Kia Motors India today rolled out the first Kia Sonet compact SUV from its Anantapur facility in Andhra Pradesh. The production rollout comes exactly two weeks ahead of the official launch on O=September 18.
The Kia Sonet is the company’s latest made-in-India product which will be sold in various global markets similar to the mid-SUV segment. The company has announced that the commencement of mass production of the Sonet in India has been initiated after testing the vehicle for over 100,000 kilometres in different climatic conditions and some of the most challenging terrains in India.
After making the world premier on August 21, the Kia Sonet received over 6,523 bookings on day one. With this rollout, Kia is looking at building India as the export hub for the Sonet to cater to demand from 70 markets globally.
Commenting on the occasion, Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO at Kia Motors India said, “Today is a momentous day for Kia Motors India, as we officially rollout the first Kia Sonet customer car. It is a matter of great pride that we have been able to stay true to our promise of the power to surprise and bring in Sonet in time, despite the unprecedent challenges the world is facing today. Kia Sonet is the symbol of promise and commitment of Kia to the Indian market and a testament to the passion and dedication of the employees at our state-of-the-art Anantapur plant who have worked relentlessly to ensure uninterrupted development of the new Sonet.”
Manufactured exclusively at Kia’s state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, the Sonet marks the brand’s entry in the growing and competitive compact SUV segment. The compact SUV sports a bold and dynamic design, high-quality interiors, 30+ segment-best features, a wide choice of powertrains and 57 UVO Connect features including voice assist.
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