The first consignment of the new-gen Hyundai Verna, comprising 2,022 units, has been shipped to Saudi Aradia. Exports to South Africa and other Gulf and Asian countries to start from early 2018.
With 24,000 bookings registered since its launch four months ago, the new Verna has definitely turned out to be a huge success for Hyundai in India. However, while domestic sales are the Korean automaker’s top priority, the firm has now also started dispatching cars to export markets in small numbers as the first shipment of the new gen Verna has been sent to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
The first lot of cars that were dispatched to the Middle East included 2,022 units of the Verna, albeit the cars are rebadged as Accent for the market. All the cars were shipped out from the Chennai port. Over the next months, Hyundai will dispatch the entire consignment to Riyadh which, as the company claims, is of 10,501 units.
Commenting on the development, Y K Koo, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Limited said “Next Gen VERNA is a global sedan and we are very happy to receive such an overwhelming response from Indian and global customers. Keeping our commitment to Make-in-India program, we are proud to export the first shipment of the next-gen Verna to Saudi Arabia.”
Hyundai hasn’t divulged the details of the variant that have been shipped to the Middle East, but it’s understood that they’ll be the 1.6 petrol derivatives of the Verna in both automatic and manual transmission options. After Saudi Arabia, Hyundai plans to export the next-gen Verna to markets in South Africa as well as other Gulf and Asian countries in 2018.