Hyundai i20 beats Maruti Baleno in sales for third consecutive month - The Financial Express

Hyundai i20 beats Maruti Baleno in sales for third consecutive month

Maruti Baleno has surely helped the Indo-Japanese carmaker change its image in the premium segment, thanks to the response the hatchback has received so far.

By: | Published: April 5, 2016 3:36 PM
The premium hatchback Maruti Suzuki Baleno outsold its closest competitor, Hyundai i20, consecutively in November and December last year. The premium hatchback Maruti Suzuki Baleno outsold its closest competitor, Hyundai i20, consecutively in November and December last year.

Maruti Baleno has surely helped the Indo-Japanese carmaker change its image in the premium segment, thanks to the response the hatchback has received so far. The premium hatchback outsold its closest competitor, Hyundai i20, consecutively in November and December last year. Though the Hyundai i20 made a comeback and outnumbered the Baleno in January and February. The Korean carmaker's premium hatchback maintained its lead in March too as it surpassed the Maruti Baleno with a difference of 2,477 units. The Hyundai Elite i20 and i20 Active, collectively, have registered sales of 8,713 units. While, the Baleno clocks 6,236 units for the same month.

After the launch of the Baleno, Hyundai India introduced the updated i20 with some cosmetic changes and additional features. The car now features projector headlights with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. The top-end trim gets an AVN (audio visual navigation) system and a 7-inch touchscreen display with USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity as standard features. While the lower trims continue to be offered with an LCD display for the infotainment system. The 2016 Hyundai i20 also gets dual airbag production as standard across all variants.

The powertrain options of the update i20 remain the same - 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. While the petrol mill develops 81.83bhp of power with 115Nm of torque, the diesel mill churns out 88.73bhp and 220Nm. Both the engines are paired to a 6-speed gearbox.

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