Kia NZ announces pricing for new Kia Sportage

August 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Pricing details have just been released on the all-new Kia Sportage, which goes on public sale from October 1.

Due to keen interest being shown in the new Sportage, Kia Motors NZ has decided to release pricing now, enabling buyers to plan ahead.

Prices start from just $33,990 + On Road Costs (ORC) for the base-model Sportage 2.0 Urban LX model, which undercuts the pre-GST rise prices of all other CUV/SUV rivals on the market.

“It was always the intention of Kia Motors New Zealand to position the new Sportage competitively in the marketplace and we are delighted to announce that we have been able to follow through with our promise of very sharp pricing,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“Dealers have reported a phenomenal response to the new Sportage following the media unveiling a few weeks ago, which we are seeing reflected in the orders they have taken to date.

“By announcing pricing now, well ahead of the October 1 launch we are able to provide more surety to customers who are still in the process of making a purchase decision ahead of the predicted GST rises — they can see how competitive the Sportage is compared to the competition.”

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New Kia Optima coming to NZ late 2010

April 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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.