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Kia showcases India-exclusive SUV in warmup for market entry

South Korean brand to start sales in 2019, when $1.1bn local plant opens

Kia's SP Concept is displayed at Auto Expo 2018 in India on Feb. 7. (Photo by Hiroshi Kotani)

GREATER NOIDA, India -- Kia Motors on Wednesday unveiled a concept compact SUV "specially designed and dedicated" to the Indian market, marking its debut in a country its sister company, Hyundai Motor, entered over two decades ago.

"Even though we have arrived here a little late, we have come fully prepared," Kia Motors President and CEO Han-Woo Park said at Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

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