Kia Motors has rolled out the production version of its first car for India, the Seltos, manufactured at its facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. The company further announced the commencement of mass production of the Seltos in India after testing the vehicle over 20 Lakh kilometers in different climatic conditions and some of the most challenging terrains in India.
The first Kia Seltos was rolled off the assembly line by Honorable Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to India, Shin Bong-kil and Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO of Kia Motors India among other distinguished dignitaries from the State government and Kia Motors India.
Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director & CEO of Kia Motors India said, “The roll-out of the first Seltos is an emotional moment for all of us, especially for the people at the plant as we worked together, relentlessly to build the future of Kia Motors in India. The invaluable contribution made by the government of Andhra Pradesh has enabled us to achieve our target of manufacturing the Seltos in record time. The first Seltos is the symbol of our promise and commitment of Kia to the Indian market.”
Kia Motors’ journey in India started back at the Auto Expo 2018. The company showcased 16 of its top global line-ups along with concept version of the Seltos. Within the first six months of commencement of the trial production (January 2019), Kia held the world premiere of the Seltos in Delhi on 20 June. Now, Kia has initiated the mass production of the Seltos in record time at its world-class manufacturing facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, spread across the enormous 536-acre facility with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. The Korean brand says that this plant will also be capable of producing hybrid and electric vehicles.
The plant in Anantapur houses a five-acre training facility offering a Basic Technical Course (BTC) in automobiles for skill development to provide all the skills necessary for an entry-level job on the factory floor, in the plant.
The Seltos will be BSVI compliant right from its launch. It will be available in brand new Smartstream engines that will come in three variants: 1.5 Petrol, 1.5 Diesel, first in segment 1.4 Turbo Petrol. The mid-SUV offers 3 automatic transmission variants – 7-speed DCT, IVT, and 6-speed automatic along with 6-speed manual transmission.