Record making fuel economy coming to NZ with the Kia Niro By Kia New Zealand Nov 9th 2017

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Kia is set to boost its SUV range in New Zealand with the introduction of a model that has set an impressive record for fuel economy. The Kia Niro will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018 after it went through a successful evaluation process with media and consumers over the past ten months. It will join the top-selling Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento in an expanding Kia Motors SUV line up in New Zealand. Niro is the first dedicated Hybrid SUV to be produced anywhere in the world, built especially to run on the combined power of a fuel-efficient petrol engine and an electric motor. Its official factory combined use fuel economy of 3.8 L/100km for a model on 16-inch wheels was put to the test in America when a Kia Niro was driven across the USA from coast to coast using expert drivers. It set a Guinness World Record® of 76.6mpg (3.69L/100km) for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid car. But the exciting news for New Zealand motorists is that the Niro Hybrid model will also be joined by the brand new Niro PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), which can achieve considerably better fuel economy thanks to its larger battery pack and bigger electric motor, allowing it to travel distances under electric power alone. Factory figures for the Kia Niro Plug-in suggest 1.3L/100km, could be achieved on mixed use and regular charging of the battery. Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand says: ?The Niro Plug-in is not just a fuel-efficient vehicle, but it?'s a great SUV as well and we are excited to be able to bring it to New Zealand and add it into our very popular SUV range.? Niro also featured strongly in the annual vehicle reliability survey recently published by the influential Consumer Reports organisation, helping to propel Kia Motors into the top three overall. The result came as no surprise, as Kia has been winning respect for its excellent reliability in a number of surveys over the past two years. In the latest Consumer Reports table, Kia climbed two places since the previous survey to now sit in third place, just behind Lexus and Toyota and ahead of many respected European and other Asian brands. The survey ? one of the largest of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world – saw more than 640,000 new vehicles scrutinized over the past 12 months, with owners asked to rate the reliability on a range of criteria, from mechanical items such as engines and transmissions, through to electrical architecture and infotainment systems. Using this information, Consumer Reports constructed a Predicted Reliability Score on a 0-to-100 point scale, with the average rating falling between 41 and 60 points. Better-than-average ratings or worse-than-average ratings fall on either side of that range. Kia vehicles had an average reliability score of 71. Consumer Reports was impressed with the 5-door Niro Hybrid, especially the outstanding fuel economy and the vehicle?'s versatility. The Niro Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine in conjunction with an electric drive unit. With the lithium-ion battery located under the rear seat, it creates a flat cargo floor when the rear seats are folded, which got the thumbs-up from the Consumer Reports team because it allows more usable space than other Hybrid competitors. The new Plug-in version of the Niro, which has only recently been released to international markets, has a larger battery pack and can travel up to 40 kilometres on battery power alone, without the assistance of its petrol engine.

NZ Kia Stinger Buyers Get 4 Years Free Scheduled Servicing By Kia New Zealand Oct 13th 2017

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In addition to getting one of the most exciting cars on the road, buyers of the soon-to-be-launched Kia Stinger will also benefit from free scheduled servicing for 4 years, or up to 40,000kms. In addition to getting one of the most exciting cars on the road, buyers of the soon-to-be-launched Kia Stinger will also benefit from free scheduled servicing for 4 years, or up to 40,000kms. The Kia Stinger 5-door liftback is set to go on sale in New Zealand later this year, although the exact on-sale date is yet to be confirmed. But it is already causing excitement in the market with its rear-wheel drive architecture and 365hp (272kW) of peak power and 510Nm of torque available from the twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the flagship model that delivers acceleration of 100km/h in less than 5 seconds. Two other models, powered by a single turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 259hp (182kW) peak power and 353Nm of torque, will also be part of the new Stinger range. Starting from a recommended $54,990 plus on road costs, the new Kia Stinger is one of the most anticipated cars of the year, which is sure to be bolstered by the inclusion of free servicing. ?Buyers of the Kia Stinger will not only stand out from the crowd, they will also have the confidence of owning a new car that won?'t cost them anything for scheduled servicing over the first four years or 40,000 kilometers, whichever occurs first.” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand. And, like every new Kia passenger vehicle sold in New Zealand, Stinger will benefit from a 5-year/100,000km warranty and roadside assistance package for further peace of mind. Each version of the Stinger will be exceptionally well equipped, including leather interior, Smart Cruise Control, LED headlights and a brand new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift gear changes. Offer terms and conditions will apply and will not be available to lease companies, government purchases, rental companies or demonstrator units.

Kia Boosts Picanto Range With SUV Variant By Kia New Zealand Sep 6th 2017

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The Kia Picanto city car range will be boosted with the introduction of an SUV variant that delivers bold styling and more power from a turbocharged engine. Unveiled at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-new Picanto X-Line model further broadens the appeal of the range that was recently launched in New Zealand. It goes on sale in Europe by the end of the year and Kia Motors New Zealand has confirmed the super compact SUV will go on sale here too but is yet to confirm a launch date. Kia Motors New Zealand General Manager, Todd McDonald, says: ?The X-Line is an exciting model and we're very much looking forward to seeing it join our Picanto line-up. ?We've had a very positive response to the new Picanto since it went on sale here and the SUV styling of the X-Line adds another dimension. It?'s very much on trend.? Arguably the best looking mini car on the market, the completely re-designed Picanto recently entered the New Zealand markets with three models, beginning with the LX manual, priced from a recommended $18,490+ORC, an LX Auto ($18,990+ORC) and a sports-styled GT Line auto ($21,490+ORC). All are powered by a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine and feature Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard.The new X-Line SUV spices up the Kia Picanto formula with a more rugged body design that is highlighted by contrasting colour packs, along with raised ground clearance (now 156mm, 15mm higher than the standard Picanto) to give the driver a clearer view of the road. Incorporating Kia?'s signature ?tiger-nose?' grille, the X-Line boasts more imposing SUV-style bumpers with metal-look skid plates at the front and rear that give it a more confident and go-anywhere appearance. A unique grille and fog lamp surrounds are finished with lime green or silver highlights, while black cladding around the wheel arches enhances the visual effect of the raised ground clearance. Under the bonnet, the new Picanto X-Line benefits from Kia?'s 1.0-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, making it the most powerful Picanto ever. As well as offering high efficiency and low emissions, the lightweight nature of the new T-GDI engine perfectly suits the Picanto?'s fun-to-drive character. The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine delivers 75kW (100hp) at 4,500 rpm and 172Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. It?'s also very frugal, capable of 4.5 L/100km in the combined New European Driving Cycle. The Kia Picanto X-Line is fitted with many of the features available in other Picanto models, including 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels (GT Line), aluminium pedals, LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, keyless entry (GT Line), Apple CarPlayâ„¢ and Android Autoâ„¢ for full smartphone integration. Like the Picanto GT Line, the Picanto X-Line is fitted as standard with a sporty D-cut steering wheel.