One of our correspondents in Chennai caught this LHD Kia Picanto being tested. Kia has been doing a feasibility study in India since late 2010. We’ve also heard reports of Kia shelving its plan for India somewhere through the middle of 2011. India is a market that no car manufacturer can ignore, it’s no surprise that Kia continues to conduct its feasibility studies.
The Picanto should share space in the market with the i20 if launched here. As this correspondent pointed out, a left hand drive Picanto simply means that Kia’s plans for India are nowhere near fruition in the near future.
It should be interesting to see how Kia intends to position its products along with it’s Hyundai siblings.
Kia, if we may make a suggestion, please do bring the fantastic looking Optima with you when you take a flight out of Seoul.