India-made Hyundai Elite i20 not safe enough; Accent (Verna) to replace i20 - Australia

28/04/2015 - 14:47 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Accent could get the i20's 1.4-liter petrol engine.

The Australian media reported in February this year that Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) was facing a problem replacing the older generation of the i20 with the newer model.

2015 Hyundai i20 front three quarter view at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
The i20 made in Turkey would adhere to safety requirements, but will prove to be expensive when it arrives in Australia.

The older i20, which is currently selling in Australia, is shipped from Hyundai Motor India Limited's (HMIL) Chennai plant. However, HMCA said that it would be unable to import the new i20 (sold in India as the Elite i20) from India as the Indian model will not score a 5/5 rating in the ANCAP crash test.

The new i20 which is built in Hyundai's Turkish plant, which caters to the European market, will ensure a 5/5 score in ANCAP. However, the logistics of shipping a car from Turkey to Australia would work against HMCA's favor in pricing the i20 competitively. A weak Australian dollar is not helping the company either.

Hyundai Accent hatch press shot
The Accent hatchback would replace the i20 in Australia, if HMCA is unable to continue importing the car from India.

As a result, GoAuto reports that HMCA may choose to discontinue the i20 nameplate altogether, instead offering the Accent (Verna) in that segment by way of a price reduction. Where the current i20 is priced at AUD 15,590 (INR 7.78 lakhs), the base Accent retails at AUD 16,990 (INR 8.48 lakhs).

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HMCA is reported to be considering the Accent with the i20's 1.4-liter petrol engine to achieve a more aggressive starting price (the Accent is sold only with 1.6-liter engines at the moment).

[Source - GoAuto]

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