way. they offered better things to most of us who knew only the 800s, altos and indicas.

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  2. balaji babu says:

    good for GM. They should come up with a better looking and performing car. Beat can also be extended with the portfolio by launching something like Beat Sportz edition with 1ltr engine power-tuned and the interiors with a make over.

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  3. Much needed end.. finally these ugly looking vehicles will not be manufactured any more…

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    1. Hans Kalwaney says:

      No offence but its because of these ‘Ugly cars’ me & many more teenagers got to enjoy their lives….
      + with the phenomenal success of these vehicles, the car manufacturers balled up confidence to bring in all the latest global vehicles to our country that “everyone loves” #olddaysrevisited #santrorocks

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    2. Joy says:

      dude, these are 90s models and you are calling them ugly. they were way modern when they came. they were so modern that they could sustain this long. some other makers are bringing uglier models than these now. what do you call them then?

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      1. They are ugly too, the people are unaware(foolish) to buy such products..

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