Jan 31: Kia Motors India (KMI) will make its Indian market debut at the Auto Expo 2018 in New Delhi with a new concept car. Kia will unveil the SP Concept at the New Delhi motor show on February 7, alongside a showcase of 16 of the brand’s global models.
According to the company, the new Kia SP Concept has been inspired by Indian heritage and is driven by advanced technology. The Kia SP Concept also would bring to the limelight company’s plans to introduce a new SUV to the Indian market in future. The SP Concept combines sophisticated beauty, breakthrough technology, and high functionality in a SUV form, the company added.
Alongside the global debut for the SP Concept, Kia will showcase its global range of cars at Auto Expo. Kia will exhibit its wide range of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and a range of other cars – including the exciting new Stinger sports sedan. Kia Motors is looking to replicate its global success in India, the world’s fastest growing car market.
“All of us at Kia Motors are extremely proud to take our first steps into one of world’s largest automotive markets. And we are here to build more than just great cars. We aim to set a new standard in the Indian auto industry by providing consumers with world-class products and services, while engaging with and giving back to the local community,” Han-Woo Park, President of Kia Motors Corporation, said. The SP Concept and full range of Kia cars will be on display at the Kia stand in Hall 7 of the Auto Expo.
In April 2017, Kia Motors signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur district. Construction of Kia Motors’ first manufacturing facility in India is under consideration to commence in the first quarter of 2018. The manufacturing facility is expected to begin production in the second half of 2019 and produce approximately 300,000 units per year.