Hyundai Creta
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The Hyundai Creta has added another feather in its cap by selling 7,437 units in August 2015 and become the country's top-selling SUV, dethroning long time leader Mahindra Bolero.

A report published in claims that the Mahindra's Bolero clocked just 4,804 units last month, in line with the declining trend being seen in 2015-16, starting from April when the company sold 8,729 units. It was down to 5,902 units in July 2015.

The Mahindra Bolero is the all-time bestselling vehicle for the manufacturer and was India's best-selling SUV for ninth year in row till 2014-15. 

The Hyundai Creta was launched on 21 July and within a month, the new compact SUV managed to beat the Bolero to reach the top spot in SUV sales. The Hyundai Creta was welcomed for its class- leading features and refreshing design, despite being priced higher compared to its rivals.

The Creta raked up 15,000 pre-launch bookings, positioning itself as a real challenger of the segment's long-standing leader, the Renault Duster.

Within a week of the launch, the waiting period for the SUV reached three months and those who booked the vehicle in the first week of August, have to wait for more than six months. The overwhelming response to the SUV had prompted Hyundai to increase the production of te Creta to 7,000 units from the planned 5,000 units per month. The domestic demand also encouraged Hyundai India to postpone exports as well.

In the beginning of September, bookings for the Hyundai Creta crossed over 40,000 units. The increase in demand and the large number of confirmed orders indicates the Creta is likely to stay at the top position in the coming months. 

Priced between Rs 8.59 lakh and Rs 13.60 lakh, the Creta is being offered in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine churns out 121bhp and 151Nm of torque, while the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine develops 126bhp and 259Nm of torque.

The less powered 1.4-litre CRDi diesel unit churns out 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. The entire engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6-litre CRDi is also available with 6-speed automatic transmission.

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