Hyundai Motor India is all set to bring back the car that earned it a presence in the Indian market – the original tallboy Santro. According to vendor sources, the new Santro is currently under development in South Korea and will come to India in around two years.
Sources say Hyundai management has decided to bring the iconic car back because of the positive customer interest in the brand two years after it was phased out. Hyundai dealers say customers still ask about the Santro and wonder why the car was phased out, leaving the tallboy space wide open for rivals like Maruti. When contacted, HMI CEO Young Key Koo refused to comment.
The Santro was the Indian avatar of what was globally known as the Hyundai Atos Prime. The Korean company replaced Atos Prime with the i10 in most markets across the world in 2007. In October 2011, the Hyundai Eon was launched in India in a similar price segment as the Santro Xing and in 2014 the Grand i10 was launched. But the tallboy continued to sell alongside these newer avatars.