Kia Motors (UK) has secured extra supplies of its strong-selling e-Niro electric car. Supplies of the car were extremely scarce in 2019, with just 800 vehicles imported. But production in Korea has been ramped up, and as a result, KMUK sold more e-Niros in July 2020 than in the whole of 2019.
The battery-electric e-Niro has a 282-mile range, making it one of the most practical EVs on the market. But with supplies limited, private customers rather than fleets have been the target market. Availability has been increased even further in the second half of 2020, bringing down lead times to around a month.
This increase in UK allocation for e-Niro also supports back orders, which are now significantly reduced. Additionally, it provides the 186-strong Kia dealer network the opportunity to display more demonstrator models, allowing customers to see and feel the car and enhance the buying process. The increase in supply is focussed mainly on the e-Niro, however additional supply has also been added to the UK allocation of Soul EVs, giving more UK customers the option between two EVs.
Kia Motors (UK) CEO Paul Philpott said: “The Niro family has brought increased variance, style and eco credentials to our UK product offering. With the additional e-Niro availability coming to our shores it places our dealer partners in a better position to satisfy the huge demand we have received for the vehicle.”