New Kia Optima coming to NZ late 2010

New Kia Optima coming to NZ late 2010

Kia Motors has confirmed that the all-new replacement for the current Magentis large family sedan will be known as the Optima when it arrives in New Zealand later this year.

“The name change is in line with the international profile of this car and suits the New Zealand market since Optima is a name that has been used before and is recognised here,” says Mr Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“The all new dynamic design makes Optima one of the best looking cars in its class. Our Dealers are already receiving considerable numbers of enquiries from potential customers, along with increased attention from our key customers as we anticipate the arrival of the Optima in the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Unveiled at the recent New York Auto Show, the next generation Optima is a 4-door sedan that continues Kia’s design-led transformation of its product line-up, conveying elegance and athletic confidence from every angle.

Designed at Kia’s studios in Frankfurt and Irvine, California, the all-new Optima is longer, wider and lower than the vehicle it replaces and is based on an all-new mid-size platform that allowed creation of distinctive dimensions and proportions while providing a unique canvas for Kia’s global design team to create a vehicle that stands apart from everything else in its segment.

The Optima will be available with a range of fuel-efficient petrol engines including a 207kW (278hp) 2.0-litre GDI turbo engine that delivers V6 power in a four- cylinder package. A newly developed 2.4-litre hybrid and all-new 1.7-litre VGT turbo diesel will also be available.

All transmissions on the new Optima, both manual and automatic, have six speeds with the automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic clutchless shifting.

Safety features designed into the new Optima are geared towards achieving a 5-star rating in key European, US and Australian crash tests.

Kia Motors has confirmed that the all-new replacement for the current Magentis large family sedan will be known as the Optima when it arrives in New Zealand later this year.

“The name change is in line with the international profile of this car and suits the New Zealand market since Optima is a name that has been used before and is recognised here,” says Mr Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“The all new dynamic design makes Optima one of the best looking cars in its class. Our Dealers are already receiving considerable numbers of enquiries from potential customers, along with increased attention from our key customers as we anticipate the arrival of the Optima in the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Unveiled at the recent New York Auto Show, the next generation Optima is a 4-door sedan that continues Kia’s design-led transformation of its product line-up, conveying elegance and athletic confidence from every angle.

Designed at Kia’s studios in Frankfurt and Irvine, California, the all-new Optima is longer, wider and lower than the vehicle it replaces and is based on an all-new mid-size platform that allowed creation of distinctive dimensions and proportions while providing a unique canvas for Kia’s global design team to create a vehicle that stands apart from everything else in its segment.

The Optima will be available with a range of fuel-efficient petrol engines including a 207kW (278hp) 2.0-litre GDI turbo engine that delivers V6 power in a four- cylinder package. A newly developed 2.4-litre hybrid and all-new 1.7-litre VGT turbo diesel will also be available.

All transmissions on the new Optima, both manual and automatic, have six speeds with the automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic clutchless shifting.

Safety features designed into the new Optima are geared towards achieving a 5-star rating in key European, US and Australian crash tests.

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