Kia Motors Corporation on Thursday opened its new Indian production facility at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh (AP). Chief minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated the new plant, which is capable of producing up to around 3,00,000 units each year and occupies around 23 million sq ft of space.
Reddy said that the state government will provide all possible help from his side, and added hoped that many other industries would also set-up shop in AP in the coming days. The chief minister, during his address at the inauguration, said that Kia Motors Corporation will employ 11,000 people directly and another 7,000 indirectly once its plant is fully developed.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Bongkil Shin, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Han-Woo Park, president and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, Kookhyun Shim, managing director and CEO of Kia Motors India, among others. The new plant is equipped with more than 450 robots, which will help automate the press, body and paint shops during the assembling of cars.
The first model manufactured by Kia Motors India (KMI) was the new Seltos compact SUV, which was launched in August in India. The car’s launch was met with strong sales, and a total of 40,640 units have been sold as of November. A press release from KMI stated that the global South-Korean automobile company will also expand its models in the days to come.
“Kia will commence production of its premium MPV model at KMI in early 2020. The brand also plans to introduce a new sub-compact SUV model to the market later that year, strengthening its utility vehicle image in India," stated the release. The Kia Seltos car started sales with an introductory price from Rs.9.69 lakh onwards, with three variants: 1.5 petrol, 1.5 diesel, and 1.4 turbo petrol, mated with both manual and automatic transmissions.