Kia Australia could also be making inroads with head workplace round securing a bigger allocation of EV6s in 2023, however the smaller and extra reasonably priced Niro EV will stay a low-volume providing in Australia in the meanwhile.
Chief working officer Damien Meredith confirmed the model’s native arm can ship simply 50 models of the Niro EV per thirty days “if the demand is there”.
Basic supervisor for product planning, Roland Rivero, later mentioned the Niro’s tight provide will not be very completely different to the difficult scenario for electrified Sorento variants.
“Every mannequin line has its personal hurdles. While we had been lucky to safe extra EV6 inventory, Niro and Sorento HEV/PHEV stay a wrestle,” Mr Rivero instructed CarExpert.
Final month, Mr Rivero confirmed that Kia Australia had been pressured to shut order books for the Sorento Hybrid (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), on account of excessive world demand.
As for the Niro, Kia Australia has beforehand indicated an general month-to-month allocation of 100-150 models per thirty days throughout Hybrid (HEV) and EV fashions, although an allocation of fifty EVs per months factors to the decrease finish of that bracket.
Regardless of provide challenges, the brand new Niro and Niro Plus purpose-built automobile (PBV) have boosted the nameplate’s fortunes in Australia of late.
A complete of 1602 models had been registered in 2022 throughout the Niro line-up, a 115.9 per cent enchancment on 2021’s determine of 742.
The brand new-generation Niro line-up arrived in Australia in July, off the again of a really profitable launch in its house market of South Korea – some 16,000 models had been bought within the home market on its first day on sale.
A complete of 4 variants can be found throughout two powertrain choices, with the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) mannequin a no-go for this newest iteration.
Pricing begins at $44,380 for the entry-level Niro HEV S, and climbs to $50,030 for the Niro HEV GT-Line. The Niro EV S begins from $65,300 whereas the Niro EV GT-Line lists for $72,100. All costs exclude on-road prices.
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