Just like Kia Carens, Seltos will also have six airbags from now on

On August 3, Kia India announced that its Seltos midsize SUV would come standard with six airbags. In keeping with the increased emphasis on safety, it was decided to include six airbags on each model class. Six airbags are already available as standard in the South Korean carmaker’s Carens model.

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To improve occupant safety, the government has recommended from Oct. 1 that automakers require a minimum of six airbags in vehicles that can seat up to eight passengers.

“It is our constant effort to update our products at regular intervals, based on our market research and understanding of customers’ ever-changing demands,” said Kia India Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing Hardeep Singh Brar in a statement.

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Selteos is a very important product and India is an important market for Kia worldwide, according to Brar. Almost 60% of the company’s total national turnover is attributable to Seltos.

An airbag is a vehicle occupant restraint system that interferes between the driver and the vehicle’s dashboard during a collision, preventing serious injury.

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On August 1, Kia India said its July wholesale sales jumped 47 percent to 22,022 units compared to the same month last year. The company shipped 15,016 units in July 2021. The automaker sold 8,451 units of Seltos and 7,215 units of Sonet last month. In addition, it sold 5,978 copies of Carens and 288 copies of Carnival in July.

“Gradual improvement in the supply chain and the continued love of our customers for the brand adds impetus to Kia India’s growth,” Brar said in a statement.

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In 2022, the company will outpace the industry with a cumulative growth rate of 28 percent from 2021, which is much higher than the industry growth rate of 16 percent, he added.

“With the holiday season approaching, we will strive to improve deliveries in order to be able to deliver to our customers faster. To ensure minimum waiting time, we have been running our production facility at full capacity and with utmost optimization since February 2022,” said Brar.

(with PTI inputs)

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