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Kia Motors likely to bring 3 models in India on its debut

Kia Motors likely to bring 3 models in India on its debut
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 19 August 2016, 18:59 PM

Hyundai Motors holds a considerable share in the Indian market. To further strengthen its position, the automaker will soon introduce its internationally popular Kia brand in India. Collaboratively, Kia Motors and Hyundai Motors hold the fifth position in the global market, while in South Korea Kia Motors holds the second position. In a month or two, Kia Motors will make a formal announcement in this regard.

 

The company will take its time to ensure having a proper setup in the country and might roll out its first model in 2019. Reports indicate that the company has shortlisted three locations – Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. To begin with, the company might have a production capacity of about 3,00,000 units a year.  Though company has not revealed which models will be introduced in India, we believe that the automaker might initially start off with – Picanto, Rio and the Rio sedan.

 

The Picanto from Kia Motors is offered as an entry-level model in the international market. The car comes with 1.2-litre and 1.0-litre engine options, which generates 85bhp of power and 68bhp of power respectively. The stylish Rio hatchback is offered in two engine tunes – 1.4-litre petrol and 1.2-litre petrol engines which generate about 104bhp of power and 82bhp of power respectively. The Rio sedan will also share similar engine specs as that of the hatchback. It is to be seen if the India-bound models will also get similar engine specs.

 

The upcoming cars from Kia Motors will be loaded with modern style upgrades and safety features to make it competitive in the Indian market. India being a price competitive market, we can expect to see a lucrative price tag on the models being launched from the company’s line up. More details on the location of the production set-up will be known in the coming days.

 

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