Hyundai expects to boost European sales of its updated Atos Prime/Amica and will use India as the sole source for the vehicle.
Instead of being built in both India and South Korea, the revamped vehicle will be produced only by Hyundai Motor India near Chennai (formerly Madras).
The new car is slightly longer at 3565mm and has a 64hp, 1.1-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine. It is 1525mm wide and 1590mm high, with a curb weight of 854kg for the manual version. It is called either Atos Prime or Amica in Europe, depending on the market, and will be called Santro Xing in India.
Hyundai India exported 8,000 cars last year, mostly to Europe. It expects to boost Indian exports to all markets to 30,000 this year and to 70,000 annually next year.
In India, Hyundai sold 112,502 cars last year for 19 percent of the passenger-car market, making it No. 2 after Maruti. Capacity at the Chennai plant is currently being expanded to 150,000 units and will reach 250,000 by late 2004 with an investment of E150 million.
Hyundai began India operations in 1998.