Kia Motors rolls out first Sonet from Anantapur plant

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Kia Motors India has rolled out the first customer car of the upcoming Sonet, manufactured at its manufacturing facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. The Kia Sonet is the company’s latest ‘Made-in-India’ product which will be sold in various global markets. Kia further announced that the commencement of mass production of the Sonet in India has been initiated after testing the vehicle for over 100,000 kilometres in different climatic conditions and challenging terrains in India. The Korean automaker is set to launch the Sonet in India on September 18, 2020. With this roll-out, Kia is looking at building India as the export hub for the Sonet to cater to the demand of over 70 markets globally.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO at Kia Motors India said, “Today is a momentous day for Kia Motors India, as we officially roll-out the first Kia Sonet customer car. It is a matter of great pride that we have been able to stay true to our promise of ‘The Power to Surprise’ and bring in Sonet in time, despite the unprecedent challenges the world is facing today. Kia Sonet is the symbol of promise and commitment of Kia to the Indian market and a testament to the passion and dedication of the employees at our state-of-the-art Anantapur plant who have worked relentlessly to ensure uninterrupted development of the new Sonet.”

Manufactured exclusively at Kia’s state-of-the-art production facility at Anantapur, the Sonet was unveiled globally on August 7, 2020. Kia officials state it will come with 30+ segment-best features, three powertrains options and 57 UVO Connect features including voice assist.

Bookings for the Kia Sonet are open and interested customers can book the vehicle at any one of the company’s 265 customer touchpoints across 160 cities or can even e-book the car online. The car has already gathered the record-breaking bookings of 6523 units on the first day of booking opening.