Kia Motors' Aggressive Plans For India


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The entry of KIA into the Indian market is very interesting . Actually it feels like a well planned & strategical move by Hyundai & Kia together ,Kia got the potential to perform in the same way as Hyundai does today , I think this will work as an indirect & more stabilized counter to NEXA of MSIL.

Nexa is a kind of strategy to lure sophisticated customers who believes MSIL got poor brand value and its working to some extend as we are seeing 15K Balenos selling through 300 odd dealers.But NEXA lacks many things , one thing is that we all know its a Maruti selling through different outlet, even a common man could easily find its another maruti due to the strong brand recall,also moving the CIAZ to Nexa is a proof for that too, here comes the KIA into the scene where public could only find both Hyundai & KIA are koreans and nothing else, but essentially the cars from these brands are completely same except the body panels.
The problem with KIA is that their product line up . The KIA mostly caters to the segments above Sportage( aka Tucson) for the global market, though they have cars similar to grand i10( Picanto),i20( Rio hatch),Verna(Rio sedan) & Elantra(Cerato) which might be the least selling KIAs too, same is the case with Hyundai too outside of India, Hoping they would bring something like Hyundai for India like the Eon & the Creta for the masses and volume. KIAs are always more desirable than Hyundai's from exteriors & interiors.

Few observations:
* North Korea -U.S threats and developments will affect these Korean giants?
*Though Hyundai -Kia got a handful of Crossovers & Compact SUVs with them , they are lacking ladder frame SUVs in their line up for the time being,also showing some stagnated growth rate on global sales too.They are worried?

Anyhow wishing KIA a very good start in India[thumbswink]
 
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New Kia Rio To Take on Hyundai i20 & Maruti Baleno

Kia Motors had showcased the new Rio hatchback at the 2018 Auto Expo. It is built on the same platform as that of the Hyundai i20, which is on sale in India.

Set for launch in India sometime in 2020 when the South Korean automaker starts its sales operations in the country, the Kia Rio hatchback will boast of a tiger nose grille, swept back multi reflector halogen headlamps and new fog lamps positioned next to air vents on the bumper. The Kia hatchback also gets scooped out doors, 15” alloy wheels and a large rear windscreen.

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Interiors will be seen with premium fitments and new technology apart from a host of safety features. It will get a 7” touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking camera, cruise control, 6 way adjustable driver seat and day and night IRVMs.

Safety features will include tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning along with vehicle stability management. ABS and EBD will also be offered as standard.

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Internationally, Kia Rio hatchback is powered by a 1.6 liter, inline, 4 cylinder petrol engine offering 130 PS peak power at 6,300 rpm / 161 Nm torque at 4,850 rpm mated to a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic.

But in India, expect the Kia Rio to be powered by the same engine and transmission options which are on offer with the Hyundai i20. These are 1.2 liter petrol and 1.4 liter diesel 4 cylinder engine options. Both options are on offer with manual transmission, automatic option is only on offer with petrol variant.

Kia being a more premium brand than Hyundai, expect the Kia Rio to be priced about Rs 50,000 costlier than the Hyundai i20 on sale. Once launched, the Kia Rio will rival Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and the Tata premium hatchback in India.

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New Kia Rio sedan will launch in India – Rival to Maruti Ciaz, Honda City

Set to roll out from the new Kia manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh wherein the company has invested US$ 1.1 billion, Kia Rio sedan is pegged for launch sometime by 2019.

Kia Rio sedan was seen along with Kia hatchback at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and at the 2018 Auto Expo held earlier this year. It is being developed on the Hyundai i20 platform and will rival the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz on its launch in India.


Designed at Kia studios in Europe, US and Korea, the Kia sedan is offered in three trims – LX, S and EX. In European markets, the Kia sedan will be powered by a 1.6 liter GDI engine which is claimed to be of the highest fuel efficiency. In India, however, the Kia Rio sedan will borrow the same engine set up as seen on the Verna sedan. This could be a 1.6 liter unit, 1.4 liter U2 CDRi or a 1.6 liter U2 CRDi mated to both manual and automatic transmission options.

Kia Rio sedan is currently on sale in Malaysian markets where it measures 4,370mm in length, 1720mm in width and 1,455mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,570mm. However, the model in India could get a change in dimensions. It will have ground clearance at 165mm and 15” multi spoke alloy wheels so as to offer better performance on Indian road conditions.


Kia Rio sedan could be priced between Rs 9-13 lakhs in India. Like its hatchback version, the Rio sedan will also get a host of driver and passenger comforts, new technology and a long list of safety features.

The cabin will be spacious with Bluetooth handsfree functionality, 6 speaker stereo system with satellite radio and a rear view camera. It will get a 7” floating touchscreen interface with voice recognition, smartphone integration and Android Auto with Apple CarPlay.












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Kia SP concept-based SUV to launch in second half of 2019


It is already known that Kia Motors is preparing an India entry next year. The company had also announced that the first model for our market will be the SP concept-based SUV. Earlier this year, a naming contest for the production-spec SUV was announced, and while there were speculations that the production name would be 'Trazor', Kia Motors India today, in an official statement announced the official name would be revealed at the launch event which will take place in the second half of 2019.


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Kia SP Concept to be a global SUV, confirmed for the U.S. market - Report


In June, IAB reported that the India-bound Kia SP Concept will have a market in its homeland, South Korea, as well. Now, a new report says that it’s going to the USA.

The Kia SP Concept will mark the brand’s entry in the Indian market when it goes on sale. Production will take place at a new plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, where the construction work is running ahead of schedule. The first trial run will begin in May, and the series production will commence in September. Currently, road testing is undergoing in South Korea.



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Kia Ceed hatchback under consideration for India


Kia Motors will reveal its first model for India – the production version of the SP Concept – next year; but there’s much more to come from the Korean carmaker. A made-in-India compact SUV will make its debut in 2020, and one of the other models in the range could be the Kia Ceed. Sun Wook Hwang, Senior General Manager, Marketing and PR, Kia Motors India confirmed the same.


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Kia Grand Carnival MPV is coming to India soon


Kia Grand Carnival MPV might be launched in India by 2020. It will sit atop the Toyota Innova Crysta, which is one of the highest selling MPV in India.

Kia Grand Carnival MPV is a 5-door MPV, which is much bigger than the Innova too. The MPV measures 5115 mm long, 1985 mm wide and 1755 mm tall. Comparing the dimensions with Toyota Innova, Kia MPV is longer and wider but shorter.

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Kia cars showcased to dealers in India at company plant site


Kia Motors is planning to debut their first product in India by April 2019 bringing it forward by a good four months as compared to earlier intended launch date of July / August. This is due to the fact that the construction of the new manufacturing facility in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, which has seen investments to the tune of $1.1 billion (Rs 7,500 crores), is nearing completion. Kia Motors will also see added investment upto $2 billion by 2021.




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Kia SP concept-based SUV spied for the first time


Kia Motors’ first model for India, the SP-concept based SUV has been spied for the first time. The model will see a market introduction sometime in the second half of next year.




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Kia SP Concept-based SUV to be priced between Rs 10-16 lakh


First Kia SUV for India will sport an aggressive price tag and will target the Hyundai Creta.

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Kia Launching 6 New Cars In 36 Months: Baleno And Innova Rivals Included

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Kia’s India division has devised an aggressive strategy to position itself among the top five mainstream manufacturers in the near future. The company is planning as many as six new models between mid next year and 2022. Kia, the sister brand of Hyundai, will be benefitted by its parent company’s vast presence in the Indian market as well.

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India-bound Kia Grand Carnival - Motorshow Focus

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The Kia Grand Carnival was showcased at the recently held Thai Motor Expo 2018. The mid-life facelift for the 11-seater MPV from Kia is on sale in Thailand in a price range of THB 1,622,000 - 2,292,000 (INR 34,77,736 - 49,14,285). Compared to the pre-facelift version, the new model is up to THB 96,000 (INR 205834) more expensive.

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The Kia Grand Carnival debuted in Thailand at the Bangkok International Motor Show in March 2018. It's on sale in price range of THB 1,622,000 - 2,292,000 (INR 34,77,736 - 49,14,285).

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