Competition Commission Dismisses Case Against Hyundai Creta

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed a case filed against Hyundai Creta, under unfair trade practices.

The complaint was filed by one Mr. Arvind Sood, who claimed that the dealership collected the booking amount for the Creta SUV, without revealing details about the product.

To find out if the carmaker played a foul game, CCI considered the ‘market of sports/multi utility vehicles in India' as the relevant category. Taking this under consideration, CCI's order said that there are a number of vehicle models to chose from in this category, keeping in mind the price, fuel, engine displacement, dealer network, etc.

CCI says this indicates that a customer has a variety of vehicles and models to chose from, and Hyundai is not abusing or practicing unfair trade.

The CCI order said:

"Thus, opposite party (Hyundai Motor India) does not appear to be in a dominant position in the relevant market."

"The information is devoid of any merit as the same does not disclose any competition issue which can be examined within the ambit of section 3 or 4 of the (Competition) Act."

*Section 3 pertains to cartelisation while Section 4 relates to abuse of dominant position.

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