Kia Motors India Ltd, a new entrant in the Indian market, on Friday announced wholesales of 100,000 vehicles since it started operations in August last year. The company said it is the fastest to reach that sales milestone in the country.
The South Korean manufacturer has dispatched 97,745 units of its mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV), Seltos, and 3,614 units of premium multi-utility vehicle, Carnival, so far.
Within just two months of its launch, Kia’s Seltos emerged as the highest-selling SUV in the segment and marked Kia’s entry in the list of top five carmakers in India. Over the course of 11 months, Kia consistently delivered on all fronts, from ensuring product quality, to setting up a robust network, to delivering a seamless customer experience, the company said.
Kia started operations in India in 2019 and set up a greenfield vehicle manufacturing plant in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, with a capacity to manufacture 300,000 units per year. The automaker is also expected to launch its compact SUV, Sonet, in the current fiscal.
In June, the company reported wholesales of 7,275 vehicles despite disruptions related to covid-19. The company dispatched 7,114 units of Seltos and 161 units of Carnival during the month.
“After the immense success of Seltos and Carnival, the management is confident of keeping up the momentum and leading the Indian automobile industry by addressing the unmet needs and aspirations of customers with the upcoming Sonet," said Kookhyun Shim, managing director and CEO, Kia Motors India.
“The year 2019 marked an important year for Kia as we introduced our first car for the Indian market with an aim to become a household name in the country. We are overwhelmed with the response and acceptance that Indian customers have shown towards us. Reaching the 100,000 milestone with just two products, in a record 11 months is a testament to our commitment to India," he said.