Hyundai Creta exports delayed due to huge domestic demand

Hyundai Creta is proving to be a sensational success with 32,000 units of the car already booked across the country and it’s not even a month since the price announcement! The overwhelming response has led to a huge waiting period which varies between 3-9 months depending on the variant and location of purchase.

Indian Express reports that Hyundai India has decided to postpone the commencement of exports of the global SUV in order to better address the huge initial demand in the domestic market. Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, sales and Marketing, HMIL, revealed that the export operations of Creta were initially set to be commenced in September but they have now been postponed to Nov-December.

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Hyundai Creta price ranges from Rs 8.59 lakhs to Rs 13.60 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi.

The move is expected to reduce waiting period for Indian customers by a month or so. In addition to the postponement of export, HMIL is also working on to optimize its production of the compact crossover. As of now, the Irungattukotai plant near Chennai produces 5,000 units of Creta per month which will be increased by 40% to 7,000 units in the coming months.

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As far as the sales go, Creta opened its account with a first month sales of 6,700 units (sales commenced only on 20th of July) which is higher than what Ford EcoSport or Renault Duster managed through out the whole month. Till date, over 11,000 units have been produced and 8,000 have been delivered.

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