Kia Picanto


Foreign automobile manufacturers have found a fool-proof way to enter and survive in booming Indian car market. The manufacturers tend to enter the market with a small car which is most popular with middle-class families, who form the backbone of India’s economy and then progressing to bigger cars eventually. Kia Motors is the second largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea, closely following Hyundai Motors who partly own the Kia Motors.

Kia Picanto
Few months back, possibility of Kia selling their brand alongside Hyundai was written off as rumours but now, the recent sightings of Kia Picanto or Morning as it is known in few international markets in Chennai near Hyundai’s plant has added fresh spark to the debate of Kia actually entering the market.

Kia Picanto India
The car that was caught on camera was the same version which made its global debut at 2011 Geneva Motor Show. An i10 engine under the hood, the car offers more sporty feeling with racy exterior, long flowing lines on the doors and dynamic design. The ‘chic’ and ‘cute’ tagged Picanto seems to have grown up and the all new car has sharp and step-cut front end and an unmistakable front grill which gives Picanto its unique form and identity.

In international market, the car is powered by 1.0 and 1.2 litre engines which produces up to 87 PS of power. However, when the car comes to the Indian shores, it is supposed to be powered by 1.2 Kappa2 engine from the Hyundai stable. Picanto is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission across its variants, while 4-speed automatic gearbox is found in the top of the line variant only.

With Hyundai and Kia already co-existing in different international markets successfully, there is a strong possibility that the group will share its strategy in India too. Well, if that is the case, then the next gen i10 which is due in 2013 could be based on Picanto or we can expect even better option with both companies launching different cars from their respective shops which in turn will make the car shoppers happy with more options in this emerging market.

As we all know, Skoda Auto and Volkswagen are working together in India, which is reflected by an upward growth of the sales chart. The group jointly operates the manufacturing plants in Pune and Aurangabad where Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen manufactures their respective products. Both companies, have, in the past launched cars in the same segment without much affecting each other’s sales. The company has set an example of how to survive in an emerging car market like India and we hope Hyundai works out on something similar with Kia as well, which will translate into a win-win situation for Indian customers.

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Rakesh Kumar | Posted on Jan,24,2014 at 14:32 PM
I am interested for Dealership Kia of Gautam Bodh Nagar Graater Noida U.P. Presently I have Maruti Authrised a Class
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vijayakumar | Posted on Aug,18,2013 at 11:58 AM
I like picanto.plz give me detail about price and lounching in Kerala,tvm Reply to this post  
pravin balaram naik | Posted on Jul,23,2013 at 18:38 PM
plz give me detail about price and lounching in mumbai Reply to this post  
XAVIER | Posted on Jul,20,2013 at 23:58 PM
I would like buy new car Reply to this post  
Ana Maria | Posted on May,13,2013 at 12:15 PM
Good morning, Sr. I'am interested to bay many of them so I'v to know the priceses of eache car. Ill be eaithing for de
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g.s | Posted on Dec,11,2012 at 17:02 PM
front design is ok same as pulse,rear design same as haundai eon is not good Reply to this post  
BHAVESH SINGH | Posted on Dec,06,2012 at 23:13 PM
pls let me know when this car is launching in india Reply to this post  
Magrey Nazir | Posted on Oct,30,2012 at 14:22 PM
The car has good looks,however, good interior and adequate economy will sustain it Reply to this post  
pasricha manpreet | Posted on Sep,23,2012 at 19:08 PM
desire to buy kia . Reply to this post  
ramandip | Posted on Sep,16,2012 at 22:06 PM
when it will lunached in india,iam intersted dealer ship at in amritsar Reply to this post  
rameshbhai | Posted on Jul,14,2012 at 16:31 PM
i like this model Reply to this post  
| Posted on May,24,2012 at 17:50 PM
looks good lets wait and see Reply to this post  
RAJENDRAN | Posted on Apr,20,2012 at 00:06 AM
i like these car because when i got a job in w africa companey give me these car for me,and very comfortable for medium
people.good and smooth drive, no complaint from last one year expect horn not working properley sometime.companey should
look these def Reply to this post  
Arvind | Posted on Dec,07,2011 at 19:39 PM
When it lunched in india and what is the cost and fuel type. Reply to this post  
DINESHMALVI | Posted on Dec,04,2011 at 09:57 AM
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rahulsakore | Posted on Dec,03,2011 at 14:00 PM
it, nothing but a hyundai eon..because hyundai and kia is a mother ,father company.. Reply to this post  
rk | Posted on Dec,02,2011 at 15:19 PM
when it will luanched in india what is the cost and mileage. seems good in design Reply to this post  
Harminder | Posted on Nov,24,2011 at 18:04 PM
Good one for small gadi Reply to this post  
Exp. Price : Rs 3.50 L - 5.50 L
Exp. Launch Month : December 2014

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