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India is currently in a lock down that will last until May 3. Many business entities including automobile manufacturers have come forward to help in whatever way they can during this situation. Hyundai Motor India (HMI) recently donated Rs 7 Crore to the PM CARES Fund for the COVID-19 crisis.
Commenting on the initiative, SS Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, "The core values of our foundation inspire us to strive for the betterment of society. Our contribution to the PM CARES Fund stands testament to solidarity we hold with the people of India, amidst this crisis. In challenging times such as these, we are pledging to bring about ‘Progress for Humanity' and will continue giving back to help India defeat this adversity."
This is not the first time Hyundai has stepped in to help. The company has previously donated Rs 5 crore to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Relief Fund, has handed over imported COVID-19 advanced diagnostic test Kits worth Rs 4 crore, and has created a strategic partnership with Air Liquide Medical Systems to augment the production and supply of ventilators.
In addition, HMI has also contributed to the in-house development of AMBU bag actuators, distribution of PPEs, face masks and other safety kits in the States of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, & Haryana, and in Delhi. The brand has also distributed dry rations in Delhi and Tamil Nadu.
In Hyundai related news, the company recently launched the Santro BS6 models in India. The company hasn't brought any other changes to the vehicle outside of the engine upgrade. Powering the Hyundai Santro is a BS6 compliant 1.1-litre engine that is available in petrol and CNG options. The petrol unit produces 68bhp of power and 99Nm of peak torque.
On the other hand, the CNG engine pumps out 58 bhp of power and 84Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is available as an optional for the petrol unit. The BS6 models of the Santro have been launched at a starting price of Rs 4.57 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Thoughts About the Donations Made By Hyundai During The COVID-19 Crisis
Along with other automobile manufacturers, Hyundai has also contributed a lot to support the government in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will keep supporting our nation until the very end of this crisis and we hope that this pandemic will get over soon.