Kia Motors has managed to sell a staggering 6,200 units of the Seltos SUV in September 2019 in India, which is almost three times that of the MG Hector in the same month.
Kia Seltos and MG Hector are perhaps two of the most popular vehicles right now. Both are the sole products offered by their respective manufacturers, and both have racked-up a considerable number of bookings. While both are extremely successful products, it seems like Kia has MG beat when it comes to sales numbers. MG Motors has managed to sell 2,608 units in September 2019, while Kia has reported a sales figure of 7,754, nearly three times more!
MG Motors has recently resumed bookings for the Hector, after having temporarily shut bookings in order to avoid delays on the 28,000 bookings they racked up in just a month. The company had managed to just deliver 1,508 units in July and 2,018 units in August. The current waiting period is between 2-4 months. Kia, on the other hand, had received 23,000 bookings in just three weeks, and managed to deliver 6,200 units in August. The current waiting period is also lower, between 1-3 months. Looking at the numbers, it does seem like Kia was better prepared to handle customer response in India.
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Kia Seltos is also better prepared for the future of the Indian market, having been launched with three engine options, 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre VGT diesel, and 1.4-litre Turbo-petrol, all of which were BS-VI ready. The MG Hector has two engine options, a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, but these are only BS-IV compliant at the moment. There is also a third powertrain which utilizes the same petrol engine alongwith the use of 48V hybrid battery for added power and better fuel efficiency. MG is expected to roll-out BS-VI engines with the launch of the recently spied 6-seater variant of the Hector.