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(LEAD) Hyundai launches Encino subcompact SUV in China

All Headlines 10:27 April 11, 2018

(ATTN: ADDS Jan-Feb sales figures in China in last para)

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's biggest carmaker by sales, has launched the Encino subcompact SUV in China to bolster its market presence, the company said Wednesday.

The Encino is the localized model of the popular Kona subcompact crossover that aims to meet the needs of young Chinese customers.

Hyundai Motor is pushing to revive its sales in the world's biggest automobile market by launching new models this year. The carmaker suffered a sharp sales decline there last year due to a diplomatic row, a company spokesman said.

The Encino comes with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It carries Baidu's connectivity software, a host of safety features and a bit lower and wider appearance compared with the standard Kona, Hyundai Motor said in a statement.

The company didn't provide prices and other details about the new SUV.

In the January-February period, Hyundai Motor sold 95,605 vehicles in China, down 32 percent from 140,093 units a year earlier.

This photo provided by Hyundai Motor shows the Encino subcompact SUV models to be launched in China. (Yonhap)

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