After 9 years of production, Hyundai discontinues i10 in India
According to a report on Team-BHP, Hyundai has stopped producing the i10 in India, which was kind of expected. i10, which failed miserably in crash tests, was limited to the 1.1 liter petrol engine after the Grand i10 was launched in 2013. The older-gen i10, which was the only car in the current lineup to follow Hyundai’s older fluidic design theme, was expected to attract customers between Eon and Grand i10 and it was doing around 1500 to 2000 unit sales every month.
But a look at the new monthly sales numbers will reveal that the growing demand of Grand i10 and i20 and other cars in the stable are the reason for its discontinuation. Axing of the hatchback will provide Hyundai a chance to lend production lines to other more profitable cars.
According to the report, the i10’s relatively long trail ended three days back with a black car rolling out of the production lines. It is speculated that sometime next year Hyundai will introduce the next-generation Santro which will take i10’s space. i10 will continue to be available till Hyundai and all dealers go out of stock which we believe will not take more than a couple of months.
Hyundai was also caught testing the Grand i10 facelift in India which is expected to be launched in a couple of months from now which will be followed by an updated variant of Xcent. (Report here)
Barely a few days back, rival Maruti also discontinued its Ritz hatchback which will be replaced by Ignis which has crossover-looks.