YES BANK signs MoU with Kia Motors in India

Mumbai, January 11, 2019: YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kia Motors, world’s eighth largest automaker, to enter into a strategic financing partnership, making it one of the first Indian banks to become their preferred financier. The benefits of this partnership will be extended to the entire auto value chain – Auto dealers as well as customers, covering multiple car models offered by Kia Motors India.

Kia Motors is set to enter Indian market by second half of 2019 with an all-new mid-SUV which was previewed at 2018 Auto Expo. The partnership will utilize YES BANK’s capabilities to provide a comprehensive range of attractive financing options for Kia Motors’ customers in India, helping support the company’s continued growth and expansion plans in different geographies.

Through the partnership, YES BANK will be able to provide end to end financial solutions to Kia Motors India. The Bank will offer financing and banking solutions to both the Kia car dealers with products such as Term Loans, Cash Credit, Inventory funding etc. as well as the end consumers. The Bank will work towards satisfying the customers’ needs through auto loans with easy monthly repayment plans best suited for individual consumers. Moreover, YES BANK will also leverage its chat bot based platform, YES mPower bot, allowing it to deliver superior customer experience with 1 min loan approval across all the retail touch points.

Speaking about the partnership, Pralay Mondal, Senior Group President and Head, Retail and Business Banking, YES BANK said, “YES BANK is pleased to partner global auto manufacturer Kia Motors in India. The Bank has been working with various auto players to provide innovative finance solutions, thereby further strengthening our position in the competitive value driven car segment and also contributing to the growth of the segment in the country.”

“It is our endeavor to enhance the experience of our prospective customers and add more value to our dealer partners in India. The partnership with YES BANK will definitely set the benchmark of premium and hassle-free Kia experience. This partnership will empower our stakeholders and customers with financial products specifically tailored for them to facilitate their smooth entry into the world of Kia,” said Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India. “Kia Motors India aims at creating excitement in the automobile industry with best in class innovative solutions meeting overall needs of our partners and customers likewise,” he added.

The partnership will focus on providing easy financing opportunities for the dealers and also make it easy for eligible buyers to acquire brand new Kia vehicles. Besides providing financing solutions, YES BANK will also work towards developing exclusive digital banking solutions for Kia Motors in India.

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  • Banking and finance solutions for both dealers and buyers of Kia Motors India
  • YES BANK to develop exclusive digital banking solutions for Kia Motors India
  • Amongst the first banks in India to sign the MoU with Kia Motors India for a banking partnership

Source: Yes Bank Press Release

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Kia previews second-generation K900

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Kia Motors has previewed its flagship luxury sedan, the K900, ahead of its world debut later in the year.

The new model combines sophisticated exterior design, effortless performance and a spacious cabin distinguished by luxurious materials and elegant styling. New technologies protect occupants, enhance interior comfort and give the driver greater confidence at the wheel.

Created through joint efforts by Kia’s designers in Korea and in the U.S., the new K900 will be manufactured at the company’s production facility in Korea. The new flagship sedan will go on sale in selected global markets from the second quarter of 2018.

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Kia Motors to build manufacturing plant in India

  • India presents an opportunity for further sustained growth in the fifth largest new car market in the world
  • Construction of Andhra Pradesh facility to commence in Q4 2017
  • Mass production due to begin in 2019, with 300,000-unit annual capacity
  • US$1.1 billion investment agreement for establishment of manufacturing plant in India

Kia Motors has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur District. The MOU was signed today at a ceremony held in the city of Vijayawada, a part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, attended by executives from Kia Motors and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Construction of the new manufacturing facility, Kia Motors’ first in India and representing approximately a US$1.1 billion investment, will commence in the final quarter of 2017. The manufacturing facility is expected to begin production in the second half of 2019 and produce up to approximately 300,000 units each year.

Kia plans to produce a strategic compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market at the new plant, which will occupy around 23 million square feet (2.16 km2 / 536 acres) and incorporate facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. The site will also be home to numerous supplier companies’ facilities.

“We are delighted to announce that Kia’s newest manufacturing facility will be here in Andhra Pradesh,” said Han-Woo Park, President of Kia Motors. “It will enable us to sell cars in the world’s fifth largest market, while providing greater flexibility for our global business. Worldwide demand for Kia cars is growing and this is our latest step towards becoming a leading global car manufacturer.”

Manufacturing in the fastest-growing major new car market

Construction of a new manufacturing facility in India will enable Kia to maintain its position as one of the world’s fastest-growing automobile brands. The new facility in Anantapur will enable the company to start selling its models in India, and benefit from further sustainable sales growth, locally and internationally.

Kia plans to commence local sales of cars produced at the new facility towards the end of 2019, once mass production begins in Anantapur. Furthermore, the region’s fast-developing supply chain network and skilled labor force were other key reasons for the new investment by Kia Motors.

India is the fastest growing major new car market and the fifth largest in the world, with more than 3.3 million new cars sold in 2016. Forecasts suggest the country will become the third-largest car market by the end of 2020.

About Kia Motors

Kia Motor Corporation, literally “Kia automobile”; stylized as KIΛ), headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of over 3.3 million vehicles in 2015. As of December 2015, the Kia Motor Corporation is 33.88% minority owned by the Hyundai Motor Company totaling just over $6 billion USD. Kia Motor Corporation is a minority owner of more than twenty Hyundai subsidiaries ranging from 4.9% up to 45.37% totaling more than $8.3 billion USD.

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