NewsVoir | 26 Jul, 2017
Kia Motors is hosting a series of roadshows around India to meet prospective dealer partners throughout August and September. The Korean car manufacturer is due to commence local retail sales during the second half of 2019.
The Kia Dealer Roadshow gives prospective dealer partners the opportunity to meet executives from Kia Motors India and learn more about the cars due on sale in India from 2019. Dealers attending each event in the roadshow calendar will also learn about Kiaâs business strategy and the companyâs plans for establishing its new Indian dealer network.
The Kia Dealer Roadshow will visit four of Indiaâs largest cities: Delhi (JW Marriott Aerocity, 8-9 August), Mumbai (ITC Maratha, 16-17 August), Bangalore (Hotel Taj West End, 23-24 August) and Kolkata (Taj Bengal, 1 September). Most importantly, Kia Motors India has officially launched its website www.kia.com on July 26th, 2017. For partnering with Kia Motors India, dealers can register for the roadshow at www.kiaroadshowindia.com.
Mr. Yong S. Kim, Head of Sales & Marketing, Kia Motors India, comments: âIndia ranks very high in our list of priorities and Kia Motors India is looking for dealers who want to be leaders â passionate and talented businesses who want to grow and succeed in partnership with the brand. India is a unique market and itâs important to Kia that we learn from those who have a deep understanding of local buyers and their needs. Like other regions where Kia already has a presence, we will offer Indian customers the highest levels of satisfaction. Our dealer partners hold the key to achieving this aim.â
âThere is no clearer sign of our commitment to the Indian market than the establishment of our new manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh. This new facility will be able to produce up to 300,000 new cars each year, with a range of vehicles built exclusively for the Indian market. Worldwide demand for Kia cars is growing, and combined with the start of sales in India, the new facility marks our latest step in becoming a leading global car manufacturer.â
Manufacturing in the fastest-growing major new car market
In April, Kia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur District. Kiaâs first production facility in the country represents a US$1.1 billion investment in India and construction is due to commence during Q4 2017. When series production commences in the second half of 2019, Kia plans to produce a strategic compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market.
The site occupies 23 million square feet (2.16 km2 / 536 acres) and will incorporate facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. It will also be home to numerous supplier companiesâ facilities.
Construction of a new manufacturing facility in India will enable Kia to maintain its position as one of the worldâs fastest-growing automobile brands. The new facility in Anantapur will enable the company to start selling its models in India, and benefit from further sustainable sales growth, locally and internationally. Furthermore, the regionâs fast-developing supply chain network and skilled labor force were other key reasons for the new investment by Kia Motors.
India is the fastest growing major new car market and the fifth largest in the world, with more than 3.3 million new cars sold in 2016. Forecasts suggest the country will become the third-largest car market by the end of 2020.
About Kia Motors Corporation
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) â a maker of world-class quality vehicles for the young-at-heart â was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 3 million Kia vehicles a year are produced at 14 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 180 countries. Kia today has over 51,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$45 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA â the governing body of the FIFA World Cupâ¢. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan â "The Power to Surprise" â represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.
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