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Hybrid and battery electric vehicles are firmly in Kia’s head-up display as the company chases buyers looking to ditch petrol-power.
Supply shortages still won’t stop Kia from selling a record 72,000 vehicles in Australia this year and more than 2,000 of them will be electrified.
The latest VFACTS figures provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed the South Korean marque was the second top-selling brand in Australia in May with 7,306 sales, to be fourth overall this year, behind Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi.
Kia is selling every car it can bring into the country and simply can’t bring in enough, with waiting times pushing out to 12 months for some models. Electrified vehicles are particularly hard to source, despite being increasingly popular.
“The fact is if we could get 3,000 (fully electric) EV6s this year, we’d sell every one,” Kia’s product planning head Roland Rivero says.
“And that’s before we bring in the GT (due late this year or early 2023).”
“Our first allocation of 500 EV6s sold out pretty much before they’d arrived and global demand for electrified Kias means they just can’t build the cars fast enough. Damien (Meredith, Kia Australia’s chief operating officer) managed to get Kia head office to give us another 100 this year but we’ve still got more than 1,500 orders for the car.”
The EV6 GT develops 430kW/740Nm from a pair of motors to drive all four wheels, enabling a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds. That’s on a par with the Tesla Model 3 performance and entry levels of the Porsche Taycan.
Pricing will be close to the Model 3 at around $100,000, making the EV6 GT by far the most expensive Kia sold in Australia.