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Old 19th October 2019, 00:01   #1
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Fresh from the success of Kia Seltos, I think Kia is planning a plethora of offerings for the Indian market.


An article in Carwale explains more. Link here.

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...the Kia compact SUV will share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Venue. However, it will have a different top hat and interiors, along with the signature Kia design philosophy...
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When Hyundai entered India, they were the most aggressive of all the new MNC entrants. They came independently (no local partners), set up the Indian factory in record time and quickly became the no. 2 in India. I am seeing a lot of that aggressive streak in Kia too. Make no mistake, they have big ambitions. If we look at the Seltos, anyone will agree that Kia has put its best foot forward.

Since its based on the Venue, I'd expect this compact SUV from Kia to be launched in 2020 itself.
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I guess they would have already planned their assembly lines to configure and support for such product road map. If that is a true assertion, then its all about rapidly enabling their plan and nothing else.

I would be curios to know more on how they have laid out their factory set-up to support such large scale production.
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Impressed by the outlook of Kia. Unlike Ford or Jeep, they seem to be quick on their feet ready to launch new models.
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Venue is a great car no doubt, but has few negatives like expensive top-end trim, lack of diesel automatic, hopefully Kia goes crazy with engine gearbox combo just like their Seltos.

1.5L Diesel with 6 speed AT would be an amazing compact SUV that we deserve.
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If they want to maintain the fat profits on Seltos, it is better they don't launch a sub-4m SUV. Hyundai may be thinking on the same lines as Creta sales dwindled after Venue launch.
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Since its based on the Venue, I'd expect this compact SUV from Kia to be launched in 2020 itself.
As per the latest article on ET, they will be launching this compact SUV in July, 2020. It will be the 3rd model from Kia while second model Carnival will be launched in Jan, 2020. In fact Kia India MD said earlier that they will launch one model every 6 months after the Seltos.

Also, the strategy seems to be not entering the entry level volume segments for now and the SUV line up will give them the opportunity for the same.

https://auto.economictimes.indiatime...aster/71697965
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If they want to maintain the fat profits on Seltos, it is better they don't launch a sub-4m SUV. Hyundai may be thinking on the same lines as Creta sales dwindled after Venue launch.
I think in the next 2-3 years, they will have products in most of the SUV segments and most probably premium hatchback as well. With the kind of success they have got with Seltos, they should build on that unlike Jeep which didn't had any plans after Compass as they seem to be basking on its initial success till date.
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Spot on with the segment choice. SUV, Compact SUV has been ruling the charts off late and that's where Kia seems to be putting their money in. While both Kia and MG being different in their approaches, they seem to have studied our market pretty well. I would say the former did it a tad bit better than the latter on a few points.

- Starting with a huge production plant capable of producing 3 lakh cars anually.

- Having a wide variety of options even in a single car.

- Delivering BSVI ready vehicles ahead of everyone.

Kia seems to be hitting the right spots. I'm very sure with such aggressive steps, Kia is going to play a key role in the charts and would soon be dethroning many other manufacturers down the lane.
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Kia Seltos has taken a big chunk of the Creta sales and now is having Hyundai's best seller and savior: Venue in it's cross hairs: God save Hyundai.
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This video is shared by a vlogger (BornCreator) on YouTube. He seems to get confused this with face lifted Nexon, but I am sure this is Kia QYI only.


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Successful product launches rarely happen by chance. KIA seem to have done their homework thoroughly. Hyundai-KIA as a group could dominate launches of new products / new generation of products over the next 2-3 years.

KIA is definitely setting the bar higher in terms of quality and options availability. With all the feedback and valuable data they would have collected from the customers and dealers by now, their future launches will only get more inline with Indian customer expectations.
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Kia are quick on their feet! Looking at Seltos, safe to assume that this compact crossover may have a true top end, especially in AT! Suits me just fine.

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