Kia EV6 demands soar as production begins
Kia’s first electric vehicle, the EV6, has recorded a large number of pre-sale orders especially in Europe. According to the Korean carmaker, pre-sales orders for EVs have reached 7,000 units in Britain, France, Germany and other major economies, with numbers set to continue to increase. Production of the EV6 is scheduled to start in the middle of the year, with delivery in autumn.
The automaker had launched its crossover EV built on a dedicated platform last month and received 21,016 pre-orders on the first day of its launch in South Korea, setting a new record among the automaker’s SUV models. Company sources say, initial demand for EV6 has far exceeded Kia’s sales target of 13,000 units for 2021 at its home market, with the carmaker targeting to sell 17,000 EV6 this year in overseas markets including Nigeria.
A statement from Kia Motors Corporation says, “Kia has opened factory orders for the ground breaking EV6 following a successful European reservation phase. The brand obtained 33,000 prospects, including 7,300 reservations.
Meanwhile, more than 26,000 customers showed interest in Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle. Thanks to this remarkable performance, the car manufacturer has already secured 300% of the expected sales volume for 2021. Customers will be able to order the EV6 from their local dealer immediately, ahead of production starting mid-2021.”
Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe, said, “It’s extremely encouraging as Kia looks ahead to the future of electric mobility with the new EV6, based on our new dedicated EV platform (E-GMP). The high number of customers who have already put their name down for the EV6 highlights the strong demand and we are confident that the launch of the EV6 will be also very successful.”
The latest electric vehicle will be offered in three variants comprising the EV6, EV6 GT-Line and EV6 GT. They will be available with several drive configurations, including two battery variants for a range of over 510 kilometres, with the top version GT only offered with more powerful battery pack. EV6 is available with two-wheel drive (2WD) and optionally as an all-wheel drive (AWS).
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