Trivandrum: Kia Motors, a leading automaker worldwide, showcased two of their world-class cars – Carnival Hi Limousine and Niro, during a design tour in the capital city. The company is all set to launch the much-awaited mid-SUV, SP2i later this year with an aim to be amongst the top five automakers in India within three years.
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. On January 29, 2019, Kia Motors India marked the start of trial operations and showcased the camouflaged production version of its first car for India, SP2i.
Kia Motors made its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2018 and showcased its 16 top global line-ups along with SP2i. The upcoming car SP2i is being manufactured in the company’s Anantapur plant will roll out in the second half of 2019 and will be equipped with world-class quality, finest design and state-of-art technology. Drawing inspiration from India and the ‘powerful’ face of India’s very own ‘Royal Bengal Tiger’, the car carries Kia’s famous and the most distinctive feature- ‘Tiger Nose Grille’, designed by Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. The car truly fits into the ‘Make in India’ segment and combines everything Indian customers desire in a car promising state-of-the-art technology with a sporty, stylish design.
The enormous 536-acre plant is ready has an annual installed capacity of producing over 300,000 vehicles and expects to create over 3,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs in the region A US$2bn investment by Kia and its vendor partners ensures the availability of world-standard technologies and the development of high-quality local manufacturing skills. An integrated automotive production facility, the new Anantapur plant employs the latest production technologies, with more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops. The plant is also capable of producing hybrid and electric vehicles.
Kia Motors Corporation has more than doubled its global sales since 2008, reporting a sale of 2.8 million cars last year
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