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Kia to launch 5 electrified vehicles by 2020
Automotive News China | 2017/9/1

Kia Motors' joint venture in China, will roll out five electrified vehicles by 2020 in response to China¡¯s push to encourage production of the vehicles.

The vehicles will include three battery-electric models and two plug-in hybrids, Dongfeng Yueda Kia said in a statement.

The EVs will include two small crossovers and a compact sedan, while the plug-in hybrids will be a compact sedan and a midsize sedan. 

Dongfeng Yueda Kia has yet to reveal more details about the electrified vehicle lineup. 

The company has no EVs or plug-in hybrids in its lineup. Kia¡¯s only electrified model in China is a conventional hybrid version of its K5 midsize sedan. 

Dongfeng Yueda Kia, headquartered in the east China city of Yancheng, is a three-way partnership among Kia, Dongfeng Motor Corp. and local investment company Jiangsu Yueda Investment Co.

In the first six months of the year, sales of Dongfeng Yueda Kia plunged 55 percent year on year to 129,700 vehicles.

Consumers have shunned Kia in the wake of diplomatic tensions after South Korea¡¯s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system despite China¡¯s objections.

This year, Dongfeng Yueda Kia has launched the KX7 SUV, the KX Cross crossover and the upgraded K4 compact sedan. To revive sales, it plans to introduce four more new and upgraded models in 2017.

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