Kia unveiled the EV9 concept car at the 2023 Auto Expo in February this year. Recently, the South Korean auto giant, which is owned by the Hyundai Group, launched the EV9 in its home country. Additionally, the automaker announced that it will soon begin shipping the EV9 electric SUV to global markets. Interestingly, shortly before this announcement, Kia India hinted that it will bring the EV9 to the Indian market by 2025. Earlier this month, during the launch of the facelifted Kia Seltos in India, the automaker said it would launch three new vehicles in India. By 2025, two of them will be electric vehicles.
In the first month of June 2023, Kia delivered 1,337 units of the EV9 electric SUV, the automaker claims. In South Korea, it sold 1,334 units, with another 3 exported to other markets. The brand’s other major bestseller in the EV segment is the Kia EV6. In June, Kia sold 9,217 EV6s, up 65 percent year-on-year and roughly flat compared to April and May this year.
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The Kia EV6 has also been launched in India, the automaker’s first EV in the country. The automaker’s EV6 and EV9 wholesales totaled 10,554 units. Kia said this showed the high growth potential of its EVs. In 2023 alone, Kia will sell more than 56,000 EV6 and EV9 models, an increase of 38% over the same period in 2022.
Talking about Kia’s India product strategy, the automaker said it aims to bring the Fiesta MPV to India along with the EV9 and another EV. Apart from this, the company plans to announce soon the prices of the facelifted Seltos, which was unveiled in India earlier this month and launched in global markets earlier this year.
First published date: Jul 17, 2023 09:33 AM EST