Kia Opens $1.1 Billion Plant in India
Kia Motors Corp. has officially launched its first auto plant in India, a $1.1 billion facility in Anantapur with capacity to make 300,000 cars per year.
The facility began making Seltos small crossover vehicles several months ago, marking Kia’s first locally produced vehicle in India.
The company says it will add the Carnival MPV (sold as the Sedona minivan in other markets) and a subcompact crossover model code-named QY1 in 2020. Hybrid and all-electric vehicles may be included later.
The factory includes stamping, welding, painting and final assembly operations. The 536-acre complex is near Bangalore and an existing assembly plant operated by parent company Hyundai Motor Co.
All models made at the new factory will be promoted with a new digital sales strategy that includes an online purchasing option and 24-hour real-time mobile vehicle maintenance, according to the company.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.
According to Kunihiro Hoshi, chief engineer for the GX 470: “Three of my top goals were to create a body-on-frame vehicle with sweeping off-road performance and unibody-like on-road capability, and, of course, it had to meet the Lexus quality standard.” He met his goals. But why would anyone want to bang this vehicle around on rocks?
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?