Kia Motors’ new luxury Multipurpose Vehicle, Carnival, is expected to be launched around January or February next year.
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Betting big on the country’s high potential for cars, the current downtrend notwithstanding, South Korean major Kia would launch a luxury multipurpose vehicle (MPV) early next year, which the company claims will be the first-of-its-kind on Indian roads. “In January-February we will come out with a new model Carnival, a luxury MPV, the big car. That segment is not available in India so far and we are going to establish it,” Kia Motors India Vice-President (Sales) Manohar Bhat said here on Thursday. Talking to PTI on the sidelines of the inauguration of Kia’s first Indian manufacturing facility at Erramanchi village in Anantapuramu district, Bhat said Carnival would be a “wider, bigger car than any other” in the Indian market. “It will be a 6-8 seater and have the best features in terms of comfort and size, which any other luxury car may not have,” he noted.
“Customer tastes are changing and accordingly we will bring out our vehicles. Our plan is to launch a new model every six months,” Bhat added. The Anantapuramu plant has a three lakh car production capacity. “But we are now operating in only two shifts. Effectively we are using only two-thirds of our capacity. So every six months we will come out with a new model,” the Kia official said. The vice-president said Kia would make some announcement in the upcoming auto expo on (launching) a car in the Rs 8-10 lakh segment. He, however, ruled out launching a car in the Rs 5-7 lakh segment. “We don’t have a hatchback in our portfolio, so we will look into it,” he added. Seltos, the first SUV to roll out from Kia’s India plant in August this year, has 75,000 bookings so far, which market analysts saw as a runaway hit.