Following the model’s recent performance in the Dakar Rally, Kia has launched a Limited Edition All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Sorento to join its award-winning SUV range. With just 65 cars produced, the Limited Edition will be available in Metal Bronze (metallic) or Ebony Black and comes with a 2.2 litre CRDi 194bhp engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Luxury features include brown leather upholstery throughout, Start/Stop ignition button with smart key, Sat Nav, alloy pedals, rear spoiler, reversing camera, Xenon headlights and washers, panoramic sunroof and 18” alloy wheels. High performance dampers ensure a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this high specifi cation Limited Edition model – contact the Kia Business Centre on 0845 1264700.
NEW MODELS AWARDED ECO CERTIFICATE ENVIRONMENT
Independent technical inspection organisation TÜV Nord has awarded the all-new Picanto, Rio and Optima models environmental certifi cates in recognition of their strong eco-credentials. Low emissions, advanced manufacturing processes, including choice of materials, engine exhaust emissions and recycling, contributed to the
accreditation. Kia’s manufacturing facility in Zilina, Slovakia was certifi ed an ‘environmentally friendly’ facility in 2008, and its Sportage and Venga models have been awarded certifi cates. Pictured right, Nils Jansen, Regional Manager of TÜV Nord, presents Yang Seungwook, President of Kia’s European R&D Centre, with the Picanto’s certifi cate.
SPORTAGE OUTRUNS TIGUAN
The Kia Sportage has beaten Volkswagen’s Tiguan in a comparison test of the 4x4 crossovers by Auto Express magazine. The Sportage 2.0 CRDi KX-3 AWD was declared the winner in a head-to-head challenge against the VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4Motion. The cars were rated on styling,
interior, driving, costs and green credentials. The magazine reports: “Kia has been gunning for mainstream success in Europe for a couple of years,
VENGA SHIFTS TO SLOVAKIA
Kia’s award-winning Venga is now being produced at its European factory in Zilina, Slovakia, alongside the cee’d and Sportage models. Having won the iF product design award and Red Dot Award for product design, Kia has invested heavily in the Zilina plant to accommodate production of the Venga in 2012.
but this is the car that really puts it on the map. “Sharp looks, distinctive alloys and eye-catching LED daytime running lamps all guarantee it stands out in this sector. We think the Kia makes the VW look incredibly conservative. Its 7 year warranty and sporty looks take many of the plaudits, but the Kia is a car with hidden talents. Not only is it big, practical and good to drive, but it promises to hold its value even more effectively than the VW. “While lower-specifi cation models arguably offer even
more value, the KX-3 represents a lot of car for the cash. The Tiguan is good; the Kia is even better.”