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Kia to rope in India with launch of SP2i SUV next month



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New Delhi: The world’s famous South Korean auto giant Kia motors will debut in India with launch of SP2i compact SUV Next month.

With its debut Kia commenced trial production of its newly built SP2i SUV at Anantapur.

After its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in concept form, the Kia SP SUV has attracted plenty of attention and sharp style won many fans in the market.


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While Kia’s first model for India, the SP SUV (which could be named ‘Trailster’) has been spotted testing numerous times.

The starting price for this Rs 9-15 lakh now sources have confirmed the Kia SP’s India launch in market reveal will take place on June 20, 2019.

Earlier this year with series of production in Tamil Nadu will commence during second half of this year with investment of this plant nearly $2 billion (about Rs 15,000 crore) that include main plant, Vendor Park and more.

Recently with many more upcoming outlets company inaugurated its facility in Noida.


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However SP2i been noticed many times in India but unable to get glimpse of interior here are some spy shots of SP2i’s all-black interior that you can see and read about.

Its squarish profile and sharp styling won many fans. The production SUV will feature Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and will also sport the dual headlight look that is in vogue today. Expect the Kia SUV to have a spacious interior with funky styling.

The SUV is expected to be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, both of which will be offered with the option of automatic gearboxes. There’s also a sportier version of the SUV under development, which will get a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor.

The Kia SP SUV, which will launch in the second half of 2019, will take on the Creta, the Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks.


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Automaker has already released sketches of the new SUV and the model indeed looks promising with the bold and upright design including the LED

headlamps, wide tiger-nose grille and vertical fog lamps. At the rear, the SP2i gets wide taillights with LEDs, faux diffuser integrated in the bumper and twin exhausts.

The SUV gets a nice and butch appearance in the sketches with the boxy proportions and the flared wheel arches, most of which will be carried over on the production-spec model and terms of features, the Kia SP2i will be loaded with goodies including a massive touch screen infotainment system, 360-degree camera, wireless charging, full digital instrument console with head-up display (HUD) and ambient lighting.

The A 6-speed manual will be standard, alongside the dual-clutch automatic.



2 Lakh jobs cut in Automobile sector




New Delhi: Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) claims that around 2 lakh jobs will be cut across Automobile Industry in last 3 months. “The majority of job cuts have happened in the last three months. It started around May and continued through June and July,” FADA president Ashish Harsharaj Kale.

With no immediate signs of recovery, FADA says that more jobs may have to be cut down because of constant shutting down of the Automobile Dealership centers. The main reason behind this is the cut down of sales in past three months.

According to Ashish Harsharaj, the two lakh jobs cuts in the last three months are over and above the 32,000 people who lost employment when 286 showrooms were closed across 271 cities in the 18-month period which ended in April this year.

Around 2.5 million people were employed directly through around 26,000 automobile showrooms operated by 15,000 dealers. Another 2.5 million are indirectly employed in the dealership ecosystem, Ashish added.

As per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) figures, vehicle wholesale across all categories declined by 12.35% to 60,85,406 units in April-June against 69,42,742 units in same period of last year. Passenger vehicles (PV) segment has been the worst hit with sales continuing to decline for almost a year now. In July, market leader Maruti Suzuki reported a 36.3% drop in its domestic PV wholesales, while Hyundai saw a dip of 10%. M&M sales were down 16%, Tata Motors’ PV sales fell 31% while that of Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) also came down 48.67% during the month.

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