Kia Motors to launch mid-SUV this year

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Korean carmaker Kia Motors is gearing up for its launch in the Indian market with their first product being the SP2i SUV.

Pune: Korean carmaker Kia Motors is gearing up for its launch in the Indian market with their first product being the SP2i SUV. With a target of launching a new car every six months after the launch of the first product in India, Kia is planning to expand its portfolio to at least 5 vehicles by 2021. The company is set to launch 16 electric vehicles by 2025 and make the planet greener and cleaner for generations to come.

Manohar Bhat, Head Sales & Marketing and Yong S Kim, Executive Director and CSO, Kia Motors India spoke to the media on Wednesday.

“The upcoming car is being manufactured in the company’s Anantapur plant, Andhra Pradesh. It will roll out in the second half of 2019 and will be equipped with world-class quality, the finest design and state-of-art technology,” said Bhat.

Kia Motors marked the start of trial production of the upcoming SUV in the presence of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu, he added. 

“The mid-SUV’s production home will be the enormous 536-acre Anantapur plant which has an annual installed capacity of producing over 3,00,000 vehicles and will create over 3,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs in the region. The new Anantapur plant employs the latest production technologies, with more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops,” Bhat said.

Kia Motors Corporation has more than doubled its sales since 2008, reporting the sale of 2.8 million cars last year, aligning with the global vision of Kia Motors Corporation to launch 16 electric vehicles by 2025 and make the planet greener and cleaner for the generations to come and confident of producing hybrid and electric vehicles at Anantapur plant.

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