Kerala has been incorporating the use of robots for a long time now. Robots are part of the police, works as a COVID-19 health worker and even in restaurants. A dealership of Kia Motors in Kerala has set an example by delivering a brand-new Kia Sonet to its customers through a robot. Here is the video.
The video is recorded live and shows the humanoid robot delivering the keys and documents of the Kia Sonet to the customer. The robot came to talk about the Kia Sonet and also talked about its highlights of the vehicle. The robot then also talked about customer service of Kia Motors after the showroom officials asked about the same. The robot then handed over the keys of the vehicles after taking them from the showroom officials to the customers. It also delivered the documents of the vehicle to the customer, which amused a lot of onlookers present at the event.
It is first of its kind delivery in India, which attracted a lot of viewers and press too. It should be noted that the robot culture is not rare in Kerala and many businesses have started using such robots, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. The robots are even part of the Kerala Police and were incorporated as an officer last year.
Kia Sonet has become one of the best selling vehicles in the segment after it was launched earlier this year. The base variant of the Kia Sonet is the most affordable car in the segment at Rs 6.8 lakh. Kia offers a wide range of variants and engine options to attract as many customers as possible.
The Sonet comes with a range of engine options and transmission options too. The Kia Sonet is offered in two major groups – Tech Line and GT Line. There are five different trim levels in the Tech Line while the GT Line has only one single variant – the GTX. The top-end version of the Tech Line offers features like Leatherette Upholstery and door trims, ventilated front seats, air purifier, 10.25-inch infotainment screen, UVO system, voice commands, 7-speaker system from Bose, LED sound mood lighting and more. The top-end GTX+ version offers 6 airbags, ESC, hill-start assist, front parking sensors and wireless phone charging. Also, the GT Line looks a bit different from the Tech Line and offers more aggressive bumpers.
The Sonet gets three engine options. There is a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 82 Bhp and a peak torque of 115 Nm. There is also a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces a maximum power of 118 Bhp and peak torque of 172 Nm. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is available in two states of tunes. The Tech Line variants will draw a maximum of 99 Bhp while the top-end GTX+ will get 113 Bhp from this same engine.
Kia has announced more than 50,000 bookings for the Sonet and the manufacturer has said that it has received two bookings every three minutes as an average. The Sonet takes on the likes of Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and upcoming Nissan Magnite.