Kia president and chief govt Ho Sung Tune has mentioned that the Korean carmaker will likely be “reborn in 2021” with the launch of recent mobility options and 11 new electrical automobiles (EVs).
The model, which has already redesigned its emblem in a 2D type that displays these lately adopted by Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and Vauxhall, spelled out its future plans at a digital investor convention held in Seoul yesterday (February 9).
Ho Sung Tune (pictured), mentioned: “Kia is being reborn in 2021 with a brand new emblem, new design, and new company identify.
“Kia will remodel right into a model that excites and conjures up prospects with progressive mobility experiences.”
Kia’s renewed ‘Plan S’ technique is underpinned by three core pillars: advancing electrical car (EV) transition, strengthening purpose-built car (PBV) enterprise, and increasing future mobility companies.
Below the plan, EVs, plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) and delicate hybrids will make up 40% of all Kia gross sales by 2030, with an annual gross sales goal of 1.6 million items.
As a part of this, Kia goals to develop EV gross sales to 880,000 items in 2030.
Beginning with the launch of its first devoted EV later this 12 months, Kia will strengthen its EV line-up by 2026 with 11 new fashions – seven devoted EVs constructed on the Electrical-International Modular Platform (E-GMP) structure, and 4 based mostly on current ICE derivatives.
EVs constructed on E-GMP purpose to set “new benchmarks” in vary, driving efficiency, inside house, and tech software, it mentioned, whereas functioning as sensible gadgets with expanded software of audio video navigation telematics (AVNT), over-the-air and have on demand companies.
Simply final week Kia Motors UK issued a recall for 965 new Sorento SUVs after figuring out an issue with the car’s eCall SOS alert system.
Automobile subscription and leasing appears to be like set to develop into a core providing of the Kia model.
Final month Kia Motor UK RV and fleet operations supervisor, Gary Curran, was been given a brand new function as leasing and rental supervisor.
And, in revealing its new plan yesterday, Kia revealed that it will roll-out its Korean automotive subscription service – Kia Flex – globally as a part of its plan to develop into a supplier of personalised, customer-centric and sustainable mobility companies.
The ‘Kia Flex’ car subscription service, which presently solely operates in Korea, gives a brand new automotive, together with upkeep, repairs, insurance coverage and automotive tax, for a month-to-month payment.
Kia mentioned it is going to launch a world model later this 12 months below the identify Kia Subscription.
The service will likely be will likely be operated by Sixt Leasing, which was acquired by Hyundai Motor Group final 12 months, and the automobiles will likely be supplied by the corporate’s regional associates and franchised automotive retailers.
In Spain, the corporate’s flagship car-sharing service Wible can even be expanded.
The automotive usership service ‘KiaMobility’, which was launched in September final 12 months as a pilot undertaking in Italy and Russia, can even launch in further European markets.
Additional product particulars and efficiency specs for the CV will likely be revealed subsequent month.