South Korean carmaker Kia Motors Corp. is planning to invest about $1.1 billion to build its first factory in India, it announced. The company which is and affiliate of Hyundai Motor is in talks with the state of Andhra Pradesh to set up a factory in Anantapur in second half of 2019.
The plant, which will have a maximum production capacity of 300,000 vehicles a year, will produce a compact sedan and a sport utility vehicle tailored for the Indian market, Kia said in a statement. It will break ground in the fourth quarter of this year.
The announcement came after Kia and Hyundai Motor Co. suffered a March sales slump in China, their biggest market, attributed to a political standoff and rising competition from local brands. “Our new India plant will enable us to sell cars in the world’s fifth largest market, while providing greater flexibility for our global business,” Kia Motors president Park Han-woo said in a statement.