Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Electrified cars already account for 61% of Kia’s sales

Kia is already synonymous with electrification in Spain. 61% of the Korean brand’s sales in our country are electrified vehicles, thanks to the wide range of models with all available electrification technologies: mild hybrid or ‘mild hybrid’ (MHEV), full hybrid or ‘full hybrid’ (HEV), plug-in hybrid or ‘plug-in hybrid’ (PHEV) and 100% electric or ‘full electric’ (EV).

Kia electrified range

Kia’s share of electrified vehicles has increased practically sixfold since 2018, when electrification represented 11% of its sales in Spain and was already well above the market average. The Korean brand has always been at the forefront of electrification and currently has an average electrification market share of more than 20 points, which is already 41% according to data from the Spanish Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NFAC).

Kia has 18 electrified versions of 11 different models.

11 models with 18 electrified variants

Kia is the second brand that sells the most non-plug-in hybrid cars in Spain after Toyota and is also second in the plug-in hybrid market after Mercedes-Benz. The Korean brand ranks second in the Spanish electrification ranking with a share of 9.2% in the peninsula and the Balearic Islands (Kia Iberia does not operate in the Canary Islands).

2nd in electrification ranking

The Kia Iberia sold 19,900 units for the month of April, representing a market share of 6.8% and a growth of 15.3% over the same period last year. In the private channel, sales in the January-April period stood at 12,800 units, with a market share of 10.5% and a growth of 1.8% over 2022. The Korean brand is the second largest selling car brand in the private channel after Toyota.

Kia Sportage is the best selling model of the Korean brand.

Best selling models

The best-selling model by Kia Iberia in the first four months of the year was the Sportage with over 5,000 units registered, up 40% from the previous year. They are followed by Stonic with close to 4,000 deliveries, Nero (close to 3,000) and XCeed (over 2,000). More than half of Kia’s sales in Spain are manufactured at the European plant in Slovakia, where nearly five million cars have been produced since 2006.

Made in europe

In Slovakia, all members of the Ceed, ProCeed and Xceed families are manufactured for Europe, in addition to the last three generations of the Sportage, which is Kia’s most successful model to date. Kia’s European plant, capable of producing eight different models at once, has been key to the Korean brand’s expansion across Europe.

Kia ranks second in the Spanish ranking of plug-in hybrids.

All electrification technologies

The offering of electrified vehicles includes 18 versions of 11 different models: the Kia Rio 1.0 MHEV with 48-V mild hybridization technology (with prices starting from 18,048 euros), the plug-free Kia Niro 1.6 HEV Hybrid (available from 28,296 euros ) ) and the Kia Xceed 1.6 PHEV Plug-in Hybrid (from 34,769 euros). For pure electrics, Kia currently has three models (e-Soul, Niro and EV6) on sale from 38,890 euros.

kia Sportage

One of Kia’s best-selling models is the micro-hybrid version (MHEV) of the Sportage, which uses the 1.6 T-GDI gasoline engine as the base and with three power levels (136, 150 and 180 hp) is available. It carries the DGT ECO label and is available from 31,800 Euros.

The Kia XCeed is available with micro-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology.

Non plug-in hybrid

The Sportage is also available in a ‘Full Hybrid’ (HEV) version from 38,000 Euros. In this case, the 1.6 T-GDi gasoline engine is paired with a 60 hp electric motor and a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 1.49 kWh. The combined power of the system is 230 hp and of course it also has the ECO label.

Plug-in hybrid

Lastly, the Kia Sportage is also available with plug-in hybrid technology (PHEV), in this case the 1.6 T-GDI petrol engine is paired with a 91 hp permanent magnet electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery . Combined power is 265 CV and electric autonomy reaches 70 km. This version is labeled Zero and its price starts from 45,800 Euros.

The Kia Niro is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric versions.

Kia Niro: three electric technologies

The Kia Niro is one of the best selling models from the Korean brand in Spain. Since its launch in 2016, it has accumulated more than 46,400 units sold in the Spanish market, and since last July the second generation has been available, offering three electrified mechanics (HEV, PHEV and EV).

Kia Niro: Price and Versions

The non-plug-in hybrid version (from 29,100 euros) is the best seller and offers 141 CV power with very low consumption (4.4 l/100 km) and the ECO label. The plug-in hybrid version (from 39,400 euros with the zero label) offers 183 CV and an electric range of 65 km. The electric version is also very popular, accounting for around 15% of the model’s sales. With a power of 204 CV, it reaches a range of up to 460 km and is available from 43,200 euros.

The Kia EV6 offers a range of up to 528 kms.

Come EV6

The Kia EV6 is the first model from the brand to be developed on the E-GMP platform, exclusively for electric vehicles. With a crossover body, somewhere between a family car and an SUV, it is 4.68 meters long and available with front-wheel drive (170 and 228 hp) or all-wheel drive (325 and 585 hp). Prices range from 51,500 euros for the Access version with 170 CV and 394 km of autonomy and 72,700 euros for the most powerful version called the EV6 GT with 585 horsepower and 424 km of range. The most balanced version (228 CV and 528 km of autonomy) costs 55,400 euros.

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