Hyundai Creta Sub-compact SUV Announced


Hyundai has revealed the name of its first global sub-compact SUV.

The Hyundai Creta will launch in the second half of 2015, starting with India and will be a global model.

While the Korean automaker didn’t share many details about its next new model, it did give details on its name, which is derived primarily from Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. According to Hyundai, Crete was the focal point for Greece’s global prowess in trade and culture and the automaker’s aim with the Hyundai Creta is to be an influential global model for the brand in one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments.

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“Pronunciation of Creta deliberately evokes welcome similarities with the term ‘creative,’ and draws on positive associations with the Mediterranean island of Crete, which is famed for combining a relaxed and tranquil environment with a vibrant, energetic approach to outdoor activities,” Hyundai said in a statement.

Expect more details on the Hyundai Creta subcompact SUV as it gets closer to its global launch in India later this year. For the Indian market, the Hyundai Creta will compete with offerings from Mahindra & Mahindra, Renault, Nissan, Ford and Tata Motors.

Despite being billed as a global product, Hyundai has not said if the crossover will be offered in North America.

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