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Sorento doubles up as Optima joins in the fun

 Kia’s multi award-winning Sorento has picked up another brace of accolades while the stylish Optima GT has also joined the gold rush at the annual Australia’s Best Cars – ABC awards ceremony.

Sorento was voted the best in the AWD SUV $50,000-$60,000 category and backed that up by topping the podium in the Family Wagon (2WD) category. To round out the day Kia’s new Optima GT Turbo won the judges’ hearts in the Medium Under $50,000 category.

“The acceptance of Sorento by Australia’s new car critics has been little short of sensational,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “To add not one, but two, Australia’s Best Car awards to the list of awards is as humbling as it is exciting.

“Then for the Optima GT to also finish as a winner is just the icing on the cake.”

Australia’s Best Cars is judged by experts from the motoring organisations in each state under the auspices of the Australian Automobile Association.

The judges assess each of the finalists in the various categories on their value, safety, performance and fitness for purpose among a host of other considerations.

For the Family Wagon segment, the ABC judges felt that across the entire ownership spectrum the Sorento “ticks the right boxes”.

“In Short, Kia has managed to blend the things people love about a large high-riding SUV with the functionality and versatility of a traditional people mover,” the judging panel said.

In the battle for the AWD SUV $50,000-$65,000 crown the judging panel felt that Sorento’s improvements in refinement and technology, along with the class-leading running and repair costs, were the keys to an award-winning performance.

“With its increased size, refinement, equipment and powerful but efficient turbo-diesel, it’s no wonder the Platinum is the most popular Sorento,” the judges noted.

For the Optima GT in the Medium Car Under $50,000 category it was again the quality and refinement of Kia’s new turbo petrol hero that won the day. “Quietness is again an element of the premium feel, and it is here that a lot of Kia’s research and development dollars have been spent to get it right,” the judges offered.

“The new 2.0L turbo-charged direct injection petrol engine is powerful … yet it still does well on the environment front.”

The Optima’s outstanding value for money equation was also worthy of mention by the judges: “Add an industry-leading 7-year transferable warranty and the Optima is very hard to beat in a class where the buyer is particular about what they are getting for their money.”

Unlike most of the Car Of The Year Awards, the ABC Awards are open to any car on sale in Australia, not just those launched in the consideration year.

Sorento, backed by Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year Warranty and capped price service program, had previously been named as the Cars Guide Car Of The Year, Drive’s Best Family SUV, Behind The Wheel’s Car Of The Year and OzRoamer magazines Best SUV Over $60,000.

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Kia Stinger Heading For OZ

A talking point of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit event before the doors have been thrown open, the new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia.

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  • Hero performance sedan for Australian showrooms

A talking point of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit event before the doors have been thrown open, the new Kia Stinger has been confirmed for Australia.

The sleek, powerful rear-wheel drive GT fastback sports sedan is expected to make it into Australian showrooms by the end of the third quarter this year.

“This is a car you cannot help but be excited by,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “It has all the attributes to appeal to the Australian enthusiast _ exciting design, a high-tech performance engine and gearbox combination and rear-wheel drive.

“The Stinger is the right car to take Kia, and the brand’s perception, to the next level in Australia. It is the type of car to add desire and excitement to Kia’s core values of style, reliability and value.”

The Stinger will arrive in Australia with the 3.3-litre V6 twin turbo driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission.

While final specifications are still to be settled the Stinger is expected to produce 272kW of power at 6000rpm and an impressive 510Nm of torque from 1300rpm through to 4500rpm. There is an expected 0-100km/h sprint of 5.1 seconds.

“Those are the sort of performance figures which will give the Stinger credibility in any company and add an emotional element to the already compelling practical reasons _ 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price service and 7-year roadside assist _ for considering a Kia,” Mr Meredith said.

Designed in Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt under the hand of Kia’s head of design Peter Schreyer and developed over extensive testing on the grueling Nurburgring under the watchful eye of KMC’s performance and engineering guru Albert Biermann, the Stinger is an uncompromising rendition of the true gran turismo ethos _ nimble and fast, luxurious and quiet with the perfect balance of ride and handling.

“I think for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a special event,” Biermann said. “Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks, but also the way it drives. It’s a whole different animal.”

To further define the car for Australia, the KMAu ride and handling team will refine the suspension and tuning to ensure Australian buyers are presented with a local tuning package which best suits Australia’s testing roads.

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Refreshed style and new technologies for upgraded 2017 Kia Cerato

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Refreshed style and new technologies for upgraded 2017 Kia Cerato –

  • Updated exterior and interior styling for Cerato hatch and sedan
  • New technologies improve comfort, convenience and safety
  • Greater driver involvement with new Drive Mode Select system
  • Further enhancement for local ride and handling package

New style, new comfort, new technology _ but the same razor sharp pricing, industry leading 7-year warranty and ownership peace of mind. That’s the story with the arrival of Kia’s updated 2017 Cerato.

Cerato has been one of Kia’s most successful global models with more than 3 million sales.

“For Kia Motors Australia, Cerato is a key plank in our sales strategy and a leader for the sub-$20,000 pricing structure of our small car garage,” Kia Motors Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, said.

“With a drive-away price of $19,990 for the S with auto, Cerato represents outstanding value, and that equation is only enhanced by the security and peace of mind of a 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist.”

Mr Meredith said the widely-praised Cerato was just one of the steps through the Kia consideration family which starts with the $14,990 Picanto, moves on to the $16,990 Rio and then to the Cerato.

“Cerato’s place in the Kia family is unquestioned and with the improvements the model upgrade brings, it presents a truly compelling argument for value, safety, quality and practicality.”

Cerato will be available in Australian in two body styles _ four-door sedan and five-door hatch, and four grades _ S, S Premium, Si and SLi.

The Cerato range will feature a single 2.0-litre MPI engine from the proven NU family coupled to a six-speed manual in the S grade models and a six-speed automatic across all four grades.

With drive-away pricing from launch the S manual and auto will be $19,990 with an offer of free automatic. With the optional audio visual unit _ which brings rear view camera, Android Auto and dusk sensing headlights _ the S will be $20,490.

The S Premium is priced from $24,990 drive away with automatic, Si is $28,990 drive away and the range-topping SLi is drive away at $32,490.

Standard equipment levels across the grades are typical of Kia’s philosophy of no compromise on safety and value-added inclusions for comfort and convenience.

All models get standard six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Hill start Assist Control (HAC), and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system.

The Si adds Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) while SLi goes a step further with Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems.

Standard fare in the S includes 16-inch steel wheels with a full size spare, power windows, projector headlights, 3.5-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, adjustable headrests, 60:40 split fold rear seats; Bluetooth phone and streaming and FM/AM radio with CD and MP3 audio. The head unit can be upgraded to include a 7-inch touch screen audio visual unit with reversing camera, Android Auto connection, dusk sensing headlights in a $500 option pack.

The S Premium adds 16-inch alloys with full size alloy spare, dusk sensing headlights, 7-inch LCD touch screen with satellite navigation and rear view camera, along with additional soft-touch interior surfaces.

Moving to the Si adds leather trim seats, rear air vents, auto up and down front windows, smart key with push button start, electric folding mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome accent on exterior door handles and window surrounds, aeroblade wipers, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

At the top of the range the SLi features 17-inch alloy wheels with full size alloy spare, alloy sport pedals, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, LED DRLs, eight-way power driver’s seat adjustment, heated and ventilated driver’s seat and heated passenger seat, sunroof, HID headlights, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

All models fitted with the 7-inch audio visual and satellite navigation screen are hardware compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay and can be software flashed when licensing agreements are in place.

Modernized exterior styling

Originally created at Kia’s USA Design Centre in Irvine, California, the updated Cerato benefits from a new, more modern look that emphasizes the ‘dynamic muscularity’ of the car, while retaining its low coupe-like roofline, sleek silhouette and cab-forward styling.

Both sedan and hatchback models get a refresh on the front end with updated black or gloss black trim for Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, as well as newly-designed headlamps, bumper and fog-lamps, and a re-profiled hood. Sedan models also receive a new rear bumper and tail-light design.

The Cerato sedan’s dimensions remain the same (4560mm long with 2700mm wheelbase, 1780mm wide, and 1435mm high), offering buyers ample interior space, high levels of practicality, and the same sporty appearance.

The hatch also retains the same dimensions from the current model with a length of 4350mm, wheelbase of 2700mm, width of 1780mm and height of 1450mm.

The Cerato is available in a single non-premium Clear White colour with seven premium options _ Aurora Black, Gravity Blue, Planet Blue, Snow White Pearl, Metal Stream, Silky Silver and Temptation Red.

New materials and colours for revised cabin

Every model in the new Kia Cerato line-up has received a range of updates to the interior to create a more premium ambience.

Kia’s interior designers have introduced new materials to the dashboard and door trims, as well as to the centre fascia and console hood. The overhead console has a built-in sunglass case, while new metallic trim around the air vents adds to the more modern appearance.

The gearstick has been redesigned for a higher quality look and feel, as well as improving comfort when actuating shifts.

The cabins of the upgraded Cerato sedan and hatchback are available in two seat trims, a black leather-trim in Si and SLi grades and a stylish hard-wearing black cloth treatment for S and S Premium.

For SLi buyers the driver’s seat is heated and ventilated while the passenger will enjoy the comfort of a heated seat.

New technologies improve safety, driver enjoyment and cabin comfort

Upgrades to the 2017 Kia Cerato go beyond visual modifications, with a range of new technologies to improve safety, convenience, comfort and driver enjoyment on the various grades.

Sedan and hatchback models in Si trim will receive Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert while the SLi models will add Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

Blind Spot Detection (BSD) monitors cars behind the Cerato and provides drivers with both and audible warning and a visual warning in the door mirror when another vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot. BSD has been designed to improve safety during high-speed driving, where frequent lane changes either side of the car can increase the potential for an accidental collision.

Across the model range all Cerato will feature Kia’s extensive safety pack with Anti-lock Brakes System, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Management suite and Emergency Stop Signal.

There are six airbags across the range with front and rear parking sensors standard. S Premium, Si and SLi grades will have a standard reversing camera while the AV unit and camera are optional on the S model.

Improved suspension suited to Australian conditions

Already tuned for Australian roads, the new Cerato has been further improved through an extensive re-visiting of suspension by Kia Motors Australia’s bespoke tuning program.

Guided by suspension guru Graeme Gambold, the KMAu team has turned thousands of local testing kilometres into revised front springs _ stiffer to improve balance between ride comfort and handling while inspiring confidence on higher speed roads _ and improved damper compliance.

The upgraded damper valving technology _ featuring square orifice pistons _ allowed for more focused local tuning resulting in greatly improved ride quality without sacrificing handling precision.

Improvements to the Cerato’s column mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (C-MDPS) comprised revised steering tuning and improved hardware to refine weight, feel and confidence for the driver.

An upgrade to the steering motor, a more powerful ECU (up from 16bit to 32bit) offering improved motor control and logic control cycle, and increased stiffness in the column shaft, bushings and steering gear all add up to better connection between the driver and the road.

All automatic models will have the benefit of Kia’s Drive Mode Select system which features three modes of steering engagement _ Normal, Eco and Sport.

2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmissions

The 2017 Kia Cerato is available with a single highly-efficient four-cylinder MPI engine from the NU family, coupled to either a six-speed manual (S) or six-speed automatic (S, S Premium, Si and SLi) driving through the front wheels.

The 112kW and 192Nm power plant is Euro IV compliant and returns fuel efficiency of 7.1L/100km for hatch and sedan in both manual and automatic on the combined cycle.

Utilising the weight saving of cylinder blocks and heads made of cast aluminum, the multi-point injection technology of the NU engines aids in producing low emissions and high efficiency.

The upgrades to the third-generation Cerato are all targeted at improving safety, comfort, convenience, and driver enjoyment.

The changes will boost the model’s appeal in a highly-competitive C-segment, and reinforce its position as one of Kia’s biggest-selling export models. The Cerato is manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung facility in Korea.

Pricing (RRP and drive away)

S manual:                                $19,990 drive away
S auto:                                    $22,290 ($19,990 drive away)
S with AV and auto:               $22,790 ($20,490 drive away)
S Premium auto:                     $24,990 drive away
Si auto:                                   $28,990 drive away
SLi auto:                                 $32,490 drive away

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New 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

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New 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus

  • Prestigious safety award earned under new, more rigorous IIHS requirements

(SEOUL) April 11, 2016 – Demonstrating Kia Motors’ ongoing commitment to safety and continuous improvement, the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned the highest designation possible – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The rating reflects top scores in each of five crashworthiness tests as well as the integration of driver assistance technologies to aid in crash prevention.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

IIHS testing parameters were changed for 2016, requiring each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention in order to qualify for a TSP+.
The 2017 Sportage is available with a wide range of driving-assistance systems and safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)1, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)1 with Lane Change Assist (LCA)1, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)1, and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)1 technology, high-beam assist (HBA)1, and front and rear parking assist1.

Furthermore, the structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the Sportage’s body-in-white consisting of AHSS, versus the outgoing model’s 18 percent, torsional rigidity has improved 39 percent. In addition, the Sportage utilises more than a football field’s length (338 feet) of structural adhesives.

Editor’s note: All technical specifications and standard/optional features in this press release refer to the U.S. model and may differ from models marketed in other regions.

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