Hyundai India seems to be in no mood to continue the production of its small hatchback Santro in India. If an ET report is to be believed, the company will stall the production of Santro by November end, when the final batch of cars would roll out of the Hyundai factory. Also, General Motors are contemplating to discontinue Spark hatchback in the country by the end of this year.
Santro has always been a special car in the Hyundai's portfolio ever since it arrived in India around 16 years back. It was the company's first car in India and to some extent, it challenged the monopoly of Maruti in the country due to its distinctive looks and comfort features at that time. Since its launch in October 1998, Hyundai has sold more than 1.36 million Santros in India and exported another 5,35,000. Even currently, the company is selling around an average of 2,900 units per month of this car. However, Hyundai feels that it has reached the end of its life cycle and also intends to free up capacity to produce more units of its newly launched models like Xcent sedan and Elite i20.
On the other hand, the Chevrolet Spark too has been a decent car for the company as it has sold around 1,65,000 units of this hatchback in 7 years, since its launch. GM India vice-president P Balendran said the company hasn't made a decision yet. The officials from both the companies have remained tight-lipped on this matter and refrained from divulging any details. On condition of anonymity, a Hyundai Motor India spokesman said, "We affirm Santro is in production and is a part of our portfolio of 10 brands and is available at all dealerships for sale and has strong fan following".