Korean car manufacturer Kia came to India in 2019 with their brand new SUV Seltos. The SUV became so popular in a short span of time. Kia Seltos has been in the market for couple of years and even today there is a waiting period on the SUV. Seltos is currently one of the most popular mid size SUVs in the market. The SUV competes with cars like Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier in the segment. Kia Seltos was also priced competitively as it was completely manufactured in India at Kia’s manufacturing facility in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. It is manufactured in Andhra Pradesh and then sent to different parts of the country. Kia takes help from Indian Railways for this purpose. Here we have a video, where newly manufactured Kia Seltos SUV is being loaded on a train.
The video has been shared by Ministry of Railways, Government of India on their Facebook page. In this video, Kia Seltos can be seen parked in a line next to a railway track. This is probably, their loading station from where Kia loads their SUVs. Kia is currently manufacturing Seltos and Sonet compact SUV in India. Both these SUVs are shipped to different parts of the country on train. In this video, a long queue of Kia Seltos is seen.
A driver probably from the factory is seen driving the car to the ramp which is helps the SUV get into the train compartment. These train compartments are specially made for transporting cars. It is fully covered and all the compartments are connected so that, they can easily drive the car from one end to the other. An official can be seen standing outside and he is likely to be verifying the paperwork of each and every vehicle before it gets loaded on to the train.
Utilising railways for transporting cars from one place to another is actually a clever idea. Railways is actually a cheaper and much more safer way of transporting vehicles. In the last couple of years, the way goods move by road has changed due to pandemic. At times, due to state wise restrictions, lorry and truck drivers who are carrying vehicle might get stuck at the border. That risk is completely taken avoided by transporting it in a train. At times trucks carrying vehicles are also involved in accidents which again is a risk. Kia is not the only manufacturer who does this. India’s largest and second largest car manufacturer – Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai also transport their newly manufactured vehicles in this manner.
Coming back to Kia Seltos, it became popular among buyers for its bold looks and features. It was one of the first SUV in the country that came with variety of engine and transmission options. There is a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that comes with IVT, iMT and manual gearbox. The next engine on offer is a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine that comes with manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. Last engine option on offer is the 1.4 litre turbo petrol which gets a 7-speed DCT and manual gearbox option.