Hyundai Australia has been having lot of trouble since export production of Euro-spec Hyundai cars was moved from India to Turkey and Czech Republic last year. The whole problem relating to its unfavourable safety and exchange rate fluctuation was reported in February this year. Now the company is facing a similar situation with the Hyundai i10.
A report from Motoring.com.au suggests that the second generation i10 which the company is eager to sell has been indefinitely delayed for its Australian launch. Speaking to the publication, Bill Thomas, Hyundai Australia’s Public Relations General Manager, said that the i10 could be launched here if the Indian plant could build the Euro-spec version, which has a higher and locally acceptable safety specification, but that’s not going to happen. It’s not likely that the Indian plant would ever build the Euro-spec version, as India is a very price-sensitive market, he adds.
The report says that Hyundai Australia is very enthusiastic about the Hyundai ix25 B-Segment SUV. Mr. Thomas says that the sub-compact crossover is likely to be built at the company’s plant in Czech Republic, and he suggests that its styling will be inspired from the Hyundai Intrado concept unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. However, on the downside for the Australians, the South Korean automaker’s Oceanic arm is looking at a two-year delay for the Euro-spec ix25.