Kia has four models in its lineup in the Indian market, which include the Carens, Seltos, Sonet, and Carnival. In February 2023, the Kia Sonet, Seltos, and Carens contributed to the highest sales growth for the brand. In the past month, sales of the Kia Sonet grew by 59.83 per cent YoY to 9,836 units from 6,154 units sold in February 2022. The company reported a volume increase of 3,682 units. MoM sales of the car increased by 6.21% from 9,261 units sold in January 2023. Kia India sold 8,012 units of the Seltos in February 2023, compared to the 6,575 units sold in the same month last year, registering a YoY growth of 21.86%. The Carens saw 22.29% YoY growth at 6,248 units in February 2023. Last year, at the same time, the firm sold 5,109 units of the model. Currently, these models are reported to have a lengthy waiting period.
Kia Seltos: Waiting Period Extends Up to 28 weeks in India
Currently, the waiting duration for all petrol variants with manual, iMT, and automatic options is the shortest at two to three weeks. The diesel version with any transmission choice, on the other hand, has a waiting period of 11 to 12 weeks. The GTX Plus trim with diesel setup, meanwhile, has a lengthy waiting period of 27 to 28 weeks.
It should be noted that the above-cited waiting periods can change based on the region, variant, dealership, and other variables. To learn more about the specific waiting duration of a specific model, we recommend contacting the nearby Kia-authorised dealership.
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Kia Sonet, Carens: Waiting Period Increases By Up to 12 weeks
There is a 12-week waiting period for all diesel models of the Kia Sonet, which are available with both automatic and manual gearboxes. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine variants with automatic transmission also have the same waiting period. The shortest waiting period is for the iMT and petrol manual versions, which is 7 to 8 weeks. Mechanically, there are three different engines available for the Kia Sonet.
The Kia Carens, on the other hand, is offered with three engine options – a 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol motor, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Premium and Prestige variants (1.5-litre petrol) have a waiting period of up to eight weeks. All other 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre diesel models, however, have a longer waiting duration, ranging between 11 and 12 weeks.
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2023 Kia Sonet CNG Spied Testing In India
In other news, the 2023 Kia Sonet CNG was spotted undergoing testing in Pune, India. The most recent spy photos that have appeared online show a prototype without any disguise. The Kia Sonet CNG variant is still under development, as evidenced by the prototype's 'On test by ARAI' label on its rear windscreen and the emission testing apparatus mounted on its boot. The X Line version of the Sonet CNG is the one that is now being tested, according to the spy photos.
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