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Kia Niro EV: Tight supply remains at 50 units per month

Kia Australia may be making inroads with headquarters around securing a larger EV6 allocation in 2023, but smaller and more affordable Niro EV will remain a low volume product in Australia for the time being.

CEO Damien Meredith confirmed the brand’s local branch could deliver as few as 50 Niro EVs per month “if there is a need”.

General manager of product planning, Roland Rivero, later said that the tight supply of the Niro is not much different from the challenging situation for electrified Sorento variants.

“Each model line has its own barriers. While we are fortunate to have more EV6 stock, Niro and Sorento HEV/PHEV remains a struggle,” said Mr. Rivero. auto expert.

Last month, Mr. Rivero confirmed that Kia Australia has forcibly close the order book for Sorento Hybrid (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), due to high global demand.

As for the Niro, Kia Australia previously indicated an overall monthly allocation of 100-150 units per month for Hybrid (HEV) and EV models, although a 50 EV per month allocation indicated a lower of that frame.

Despite supply challenges, the new Niro and Niro Plus purpose-built vehicles (PBVs) have boosted the brand’s fortunes in Australia recently.

A total of 1602 units were registered in 2022 across the entire Niro lineup, a 115.9% improvement over 2021’s 742.

The next-generation Niro product line arrived in Australia in July, after a very successful launch in its home market of South Korea – about 16,000 units were sold in the domestic market on the first day of sale.

A total of four variants are available across the two powertrain offerings, with the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model failing to match this latest version.

Prices start at $44,380 for the entry-level Niro HEV S and go up to $50,030 for the Niro HEV GT-Line. The Niro EV S starts at $65,300 while the Niro EV GT-Line starts at $72,100. All prices do not include road charges.

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