Kia Motors India will be investing an extra sum of $54 million (roughly $408 crore) in its own Anantpur manufacturing center in Andhra Pradesh. Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kookhyun Shim verified that the news whilst engaging in an Andhra Pradesh government’s program, and it has stated that the investment will be forced to scale up the production of SUVs from the nation. In reality, Kia Motors is likely to create more employment in the country, in present, 85% of total workers at its Anantpur plant are locals.
The Kia Seltos compact SUV was the version where the Korean carmaker created its India introduction, followed by the Carnival MPV that was established earlier this season in the Auto Expo 2020. Up to now, the brand has maintained its focus on SUVs and today is gearing up to present the Sonet subcompact SUV in India. We’d exclusively noted that the Kia Sonet will go on sale in India around Festive year this season, at the August – October period. The Kia Sonet saw testing in India in April indicating that although sales and production performance ceased during the lockdown, the business continued with product development and isn’t planning to postpone the launch.
The Kia Sonet will go up against some well-established subcompact SUVs in the market like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra XUV300, and Tata Nexon and will likely be provided with quite a few Segment-first capabilities. So expect the cottage to be filled with attributes like CarPlay and Android Auto and Kia’s UVO connected automobile technician, auto climate control, electric sunroof, wireless charger, and push-button start-stop among others. It’s very likely to discuss engine choices together with the Hyundai Venue, so anticipate. The 1.2-liter gas, 1.5-liter petrol, and a 1.0-liter GDi turbo petrol Engine online offer. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual along with a DCT Automatic also, that’ll send power to front wheels.