Amaravati, Aug 8 (IANS): Seltos, the first car manufactured for India by South Korean auto major Kia Motors, rolled out of its plant in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district on Thursday.
The world's eighth largest automaker rolled out the production version of the sports utility vehicle (SUV), which will be launched on August 22.
The company announced the commencement of mass production of Seltos after testing the vehicle over 20 lakh km in different climatic conditions and some of the most challenging terrains in India.
The first Kia Seltos was rolled off the assembly line by South Korea's ambassador to India, Shin Bong-kil, and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Kia Motors India, Kookhyun Shim.
"The roll-out of the first Seltos is an emotional moment for all of us, especially for the people at the plant as we worked together relentlessly to build the future of Kia Motors in India. The invaluable contribution made by the government of Andhra Pradesh has enabled us to achieve our target of manufacturing the Seltos in record time. The first Seltos is the symbol of our promise and commitment to the Indian market," said Kookhyun Shim.
"The Seltos will be BS-VI compliant right from its launch. It will be available in a highly efficient, brand new smart stream engine that will come in three variants: 1.5 Petrol, 1.5 Diesel and first in segment 1.4 Turbo Petrol, offering the perfect balance of performance and efficiency," the company said.
The Seltos will be launched on August 22 and bookings are being accepted across all Kia dealerships along with the Kia official website.
Since the commencement of pre-booking on July 16, Kia Seltos has already gathered 23,311 bookings.
The Seltos is available for test drives across all Kia dealerships.
Kia's manufacturing facility in Anantapur is spread over 536 acres and has an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. The plant will also be capable of producing hybrid and electric vehicles.
The plant in Anantapur is equipped with the most advanced global technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence and is remarkably environment-friendly with capabilities like 100 per cent water recycling within the plant, the company said.
The plant also houses a five-acre training facility offering basic technical course (BTC) in automobiles for skill development to provide all skills necessary for an entry-level job on the factory floor.