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Kia Sportage Update champions value and handling

September 5, 2014 / 1793 /

There are few things more annoying than a pretty face with nothing between the ears. But when you combine beauty and brains with an accessibility that gives everyone a chance, then you’re onto a winner. And that’s the appeal of Kia’s MY14 Sportage. This handsome SUV champions value like few others in its class. And its clever TV advertising isn’t a swindle job – for build quality and dynamics, the Sportage is seriously persuasive.

After switching to European production back in mid-2013, this ‘mid-cycle enhancement’ introduces some subtle styling tweaks. New grille, LED taillights and handsome new wheels 16-inch (SI), 17-inch (SI-premium and SLI) and 18-inch (Platinum) alloys mark out the latest and greatest, through the base SI still doesn’t get a reversing camera. What the entry-level Sportage does get is bucket loads of space, style and kit for its razor-sharp $25,990 sticker. Bluetooth with phone and media streaming, cruise, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and a new six-speed manual gearbox make the front-drive SI one of the best-value SUVs on the market.

But all that would mean peanuts if the Sportage drove like an unhinged bullock. Instead, it’s quite likeable, powered by a direct-injection 122kW/205Nm 2.0 litre four in our six-speed auto Platinum AWD’s case, or a 135kW/392Nm 2.0 litre turbo-diesel four in AWD models for another three grand.

Switching to Slovakian production meant the deletion of the torqued 2.4L petrol, so it’s ironic that the MY14’s suspension has been upgraded to account for an increase in towing priorities. Eager as the 2.0 GDI is, there’s only so much Kia’s well calibrated auto can do to scoot along 1580kg. Both springs and dampers have been stiffened, but our Sportage gets an Oz-specific steering tune, front dampers and anti-roll bars. In conjunction with a bunch of NVH improvements, it endows the Sportage with a solid driving feel.

Steering is accurate and evenly weighted, handling is well-balanced, and road noise is fairly unobtrusive, though the ride on Platinum’s 235/55R18s is pretty firm, just like its platform sister, Hyundai’s newly returned ix35. Who would’ve thought that a Sportage could actually be an entertaining drive?

Missing out on the ix35’s gutsier 2.4 GDI petrol is probably the greatest tragedy, but besides its lack of proper petrol-engine muscle, it’s hard to think of a reason not to pick a Sportage over its ugly older sister.
Whether a six speed manual sweetie for $26K or a tougher turbo-diesel range-topper for $41, this updated Sportage finally lives up to its name.

Written by Nathan Ponchard for Wheels magazine August 2014 edition

Football Fever at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

September 2, 2014 / 1818 /

For Kia, football fever didn’t end with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in July. After supporting this year’s World Cup as an official sponsor, this month Kia turned to Canada to sponsor and support the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with transportation vehicles and various marketing events including the Kia Mascot Friends initiative.
Throughout this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Kia is providing 70 vehicles to help transport all officials and teams across Canada.

Before and during the games, Kia also held several events to help get fans engaged and excited for the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

As an extension to the Kia Mascot Friends program from this year’s World Cup campaign, we held a similar event in Canada for our Kia fans. During the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Kia recognized one young female football player each from the Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Moncton areas, who exemplifies excellent community involvement and spirit. The lucky players had the chance to accompany the official Women’s World Cup mascot—Shuéme—on the field at halftime during the game and host their local teams to watch the match.

It looks like Germany is in the finals yet again. Congratulations to the top-placing teams. Be sure to tune in as Nigeria and Germany face-off during the final match on August 24th, after France and Korea DPR play for third place!

Kia is proud to sponsor major global sporting events, and we will continue to show our support to encourage the international growth and development of athletics.

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August 29, 2014 / 2093 /

The Stylish, luxurious and robust Sportage turbo diesel platinum wins again with OzRoamer magazine awarding it top marks as its 2013 AWD SUV under AUD60,000 Car Of The Year. The Sportage saw off an impressive field of finalist – Mazda CX5, Hyundai IX35, Mitsubishi Outlander and Ford Kuga – to claim the top spot on the judges’ cards.

As always with every KIA vehicle that comes into Australia the Sportage has undergone extensive localized tuning to ensure the car provides the ride and handling experience Australian owners want and deserve. Along with the pioneering 5 years unlimited kilometre warranty, capped price servicing and road-side assistance proves the purchasing another brand with recognition likes this is futile.

As far as a soft off-roader goes the Sportage is the best by far.

Cerato S Premium Hits Town

August 27, 2014 / 2461 /

Kia’s much-lauded Cerato small car has highlighted its 2015 model year enhancement with the launch of a high-value addition, the S Premium.
Sitting between the S and the Si grades, the S Premium will add satellite navigation, rear view camera, 7-inch touch screen, 16-inch alloys, auto headlamp control, DVD player and more for a price-leading $24,590 _ a step up of only $2300 over the entry-level automatic.
Available in both 4-door sedan and 5-door hatch models the new Cerato S Premium carries all the extensive kit of the S model _ including 1.8-litre GDi engine, six airbags, ABS, ESC, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system with remote control, Bluetooth streaming and hands-free, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, trip computer, air conditioning, 60:40 split fold rear seat, power windows, keyless remote _ with some added polish.

Cerato not only highlights the Kia commitment to safety and value but is one of the most stylish small cars in the Australian market, sharing cues with a range of Kia’s design award-winning models,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, said.
“The addition of the S Premium grade again underscores Kia’s philosophy that you needn’t go to the top of the tree to find the best fruit.”
In addition to the launch of the S Premium grade the 2015 Cerato upgrades will see satellite navigation as standard in S Premium, Si and SLi while the 6-speed manual transmission will be available only on the S model. All other grades will have the 6-automatic as standard.
Si and SLi models in sedan and hatch will continue to offer the 2.0-litre GDi engine.

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Kia GT4 Stinger gains further recognition

August 20, 2014 / 1591 /

Once again KIA has proven itself a major player in the automotive industry and is taking over and amazing people around the world.
Their current award is for its GT4 Stinger concept which has just been awarded a silver medal in the 2014 “I.D.E.A” awards (International Design Excellence Awards). The 2014 competition included 2000 candidates from 39 countries with each entry evaluated for innovation, benefits to the user and client, sustainability and visual appeal.
The GT4 Stinger was design for America selfishly as KIA is not transporting the Pro Cee’d GT to the Americas. However, God help me if I didn’t want the Stinger to come to Australia. There is a definite market for this 2.4L Turbo charged rear-wheel drive Coupe in Australia no as Ford and GM move to stop production of their high powered rear wheel drive sedans.
Tom Kearns stated that the KDCA (Kia Design Center America) designed the GT4 Stinger with what their vision is for the ultimate KIA performance vehicle would be with a keen focus on drop-dead-gorgeous exterior styling and unparalleled driving dynamics. I am hoping that this vehicle will come to Australia along with the V8 Luxury Quoris, 4WD Mohave and V6 rear-wheel drive Cadenza.
The KIA design team, led since 2006 by KIA motors Corporation president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer, has consistently garnered praise for its innovative, European influenced work, transforming the KIA brand into a sought after product that consumers not only love to drive but are proud to have sitting in their driveway. The I.D.E.A Honour is the third major design accolade for KIA’s second-generation passenger vehicle… Can’t wait to get one.

Kia announces sponsorship of England Women’s Cricket Team in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

August 20, 2014 / 1435 /

Kia Motors (UK) Limited has announced a major new sponsorship deal as the official partner of the England women’s cricket team. The two-year partnership will see Kia become the official car of the England women’s cricket, with 19 all new Kia Sportage vehicles set to be provided to the England women’s team.

The historic deal represents the first ever standalone commercial arrangement for the England women’s team, which will give Kia a range of sponsorship and marketing rights around England women’s team, including in-ground activation at women’s international matches in England.

Under the terms of the agreement Kia will become the sole title sponsor of England women’s home Test matches during the next two years, first against India at Wormsley Cricket Ground this August, followed by the Women’s Ashes Test against Australia next summer.

Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd said of the deal: “We are delighted to be a major partner of England Women’s cricket. Kia’s affinity with cricket is well known as we have been the lead sponsor of the iconic Oval and Surrey County Cricket Club since 2011. Supporting the hugely successful England Women’s team is the next evolution for Kia in cricket. We wish the team massive success in this summer’s matches and know the team will love driving their Kia Sportages.”

Clare Connor, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s Head of Women’s Cricket, added, “This is a historic step for England women’s cricket and I am thrilled to be embarking on this new partnership with Kia. Major global brands want to be associated with winners, and it is fantastic that the team’s outstanding performances on the field and growing media profile have enabled the England women’s cricket team to earn standalone commercial deal. This is a significant breakthrough for both women’s cricket and women’s sport as a whole, and I’m sure our commercial team will be working closely with Kia to help them achieve maximum exposure for their brand.”

Minister for sport, Helen Grant, also applauded the news, “This is a significant stride forward for England women’s cricket. Sustained success on the field of play has translated in to an increase in media coverage and commercial value for the sport. I applaud the England players who are fantastic role models and the commercial team ECB for securing this ground-breaking partnership with Kia.”

This is an exact article from Kia Motors Vision 21 magazine issue 143

Kia Launches New Global Vehicle Diagnostics System for Workshops

August 19, 2014 / 2747 /

Kia Motors has announced today details of its new mobile Global Diagnostics System (GDS-Mobile), which has been introduced to improve the level of customer service provided by the brand’s expanding aftersales network.
The new GDS-Mobile system is the third generation of Kia’s vehicle diagnostics system available to its dealers, and is the world’s first mobile based ‘total diagnostic solution’ designed and optimized for use on mobile tablet devices.
The new system will allow the brand’s highly-trained vehicle technicians to more quickly and more effectively identify any faults with customer vehicles.
Wireless connectivity and Bluetooth® support allow technicians to move around a vehicle, instead of having to return to a fixed heavy diagnostic computer or move a cart around the workshop. GDS-Mobile doesn’t necessarily require a wire to connect to a vehicle, as the Compact Vehicle Communication Interface provides Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi Direct® functions.
With a growing level of advanced, high-tech equipment found in many Kia vehicles, GDS-Mobile’s new vehicle software management technology allows technicians to quickly and easily check and update every electronic system in the car. Both vehicle and service information on the regional server – transferred to the mobile device – is updated in real time, from a central database housed in Kia’s global headquarters in Seoul, Korea.
GDS-Mobile is now available for Kia workshops in every market except China, which will receive its own version towards the end of 2014.
As well as boosting service efficiency and quality of maintenance and repair work, the system will also cost Kia dealers substantially less than existing diagnostics systems. A clearer interface – and touch-screen functionality – make the system easier to use.
Steven Yoon, Director of the Overseas Service Group, Kia Motors Corp., commented, “We have been committed to providing better service quality as well as enhancing the Kia service environment. GDS-Mobile is a great achievement as it is the world’s first mobile-based “total diagnostic solution” that allows us to innovate the vehicle diagnosis process.
In the simplest sense, it enhances mobility and convenience when a technician repairs a vehicle thanks to the handy tablet diagnosis tool, while it also enables more accurate completion of repair work by using real-time updated service information.
GDS-Mobile speeds up the diagnostic process by more than two times compared to the previous tool, and we are confident that it will contribute greatly to the improving the overall quality of Kia service.”

Strong June Sets Up Kia’s Second Half Planning

August 19, 2014 / 1319 /

Solid sales across key models have kept Kia ahead of the curve with a return to the Top Ten sales leaders list for June.
Sales of 3305 new cars for June, the second best month ever for Kia in Australia, underscored first half sales of 15,299 and put KMAu on target to maintain the company’s business plan through to the end of the year.
“There is no question that the market has faced _ and will continue to face _ some serious challenges,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith said. “However, in the face of those challenges Kia has continued to produce and deliver models that lead the way in style, safety and value.”

Mr Meredith said that one of the most pleasing aspects of the June sales was that there was strong demand for a range of Kia models.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that Kia is consolidating its determination to deliver a mix of models that meet consumer expectations. No longer is this a Rio-driven sales story, but rather one in which Sportage, Cerato, and Sorento have thrown their weight into the sales ring.”

While Rio continued to lead the marque’s sales with 967 finding new homes in June, the enhanced European-sourced compact SUV Sportage weighed in with 870 new registrations, followed by the small car Cerato which stepped up with 856 sales.
The Sorento large SUV, with an all-new model due early in 2015, recorded 230 sales while Carnival, also looking towards the next generation’s arrival in the first quarter of next year, continued to perform well in a shrinking large people mover market with 185 sales.

Along with the style, safety and performance of the range, Kia’s customers also benefit from the standard 5-year unlimited kilometre warrant with 5-year capped price servicing and the Kia Family Like Care service philosophy.

Stylish Sportage wins OzRoamer award Down Under

August 18, 2014 / 1357 /

Kia’s stylish Sportage is continuing to wow critics and buyers alike with OzRoamer magazine awarding the Platinum 2.0R CRDi top marks as its 2013 AWD SUV under AUD60,000 Car Of The Year.

The Slovakian-built compact saw off an impressive field of finalists – Mazda CX5, Hyundai ix35, Mitsubishi Outlander and Ford Kuga – to claim the top spot on the judge’s cards.

Sportage scored highly in key categories for equipment, comfort, ride and handling, driving experience, value for money and more.

“This prestigious award is the result of a rigorous subjective and objective process throughout the year by a number of judges,” said OzRoamer Editor, Rob Fraser.

Awards judge Chloe Fraser said the surprising versatility of the Sportage was impressive and that it should “satisfy the adventurous nature of most buyers”.

“The Platinum 2.0L ‘R’ diesel with the 6-speed automatic has plenty of power and is super economical. It is amongst the best in its class,” she added.

Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) President and CEO, Mr SH Cho, said the multi-award winning Sportage has continued to find acceptance with a diverse range of industry experts and buyers since it was first launched in 2010.

“It is always nice to receive recognition for your efforts, and for KMAu the generous praise Sportage continues to earn is very satisfying, “Mr. Cho said.

In common with the full Kia range, the Sportage has undergone extensive localized tuning to ensure the car provides the ride and handling experience Australian owners want and deserve.

Like all Kia models, the Sportage benefits from a five-year capped price servicing and the full range of Kia Connect advantages.

This is an exact article from Kia Motors Vision 21 issue 139 magazine.

Kia Racing Scores Win and Second Place Finish in Round Three and Four of the Pirelli World Challenge

August 16, 2014 / 1966 /

Kia Racing scored back-to-back podium finishes – including its second win of the 2014 season – in round three and four of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, Ala. Mark Wilkins piloted the number 38 B.R.A.K.E.S Optima turbo to victory on Saturday in round three and currently leads the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Driver championship points. Teammate Nic Jonsson, in the number 36 Optima turbo, followed that performance on Sunday with a second place in the driver standings behind Wilkins. The team’s outstanding results at Barber move Kia into first place in the Manufacturer Championship standings ahead of Porsche, Ford and Chevy.

“We has a podium-finishing car all day, but at the restart late in the race an opportunity opened up for me to make a move for the lead, so I took it and didn’t look back.” Said Wilkins, who recorded his first victory of the 2014 PWC campaign. “It’s a great win for Kia as Barber Motorsports Park really represents the Optima’s home track since the cars are actually built at Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, just a short distance away.”

Jonsson’s second-place finish on Sunday came in dramatic fashion as he held off two hard-charging Chevy Camaros to the checkered flag.
“We had a fast car, but the finish was a bit more dramatic than I would have preferred. We just ran out of front tire late in the race with the hot track and I couldn’t get the car to turn very well. Thankfully, we had enough to keep the Camaros behind us and hold onto second place,” said Jonsson, who returned to the podium after capturing victory at Long Beach, Calif., two weeks ago in round two. “I’m happy with the result. It makes for a good day in the points for Mark (Wilkins) and I, as well as Kia in the Manufacturer Championship.”

With three podiums – including two wins – in the first four rounds of the 2014 PWC season, Kia carries the manufacturer and Driver Championship points leads into rounds five and six in Detroit, Mich., May 30 – June 1. The team is optimistic, having won at Detroit last year, and looks to duplicate that performance in the Motor City again.

This is an exact article from Kia Motor’s issue 140 of vision 21 newsletter


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