In spite of lockdown situation in many parts of the country, Hyundai India’s new Creta SUV has managed to power through with record booking numbers
Hyundai Creta evidently continues its gallant march forward with a market response to validate its prowess and popularity. Yes, the country is in the throes of Covid-19 pandemic, and numbers may not mean much now, or aren’t entirely painting the right picture, but there’s no doubt, they’re an indication.
Hyundai would be mighty chuffed with Creta become India’s best selling SUV, a feat that’s been repeated in May and June 2020. There’s always the argument that people may be curious about a car, and hence the search results for it online are higher. But that is not the case with new Creta.
For Hyundai India, Creta was most sought after on its ‘Click To Buy’ platform with 30 percent of all enquiries made for Creta, and 76 percent of all bookings for the aforementioned two months. The manufacturer’s BS6 diesel tech has found takers, and constitute 60 percent of all Creta bookings. It isn’t surprising if one has been keeping an eye on developments around diesel and petrol retail price in India.
To date, there have been 55k+ bookings for new Hyundai Creta. A fortnight earlier, this number was reported at 45k bookings. In May 2020, the company had reported that bookings had surpassed 30k. This shows that Creta demand has had no effect despite the adverse situation the world is in currently.
No doubt, as the industry limps back to life, Creta is keeping spirits up at the Hyundai camp. This bodes well as Hyundai has already expressed its plans of ensuring improved market share across SUV segment. In its newest avatar, the Hyundai Creta was launched in March 2020, just before pandemic lockdown gripped the nation.
Tarun Garg, Director (Sales, Marketing & Service), Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, “Ever since its launch in 2015, CRETA has been a benchmark in the industry, a household name that has represented distinction and success for over 4.85 lakh valued customers. With the launch of All New CRETA in March 2020, Hyundai has once again redefined SUV leadership in the segment and established its supremacy, recording over 55,000 Bookings and more than 20,000 Happy Customers in just 4 months. This achievement stands testament to All New CRETA’s superior looks, feature rich package and dominant performance that has won hearts across India, even during these trying times.”
What Powers New Creta
Hyundai Creta gets power from multiple engine options. There is a 1.5-litre diesel engine that returns 113 bhp max power, and 250 Nm of peak torque, and a 1.5-litre petrol engine that returns 113 bhp and 144 Nm. The 1.4-litre GDI Turbo petrol engine returns 138 bhp and 242 Nm. Engines are paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox (standard), and iVT AT (1.5l petrol), 7-speed DCT transmission (1.4l Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol), and 6-speed AT torque converter (1.5l diesel). ??
In June 2020, just over 7k Hyundai Creta units were sold. Its only competitor, also a classic case of sibling rivalry, Kia Seltos sold just 100 units lesser. It doesn’t require an expert to point out, that there are only two choices in the segment – Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos.