Kia Motors Corporation has officially opened a new Indian production facility, set to manufacture premium MPVs and a new sub-compact SUV model.


Kia Motors
 Corporation has officially opened a new Indian production facility in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. Following a $1.49 billion investment by Kia, the new Kia Motors India (KMI) manufacturing plant is now fully operational.

Production of future electric and hybrid vehicles was put into consideration when designing the KMI's plant production lines The KMI plant is the new production home for Kia's first 'made in India' product, the Seltos compact SUV, with other models to follow in the future.

Kia's plans for the Indian new car market include the production of additional models at the plant
 and an expanded product portfolio. Kia will commence production of a premium MPV model at the plant in early 2020. The brand also plans to introduce a new sub-compact SUV model to the market later that year, strengthening its utility vehicle brand image in India.

The Anantapur production facility is capable of producing up to around 300,000 units a year, boosting Kia's total global manufacturing volume as it enters the world's fifth-largest new car market. The plant occupies around 2.1 million sqm and incorporates facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. In addition to gasoline and diesel variants of the Seltos, production of future electric and hybrid vehicles was put into consideration when designing the KMI's plant production lines.