Hyundai Creta receives 30,000 bookings in 23 days; Company ramps up production
The recently launched Hyundai Creta has got off to a flying start in India with customers flocking to Hyundai showrooms in large numbers to take a look at the SUV. Such has been the Creta’s reception that Hyundai has received more than 30,000 bookings for the vehicle within a month since its debut. As a result, waiting periods have increased to as much as eight months for a few variants.
Long waiting periods are not a good sign for the company because those customers who are not willing to wait too long for the delivery will instead opt for vehicles from other car manufacturers. Therefore, Hyundai has decided to ramp up the production of the Creta SUV to reduce the waiting periods and not lose customers.
Hyundai produces 5000 units of the Creta every month and is planning to boost this up to 6500 units. This will help in reducing the waiting period by two months. The Creta is finding more number of buyers than the recently launched Maruti S-Cross as the latter is more expensive with regards to a few variants.
In line with the current market trend, petrol variants of the Hyundai Creta are having a hard time finding buyers with the diesel models doing comparatively well. The Korean car maker is witnessing a huge demand for the diesel trim that comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which is a lesser seen feature in the segment.
Anyhow, the Hyundai Creta is expected to do well in the foreseeable future, definitely garnering more bookings than it`s recently launched rival Maruti S-Cross crossover. Judging by the current scenario, the Hyundai SUV should go on to become one of the best sellers in the compact SUV segment and may even outperform the faithful Renault Duster.
Coming to its mechanicals, the Hyundai Creta SUV is available with one petrol engine and two oil burners. The 1.6 litre gasoline motor generates 123 PS of power and 151 Nm of twist, while the smaller 1.4 litre diesel motor produces 90 PS and 219 Nm of twisting force. Both the engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The range topping 1.6 litre diesel motor bangs out 128 PS and 260 Nm of torque coupled to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox.