Hyundai Santro has been successfully serving as the famous black and yellow taxi in Indian metros. Now, with Santro’s production coming to an end, it is the Hyundai i10 hatchback that will step into its place in the taxi segment in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. This news comes at a time when Mumbai gears up to issue about 7,843 taxi permits in the next six months.
To ensure that the Hyundai i10 meets market requirements, the hatchback will be offered with CNG and in a new trim that comes minus power steering, music system and AC so as to maintain affordability and lower cost of operation.
Ever since launch in 1998, Hyundai Santro has managed to become one of the most successful entry level small cars ever to be produced in India. It was its affordable pricing, low running costs and Hyundai’s extensive sales and service networks that guaranteed success amongst majority of car buyers in India. However, with the Santro being pulled out of production, the company introduces a new base variant under the Hyundai i10 Era variant that will be ideally suited for taxi permit users even though internal space will be compromised, reveals ET Auto.
Hyundai i10 hatchback for the taxi segment with CNG option will be retrofitted and not factory fitted. With features missing, the price should be highly competitive so as to be a deciding factor for buyers in this taxi segment, even while other manufacturers such as Maruti and Tata are also competing to enhance their foothold in this segment with models such as the Tata Indica and Maruti Ritz.