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    Kia Motors India temporarily suspends operations at Anantpur plant

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    The automaker said, "In view of the unprecedented situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19 and keeping in mind the safety and well-being of all our consumers, employees, workers, partners, and associates pan India, Kia Motors India has decided to suspend all its operations with immediate effect in Ananthapur of Andhra Pradesh.

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    Kia Motors said all its dealerships remain on call and were available to customers for all their requirements via all digital channels.
    HYDERABAD: Korean automaker Kia Motors has announced temporarily suspending its manufacturing operations at its facility located in Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh.

    In a statement on Monday, the automaker said, “In view of the unprecedented situation arising out of the spread of Covid-19 and keeping in mind the safety and well-being of all our consumers, employees, workers, partners, and associates pan India, Kia Motors India has decided to suspend all its operations with immediate effect.”

    “With this, company’s manufacturing facility in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) and company office premises will stop functioning until further notice," Kia Motors India said.

    Kia Motors said all its dealerships remain on call and were available to customers for all their requirements via all digital channels. The automaker has advised its customers to explore its website for more information on leading products Seltos and Carnival and get in touch with it for additional assistance.

    Reassuring the customers on the delivery of its products, the company said, "We are also ensuring deliveries are not delayed for eager customers as well as service requirements are also being attended to, without compromising on strong safety precautions."

    Kia Motors India said it will continue to closely monitor the situation and ensure the best interests of everyone associated with its operations in the country. The company said it will remain connected with all concerned authorities and administration and will extend all possible cooperation and assistance, as-and-when required.

    The Korean automobile giant said, “Kia Motors stands with India in its efforts to fight against this global pandemic.”

    Kia Motors had in April 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding the Andhra Pradesh government to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur. It had completed the construction of Kia Motors’ first manufacturing facility in India and commenced the mass production in August last year with an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units.

    Kia Motors has made a mark in India with its first product – the Seltos establishing itself as a trusted brand with record bookings of 6,046 on the first day of bookings. The Korean automaker currently has a widespread network of 265 customer’s touchpoints in 160 cities across tier-I, II and III cities in India.

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