Festive season in India is nearing and car dealerships have also started preparing for the same. In Kerala, car dealers have started preparations for Onam which is a very important festival. Recently, a Kia dealer from Kannur district delivered 51 units of cars to customers in a day. D.K.H Kia from Kannur, who is an authorised dealer handed over the keys to customer in an event organised on 17 August 2022. The dealership set a record by delivering highest number of SUVs to customers on a single day. The ceremony took place in a college ground near the dealership. The exact number of SUVs is not available.
The dealership delivered Kia Sonet, Seltos, Carnival and Carens MPV to customers in the event. The keys to the cars were handed over to customers by different representatives of Kia representatives. Kia entered Indian market in 2019 with Seltos SUV. The SUV became an instant hit among customers for its looks, features and the competitive pricing. It is still one of the popular SUVs in the segment. Kia Seltos competes with cars like Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun in the segment. Seltos is available with two petrol and a diesel engine option with variety of transmission options.
Next car that was manufactured by Kia in India was the Sonet. It was launched in 2020 and just like the Seltos, Sonet also grabbed attention among buyers for its bold looks and features. Kia Sonet competes with cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Nissan Magnite, Renualt Kiger in the segment. The Kia Sonet is offered with a 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine, 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine option. It is a very popular SUV in the sub-4 meter segment in India.
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Kia Carnival was also launched in the market in 2020. The luxury MPV is currently the flagship model from South Korean car maker in India (if we don’t consider EV6). The Kia Carnival is priced in such a manner that it creates a segment for itself. Carnival that we have in India is a generation old and it is still one of the most spacious and luxurious MPV one can buy in that price tag. It is priced above Innova Crysta and is way more cheaper than Toyota Vellfire and Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Kia Carnival is available with a diesel engine only. It uses a 2.2 litre turbocharged engine which is available with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Kia Carens is one of the latest model introduced in the market. The car is based on the same platform as Seltos. Kia however does not categorises Carens as an SUV. They call it a recreational vehicle and falls under MPV. Like other Kia products, Carens is available with a long list of features and premium interiors. There are petrol and diesel engine options available with the manual and automatic transmission. This is not the first time, we have come across a mass delivery event from Kerala. EVM Volkswagen in Kochi entered India Books of Records for delivering 150 units of Volkswagen Virtus sedan to customers on the same day.
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