Kia Motors India is the newest player in the Indian car market and it sure has taken the scene by storm. With just 1 car in its product portfolio, Kia managed to breach the top 10 manufacturers in August 2019. Kia was placed 7th beating established players like Renault, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Skoda and even MG Motor India. The Kia Seltos sold 6200 units in August 2019 and surpassed nearly all its rivals in the compact SUV segment. While the model garnered over 32,000 bookings at the time of launch, that number has now crossed the 35000 mark, because of which the company is now looking to push more cars out of its Anatapura facility and will soon start a second shift. Having sold 6200 units in August 2019, Kia has become the seventh largest automaker in the country behind Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra, Toyota, Honda and Tata Motors.
The Kia Seltos outsold the MG Hector by a huge margin
The impressive volumes come at a time when the auto industry is witnessing one of its worst sales in nearly 20 years. In August 2019, the overall passenger vehicle sales dropped by a significant 31.57 per cent with 196,524 units sold as compared to 287,198 units in August 2018. However, the Utility vehicle segment was not impacted as much as the passenger car segment as sales dropped by just 2.2 per cent.
Kia has received over 35,000 bookings for the Seltos
Morris Garages or MG Motor India also commenced operations in June this year and is off to a good start for its compact SUV. The automaker retailed 2018 units of the MG Hector in August this year in its second month of sales. The manufacturer has currently stopped accepting bookings for the SUV as it tries to fulfil present orders. That said, MG managed to outsell brands like Nissan (1413 units) and Skoda (1164 units) last month.