Hyundai Motor India Limited, the countryâ€s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer, launched the all-new Fluidic Verna today. The new Verna bears Hyundaiâ€ٙs new design philosophy of â€Fluidic Sculptureâ€ؙ.
The Fluidic Verna boasts of futuristic looks, luxurious interiors, cutting-edge technology and premium appeal. Speaking at the launch of the much-awaited Fluidic Verna sedan, Mr. H W Park, MD & CEO, HMIL, said, â€The Verna has been a trendsetter since it was first launched in 2006. We are confident that the all-new Fluidic Verna will create a new benchmark and raise the bar for the upper mid size cars in India. The launch today further reinstates our commitment to provide the best-in-class design, quality and technology to our customers here.â€ܝ
Present on the occasion of the new Verna launch was Mr. S.S. Yang, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea.
DYNAMIC AND FUTURISTIC DESIGN
The new Fluidic Verna pioneers a host of premium and futuristic design elements based on the Fluidic Sculpture Design Philosophy. The carâ€s futuristic design sports a coupe like side profile which is further refined by elegant and continuous character lines. On the front, the Fluidic Verna displays the next generation hexagonal grille, eagle eye headlamps with wide air dam and distinctive â€٘Lâ€ shaped fog lamps that enhances the overall look of the car.
Fluidic Sculpture design is further accentuated by premium features like chrome plated 2 tone rear garnish and stylish new tail lamp cluster. The 16-inch alloy wheels give the new Verna a bold new stance. Bold rear bumper (with reflectors) add on to the sporty look of the car.
The car boasts of features which are specially developed for India. The interiors have luxurious elements and textures including two-tone beige and black high gloss interiors with wood finish. One of the unique features of the Fluidic Verna is the cluster ionizer which improves the quality of air inside the cabin by producing ion-plasma that traps bacteria and other impurities and comes into operation automatically as the AC is switched on. The rear end of the car is fitted with dual chrome tipped exhaust which adds on to the sporty feel. The car also comes with the convenience of an audio hand remote that allows quick surfing though the options.
The fluidic design concept extends to the interiors too with a Y shaped crash pad and comfortable and spacious interior seating. The longer wheelbase (2570mm) generates ample leg space and the wide seats offer comfortable seating. The interiors feature an array of luxurious elements and textures including leather upholstery to give the car an elegant look and feel.
The centre front armrest comes with segment first sliding function, whereas both front and rear armrests have storage space for enhanced convenience. Other thoughtful convenience features for the driver include driverâ€ٙs side front and rear power windows with auto down and time lag function, electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, tilt steering, electro chromic inside rear view mirror and steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity that minimizes driverâ€s effort.
In the new Fluidic Verna customers will enjoy unmatched audio experience. The car is loaded with fabulous infotainment system which supports Bluetooth connectivity and comes with features like Radio/CD/MP3/USB/Aux-in/i-Pod connectivity for unlimited music access. To make driving pleasurable in summers it has a Fully Automatic Temperature Control (FATC) system with a cooled glove-box.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The new Fluidic Verna will be available with four engine options - 1.4 litre VTVT delivering 107PS@6300rpm of maximum power and 13.8Kgm@5000rpm of peak torque, the petrol 1.6 litre VTVT engine with 123PS@6300rpm maximum power and 15.8@4200rpm peak torque, the Common Rail diesel 1.4 litre CRDi with 90PS@4000rpm max power and 22.43kgm@1750 â€“ 2750rpm of peak torque and the diesel 1.6 litre VGT CRDi, with range topping 128@4000rpm max power and 26.5kgm@1900-2750rpm of peak torque.
Both the 1.6 litre petrol and the diesel engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission while the manual transmission option is available with all the four engine options. The super-efficient 1.4 litre petrol engine gives a mileage of 17.43 kmpl (ARAI figures) while the 1.4 litre diesel version clocks 23.5 kmpl making the new Fluidic Verna the most fuel-efficient car in the segment.
UNMATCHED CLASS LEADING SAFETY
Hyundai has always led the way when it comes to ensuring safety and security in its vehicles. The new Fluidic Verna is packed with an array of necessary safety features and effective safety technologies to enable occupantâ€ٙs safety. It has been awarded a Five Star Safety Rating by C-NCAP (China- New Car Assessment Program) making it one of the safest mid-size sedan.
The new Verna is equipped with first in class 6 airbags for occupant protection as a passive safety feature while the EBD (Electronic Brake force distribution and ABS (anti lock braking system) provide the much needed active safety systems to help the driver control the car better.
The philosophy of â€Fluidic Sculptureâ€ܝ also guarantees safety and stability of the car. In order to ensure over-all strength and safety, the body of new Fluidic Verna is built with high strength steel. External features like a ring type structure in the centre pillar area provides more strength and protection against side impacts.
Hyundai is also the first to come up with Rear Parking Camera (with display on the inside rearview mirror) in the mid-size sedan segment along with reverse parking sensors which helps in ensuring safe and easy parking of the car.
One of the essential safety features brought in by Hyundai in this segment is the automatic unlocking of the door on collision which facilitates quick exit of the occupants. Speed sensing auto door lock prevents accidental opening of the door while moving which adds to unparallel safety while driving. The car is also equipped with a clutch lock system which adds to the safety of the car when parked.
The new Verna goes on sale immediately and will be available in a range of 6 exciting new colours with 8 trim options.
FIRST IN SEGMENT FEATURES
- Engine start/stop button
- Smart key
- Rear parking camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Auto dim Electro Chromic rearview mirrors
- Clean air cluster ionizer
- Sliding centre armrest
- Electrically foldable outside mirrors
- Supervision cluster
- Eco indicator for automatic transmission
- Dual Chrome tipped exhaust
- 6 Airbags
- Speed sensing auto door lock
- Impact sensing auto door unlock
- Front & rear disc brakes
- 6 speed manual transmission for the diesel
Trim-wise price of the new VERNA
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), South Korea and is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. HMIL presently markets 7 models of passenger cars across segments. The A2 segment includes the Santro, i10 and the i20, the A3 segment includes the Accent and the Verna , the A5 segment includes the Sonata Transform and the SUV segment includes the Santa Fe.
HMILâ€s fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Chennai boasts of the most advanced production, quality and testing capabilities in the country. To cater to rising demand, HMIL commissioned its second plant in February 2008, which produces an additional 300,000 units per annum, raising HMILâ€ٙs total production capacity to 600,000 units per annum.
In continuation with its commitment to providing Indian customers with cutting-edge global technology, HMIL has set up a modern multi-million dollar research and development facility in the cyber city of Hyderabad. It aims to become a centre of excellence for automobile engineering and ensure quick turnaround time to changing consumer needs.
As HMCâ€s global export hub for compact cars, HMIL is the first automotive company in India to achieve the export of 10 lakh cars in just over a decade. HMIL currently exports cars to more than 115 countries across EU, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It has been the number one exporter of passenger car of the country for the sixth year in a row. To support its growth and expansion plans, HMIL currently has a 322 strong dealer network and 663 strong service points across India, which will see further expansion in 2011.
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Mr. Arvind Saxena, Director, Marketing and Sales (HMIL), Mr. S.S Yang, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, S. Korea, Mr. H.W. Park, MD and CEO, HMIL and Mr. Y.K Koo, Sr. Director, HMIL at the launch of Hyundaiâ€ٙs New Fluidic Verna in New Delhi today
Mr. S.S Yang, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, S. Korea(Right) along with Mr. H.W. Park, MD and CEO, HMIL today at the launch of Hyundaiâ€s New Fluidic Verna in New Delhi