Success of Hyundai i10
The all-new compact car, Hyundai i10 made its global debut in 2007 with the 1.1L iRDE Inline-4 that delivers 66 bhp. Since then the car has come across appreciations, accolades and awards. It has won various awards including the ‘Car of the Year 2008’ that was awarded by the leading automotive magazines and news channel like BS Motoring, NDTV Profit Car & Bike India, CNBC-TV18 Autocar, and Overdrive magazine. The launch of i10 has been a significant accomplishment by Hyundai in the domestic as well as global market.
The great Hyundai i10 also proved to be the hottest choice of insightful automotive media of the country and they bestowed another award on the car, tagged as ‘Indian Car of the Year’ because of its extra-ordinary styling, quality, handling, safety, driving comfort, and drivability.
Entry of Hyundai i10 Kappa
Driven by the inspiration of the successful Hyundai i10, the company introduced the new Kappa engine for its i10 car model. The new engine technology was aimed at fulfilling the few shortcomings that the original i10 offered.
Introduced in July 2008, the new 1.2L Kappa engine delivers greater operational efficiency with respect to fuel consumption, emission benchmark, and performance. The Kappa i10
is available in three variants- Magna, Sportz and the Asta adorned with all top-notch features and advanced safety technologies.
Further to that, the automatic version of i-10 Kappa was also introduced. This automatic car is garlanded with an effective four speed automatic gearbox to deliver extra convenience, comfort and safety with respect to city driving.
Coinciding with the launch of Kappa engine, the company also inaugurated the Engine and Transmission plant at Sriperumbudur for the production of Kappa engine.
First Impressions of Hyundai i20
First impressions of the upcoming Hyundai i20 were revealed in the Paris Auto Show 2008. This contemporarily chic and fresh looking hatchback is expected to top the range of small cars in the Indian car market.
According to the resources present at the Paris Auto Show, the supermini Hyundai i20 is ardently packed with awe-inspiring modicum of European style, specs and dynamics. The European touch is coupled with elegant body lines and curved creases to effectively and successfully replace the Hyundai Getz.
In India the i20 will come with a 1.4-litre dohc 16-valve engine. Built on a 2525mm wheelbase, the car is bestowed with a generous passenger cabin space and excellent turnout. It is also equipped with the MacPherson strut suspension and a torsion beam rear along the rack to deliver precise handling and better drivability.
The proposed i20 will be built for the global market at Hyundai's plant situated at Sriperambudur.
Upcoming Hyundai i-Series
Hyundai has no plans to give an end to i-series after i10 and i20. The launch of i20 by the end of 2008 is expected to be followed by the debut of Hyundai i30 and Hyundai i40 in the domestic market.
Industry resources states that the upcoming Hyundai i-series will also be launched as a replacement for existing car models. Hyundai i30 will be introduced as a station Wagon and the i40 is expected to replace the sedan, Hyundai Sonata. The industry insiders also claim that one by one the company will introduce the entire range of i-series in India, starting from i-10 and ending at…no clues.