The country’s second largest carmaker, Hyundai Motor India, has announced opening of bookings for the ‘Eon’ compact car from Saturday, October 1.

Around 13 years after launching its first model – Santro, the new small car is the company’s answer to the highest-selling car in the country, Maruti Suzuki’s Alto. On sales of around 34,000 units a month, the Alto had no competition in its segment till date.

Developed jointly by the company’s Korean and domestic R&D centres and manufactured at Hyundai’s plant near Chennai, the Eon follows the Korean carmakers ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy. With a focus on space and fuel efficiency, it is targeted at first-time car buyers.

“Hyundai is committed to offer products with advanced technology to the Indian market. We are confident that the EON will set a new benchmark in the Indian market with regard to styling, performance, safety and convenience,” Mr H.W. Park, MD and CEO, HMIL, said.

Hyundai, which is also the largest car exporter form India, sells seven models in the country through its 330 dealers. These include the Santro, i10, i20, sedans such as the Accent, Verna, Sonata Transform and the Santa Fe SUV.

(This article was published on September 30, 2011)
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