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YD Cerato Koup

August 4, 2014 / 2312 /

Hi my name is Lachlan Gibson and I am one of the friendly sales consultants at Toowong Kia. Today I’m writing a review on the amazing YD Cerato Koup range. The Cerato Koup was Kia’s first ever petrol turbo vehicle to be released to the Australian market and has been released in three different variants the SI, Turbo and the top of the range Touring pack model.

The Cerato Koup comes with the option of two different engines, the 2.0 litre GDI (gasoline direct injected) engine that comes with the SI model and sports 129kw of power and 209Nm of torque with the option of either the 6 speed manual or the 6 speed automatic. The Turbo and Touring pack models come with the new 1.6 litre turbo GDI engine which has 150kw of power, 265Nm of torque and the ability to push the Koup from 0-100Km/h is only 7.4 seconds, the turbo is also available in both manual and automatic.

The exterior on the Koup has changed dramatically from the previously popular TD Koup, the new design has given the car a more luxurious European look that is bound to appeal to a larger market and increase the global sales tenfold. At the front of the new Koup they have redesigned the headlights and the front grill to give the car a more aggressive and sporty look, as well as adding day time running lights to the YD Koup which not only makes the vehicle look better it also increases the safety and visibility of the vehicle during the dangerous twilight periods and front cornering sensors to assist the driver with parking the vehicle.

The side of the Cerato Koup has stayed similar to the TD Cerato Koup but with the addition of new alloy rims to the Turbo and Touring pack models. The Turbo and Touring pack models do come with the very handy addition of pocket lamps behind the door handles to help you see the handles at night time and puddle lamps to illuminate the side of the car while you are approaching the vehicle.  At the back of the Koup you will notice the change in the tail lights from the previous TD model that have the addition of LED combination lights and the very helpful rear sensors that are accompanied by the reversing camera.

The interior of the Koup is hugely impressive and very well thought out, the SI and Turbo models both have a 4.3 inch touch screen head unit while the Touring pack model comes with a Satellite navigation unit with added features of having DVD play back while the vehicle is stationary. The Touring pack model also comes with leather seats and dual-zone climate control and an auto defog system for the windscreen.

I believe that the new YD Cerato Koup is an amazing upgrade to the previous TD Koup and is bound to sell like crazy.

Sportage MY14

July 30, 2014 / 1556 /

Hello again my name is Julian McDougall and I am one of the friendly Sales Staff here at Toowong KIA. I thought I would write a blog on the Kia Sportage MY14 which is a recently released update to this much loved KIA.


Standard safety features across the Sportage range include front, side and curtain (SRS) airbags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), (HAC) Hill Start Assist, (DBC) Downhill Brake Control, ABS brakes with (EBD) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution & Brake Assist, and (ESS) Emergency Stop Signal.

Standard features in the entry-level Si include a rear spoiler; cruise control; auxiliary and USB sockets, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and speed dependent audio volume control.

In addition to the new SI-Premium model add reverse parking camera, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, partial leather seats and 17 inch alloy wheels.

The SLI model come with the edition of front parking sensors, satelite navigation with the infinity premium audio system, 4.2 inch TFT supervision instrument cluster, dual zone climate control, cooling glove box and all-wheel drive.

Sportage Platinum adds engine push button start/stop, leather trim seats and 8 way drivers power adjustable seat rear combination LED taillights, privacy glass, 18 inch alloys, panoramic sunroof, HID headlights (high intensity discharge) and front and rear seat warmers.


The Sportage has the option of either petrol or diesel engines both having a 2.0-litre capacity with the six-speed automatic transmission changing smoothly.


I have worked for Toowong KIA for 1.5 years and it has been my privilege to experience, drive and sell a range of motor vehicles I genuinely believe in and every single test drive is an enormous pleasure.

The best part is seeing the look on my customers faces as they experience a KIA for the first time or even return customers who experience an upgrade on a vehicle they already love to drive.

I would totally recommend the Sportage to all potential customers from young first car customers, young/ young at heart customers looking for premium features in an SUV to parents and even empty nesters looking for a great looking, reliable, feature loaded and efficient vehicle.

Pro Ceed GT

July 30, 2014 / 4127 /

Hi my name is Lachlan Gibson and I am one of the new car sales consultants at Toowong Kia. Today I am writing a review on the Pro Ceed GT range. The Pro Ceed GT is Kias newest addition to the amazing line up they have released to the Australian market. Here in Australia we are fortunate enough to be one of the few countries around the world that have the chance to sell and drive this amazing vehicle.

The Pro Cee’d GT is Kia’s new three door performance hatch which is fuelled by the same 1.6 litre turbo charged engine that is in the Cerato Koup turbo models, the major difference between the Koup and the Pro Ceed GT is that the Pro Ceed GT has had all of the suspension and handling components modified by Graeme Gambold. Graeme Gambolt was once the head suspension and handling engineer for Toyotas world rally championship team, together with Rick Bates who was the head driver for the same rally team they have modified and changed most of the suspension set up from the European version of the car to suit Australian road and handling conditions.

Apart from the Suspension and handling of the vehicle it also looks amazing and has all of the features that you would want in a turbo charged hot hatch including leather and suede seats, shift knob and steering wheel all designed by Recaro rally. The interior of the car also features a full panoramic sunroof (tech pack only), climate control and the new impressive GT mode which changes the instrument cluster to a digital mode that displays engine torque, coolant temperature, turbo boost gauge and of course the digital Speedometer.

The exterior of the Pro Ceed GT is elegant and impressive as well as continuing the state of the art technology the rest of the car has displayed so perfectly, at the front of the vehicle the Pro Ceed GT is sporting a new look Day Time Running light design which is referred to as the ice cube pattern. With the tech pack the front of the car is improved by having HID Headlights (high intensity discharge) which also have the added feature of being active cornering headlights, giving you more vison at night time. Down the side of the vehicle the Pro Ceed GT is sporting very sporty looking 18 inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin pilot sport tyres and give superb grip and had to the impressive handling of the car. The back of the vehicle the Pro Ceed GT is sporting twin exhausts, LED tail lights, rear fog lights, rear parking sensors and a rear view camera to assist the driver with parking the vehicle.

Overall I believe that the Pro Ceed GT is the best car in the Kia range and that it will be a very competitive entry into the hot hatch and coupe markets. In my opinion I believe that the Pro Ceed GT in my car for 2014 and that I would buy one in a heartbeat.

Cerato Review

July 30, 2014 / 1930 /

Hello my name is Lachlan and I am one of the new car sales consultants at Toowong Kia. I have been blessed with the ability to drive the entire Kia range every day. I have decided to write a review on the amazing new Cerato S-Premium pack which has been released this month to the Australian market.

The Cerato S-Premium pack is a new edition to the Cerato sedan and hatch range for a limited time only. On the outside the Premium pack features very stylish 16” alloys with a matching spare as well as Automatic Headlamp Control, six sensors (front corners and four sensors across the back of the vehicle) and a rear view camera to assist in the parking process. Under the bonnet you get a powerful 1.8 litre double over-head cam engine that produces 110kw of power and 178Nm of torque to the front wheels, the engine still remains economical with the combined fuel consumption of only 7.4 litres per hundred kilometres.

Inside the vehicle Kia have found a nice medium between the S model and the SI model by adding a few editions to the already nice interior. The Cerato’s interior comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls as well as media streaming, cruise control for the long commutes to work, Flexsteer which allows you to select different drive modes from a comfortable feel which is ideal for city driving or parking lots, to a sportier feel which is great for highway driving and six airbags (drivers and passengers airbags, curtain airbags and front side are bags). The editions that have been added to the Cerato for the S-Premium park are Leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, artificial leather wrapped instrument cluster and an in dash satellite navigation unit with DVD player (video playback only while stationary).

Overall I believe the Cerato S-Premium pack is an excellence addition to the already amazing Cerato range and would be perfect for anybody that is looking for their first car or even a second family car, I believe that these gems will not be available for long as the Australian market will surely be going crazy for them.

Kia Koup Turbo

March 4, 2014 / 1521 /

Hello, my name is John Talbot and I am a Full time employee At Toowong Kia,
I have had the pleasure of driving the all New Turbo Koup. What I really find impressive about the front of this car is the LED fog lights along with a large wide grill for good airflow.
A great feature of the turbo models is how they recognise the proximity key in your pocket as you approach the vehicle. The electric side mirrors will fold out while light projects down at the ground. The door handles will also illuminate and just push a button on the door handles for easy access into the vehicle.
As a standard feature you get front and rear parking sensors as well as a reverse camera, which really impressed me.
18” alloys fill the guards with the charcoal inserts, looking sporty and really set the stylish image of the Turbo Koup.
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October 21, 2013 / 1284 /

Kia Wins four ‘Red Dot’ awards for its compact models

March 22, 2013 / 1998 /

Kia wins four ‘red dot’ awards for its compact models
– New Kia pro_cee’d receives the ‘Best of the Best’ award
– ‘Winner’ awards go to the Kia cee’d, the cee’d Sportswagon and the new Kia Carens

(SEOUL) March 12, 2013 – Kia’s design team has won four prestigious ‘red dot’ design awards, including a ‘Best of the Best’ distinction for the new Kia pro_cee’d in the product design category. The Kia cee’d five-door, cee’d Sportswagon and Carens compact MPV models collected ‘Winner’ awards.

Along with the iF product design award in November 2012, this is the second prize won by the Kia pro_cee’d before the new model goes on sale later this month. The four 2013 awards bring the total number of Kia’s red dot wins to 10 since 2009. Kia’s Soul, Venga, Sportage compact SUV and D-segment Kia Optima sedan – the latter was awarded the coveted ‘Best of the Best’ prize – were followed last year by awards for the five-door Kia Rio B-segment hatch and the A-segment Kia Picanto.

“We are very proud of the ‘red dots’ that have been awarded to all of the cee’d family, along with the new Carens. And we are especially enthusiastic about the ‘Best of the Best’ award for the Kia pro_cee’d because, after the Kia Optima, yet another of our vehicles has received the highest honours from the jury,” says Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation.

“The fact that our most important compact models have won four prizes is a great acknowledgement of the work of our international design teams. Our cars have now been winning for five years in a row, which once again confirms that we are on the right path with our consistent design strategy.”

red dot award: a seal of quality in product design
The Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia founded the red dot awards programme in 1955, and it is now one of the most prestigious design contests in the world. The internationally acclaimed seal of quality features ‘product design’, ‘communication design’ and ‘design concepts and prototypes’ categories. This year, 1,865 manufacturers from 54 countries submitted 4,662 products. A 37-strong jury judged the products according to nine criteria, including degree of innovation, clarity of function, formal quality and sustainability. The award presentation will be held at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen on 1 July 2013.

The cee’d family and the Carens: attractive choices in the compact class
The cee’d family first launched in Europe in 2007 and is now well-established in the C-segment. The winner of the 2013 red dot ‘Best of the Best’ award, the three-door Kia pro_cee’d, sports a new athletic look that sets it apart from the five-door cee’d model. It is exceptionally well-specified with a high level of equipment as standard and is offered with two diesel (1.4-litre and 1.6-litre) and two petrol (1.4-litre and 1.6-litre) engines, with up to 99kW of power and CO2 emissions from under 100 g/km.

The Kia Carens is a new family-friendly compact MPV that builds on the already excellent functionality and flexibility of its predecessor with a new sleek elegance. In both its five and seven-seat configurations, the new Carens offers an impressive specification as standard, including air conditioning, audio system, multifunctional steering wheel, cruise control and LED daytime running lights. The Carens is available with a choice of two petrol engines (1.6-litre and 2.0-litre) and a 1.7-litre turbo diesel, with performance spanning 99 to 122kW and CO2 emissions from 124 g/km.

Vehicle specifications and standard equipment mentioned in this news release are for models sold in Western Europe.

Kia Platinum Dealer 2013

March 9, 2013 / 1478 /

Toowong Kia has achieved excellent quality in both the dealership facilities and operations and complies with the KMC global dealer standards, therefore earning the distinction of ‘Platinum Dealer’.

This highly converted, internationally recognized award is only awarded to a few Kia dealerships in the world.

Here at Toowong Kia we strive for excellence and pride ourselves on giving customers the satisfaction they are being well looked after.

The award have given us great pride in the work we do, knowing that the high standards we hold within our dealership is recognized by Kia.

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March 9, 2013 / 2193 /

Kia Pro_cee’d GT to Boost Australian Range

March 8, 2013 / 2411 /

Kia Motors Australia has confirmed that the sporty Pro_cee’d GT Turbo will be coming to Australian shores.

Australia will be the first and only market outside Europe to take on the new car.

This is exciting news for Kia Motors Australia as it is a whole new level of performance and style.

Though not much information has been passed on in regards to the GT Turbo in regarding when we will get it and how much it will cost, we do know that the car will be powered by the 1.6 GDI engine boosted by a few internal upgrades and a twin-scroll turbocharger to produce a thrilling 150Kw (201hp) and 265Nm of torque which will propel the GT Turbo from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds onto a top speed of 230km/h.

More details and release dates will be provided once they become available.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive – Toowong Kia


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