Kia sizes up record sales year in 2011

October 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Kia is on target to achieve a year of record sales both in New Zealand and globally as it continues to ship more vehicles to customers around the world.

With Kia sales increasing in growth markets like China (40.9% up in August) and the United States (up 37% in September), Kia Motors is on course to push past the 2 million vehicles sold in all markets in 2010. Global sales were already ahead by 13.8% at the end of August, reaching in excess of 1.6 million units. At the beginning of the year Kia said it hoped to achieve a 12% increase by the end of 2011 and it’s now clear that target will be reached, barring a major sales slump.

Whilst year-to-date sales of Kia vehicles here in New Zealand to the end September are 15% ahead of the same nine-month period last year, they could have been higher if the local company had been allocated more cars and light commercials.

“There is no doubt that our sales have been hampered by a shortage of key models, particularly during the beginning and middle part of the year, but supply issues are now starting to ease and we are hoping to end 2011 with a hiss and a roar and we’re looking forward to an even better 2012,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand. Continue reading “Kia sizes up record sales year in 2011” »

Kia launches Cerato hatchback in New Zealand

November 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The long-awaited 2011 model Kia Cerato hatchback has just been launched for the New Zealand market.

There’s a good serving of new technology in the hatched Cerato with the 5-door Cerato coming with a 6-speed sequential shift automatic transmission, fitted as standard on all models and sporty steering wheel paddle gear shifters on the top version.

The 5-door Cerato hatchback joins the 4-door sedan and 2- door Koup to boost the range of mid-size cars, all powered by the Theta II, four-cylinder, 2-litre CVVT engine.

According to Kia Motors New Zealand General Manager Todd McDonald, the new Cerato hatchback “is designed to appeal especially to consumers who prefer a five-door hatchback for its style and enhanced practicality, in particular those with young families.”

Whilst sharing the same front profile, overall width, height and wheelbase as the sedan, the new hatchback’s roof, rear side panels, C-pillar, tailgate, rear bumper, light clusters and roof spoiler are all new.

At the front, bold styling incorporates a new radiator grille, new lower air-intake grille and new-shape fog lamps.  The door mirrors now come with LED repeaters and the two hatchback models sold here in New Zealand, LX and SX, wear re-styled ‘double five-spoke’ 16-inch and 17-inch respectively.  The rear combination lamps, which have etching-processed lenses, are split across the tailgate shut line and a sporty rear diffuser allows the exhaust tailpipe to be displayed.

In addition to its high standard equipment level that echoes the sedan and Koup models, the 2011 Cerato 5-door’s interior offers customers several new comfort and convenience features, depending on model. Among these are steering wheel ‘paddle shifters’ are fitted for the first time with the automatic transmission in the SX model and Bluetooth hands-free for mobile phone use, which comes with both models.

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Kia to equip all NZ vehicles with brake over-ride feature

June 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Going into 2011 all new Kia vehicles sold in NZ are to be equipped with a safety feature that enables the driver to use the brake, even if the accelerator is jammed.

The move is a preemptive response to an issue that was raised globally when some Toyota models were claimed to have accelerated out of control and crashed.

Kia Motors are adding a Brake Over-ride System to all their petrol models for passenger vehicles being built for delivery in 2011, including those sold in the New Zealand market. Although around the globe recently produced Kia diesel vehicles already have the system as standard, all New Zealand Kia diesel engine’d passenger cars since 2005 have BORS fitted. The Brake Over Ride System enables the driver to brake and bring the car safely to a halt, even if the accelerator becomes stuck for any reason.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says “The decision reinforces that Kia Motors in New Zealand doesn’t compromise on safety features in our cars, including attributes like side curtain airbags and Electronic Stability programme.”

“Even though no Kia vehicles have been implicated in the unintended acceleration issue in the US, Kia Motors wants to re-assure buyers that its new vehicles will have the additional Brake Over-ride safety feature enabling the driver to have full braking control,” says Mr McDonald.

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