The Fortuner makes a lot more power, but the Seltos is much lighter
‘Arun Panwar’ uploaded a video of a drag race on his YouTube channel. The contenders included a Kia Seltos and a Toyota Fortuner. Both the vehicles belong to different niches, but it evens out at the onset. The Fortuner churns out a lot more power than the Seltos, but it is also a lot heavier than its Korean counterpart. Which SUV do you have your bets on?
Future plans and expected products details!
Many Indians might still not be familiar with the Kia brand name yet, but for all your information Kia Motors Corporation is also a South Korean Auto manufacturer just like Hyundai. The Seoul based Auto maker is planning to enter the Indian market with their array of new products to attract the attention of people.
The reports state that they are investing around $1.1 billion in building its very first factory in India. Kia Motors Indian website has also gone live recently which also reveals their factory location. Kia chose Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh to build their new facility which will have a production capacity of 300,000 units annually. The plant is set up on 23 million square feet (2.16 Km² or 536 acres) site area. Their official Indian website also reveals that they have started taking dealer and job applications as well.
Although Kia has not announced their Indian lineup yet, they are planning a dealer roadshow soon, and thus you can expect Kia to showcase some products which definitely will also be launched in the Indian market. Kia Motors will enter the Indian market and start selling their cars from the year 2019.
Some reports online state that Kia will enter the Indian market with a compact sedan and an SUV while they will later also introduce some new cars as well. There are possibilities that their first small car is none other than the Kia Rio. The fourth generation Rio sedan was showcased recently at the 2017 New York Auto show.
For all information, Hyundai Motors even owns a minor stake in Kia and thus when they finally launch their products expect them to be highly localised and might even share some of its parts with Hyundai products as well.
The Stonic will make its debut in the month of July
The reports of Kia Motors entering Indian market were doing rounds on the internet for quite some time now. The Korean car manufacturer also has plans to build a brand new manufacturing facility in India to start local production while they are planning to rollout their locally manufactured cars from 2019 onward. They also have announced that they will initially be rolling out two compact cars as of now, while their compact sedan will rival the likes of Maruti Ciaz and Honda City while they will also be introducing a sub-4 meter SUV as well.
Now talking about small SUV’s Kia Motors recently unveiled their new B-segment Crossover called ‘Stonic. Stonic is an original compact Crossover which gets true European design. The name ’Stonic’, in particular, combines two words ‘speedy’ and ‘tonic’. The name has been given in particular to describe the vehicles agility and the hint of fresh new design and features that it will bring with it.
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Hyundai’s sister group has already started road testing for Venga in India
India is one of the largest emerging automobile markets with immense growth potential. We have seen several automakers bringing their latest offerings in the country in recent times. Recently Toyota has confirmed they will bring the Daihatsu models in the country. The latest entrant in the market is going to be the Kia, Hyundai subsidiary brand. The Kia Venga compact hatchback is expected to be one of the front runners for the brand in Indian market. The car has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
Once launched the Kia Venga would compete against other cars like Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti-Suzuki Baleno and Ford Figo in Indian market. Now before the brand officially enters the market, let’s take a close look at the Kia Venga.
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Back in 2013 Hyundai launched N performance edition, in the segment i20 WRC was the first car of the lineup, which also participated in 2014 WRC season. This time the South Korean giant auto manufacturer is all set to bring a new car in that segment which will be the road going new i30 N.
We came to know that, this car is all set to get launched in two years, albeit in a very selectively small number. Although Hyundai claims, i30 N project is still wears a “work under progress” tag, but we already got a look of the forthcoming vehicle going under tests at Nürburgring of Germany, which proves the project is way forward. According to the photographs surfaced from that test, we can see this dashing car got a few changes towards the front profile, such as a front bumper, which is thinly camouflaged, it also gets lowered suspension as well a new dashboard.
Beside that it looks like this car also have a larger body kit and much bigger alloy wheels too, which might have been borrowed from a KIA Pro CEE’d GT. At the rear profile it could also sport bigger exhaust, as the photograph suggests.
What we need in our market are cars that provide a bit more than practicality. Sure we have cars like the Kia Picanto in the list our nominated cars but the entry of Kia will really spice up things. The Indian customers who is still as price conscious as he was 5 years ago is looking for a bit more than ‘practicality’ but doesn’t want to pay a fortune for that. We have listed 8 cars which we think could be India bound next year and all of which we think would add value to the market. Some of them have been already seen testing in the market while the others we think have definite potential. 2013 nevertheless would be an exciting year if you are an auto enthusiast and you can bet on there being surprises on the way.
Everyone likes to hang around with successful people. You never know when their success might rub on you and besides that they make you look good. The success of the Toyota Innova prompted Mahindra to launch the Xylo, the sales figures of the Toyota Fortuner encouraged Mitsubishi to launch the Pajero Sport. The response to the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has made its competitors work on developing similar utility vehicles and the same goes in the case of theRenault Duster. The idea of a utility vehicle works extremely well with our requirements in India and a car which should definitely come into India in the next year is the Hyundai ix20. The ix20 is based on the Kia Venga and the two cars share the same engines and chassis. The Kia Picanto has already been seen testing in India and there is definite possibility of the Hyundai owned Korean manufacturer to come to India. If Kia comes into India the Venga would be definitely one of the cars they would consider bringing in and Hyundai too would be looking to bring in the ix20. If launched in India, prices for these two utility vehicles would start from upwards of Rs6.5 lakhs which puts it in direct competition with premium hatchbacks and other utility vehicles.
There has been a drastic change on how the world now perceives Kia. A decade ago if you had bought any of theKia cars, it would have been labeled as a mistake. Now every automobile journalist is of the opinion that you’re not making a mistake if you’re considering buying a Kia. The Korean manufacturer has grown in leaps and bound in the last decade as a passenger car manufacturer and is one of the world’s fastest-growing car makers. Kia is considering entering the Indian market and we have already reviewed the Picanto which could be its choice for its entry into the Indian market. While the Picanto is the entry level car from Kia and competes with the Maruti Suzuki A-star and the the Hyundai i10, the Rio which competes with the Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Honda Jazz, and could be the next offering from Kia. The Rio is an important car for Kia as the brand now showcases its new confidence and success. We could get the Rio in the next 2 years and prices for this hatch could start from Rs 5.5lakhs.
The Indian automobile world was abuzz last week with the news that Japanese passenger car manufacturer Mazda is planning to make an entry into our market. No conformation has yet come out form Mazda but in the last one year we have seen the Kia Picanto being tested in India and there is a definite possibility of the Korean manufacturer making it into India in the next year. The Picanto which is based on the Hyundai i10 would be the car that Kia would be looking at to generate volumes but knowing how image sensitive the Indian market is, Kia would also like to bring in a more premium and upmarket car. This has been the strategy for manufacturers off late when they enter the Indian market and Kia could go in the same direction. Their funky little ’lifestyle’ SUV, the Sportage could be a good choice for Kia to enter the market with and if the Sportage is assembled in India and Kia could price it right, the softroader could be priced at around 18lakhs which would really make things interesting in this softroader/ lifestyle SUV segment.
For over a year now we have been seeing pictures of the Kia Picanto being testing in India and this obviously has fuelled stories in the automotive circle that Kia could well be on its way into India. Partly owned by Hyundai, Kia too is a Korean manufacturer and the Picanto has been spotted testing in Chennai. It still remains a mystery whether Kia would eventually come into India or whether it would be brought in by Hyundai but the second option seeming more unlikely than the first. Kia in the last few years has made a big leap in terms of its styling, engineering and build quality, much in the same way as Hyundai and their cars have been selling in good numbers in Europe and in Australia. The Picanto is a small car but a huge one for the manufacturer and is also the baby of its range. According to international reviews the latest Picanto is genuinely accomplished and this second generation Picanto if brought into India would be priced starting from 5 lakhs.