NEW DELHI: Kia on Tuesday announced the company crossed 2.5-lakh sales figures in India in less than 22 months. The Korean carmaker will introduce the refreshed Seltos and Sonet in May.
A top company official also confirmed a new product entry by early 2022. In all likelihood, Kia may debut a 7-seater SUV to rival Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus.
The company officially announced the corporate name changed from ‘Kia Motors India’ to ‘Kia India’.
The company also aims to expand its dealership network. Hardeep Singh Brar, VP and head of sales and marketing, Kia India, said, “To strengthen its reach, Kia is expanding its strong network to 360 touch points covering 218 cities including tier-3 and select tier-4 towns by the end of this year.”
In over one and a half years of sales operation in India, Kia has emerged as the 4th most sold car brand and the fastest carmaker to achieve 2,50,000 sales figures in the country. Over 60% of Kia’s sales come from top variants of Seltos, Carnival, and Sonet.
Kia will also introduce a Gravity edition of Seltos alongside the refreshed model. Sonet will also receive a handful of changes for the model year 2021-22. Both the SUVs will also feature the new ‘KIA’ logo, which signifies an innovative approach to drive the change.
Kookhyun Shim, CEO and MD, Kia India, said, “We try to create a rewarding experience and enhance life of the customer. Our vehicles meet the aspirations of the new-age customer.”
Kia India is trying to bring down the waiting period on cars by working round the clock at the Ananthapur facility, he added.