Kia Motors Corporation has opened its new Indian production facility at Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The plant will produce Kia’s first ‘made in India’ product, the Seltos compact SUV, with other models to follow. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Bongkil Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Han-Woo Park, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO of Kia Motors India were present.
“We are proud to open our new production facility in Anantapur today,” said Han-Woo Park. “Now fully in operation, our new plant allows us to serve the growing Indian car market, and export models like the Seltos to markets across the world in major regions. In the longer-term, it will also become a vital part of our global production network.”
The Anantapur production facility is capable of producing up to around 300,000 units each year. The plant occupies around 23 million square feet (2.16 km2 / 536 acres) and incorporates facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. In addition to petrol and diesel variants of the Seltos, production of future electric and hybrid vehicles was put into consideration when designing the plant production lines.
The plant is equipped with more than 450 robots, helping to automate the press, body and paint shops, as well as the assembly line. Kia’s presence in Anantapur has helped create over 12,000 new direct and indirect jobs across the region, said the company.
As many as 40,649 units of Kia Seltos have been sold as of November 2019.
Kia will commence production of its premium MPV model at KMI in early 2020. The brand also plans to introduce a new sub-compact SUV model to the market later that year.
Already established with 265 touchpoints and service centers in 160 different cities, Kia Motors will add an additional 50 touchpoints and services centers by March 2020.
Kia would be showcasing its next product for the Indian market – premium Carnival MPV – at the India Auto Expo in February 2020.