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Kia Previews Sorento Turbodiesel SUV At Brisbane Motor Show - (Australia)

February 2nd, 2007

Visitors to the Kia stand at this year's Brisbane International Motor Show will be the first in Australia to preview the forthcoming Sorento CRDi 2.5-litre turbodiesel, Kia's mid-sized diesel SUV that's due to hit Australian streets towards the end of the second quarter of 2007.

Sorento's new turbodiesel engine packs 125kW of power and a mighty 392Nm of torque, more than enough to take advantage of the Sorento's 2,800kg towing capacity, significantly greater than almost all competitors in its class.

Joining the Sorento diesel on the Kia stand will be two versions of the Kia Rio, voted last year in surveys by Australia's motoring organisations as the country's lowest cost car to run. 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 and insurance. It also considered operating costs such as fuel, tyres and servicing.

The Rio 1.6-litre manual hatch is powered by a 1.6-litre CVVT engine, good for 82kW, and is packed with standard equipment including air-conditioning; six-speaker audio system with CD; dual airbags; full-sized spare wheel; power windows and mirrors; and remote central locking.

The elegant Kia Rio EX-L 4-door sedan brings a very premium feel to the Rio range by offering all the standards Rio features and adds 15" alloy wheels; 195/55-series tyres; front, side and curtain airbags; ABS brakes; front fog lights; leather-wrapped steering wheel; and full-sized alloy spare wheel.

Just released to the market, the facelifted 2-litre Cerato sedan has been extensively redesigned for 2007. At the front, headlamps, bumper, fog lights and radiator grille have all been revised. At the rear, the change is even more significant with a redesigned boot lid, bumper and rear lamp combination.

Inside the 2007 Cerato, a new instrument cluster, centre fascia, centre floor console, auto transmission indicator panel and MP3 compatible audio system are complemented by new interior key colours and higher quality seat fabric.

The 2.4-litre Magentis EX-L sedan reinforces the standard safety and luxury equipment message in Kia's mid-size sedan. No other car in this segment offers such complete safety and luxury equipment standard in every model at these prices. Standard equipment includes leather trim; telescopic steering wheel adjustment; full climate control with an air quality monitoring system; 8-way powered driver's seat; leather interior trim; 17" alloy wheels with 215/50-series Michelin tyres (including full-sized spare); front fog lights; aluminium-look console trim; and leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob.

When it's time to get away for the weekend, Kia's 2.7-litre Sportage compact SUV boasts all the equipment you'll need - electronic 4WD; tiptronic-style auto transmission; ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution; traction control; air-conditioning; power steering and windows; remote central locking; power mirrors; six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system; front fog-lights; cruise control; and dual front SRS airbags.

The Kai Carnival has been the No.1 people mover in the years since it was introduced to the Australian market in 1999. Now Carnival has been completely redesigned and brings more European style and performance to the people mover market at a very competitive price.

When you only need extra passenger room occasionally, the new short-wheelbase Carnival with a powerful 2.7-litre V6 engine is the perfect alternative to a large SUV and offers a variety of seating and luggage combinations for up to eight people.

Kia's Grand Carnival Premium offers even more pace from its 3.8-litre V6 and even more space to accommodate eight people and their luggage in luxurious leather seats. Grand Carnival Premium features six airbags; Electronic Stability Program; traction control; electric sliding side doors; tri-zone air-conditioning; front foglights; leather interior trim and steering wheel; and 16" alloy wheels as standard.

The 3.5-litre V6 Sorento, now at a super-competitive recommended selling price of $32,990 drive away, comes packed with an array of features including part-time on-the-fly 4WD, limited slip differential, air-conditioning, cruise control, power steering and windows, remote mirrors, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, ABS brakes and dual front SRS airbags. The 3.5-litre Sorento offers great value as a five-seat, mid-sized SUV.

To complement the Sorento range, Kia has also released the 3.8-litre Sorento 'Global Circuit' limited edition model. One of only 400 produced, the 'Global Circuit' model features a nudge bar and DVD player in addition to the larger and more efficient 3.8-litre petrol engine which delivers 196kW of power and 353 Nm of torque. It's perfect if you need the extra power and 4WD capability to match the upgraded 2,800kg towing capacity of the 3.8-litre Sorento.

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