Kochi: Kia Motors, world’s eighth largest automaker, during a design tour in Kochi showcased two of their world-class cars. The company is all set to launch the much-awaited mid-SUV – SP2i, in 2019 with an aim to be amongst the top five automakers in India within three years. With the target of launching a new car every six months after the launch of the first product in India, Kia is planning to expand its portfolio to at least five vehicles by 2021.
On January 29, 2019, Kia Motors India marked the start of trial operations in the presence of N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Shin Bongkil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India. The ceremony was also attended by Han-Woo Park, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation and Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO of Kia Motors India.
During the ceremony, Kia also showcased the camouflaged production version of its first car for India, SP2i, which was test-driven by Chandrababu Naidu along with Kia Motors leadership on the occasion.
Kia Motors made its debut in India at the Auto Expo 2018 and showcased its 16 top global line-up along with SP2i, the most liked car at the Auto Expo. The upcoming car SP2i being manufactured at the company’s Anantapur plant will roll out in the second half of 2019 and will be equipped with world-class quality, finest design and state-of-art technology. Drawing inspiration from India and the ‘powerful’ face of India’s very own ‘Royal Bengal Tiger’, the car carries Kia’s famous and the most distinctive feature, ‘Tiger Nose Grille’, designed by Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer.