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Kia Motors Has Over 50,000 Connected Cars On Indian Roads

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Kia Motors India introduced its range of connected cars with the Seltos about a year ago. Since then, the company has sold over 50,000 cars with connected technology in India. Both Seltos and Carnival have Kia's UVO connected technology on offer.

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Kia offers its UVO connected technology on the Seltos and the Carnival as well

Highlights

  • Kia offers its UVO connected car technology on the Seltos & Carnival
  • The upcoming Kia Sonet will be a connected car too
  • Many Indian carmakers have started offering connected technology

Kia Motors has sold over 50,000 connected cars in India ever since it launched the Seltos about 10 months ago. With more and more car manufacturers offering connectivity in their cars, Kia becomes the only car manufacturer in India to have surpassed the mark of selling 50,000 cars with connected technology. Both Kia Carnival and the Kia Seltos have the company's UVO technology on offer on select trims. At present, the penetration of connected car technology in India is just 5 per cent. Although, a survey conducted by Deloitte reveals that two out of three Indians are willing to pay up to ₹ 50,000 for connected car features when buying a new car.

Also Read: Kia Seltos Gravity Trim Launched in Korea

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(Here's a list of new voice command features on the updated Kia Seltos)

Commenting on the achievement, Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, "We have attained this landmark figure due to our strong determination and continuous efforts to bring innovation and next-gen technology to our customers. At Kia Motors India, we are committed to meet new consumer demands and fill the gap in what's offered to them. Kia's innovative UVO connect technology has brought about a significant change in the way owners engage with their cars in India. Now with the updated UVO connect features in the new Seltos and upcoming Sonet, Kia has made driving even more fun, safe, convenient and comfortable."

Also Read: Car Sales June 2020: Kia Sells 7,275 Units

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(The UVO smartwatch app was first introduced on the Kia Carnival. The Hello Kia voice command promises a distraction-free drive)

Kia UVO Connect technology uses an e-SIM embedded into the car and pairs the car itself with the user's smartphone. The UVO technology was launched initially with 37 connectivity features but now the number of features offered is more than 50. The latest update on Kia UVO technology includes a voice assist wake up command, which is 'Hello Kia' along with nine other new voice commands for calling, weather info, date and time, Cricket score, media control, navigation and climate control. Similar to Hyundai, Kia Motors now offers UVO smart watch app connectivity through a smartwatch that can operate on Android, iOS and Tizen OS. Kia Motors India also offers connected car insurance for its customers which is an industry first. The policy offered by Bajaj Allianz and ICICI Lombard.

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(Kia offered its UVO connected car technology on the Seltos since its launch 10 months ago)

Other car manufacturers which offer connected technology in India are

1. Hyundai (BlueLink)

2. Maruti Suzuki (Suzuki Connect)

3. MG Motor (MG iSmart)

4. Nissan (Nissan Connect)

5. Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes Me)

6. Audi (My AudiConnect)

7. BMW (BMW Connected Services)

8. Volkswagen (Volkswagen Connect)

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9. Honda (Honda Connect)

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