Kia Motors entered the Indian market in 2019 with the Seltos SUV which has become an overnight success for the Korean car brand. The Kia Seltos has become the best selling SUV in its segment until the arrival of the 2020 Hyundai Creta. With its attractive colours, features, multiple engine & gearbox options, impressive ground clearance and connected car technology the Seltos has impressed buyers in India.
Kia`s connected car technology UVO is now offered with the Carnival and the recently launched Sonet. 55% of the company’s sales in India comes from models with UVO connected car tech. Out of Kia’s line-up the top-spec ‘GTX 1.4 Turbo DCT’ variant of the Seltos accounts for 15% of all connected car sales. Even with only a limited number of models the Korean car maker is enjoying massive popularity in the Indian market.
UVO connect has many features, including voice commands, which fall into one among the subsequent nine categories – Calling, Weather Info, Time & Date, Cricket Info, Indian Holiday Calendar, Media Control, Navigation Control, and Climate Control. The system also features a personal AI assistant onboard, which may be accessed via an easy voice command, “Hey Kia”.
Commenting on the matter MD and CEO, Kia Motors India, Kookhyun Shim said, “For today’s internet-savvy generation, a car should be their extension in every aspect including connectivity which may ease mobility. Our advanced UVO connect technology may be a breakthrough effort during this direction which integrates smart devices with our cars for enabling a seamless, safer and memorable drive experience.”
“Technology has always been a focus area of our maiden launch within the country and we are elated to realize another milestone in car connectivity,” He added. The connected car features are often accessed via a car’s infotainment system, or maybe via a smartphone or smartwatch using the UVO app, which adds to the convenience factor of these vehicles.
The company had stated earlier this year that each and every one of its future models in the Indian market will be enabled with connected car tech. The South Koren automaker plans to only sell MPVs and SUVs in the domestic market.
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