Kia Motors India has sold more than 50,000 connected cars in the country which includes the likes of Seltos and Carnival. The South-Korean automaker is the only manufacturer to secure this feat within just over 10 months of its first product launch in the Indian market. The UVO Connect technology was introduced with the launch of Seltos in August 2019. It integrates one’s smartphone, car and its infotainment system into a single unit. Initially launched with 37 smart features, this connected technology now boasts of 50+ category-first features.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, “We have attained this landmark figure due to our strong determination and continuous efforts to bring innovation and next-gen technology to our customers. At Kia Motors India, we are committed to meet new consumer demands and fill the gap in what’s offered to them. Kia’s innovative UVO connect technology has brought about a significant change in the way owners engage with their cars in India. Now with the updated UVO connect features in the new Seltos and upcoming Sonet, Kia has made driving even more fun, safe, convenient and comfortable.” Recently, the company also introduced India’s first Connected Car Insurance for Kia Cars equipped with inbuilt UVO connected car technology and infotainment system.
The latest enhancement to the UVO-led technology is the introduction of UVO - Voice Assist wake up Command “Hello Kia” which wakes up the UVO system by simply saying “Hello Kia”. With this addition, the UVO connected car system features nine new voice commands including Calling, Weather Information, Time and Date, Indian Holiday Information, Cricket Score, Media Control, Navigation Control and Climate Control. Additionally, the UVO Smart Watch App Connectivity option can be used via connectivity features through a Smart Watch, built on Android, iOS or Tizen operating systems. Kia Motors India is now gearing to launch its third product, the Sonet sub 4-meter SUV, in the country which will also be equipped with Kia’s UVO Connect technology.