Hyundai Verna (Solaris) is the second best selling car in Russia


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The Hyundai Verna (called as the Solaris in Russia) has become the second best selling car for the first half of 2013 in Russia.

Hyundai Solaris Russia
The Hyundai Solaris (Verna) accounted for more than half of Hyundai Russia’s sales in the first half of 2013.

According to the Association of European Businesses (AEB), the South Korean auto giant managed to sell 57,009 units during the period between January and June. Verna’s sales performance was bettered only by the Lada Granta from AvtoVAZ. The Granta clocked 84,241 units which is a massive 87% growth compared to the same period last year!

The Lada Granta has displayed an unprecedented comeback. In fact, the sedan will donate its underpinnings to Datsun’s first Russian offering.

Lada Granta side
Lada Granta’s unprecedented comeback enabled it to clinch the crown.

The Hyundai Solaris in Russia is available with two petrol motors – 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre. Both the engines are offered with manual and automatic transmissions.

The price range of the Solaris starts at 459,000 Rubles (around Rs. 8.36 lakhs) and goes all the way to 689,000 Rubles (around Rs. 12.55 lakhs).

Kia’s New Rio hatchback rounded of the podium. As of the first half of 2013, Hyundai along with its sister company Kia accounted for 13.8% of the new car sales in Russia. Hyundai managed an overall figure of 89,466 units from January to June while Kia clocked 94,870 units.


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