Kia Motors, a subsidiary of the South Korean carmaker, Hyundai has become India’s fastest-growing carmaker. The company has announced that the brand has sold 1 lakh vehicles in just 11 months since the launch of its first offering for the domestic market, the Kia Seltos in August 2019.
Speaking on the occasion MD and CEO, Kia Motors India, said; “2019 marked an important year for Kia as we introduced our first car for the Indian market with an aim to become a household name in the country. We are highly overwhelmed with the response and acceptance that Indian customers have shown towards us. Reaching the one lakh milestone with just two products, in a record 11-month time, is a testament to our commitment to India.”
So Far, So Good!
The South-Korean brand entered the Indian car market with the Seltos SUV followed by the Carnival MPV. Both the models have been able to carve their way into their respective niche’s.
So much so that within just two months of its launch, Kia Seltos went on to become India’s most sold B-segment SUV taking over the legacy of its cousin, the Hyundai Creta and the undisputed king of Indian roads, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
With its aggressive, sharp and sporty looks, this B-segment SUV is still amongst the best-selling models in the country till date and has clocked 97,745 units so far.
The Seltos was then followed by the Carnival MPV offered as a premium alternative to the Toyota Innova. It made its debut at the Auto Expo 2020 and has bagged sales of over 3,614 units so far. Kia Carnival is available with multiple seating configurations and comes equipped with a plethora of features. Take a look here.
Kia’s Future Plans?
Kia Motors is all set to launch its third product for the Indian market. Kia Sonet will be making its global debut on August 7th, 2020 followed by its launch sometime in September.
The Sonet will be manufactured at the plant in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Kia has spent over US$1.1 billion in the construction of its world-class greenfield manufacturing facility. Kia has also announced an additional investment of $54 million (Rs 404 crore approx) to further ramp up the production.1