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Production - July 2019

Production started at the end of July at the all new Kia India plant where they built 234 units

Production at the South Korean Gwangju plant:
Domestic - 3,335
Export - 9
 

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August 2019 - production
South Korea - 6,109
India: 6,002

India retail sales : 1,183
 

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September 2019 Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 6,109
  • Export - 453
India: 8,025
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India retail sales: 7,263
 

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Apparently the success of the Seltos has Hyundai and Kia rethinking their production strategy in India.


NEW DELHI : Kia Motors’s runaway success with the Seltos sport-utility vehicle (SUV) has prompted group company Hyundai Motor India Ltd to review its decision to shift production of its next generation Elite i20—a premium hatchback—to Kia’s Andhra Pradesh factory.

Hyundai, which had informed various stakeholders about its plan to move Elite i20 production to Andhra Pradesh, is now doing a feasibility study for retaining production at Chennai, two people aware of the matter said.

Newcomer Kia has sold 26,840 units of Seltos and has received more than 60,000 bookings in the two months since entering India.

On Tuesday, Kia announced that it has become the fifth largest vehicle manufacturer in India. For the festival month of October, the South Korean company reported wholesale despatches of 12,859 units, beating Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan and Renault. Robust bookings have also prompted it to start an extra shift at its Andhra Pradesh factory.

According to the people cited above who spoke on the condition of anonymity, increasing demand for the Seltos is one of the reasons for the rethink. The surging demand for Seltos comes at a time when car sales in India have declined in the past year amid an economic downturn.

According to the first of the two persons, Hyundai had decided to manufacture the Elite i20 at the Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh and had informed other stakeholders as well.

“Elite i20 is a mass product and a successful one, and the Anantapur plant has a capacity of 300,000 units. The demand for Seltos will only increase with the recovery in the economy. So, there won’t be enough capacity. Kia also has vehicles in the pipeline. Hence, Hyundai is re-evaluating the strategy, though nothing has been finalized as yet," said the person mentioned above.

Emails sent to Hyundai Motor India and Kia Motors India on 17 October, remained unanswered till press time.

Hyundai’s Chennai plant has been running at more than 95% of its installed capacity for some years now, but it was widely expected that the company might use the Kia plant. Last year, Hyundai said it raised capacity at its Chennai plant by 100,000 units.

According to the second person cited above, Hyundai may not produce the Elite i20 in Andhra Pradesh, or may manufacture another model there which is not expected to attract large volumes.

“There may be other operational reasons, but the overwhelming demand for Seltos is definitely one of the reasons which have led the company to think again on its plans. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have done a feasibility test of their production strategies. Also, the next product of Kia may not be a volume driver, but most manufacturers like to keep some buffer capacity in hand," said the second person mentioned above.

Kia, SAIC Motor-owned MG Motor and PSA are the three new automakers to enter the domestic market over this year and the next.

Of the three, Kia has outlined the most aggressive strategy for India as it will start its journey with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles and 265 touch points—a mix of dealerships and service centres—across 160 cities.

The company plans to launch four new models over the next two years.
 

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October 2019 Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 5,511
  • Export - 3,317
India: 14,636
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India retail sales: 12,584
Asia Pacific retail sales: 236
 

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November 2019 Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 6,136
  • Export - 4,589
India: 17,839
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India retail sales: 13,273
Asia Pacific retail sales: 1,343 (from Korean plant), 115 (from India plant)
 

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Apparently Seltos sales in December took a massive hit.

The Kia Seltos took the market by storm since it was launched in August this year. Its sales have been soaring every month amidst the prolonged slowdown, but it looks like there have been some delay in dispatches at the end of the year. Kia Motors has posted lowest ever sales in December 2019 since it began operations in India. At 4645 units sold it December 2019, its month-on-month (MoM) sales slumped by 67 per cent when compared to 14,005 units which were sold in November 2019. Kia Motors is yet to respond to our mail seeking comment on the sales number.

That said, it's still not all bad news for Kia. According to our exclusive report, the Kia Seltos has already bagged over one lakh bookings so far. The company had received over 30,000 pre-booking ahead of its launch and the number spiralled to 80,000 in November. In a very short time, it has become the bestseller in its segment with over 4500 units being sold every month while others in the competition are struggling to up their volumes. In fact, in just four months, Kia has sold over 45,000 units of the Seltos despite tough competition from models like the Hyundai Creta and MG Hector. The Korean carmaker is also gearing up to introduce the Carnival MPV in India very soon which is expected to add more volumes to Kia's kitty. The Carnival will go up against the Toyota Innova Crysta and will help Kia to tap a segment where there's a huge white space.
 

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December 2019 Plant Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 4,801
  • Export - 6,822
India: 10,983
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India retail sales: 10,615
Asia Pacific retail sales: 1,259 (from Korean plant), 103 (from India plant)

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2019 Plant Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 32,001 (production started in July)
  • Export - 15,210 (production started in September)
India: 57,719 (production started in July)
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2019 India retail sales: 45,673
2019 Asia Pacific retail sales: 2,838 (from Korean plant), 218 (from India plant)
 

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IRVINE, Calif., February 3, 2020 – Kia Motors America today announced best-ever January sales of 40,355 units, up 8-percent over the same period last year. Sales were led by the Sportage SUV, which posted an 11-percent increase year-over-year, marking the model’s best-ever January sales performance. The month also saw the first retail deliveries of the all-new 2021 Seltos SUV.

“After outpacing the industry last year Kia is off to a fast start with best-ever January sales,” said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America. “With the all-new Seltos SUV already on sale in select areas and hitting showrooms nationwide over the next few weeks, along with more new and refreshed models on the way, we are confident that more consumers will continue taking notice of Kia’s world-class offerings.”

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Kia in India sold 15,000 units in January.

Kia Motors India Limited has been on a roll since launching its first product locally, the Seltos. The mid-size SUV is offered in a wide range attracting customers of varying preferences with three BSVI compliant powertrain choices right from the word-go. The Seltos has helped the brand to post massive sales volumes since its market launch in August 2019.

With a single vehicle in its domestic portfolio, Kia has managed to outsell some of the established mainstream brands with consistency. In the first month of 2020, the South Korean auto major recorded its highest monthly sales volume as 15,450 units (including 450 units of Carnival) were sold against 4,645 units in the previous month with 232.6 per cent MoM sales growth. It finished fourth among manufacturers ahead of Renault, Tata, Honda, Toyota, Ford and others.
 

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January 2020 Plant Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic -3,508
  • Export - 5,019
India: 17,811
(the India plant also standard production of the Carnival (Sedona) building 450 units)
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India retail sales: 11,506
Asia Pacific retail sales: 1,240 (from Korean plant), 230 (from India plant)
Also from the India plant:
  • Latin America: 843
  • Middle East: 94
  • Africa: 337
 

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IRVINE, Calif., March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America today announced record February sales of 52,177 vehicles, a 20-percent increase over the same period last year. Sales were led by the Forte and Sportage models with 8,513 and 7,934 units sold, respectively.

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February 2020 Plant Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic -2,869
  • Export - 5,184
India: 17,593
(Carnival (Sedona) 1,620)
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India retail sales: 11,999
Asia Pacific retail sales: 1,076 (from Korean plant), 195 (from India plant)
Also from the India plant:
  • Latin America: 1,070
  • Middle East: 625
  • Africa: 341
 

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IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2020 – Kia Motors America today announced March sales of 45,413 vehicles, led by the Optima and Forte. The first three months of 2020 saw the Sportage SUV – Kia’s longest-running nameplate in the U.S. – realize best-ever first quarter sales of 20,057 units.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those directly and indirectly affected by this terrible virus and we hope that significant containment is achieved over the coming weeks,” said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America. “To show both our customers and our dealer partners that we’re in this together, we implemented Kia’s Accelerate the Good program, which will help new and existing customers impacted by the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak with payment deferral programs that will continue until further notice. Our primary concerns are for the health of our employees, those that work throughout our nationwide network of Kia dealers and our customers, as well as the future of our business.”

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March 2020 Plant Production
South Korea:
  • Domestic - 6,035
  • Export - 7,270
India: 10,051
(Carnival / Sedona) 1,117)
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India retail sales: 8,094
Asia Pacific retail sales: 799 (from Korean plant), 225 (from India plant)
Also from the India plant:
  • Latin America: 1,539
  • Middle East: 444
  • Africa: 265
 
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