Hi my name is Scott Douma and I am one of the new car sales consultants and Toowong Kia. I have driven a large range of cars in my time in the automotive sector and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kia Sportage.
The Kia Sportage came from humble beginings back in 1993 to its arrival on our shores here in Australia back in 1997. The Sportage was one of the original compact SUVs on the market. The third generation has a 20 year history backing up the quailty, drivability and over all customer satisfaction.
The spacious design of the Sportage is fantastic for all applications, from picking the kids up from school to that long needed weekend away. 60/40 split fold rear seats gives up to a massive 1547 litres of boot space in a SUV you can confidently drive in busy city traffic. The option to have a two wheel drive petrol or all wheel drive petrol and diesel option ensures that no matter what you plan on doing in life that there is a Sportage within your budget.
The added safey of front, side and curtain airbags you can know with confidence that you have your family in safe hands. Anti Lock Braking (ABS) and Electronic Stabaility Control (ECS) in conjuction with Kia’s Traction Control System (TCS) improves drivability and active safety to ensure that the car occupants of the car are safe in all situations.
Picture yourself on a day trip, you are standing on the beach over looking the ocean, waves are crashing and you can feel the cooling water between your toes and it washes the warm sand away from under your feet. You have just had a beautiful day of sun, surf and fun with family or friends you don’t want it to end but you turn around and look at the Sportage that took you there and know that next weekend you can do it all again. As you drive back along the hard sand with the crystal clear ocean on one side and beautiful golden sands on the other, it will bring a warm smile to your face.
The buzz of owning Sportage is not only just to have a car to get from A to B but the ability to have an adventure.
With options such as Satalite Navigation and Panoramic Sunroof you can enhance the adventures you could have.
Over all the Sportage is a true adventure machine. Its user friendly interface and its modern sporty looks will place the Sportage as a must have in your garage.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive, Toowong Kia.
Hi my name is Scott Douma and I am one of the new car sales consultants and Toowong Kia. I have driven a large range of cars in my time in the automotive sector and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kia Rio.
Lets face it, the Kia Rio has had a rather good history in Australia. Starting back in the early 2000, the first generation of Kia Rio was popular for its price point and fuel efficiency. Jumping forward to the second generation being released in 2005 the popularity increased with a more sport compact design and getting a nicer finish then its predecessor. Then in 2011 something special happened, Kia released its third generation Rio with design and quality to even make the German put their worry pants on.
With pricing at the sub twenty five thousand mark, with an option for a 5 or 3 door hatch or a 4 door sedan and two engine options, the car will be able to fit into anyone’s price point and carry four fully grown adults in comfort or a family of five.
The sporty lines of the car coupled with either the 1.4L or the bigger more powerful 1.6L four cylinder will get you having fun out on the road without putting you into trouble. The two engine options are available in either a manual or automatic option allowing all ages and driving abilities to drive with confidence and comfort.
The drivability of the car is simply fantastic, you feel safe and secure with road hugging performance. The suspension allows you to drive in comfort but not letting the car roll all over the road. Seating and visibility is perfect with a height adjustable drivers seat and telescopic steering collum.
The safety on this car is class leading with no short cuts taken, it feature everything from ABS braking, traction control, 6 air bags and much much more no wonder this car sails through to a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating.
Overall the third gen Rio is the perfect car for someone looking for second to none value for money, without having the substitute class, sportiness and safety.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive, Toowong Kia.
The Kia Optima has been heavily supported and back over the last year by all experts and the general public. There are many reasons why this car has been successful and will continue to be a force in the medium car market and it has all been made possible by what many would call the greatest motor vehicle designer in Peter Schreyer. He has put style, safety, comfort, reliability and a fantastic drive train, inside an affordable motor vehicle.
The Optima has taken many by surprise with its powerful yet fuel efficient 2.4 litre GDI engine. The new piece of technology has improved this motor vehicle out of site, with many classing it well and truly above its expectation. The Optima Platinum has been given many high regards, however none bigger than receiving Cars Guide designer car of the year 2011.
The Specifications of the Optima Platinum exceed its worth, by having luxury accessories such electric heating and cooling leather seats, Panoramic Sunroof, Smart Key, Dual air conditioning, spacious cabin and many more. These accessories are all standard on the current Platinum model, which gives it a massive edge over its competitors. So if you have a small family or like something a little bit sporty, enquirer today at Toowong Kia, as they look after everyone who is wanting a fantastic experience.
The Kia Sportage Platinum is a classy looking family wagon, I just love the features on my car, it has a Panoramic Sunroof, push button start, Leather interior, smart key so I can open the doors without having to take the keys out my pocket. Daytime running LED lights a rear-vision camera, a trip computer, cruise control, Bluetooth, climate control an electro-chromatic rear vision mirror and 17-inch alloys.
The Sportages interior has a bold, modern design. With plenty of legroom for the front and backseat passengers. Sizeable bootspace, the rear seats fold down with a 60:40 split giving you a flat space.
The 2.0litre Turbo Diesel producing 135kw and 392Nm with a six speed automatic transmission is a joy to drive, giving plenty of power up the hills and a smooth drive on the highways. It also has a great turning circle for carparks and getting out of tight spaces.
The Kia Sportage fits the bill for safety and reliability with a 5 star Ancap safety rating and a peace of mind of 5 year unlimited km warranty.
A Western Sydney resident who entered a Kia Ball Hunt competition has driven away in a brand new “Reborn Rio”.
Christine Greensitt from Penrith entered the competition during the Australian Tennis Open earlier in the year, not thinking anything would come of it.
The competition offered three methods of entry, either through an online Facebook Game, a Facebook single entry form or by downloading an app and capturing little symbols or glyphs during the Kia Australian Open Tennis Championships.
The glyphs were scattered throughout Australia, incorporated into all of Kia’s Australian Open advertising. They were also found at Kia dealerships, on the television during the Channel Seven telecast and at the event itself.
Mother of three and soon to be mother of four, Mrs Greensitt, registered a total of 15 glyphs throughout the Open and was recently announced the winner.
Her prize was an all-new reborn Kia Rio 5-door hatch Si in Silver.
“I played the online Facebook game and thought we had no hope of winning the prize,” Mrs Greensitt said. “I initially missed the call from Kia so when I called back I almost fell off my chair.”
The Greensitt’s new Kia Rio 5-door hatch was launched in September 2011. The 3 and 4-door variants were added to the range in February this year.
The 5-door Si Hatch comes standard with a long list of features particularly safety. A total of six SRS airbags offer maximum protection to occupants in the event of an accident, while ABS, vehicle stability management with hill-start assist help prevent accidents from occurring.
The new Rio is powered by Kia’s latest 1.6 litre GDi petrol engine, which in the Greensitt’s case is matched to a very compact and efficient 6-speed automatic transmission.
An MP3 compatible CD player with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted remote control, also provides hours of entertainment for those long family trips.
The tested model of Kia Optima was introduced in Australia and New Zealand during 2011. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC) and a reversing camera are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.
5 stars. The Optima scored 14.58 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test.
Occupant Protection Score 35.58 out of 37
FRONTAL OFFSET CRASH TEST
Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.47 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 3.11 pts.
The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 69 mm and upwards 4 mm. The steering wheel hub moved 4mm forward, 4mm downward and 16 mm sideways. The front (“A”) pillar moved 46 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the all door could be opened with normal effort.
The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. The passenger’s head was cushioned by the airbag. There were no knee hazards.
SIDE IMPACT CRASH TEST
Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 4 pts, pelvis 4 pts.
The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The vehicle earned the maximum two points in this test.
PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION: Pending
Kerb mass: 1500 kg Vehicles built: 2011
Eng: 2.4 petrol
Category: CAR – MEDIUM
Model History and Safety Features
The tested model of Kia Optima was introduced in Australia and New Zealand during 2011.
Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC) and a reversing camera are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.
Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.
OCCUPANT PROTECTION: 5 Stars
The Optima scored 14.58 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver.
The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test..
(SEOUL) August 26, 2011 — Two motorists are preparing to drive a 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid into the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records this week as they aim to set a new record for lowest fuel consumption (in a petrol hybrid car) while driving through all 48 adjoining states of America.
Taking on the epic 8000 mile (13,000km) fuel economy driving challenge will be experienced fuel economy driver Wayne Gerdes and his colleague and friend Chris Bernius, who will be completing the journey in a factory-standard Kia Optima Hybrid four-door sedan.
The record attempt will see the drivers depart from Kia Motors’ manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, on August 26, travelling through the 48 adjoining states in a clockwise direction, before finishing in South Carolina just 16 days later, on September 10.
Kia fans wishing to track the drivers’ progress will be able to receive live updates via Kia’s Twitter feed (@Kia_Motors) and a specially-developed Facebook app on Kia’s Worldwide page:https://www.facebook.com/Kiamotorsworldwide
Photos, video footage and a written blog will be uploaded to the page on a daily basis from August 26. The Facebook app will also enable visitors to explore the drivers’ route in detail, find out further information on the Kia Optima Hybrid and will also offer some best practice tips for motorists to achieve better fuel economy in their own vehicles.
Senior Executive Vice-President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh, said, “Fuel economy is becoming increasingly important to car buyers all around the world, and the Kia Optima Hybrid is one of our latest models to address this consumer requirement.
“Driving through all 48 adjoining US states is the ultimate ‘real-world’ challenge, but the Kia Optima Hybrid gives the drivers the very best chance of setting a Guinness World Record, as it has been specifically designed to achieve maximum fuel economy in all driving conditions, not just in the city.”
The Optima Hybrid is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle in the US market and went on sale in East- and West-coast regions in June 2011, priced from US$26,500, with national availability by the end of 2011. A European version – which mates the electric motor to a smaller, 2.0-litre gasoline engine – is expected to go on sale in some markets in 2012.
The 2.4-litre Optima Hybrid employs a unique and innovative parallel petrol-electric hybrid powertrain developed by Kia that delivers a unique blend of performance – acceleration to 100 kph (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, a top speed of 195 kph (121 mph), plus highly-competitive fuel economy equivalent to a 40.7 per cent fuel consumption improvement over the standard Optima EX model in the USA.