Private focus for new Carnival

Private focus for new Carnival

The third generation four-star ANCAP rated Carnival 8-seat multipurpose vehicle (MPV) has gone on sale, and Kia Motors New Zealand expect it will continue to sell one a week as it did in 2014.

Kia Motors New Zealand general manager Todd MacDonald admits the local market for 8-seat MPVs such as the Carnival is a small one, but says that the 25 “Fifa Spec” 2015 Carnivals that were supplied to the U20 Football World Cupheld in New Zealand recently as part of the international sponsorship deal were all sold to dealers before the tournament ended.

Last year Kia Motors New Zealand says it retailed 52 Carnival models in a market that was dominated by the Dodge Journey which saw 562 registrations and the Hyundai I-Max which saw 381 registrations, of which 53 were private buyers and the balance went to daily rental car companies.

The Honda Odyssey saw 55 registrations in the whole of 2014 and the Toyota Previa accounted for 16 vehicles.

MacDonald says Kia won’t sell Carnivals to rental car companies but instead will focus on the private buyer.

“Our customers are well-off company directors who can afford a vehicle of this value as a second family car, and we find the sales split of petrol and diesel models are exactly 50:50, depending upon the customers preference and how much distance the vehicle covers,” he says.

In left-hand-drive format the new Carnival has a 5-star NCAP rating, but the right-hand-drive vehicle tested by ANCAP didn’t meet 5-star standards due to a steering rod brace being too strong and causing a puncture through the firewall on impact.

Kia Motors is working on an engineering solution to weaken the brace and it is hoped that a new ANCAP test in the future will prove the car is a 5-star vehicle, but as yet a date for this to happen is unconfirmed.

For the 2015 model, there’s the familiar 2.2-litre R-series diesel engine that is carried over with some minor tweaks from the previous generation vehicle; and a new 206kW 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models.

The ride and handling of the new Carnival have been fine-tuned for local road conditions by Kia Motors engineers in Australia.

There are three levels of specification available; EX, Limited and Premium. Both the Limited and Premium offer leather upholstery seating, with cloth in the EX.

Three diesel models and two petrol models are on offer priced from $49,990 to $65,990 with a $2000 step up from petrol grade to diesel grade in the Limited and Premium models.

2015 Kia Carnival recommended retail prices:

  • 2.2L diesel EX $49,990
  • 2.2L diesel Limited $58,990
  • 2.2L diesel Premium $65,990
  • 3.3L V6 petrol Limited $56,990
  • 3.3L V6 petrol Premium $63,990
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