Hyundai Atos

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Hyundai Atos
2004 Hyundai Atos Prime
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Also calledHyundai Atos Prime
Hyundai Amica
Hyundai Santro Xing
Dodge Atos
Kia Visto
Inokom Atos
Inokom Atos Prima
AssemblyChennai, India
SuccessorHyundai i10
ClassCity car
Body style(s)3 and 5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
2001 Hyundai Santro
2001 Hyundai Santro

The Hyundai Atos (Amica in the UK, Santro in India) is a city car produced by the Hyundai Motor Company. The original Atos was introduced in 1997. In 1999, it was joined by the less controversially styled Hyundai Atos Prime. It uses the G4HC Epsilon straight 4 engine. The mkII version comes with a 1086cc G4HG engine.


Figures as listed for the 2000-2003, 5 door, 1.0i model with GSi trim as sold in the UK (as the Amica), with standard options.

  • Length: 3495 mm
  • Width: 1495 mm
  • Height: 1580 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2380 mm
  • Unladen weight: 847 kg
Technical data
  • Fuel Delivery: Multi-Point Injection
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine size & layout: 999 cc, 4 cylinders, 12 valves
  • Peak Power: 40kW (55 bhp)
  • Peak Torque: 82 Nm (60 lb-ft)
  • 0-60 mph (96 km/h): 14.6 s
  • Top Speed: 142 km/h (88 mph)
  • Fuel economy: 6.4L/100km (44 UK MPG / 35 US)
  • Emissions: 151g CO2/km, other emissions below Euro III standard.

(Adapted from listing available at [1])

Other names

The Atos Prime is marketed as the

. The original Atos was sold under the Hyundai brand but rebadged as the Atoz (or "AtoZ") in some markets, including the United Kingdom.

Hyundai entered the Indian market through the Santro whose main rival at that time was the popular Maruti Suzuki Zen. The company got actor Shah Rukh Khan to endorse the Santro and although the radical styling was not accepted by everyone, the car was an instant hit. It is still undergoing number of improvements and face lifts to suit the Indian customers. The main rival of santro in the current market is Suzuki Wagon R and Maruti Zen Estilo.

In 2003, older models were replaced by the second generation Atos Prime as Santro Xing which is also very popular in India.

The Santro was launched in Pakistan in 2000. Having struggled a tough stance and low customer interest initially, the new Santro Club and Santro Exec created an impact in the market, which exists to date.

South Asia

The Hyundai Santro is a rebadged version of the city car Hyundai Atos sold in some Asian markets.


In Malaysia, Hyundai Atos is locally assembled by Inokom carrying the badge Inokom Atos. The Inokom Atos Prima was later introduced in 2006 which is has the new Atos Prime front while maintaining the original Atos rear.


The recently launched Hyundai i10 is seen as an eventual replacement for the Atos in several markets, probably by the later part of 2008. In some markets, like India, the Atos (sold as the Santro Xing) still remains a very popular model, especially after significant price cuts by Hyundai to place it below the i10. Here the Atos and the i10 will co-exist for quite some time to come, with the i10 pitted against the likes of the Maruti Zen Estilo, while the Santro(Atos) is offered as an alternative to the Suzuki Alto.

Atos EV

Hyundai unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show an electric vehicle based on the Atos, the Atos EV. The Atos EV weights 2,585 lb (1,173 kg), including the battery pack, which holds 24 nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. An on-board 6.6 kW conductive charger can fully recharge the Ni-MH batteries in seven hours.

The Atos EV can travel more than 120 miles (193 km) in stop and go city driving and can reach a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h).[1]



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