i10 bags 60,000 bookings from overseas market

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New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) Country's second largest passenger car maker Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today said its export order for i10 has touched the 60,000 units mark.

HMIL had launched its compact car i10 on October 31 last year in the country and made a debut in Europe in December 2007 and was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in January this year.

HMIL started accepting export orders for the i10 from December 2007 and received 60,000 orders from the overseas market creating a record of clocking the fastest 50,000 units of export orders in just three months, a company statement said.

The company will ship around 26,000 units by March 2008, it added.

The i10, which is manufactured only at the Chennai plant keeping with Hyundai's stand of making India the hub for small cars, will be exported to all the major markets across the globe covering over 90 countries by the end of the year.

The company has also started a training programme for the staff of all its overseas distributors.

Currently, a batch of 31 sales managers from the overseas markets, covering about 21 countries from Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia, will undergo a training programme in Chennai.

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