Hyundai India has rolled out the 8 millionth car from its Chennai production facility in the country. The milestone 8th million unit was a Hyundai Creta in orange paint scheme, while it took the South-Korean automaker 19 years and 6 months to achieve this milestone. Since the start of operations in the Indian market in 1998, the company has sold 5,300,967 units in the domestic market and 2,703,581 units in exports globally. For those asking, Hyundai rolled out its first Million car, SANTRO, in 2006, just 8 years after commencement of commercial production in 1998.
Commenting on this remarkable achievement, Mr. Y.K Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited said, “Evolution of a Revolution is Hyundai’s DNA. Today marks a momentous and landmark day in the history of Hyundai Motor India with the achievement of 8 Millionth Milestone. Hyundai is the only manufacturer to achieve this feat in the shortest span of time while strengthening our Manufacturing Excellence, Customer Experience, Marketing Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. In our evolving journey to becoming India's most Loved and Trusted brand, we have pushed the boundaries and taken on new challenges at every step. Our vision is to deliver on the promise of becoming the ‘Lifetime Partners in Automobile and beyond’. I dedicate this achievement to our valuable customers and every member of the Hyundai family.”
Hyundai has set a target of achieving 10 million units in first half of 2021. The company had its highest-ever domestic sales of 5,36,241 units – a growth of 5.2 percent in Financial Year 17-18. Going back to 1998, the Santro sold more than 1.85 million units worldwide from the Hyundai's Chennai manufacturing plant. Hyundai R&D Centre was set-up in Hyderabad in year 2006 to offer steady support to Namyang R&D center and Hyundai Motor India plant. The Seoul-based automaker is the only Indian auto manufacturer to win 5 Indian Car of The Year (ICOTY) Award for i10, GRAND i10, ELITE i20, CRETA & Next Gen VERNA. It has 493 dealerships and more than 1,309 service points across India.