Hyundai Motor India has done it again, for the second time in a row. Hyundai Elite i20 has won the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2015 Award.
B.S. Seo- MD & CEO, HMIL, Rakesh Srivastava – Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing, HMIL with ICOTY 2015 Jury.
Rightly so, the new car, immediately after months of its launch has entered into the list of top ten most selling brands in the country. According to the Chennai-based subsidiary of the Korean car manufacturer, Elite i20 has got in excess of 60,000 bookings. The new car has become the choice of 32,000 happy families within a short span of four months, a company statement said.
Hyundai Elite i20 has earned the country’s most prestigious automotive award in a most competitive and rapidly growing market. The ICOTY award has been instituted by the most eminent jury of Senior Editors of all the prominent automotive publications in the country like Top Gear, Motoring World, Car India, Overdrive, Auto Bild, AutoX, Hindu Business Line and EVO.
BS Seo-MD & CEO, HMIL said: “We are honoured to win the most prestigious automotive award – The Indian car of the Year 2015 for our world-class product Elite i20. Winning two successive ICOTY awards symbolizes Hyundai’s commitment to Indian customers by offering world class standards of quality products, design and branding. With this, we intend to thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen Elitei20 as the Indian Car of the year and made Hyundai as the most loved and trusted car manufacturer in India and global markets. With such a challenging spirit, we will be consistently pursuing the development of Modern Premium technologies to innovate at every step to strengthen our brand globally and our brands with the customers.”
B.S. Seo – MD & CEO, HMIL and Rakesh Srivastava – Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing, HMIL receiving the coveted ICOTY 2015 for Elite i20 from Dr. Raghupati Singhania, Chairman & MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.
Congratulating the winning car Elite i20, Bob Rupani, Founder Member ICOTY and Chairman of the Jury, Indian Car of the Year 2015 said, “The 2015 “Indian Car of the Year” title represents the most prestigious recognition for the Elite i20, which embodies the Hyundai’s values of excellence. In our collective votes it has come out on top as a whole package which has led its way from innovation, design, superior technology, safety and value for money. It was very challenging to select one product for from the entire line-up of the contenders, since all the products have done very well in their respective segments and I am happy to see a car as good as the Elite i20 being awarded as ICOTY 2015. Hyundai’s signature design language, the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 has captured the attention of customers and has created a new design benchmark in the segment, setting a trend of future cars that Hyundai is making for global markets. The Elite i20 has a strong fan following and is seen as “Elite companion”. The Elite i20 comes with great combination of power, performance, mileage, comfort, driving pleasure and un-paralleled value proposition.
India plays important role in the market for Hyundai Motor Company, and Hyundai Motor India has been serving Indian customers with high quality products. As a commitment to the Indian market, Hyundai has launched the Elite i20 within 5 months of the successful launch of Xcent, improving the domestic volumes and increasing market share. Earlier, Hyundai Grand received positive and appreciative media response making it the Indian Car of the Year in the year 2014. The Grand got overwhelming customer response with landmark sales of 100,000 units in 10 months, the fastest by any Indian auto brand in the Indian automobile market.
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. It currently has ten car models across segments – Eon, Santro, i10, Grand i10, i20, Xcent, Verna, Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe.
HMIL’s fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Chennai boasts advanced production, quality and testing capabilities. HMIL forms a critical part of HMC’s global export hub. It currently exports to around 120 countries across EU, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific. HMIL has been India’s number one exporter for the past eight years consecutively. To support its growth and expansion plans, HMIL currently has 405 dealers and more than 1,045 service points across India. In its commitment to provide customers with cutting-edge global technology, HMIL set up a modern multi-million dollar R&D facility in Hyderabad. The R&D center endeavors to be a center of excellence in automobile engineering.