Cautiously optimistic Hyundai committed to India investment target

New Delhi (IANS) Even as it maintains a cautiously optimistic stance on sales growth in India, automobile major Hyundai is committed to the planned investment target in the country.

Nearing its silver jubilee in India, the company foresees better days ahead with consumers readying to upgrade to newer models.

Accordingly, Hyundai Motor India’s MD & CEO S.S. Kim said the company is on track to fulfil its investment commitments in India.

“In 2019, we announced an investment target of Rs 7,000 crore from 2019 to 2024 based on those numbers we are investing and keeping up with that,” he said.

Broadly, around 40 per cent of the planned target has been met, while the rest will be invested till 2024.

The company has invested about $4 billion since its inception in India.

It has sold over 9 million units and surpassed the 3 million vehicle export milestone in 2020.

On the short-term outlook for the India market, he said: “We are cautiously optimistic, we are looking forward to returning to 2018 sales volume and Indian market has a great growth potential.”

“We can think of new vehicle as overall economic condition is improving.”

According to Kim, car owners are looking for updated and new vehicles, “so we are expecting car sales, but still, we are cautiously optimistic”.

Besides, he cited that Indian consumer is evolving in terms of the income level as well as the aspirations.

“When we look at FY2020, we saw two big changes segment wise that have happened. One being the SUV as a total percentage of the sales has increased from 25 to 29 per cent.”

“The second change is the growth in premium compact has happened from 12.3 to 13 per cent, these are two big changes show us clearly that the customer is evolving.”

Last month, the company’s total sales grew by 15.6 per cent to 60,105 units from 52,002 units sold during January 2020.

In the domestic market the sales grew by 23.8 per cent to 52,005 units from 42,002 units sold in the corresponding period of last year.

The wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) entered India in 1996 with its first plant coming up in May of the same year in Tamil Nadu.

Subsequent, the first model Santro was launched two years later.

At present, HMIL is the second largest car manufacturer in India. In CY2020, the company achieved its highest ever market share of 17.4 per cent.

It currently offers 11 car models across segments.

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