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Kia Picanto Sports - Sporty, Fuel-Efficient Fun For Urban Lifestyles

February 29th, 2008

Rising fuel costs, heavier traffic, fewer and smaller parking spaces, cheap air travel that negates the need for long road trips - these are all great reasons why the Kia Picanto might be the ideal car for urban lifestyles.

Kia will unveil the Picanto Sports, the sportiest version of Kia's fuel-efficient and fun A-segment car, which the company is seriously considering for the Australian market.

"All around the world, fuel prices are continuing to rise, and placing greater emphasis on fuel efficiency for cars used predominantly in urban areas," according to Mr SK Lee, President and CEO of Kia Motors Australia.

"Urban areas are becoming more congested and parking spaces harder to find, making smaller and more manoeuvrable cars even more attractive. Air travel has become much cheaper, meaning more young people choose to fly rather than drive to holiday destinations.

"We are showing the well-equipped, fuel-efficient and fun Picanto in Melbourne to see whether the Australian public agrees that the Picanto could be the ideal car for inner-urban lifestyles. If public reaction during the show is positive and fuel prices continue to stay high, we will give serious consideration to bringing the Picanto to the Australian market."

Recognised as one of the best equipped and most fuel efficient vehicles in its class in overseas markets, the chic and colourful Picanto Sports' 1.1-litre engine generates 48kW @ 5,500 rpm and 99Nm @ 2,800rpm and drives the light car through a five-speed manual gearbox. Other versions of the car sold overseas are available with an optional four-speed automatic gearbox.

The Picanto Sports hatch being shown in Melbourne features ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution; dual front and side airbags; air conditioning; power steering, windows and mirrors; 15" alloy wheels with 175/50 x R15 tyres; six-speaker radio/CD/MP3 player; split folding rear seats; reversing sensors; front and rear spoilers with matching side skirts; and sports interior with leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

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