Hyundai has launched the new Atos automatic in South Africa as an entry level offering targeting the budget segment of the market. The Atos was previously available in manual versions only. Keep in mind the Santro name was/is used to market the Atos hatchback mainly in the Indian and South East Asian region.
Based on the Motion trim, the Atos automatic is priced at ZAR 189,900 (PKR 21.57 lac) and employs a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) which channels 67 hp of power and 99 Nm of torque from the naturally aspirated 1.1L four-cylinder petrol engine.
Standard features of the Hyundai Atos Automatic include 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a multi-function steering wheel, a USB charging socket, air conditioning, power front windows, dual-airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorage. The Hyundai Atos automatic in South Africa is backed by standard 7-years/200,000 km warranty and 7-years/150,000 km roadside assistance which is complemented by a 1-year/15,000 km service plan.
Commenting on launch, Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director at Hyundai Automotive South Africa, said:
“The successful introduction of the manual transmission derivative led us to examine an extension of the Atos offering by adding the new derivative with a 5-speed automatic manual transmission. Road tests over a 1,100 km route that ranged from sea-level to the high altitude of the Highveld – all done in on-the-road comparison with some of the model’s main rivals in its segment – were conducted before the green light was given for the launch of the Hyundai Atos Motion AMT”
South Africa is one of the few markets like Pakistan where RHD (right-hand-drive) cars are driven, bear in mid more than 75% of the world drives LHD (left-hand-drive) cars. However unlike South Africa, Hyundai in Pakistan is yet to introduce economical cars for the masses.
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