Kia’s new EV9 electric SUV saw a massive leap in wholesale exports this past month. Kia doubled the number of EV9 vehicles sold from Korean plants for export, while EV6 shipments lagged.
After launching the EV6 as the brand’s first dedicated electric car, Kia had high hopes for the electric crossover SUV.
EV6 wholesale shipments fluttered last year, failing to gain meaningful traction globally. After reaching a peak in March, the trend continued this year, with only 601 models sold domestically and 3,706 exported in September.
Meanwhile, Kia introduced the EV9, its first seven-seat electric SUV, debuting in its home market on June 19.
Although the electric SUV got off to a strong start, sales slipped over the summer. According to Kia’s latest numbers, the flagship EV9 may be finding its rhythm.
Kia’s wholesale exports (domestic and overseas) show the automaker shipped a total of 6,015 EV9 models from Korean plants. That’s up 126% from August at 2,662 units.
(exports + domestic)
Kia EV9 wholesale exports pick up in September
From the looks of it, Kia is relying on its flagship electric SUV to carry sales until the next wave of EVs hits the market.
Orders for Kia’s three-row SUV opened last week in the US with starting prices under $55,000. The company expects the flagship EV to play a key role in its transition to EVs in the region as its largest EV yet.
In August, Kia introduced the EV5 compact SUV to compete with Tesla’s Model Y in China. The EV5 will start around $35,000 with 329 miles (530 km) of WLTC range standard. A longer range option (88kWh battery) will offer up to 447 miles (720 km) of range.
The South Korean automaker revealed plans for a wide-ranging EV lineup with existing models, including the EV6 and EV9, in addition to smaller, cheaper models like the EV4 and EV3.
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