Hyundai’s latest launch Creta compact SUV has received overwhelming response from the buyers and has struck gold for the company in a short span of time. Hyundai Grand i10 and Elite i20 are a mega success for the carmaker as both the cars are still receiving handsome numbers. With a new car launch, there is possibility of only two things- either it works and become one of the bestselling car or it turn out to be a flop show or a market dud.
In order to become a bestseller, there are certain challenges that every car has to go through like right price, the competition around and some internal challenges like waiting period and production. Nowadays, Hyundai Creta seems to facing the same- a long waiting period which is not only frustrating for the buyers but it also exerts extra pressure on the manufacture.
Hyundai Creta was launched on 21st July and had received 10,000 bookings prior to its launch and 25,000 till now and numbers are still going up. The company aims to sell over 5000 units a month but the huge demand resulting in long waiting period. Officially Hyundai has quoted a waiting period for 3 months but some dealers claiming that it could go up to 9-10 months.
The petrol and diesel variants with a six speed manual gearbox commands a waiting period of 2-4 months depending upon the city you live in and variant you choose. The Creta with an automatic gearbox demands a 6 months waiting period and even 10 in some cities. In certain metro cities especially in Mumbai some dealers are giving a choice to buyers the option to pay a 1-2 lakh premium over the actual price in order to get early or timely deliveries.
What worked for Creta?
Creta compact SUV is based on latest Fluidic 2.0 design platform which turns out from the regular SUV mode. Besides Creta’s handsome look, it is offered with three powerful engines 1.4L, 1.6L diesel and 1.6l petrol engines and it the only vehicle in its segment to be available with 6-speed diesel automatic gearbox.
Apart from power trains and head turning design, it is one of the feature rich cars in the country. The cabin of Creta feels premium and comes equipped with 7 inch touchscreen system, 2DIN audio system with 1GB internal storage, automatic climate control, start/stop button, two 12V power sockets, rear AC vents, front-rear power windows, six airbags, reverse parking camera, hill start assist control, vehicle stability control to name a few.
The Creta is a great value for money product which is currently hamper by long waiting period but the new facility of Hyundai which is kick staring by September and with an annual capacity close to 4 lakhs expect waiting period to be cut by half.
|Comparison of Hyundai Creta variants|