Korean auto major Kia Motors will launch its first 'Made in India' car on August 8, according to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Ministers Office. "Kia is preparing to launch its car on August 8 and has invited Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for the event," the CMO said in a release here Saturday night.
Kia Motors first plant in India has been built on a 536-acre site at Penukonda in Anantapuramu district. Kia signed a memorandum of understanding with the AP government in April 2017 for setting up the car manufacturing plant with an investment of USD 1.1 billion , to produce three lakh cars a year.
It commenced trial production of its concept car in January this year. The Anantapuramu Kia plant features cutting-edge manufacturing processes,including advanced robotics and Artificial Intelligence, the company said.
An integrated automotive production facility, the plant employs state-of-the-art production technologies, with more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops. Recently, Kia Seltos was unveiled by the South Korean manufacturer which will rolled off on July 31 from the carmaker's production facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.
Kia Motors have started the official bookings for Seltos on July 16 for a token amount of Rs 25,000. On the very first day, the carmaker received 6,046 bookings for the compact SUV.
The upcoming passenger vehicle can be booked at Kia Motors' 206 sales points across the country and through the official website.Kia Seltos will come with BS VI compliant powertrain.
The SUV will come with an option of 1.4 litre Turbo GDI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. It will also come with multiple automatic transmission options like IVT, 7-speed DCT and 6-speed AT and a 6-speed manual gearbox. The compact SUV will be available in normal, eco and sports drive modes.