The Kia Seltos took the market by storm since it was launched in August this year. Its sales have been soaring every month amidst the prolonged slowdown, but it looks like there have been some delay in dispatches at the end of the year. Kia Motors has posted lowest ever sales in December 2019 since it began operations in India. At 4645 units sold it December 2019, its month-on-month (MoM) sales slumped by 67 per cent when compared to 14,005 units which were sold in November 2019. Kia Motors is yet to respond to our mail seeking comment on the sales number.
That said, it's still not all bad news for Kia. According to our exclusive report, the Kia Seltos has already bagged over one lakh bookings so far. The company had received over 30,000 pre-booking ahead of its launch and the number spiralled to 80,000 in November. In a very short time, it has become the bestseller in its segment with over 4500 units being sold every month while others in the competition are struggling to up their volumes. In fact, in just four months, Kia has sold over 45,000 units of the Seltos despite tough competition from models like the Hyundai Creta and MG Hector. The Korean carmaker is also gearing up to introduce the Carnival MPV in India very soon which is expected to add more volumes to Kia's kitty. The Carnival will go up against the Toyota Innova Crysta and will help Kia to tap a segment where there's a huge white space.
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The Kia Seltos has made waves in the country not just because of its looks, but the SUV impresses in entirety. Segment-first features like air-purifier and ventilated seats among others along with a very well executed cabin add to its premium quotient. Then there are three engines on offer and all of them come with an option of an automatic gearbox while 6-speed manual transmission is standard. The 1.5-litre petrol engine can be had with a CVT gearbox while the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine gets a dual clutch transmission (DCT). The 1.5-litre diesel comes mated to a torque convertor unit and all engines are already BS6 compliant.