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Kia Australia engaged on Order To Ship program, extra personalisation choices

Kia Australia is planning to supply extra color and trim choices, in addition to shorter home windows between inserting an order and having your automobile begin coming down the manufacturing line.

It’s no secret that the Korean model provides a lot of exterior and inside color and trim choices in its house market in addition to abroad that typically don’t make it to Australia.

In response to Kia’s native chief working officer, Damien Meredith, that might be altering throughout the subsequent two years.

“We’ve been massive on protecting issues so simple as potential,” Mr Meredith advised CarExpert.

“If product planning had their manner we’d have 15 colors [for everything], however we wish to hold issues fairly tight and simplistic. However with OTD (Order To Ship), it’ll occur.”

“It would occur the place a buyer will are available and say ‘I need this, this, this and this’, after which in 90 days they’ll get their automotive in manufacturing. It’s not taking place tomorrow, however within the subsequent couple of years it can.

Mr Meredith and Roland Rivero, basic supervisor for product planning at Kia Australia, confirmed that extra alternative in color and trim choices will kind a part of this course of.

Not like its Hyundai mother or father, Kia’s native division hardly ever provides the complete color and fabric catalogue, not to mention something aside from black even in its high-spec fashions.

At present, the Stinger is the one mannequin in Kia’s Australian vary that gives multiple inside choice, with the GT-Line and GT providing the selection of black or pink upholstery relying on exterior color.

Up to now the Sportage, Sorento and Carnival have additionally supplied gentle inside choices domestically, however with the present generations Kia Australia has pared them again to only one choice.

The present Sorento and Sportage, for instance, provide a number of decisions in South Korea, with the previous providing Navy Gray and Saddle Brown leather-based choices in addition to a six-seat configuration which might be all not obtainable in Australia, whereas the Sportage provides further gray/blue and brown leather-based inside choices.

The favored Carnival individuals mover provides a lot of seating configurations overseas on high of the eight-seat inside that’s the only real choice domestically, together with 9- and 11-seat layouts with 4 rows of seating, in addition to a luxurious Excessive Limousine model that might put a Mercedes-Benz V-Class to disgrace.

Whereas it’s unclear precisely what further choices will make it to the Australian catalogue within the coming years, however for purchasers wanting extra alternative and extra personalisation choices – and from my information of Kia’s possession teams on-line, loads of these individuals exist – this shall be a welcome change shifting ahead.

Keep tuned to CarExpert for the most recent on this new initiative over the approaching 18 months. We’d even be tremendous eager to listen to your ideas within the feedback beneath.

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