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Kia showcased seven cars at the dealer roadshow

Kia showcased seven cars at the dealer roadshow
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Friday 18 August 2017, 18:55 PM

Kia Motors has already started laying out the groundwork ahead of its arrival in India in 2019. The Korean carmaker has undertaken a ‘dealer roadshow’ initiative to meet prospective dealers across the country. In the first leg of the roadshow held in Delhi, the carmaker showcased seven vehicles from its line-up.

Based on the response from the dealerships, Kia would decide its Indian portfolio. The seven cars Kia showcased in Delhi were the Picanto, Sportage, Sorento, Niro, Rio, Cerato and Optima.

The Picanto hatchback, which is based on the Hyundai Grand i10, garnered the most interest and is a likely candidate to make its way to India. The Rio hatchback also elicited a positive response. However, Kia might choose to introduce the Rio sedan in India, rather than the hatchback. The sedans put up on display were limited to the Cerato and Optima. The former is a D-segment vehicle which (if introduced in India) will go up against the likes of Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis. The Optima, on the other hand, is a bigger sibling which rivals the like of Skoda Superb and Toyota Camry. Meanwhile, the Niro, Sportage and Sorento were the other three high riding vehicles on display. The Sportage falls in the same category as the Hyundai Tuscon while the Sorento is a potential rival to the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Fortuner. However, before getting its big SUVs into India, Kia might introduce the Stonic crossover first. The all-new Stonic was revealed earlier this year and seems like a viable option for India. It would fall into the same segment as the Creta, which is in high demand these days.

The South Korean automaker has already announced a factory in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The local operations will commence there once the brand arrives here in 2019.


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