Kia Motors to launch in India by 2019 – Report

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Will set up a plant near Andhra Pradesh, reportedly.

According to ET Auto’s sources, Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia, will launch in India in 2019. The second largest Korean car manufacturer will announce its arrival in India in the next three to six months, states the report.

Kia Picanto testing for Mahindra
Kia will announce its arrival in India in the next three to six months, reportedly. Note that the model in the image was imported by a rival manufacturer for benchmark purposes.

Rumors of Kia planning an entry into India have been circling for years, ever since an undisguised Kia Picanto was caught testing on Indian soil, which ended up being brought for benchmark purposes for another manufacturer.

Kia’s management is currently scouting the region to set up a production plant, rather than outsource production to Hyundai. Reports suggest that they will set up base in Tada, Andhra Pradesh, because of the close proximity with Hyundai’s plant in Sri Perumbadur, Chennai, which could enhance synergies and economies of scale.

Kia Picanto on the road
Rumors of Kia planning an entry into India have been fueling for a few years, ever since an undisguised Kia Picanto was caught testing on Indian soil.

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They will invest close to $500 million (Rs 3,400 crore) to build a factory with capacity to produce 3 lakh units a year. As of now, Kia officials have not finalized the products to launch in India. They are likely to launch models that share platforms with Hyundai’s established models, which are almost fully localized in the market.

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