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RACV says Kia Carnival is most affordable people-mover to run - (Australia)

July 18th, 2008

The Kia Carnival is the most affordable people-mover to own and run according to the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria's (RACV) annual survey of vehicle operating costs, mirroring the Carnival's performance in the 2006 and 2007 RACV surveys.

The RACV's Vehicle Operating Costs survey showed that it would cost an average of $229.90 per week over five years to run a Kia Carnival EX auto, almost $10 per week less than a Honda Odyssey ($239.36 per week) and almost $16 per week less than a 2WD Ford Territory TX ($245.76 per week).

The second most popular people mover in the Australian market, the Toyota Tarago GLi, costs a mammoth $283.18 per week to run according to the survey, over $53 per week more than the Carnival for a greater operating cost of $2770 every year.

The survey calculations were based on a five-year / 75,000km ownership period and took into account standing costs that include depreciation, loan interest costs, registration, licensing, insurance and RACV membership. It also considered operating costs such as fuel, tyres and servicing.

"Kia Carnival's low running costs and overall affordability have been clearly recognised by people-mover buyers across the country," said Bill Gillespie, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kia Motors Australia.

"Since 2004, Australian buyers have voted with their hard-earned dollars to make the Carnival range Australia's most popular people mover."

The sales performance and affordability of the segment-leading Carnival and Grand Carnival will come as no surprise to many satisfied Carnival owners. Kia Carnival has long been famous for comfort, convenience, an affordable price-tag and a range of extras designed for maximum versatility.

Two models - the standard Carnival and the long-wheelbase Grand Carnival - cater for a wide range of users but both offer seating options up to a full eight seats in a 2+3+3 configuration, as well as allowing owners to choose how much luggage space they really need.

The Kia Carnival, with a 136kW 2.7-litre V6 and 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed tiptronic-style automatic transmission, offers eight seats with a fully-removable 2nd row and long-slide/removable 3rd row rear seats. Removing both 2nd and 3rd rows creates a fully-flat floor throughout.

The Kia Grand Carnival delivers even more space and pace, with a 184kW 3.8-litre V6 and a 5-speed tiptronic-style automatic transmission. It offers eight seats with increased luggage capacity, but the fully-removable 2nd row is complemented by a 3rd row that folds into a well in the luggage compartment to again create a fully-flat floor throughout.

"Carnival's flexible seating and strong performance are not the only criteria when it comes to choosing a people-mover. Safety is a major factor when it comes to moving large families or a business crowd," said Mr Gillespie.

The Kia Carnival continues to be recognised as one of the safest people movers around the world, proven by the five-star crash safety rating of the Grand Carnival (known as the Sedona in the USA) from the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 'Top Safety Pick' honour from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Dual front airbags, ABS brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), and 3-point seatbelts on all window seats are standard across the Carnival range, with front side and curtain airbags available as an option. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and front and side curtain airbags are standard on the Grand Carnival Premium and Grand Carnival Platinum.

Other features common to all 2008 models Carnivals include tri-zone air-conditioning, dual sliding doors (electric on the Premium and Platinum), cruise control, power steering, power windows and heated mirrors, 6-speaker radio/CD with glass antenna, front foglights, remote central locking and security alarm with panic button.

The 2008 Kia Carnival range starts at $32,990 recommended retail price (RRP) plus on-road costs for the 2.7-litre Carnival EX (5-speed manual) with the 3.8-litre Grand Carnival starting at $38,490 RRP plus on-road costs for the EX (5-speed auto). The top-of-the-line Grand Carnival Platinum completes the range at $50,990 RRP plus on-road costs.

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