Kia India surpasses 1 Lakh export milestone in just 29 months | Press Release

Kia India has been exporting to overseas markets since February 2013 and has sold more than one lakh cars in just 29 months.

Kia India surpasses 1 Lakh export milestone in just 29 months

Kia India achieves the milestone by exporting to over 91 countries in less than 2.5 years

Becomes number 1 Utility Vehicle exporter in CY2021

Share of exports for Seltos and Sonet stands at 77% and 23% respectively


New Delhi, 03 February 2022: Kia India, the country's fastest-growing carmaker, surpassed another milestone by registering 1 lakh vehicles in exports since it started shipping Seltos in September 2019. The company achieved this landmark figure in less than two and a half years, reiterating its commitment to developing India as an export hub.  The company exported the true embodiments of Indian quality standards, Seltos and Sonet, to 91 countries in the regions of Middle East, Africa, Central & South America, Mexico, and Asia-Pacific. Currently, the share of exports of Seltos and Sonet stands at 77% and 23% respectively. Making it a unique offering, the brand also customised its shipping units, especially as per the export market requirements.

Since the beginning till January, 2022 the company has exported an accumulated 1,01,734 vehicles. In CY2021, the company shipped over 46,261 units, registering a 23% Y-o-Y increase in exports. Kia India also became the number 1 UV exporter in the country, with a market share of over 25%. Furthermore, the brand also ranked third in the overall PV segment, acquiring a market share of close to 9%.

Commenting on this milestone, Tae-Jin- Park, MD & CEO, Kia India said, "India is a strategic geography for Kia Corporation, not only in terms of sales but also in terms of developing India as a manufacturing and export hub. To meet the world's growing demand for SUVs, our hi-tech Anantapur plant has become one of the most critical production hubs for compact and medium-sized SUVs. We are extremely pleased that our India-centric models, Seltos and Sonet, have performed admirably in international market; highlighting the fact that our Indian products are truly global in nature. We are now excited to continue building on this positive momentum with India manufacturing facility being the mother plant for Carens, serving the world."

The achievement testifies Kia's ‘Make-in-India’ vision has truly not just aided its success in the country but has also demonstrated India's manufacturing prowess. 

About Kia India

In April 2017, Kia India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, to build a new manufacturing facility at Anantapur District. Kia commenced mass production in August 2019 and has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units. In April 2021, Kia India reimagined itself in line with its new brand identity, “Movement that Inspires” aimed at offering customers meaningful experiences backed by innovative products and services. Under the new brand identity, Kia has set out to find ways to achieve new benchmarks and inspire consumers to be more and do more. Till date, Kia India has launched three vehicles for Indian market – the Seltos, the Carnival and the Sonet. Kia India became the quickest brand to achieve the 350,000 sales milestone in the domestic automotive market in and is also leading the connected car revolution in the country - With over 1.75 lakh connected cars on Indian roads, it is the connected SUV leader. The brand has a widespread network of over 300 customer touchpoints and is focused on strengthening its footprints across the country.

About Kia Corporation

Kia ( is a global mobility brand with a vision to create sustainable mobility solutions for consumers, communities, and societies around the world. Founded in 1944, Kia has been providing mobility solutions for more than 75 years. With 52,000 employees worldwide, a presence in more than 190 markets, and manufacturing facilities in six countries, the company today sells around three million vehicles a year. Kia is spearheading the popularization of electrified and battery electric vehicles and developing a growing range of mobility services, encouraging millions of people around the world to explore the best ways of getting around. The company's brand slogan – ‘Movement that inspires’ – reflects Kia’s commitment to inspire consumers through its products and services.

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Last Updated: 7 Feb, 2022,
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