Hyundai Creta
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Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has decided to ramp up the production of Creta SUV to meet the increased demand. Hyundai, the second largest car maker in the country, will increase output of Creta by 20 percent to 12,000 units per month.

"We are planning to increase the production from June this year. Right now, 10,000 units of Creta are produced, about 8,000 units for domestic market and rest is exported. We are going to increase the production of Creta by 20 percent to meet the customer expectation," YK Ko, MD and CEO of HMIL, told reporters in Hyderabad on the sidelines of the launch of four new dealerships, reports Economic Times.

The SUV, launched in July 2015, had received over 1 lakh bookings and made 68,000 deliveries till March end. Currently, Hyundai produces 10,000 units of Creta per month in its Chennai facility, out which nearly 8,000 units are for domestic market while the rest of the lot is exported.

The company had earlier told International Business Times, India that the waiting period of the SUV has come down to two months from the previous eight months. HMIL will soon launch the petrol automatic version of the Creta that will be priced at around Rs. 13 lakh. The bookings for the new Creta petrol automatic have begun already. The Creta petrol automatic will come powered by a 1.6-litre VTVT engine mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai Creta is offered in both petrol and diesel-engine options in the country. While the 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine can churn out 121bhp and 151Nm of torque, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine is tuned to pump out 126bhp of power and 260Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to six-speed manual transmission. Currently, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine is also available with six-speed automatic transmission.