Kia Venga snapped testing in India
India is one of the fastest growing passenger car markets in the world, fuelled by the upward trend in economy and optimistic customer sentiments the domestic car market continues to evolve. As nobody wants to be left behind to reap benefits in such a booming market, Kia Motors the Korean carmaker was recently spotted testing its Venga hatchback on the outskirts of Chennai. Kia which happens to be Hyundai’s sister brand was in the news for quite some time for its plan to come up with an offering in India. The subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co is expected to target the affordable volumes segment for the initial 2- 3 years.
Industry experts expect the India car market to swell further and reach the third spot by the end of this decade and Kia is here to take full advantage. The test mule spotted was well protected but the Left Hand Drive steering wheel was clearly visible. The rumours of Kia Motors coming to India dates back to the year 2009, but as per recent reports from Economic Times, the carmaker has various reports on the domestic market that includes a detailed feasibility study. Kia is expected to come up with an offering that is based on Hyundai ix20 and Hyundai i20’s platform. The car is available in four engine options across the globe, two diesel and two petrol units.
The 1.4-litre base petrol unit produces power of 89.2 PS and torque of 137 Nm and is mated to 5-speed transmission; the 1.6-litre high-end petrol unit on the other hand churns power of 122.6 PS and torque of 156 Nm and is coupled with 6-speed auto and manual transmission options. The diesel variants offered are the similar 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre power plants and both are mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. According to the reports Kia Motors will set up a different retail network for itself but might share Hyundai’s logistics in India, it is also expected to come up with a facility somewhere near Chennai.
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