Paris Show world premiere for all-new Kia Rondo (Carens)

  • All-new third-generation Rondo will attract a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms
  • World premiere for all-new pro_cee'd and European premiere for 2.0-litre Optima Hybrid sedan, upgraded Sorento SUV

SEOUL, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Kia will reveal its all-new Rondo compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) for the first time at the Paris Motor Show on September 27th.

Completely new from the ground up, the new Rondo is designed and engineered to meet the needs of modern, dynamic families.  Built on an all-new platform, it delivers stylish, spacious practicality, with sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design, long wheelbase and up to seven seats.

"The new Rondo builds on the family-friendly versatility and functionality of its predecessor, and features more athletic and visually dynamic design," says Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation.  "This marks a dramatic shift forward for our MPV contender and brings the model in line with Kia's distinctive current design direction."

Appealing to families with an active lifestyle who don't want to compromise between style and practicality, Kia is confident that the all-new third-generation Rondo will attract a new group of consumers to Kia showrooms around the world.

Alongside the new Rondo on the Kia stand will be the all-new pro_cee'd, also making its world premiere.  They are joined by two models making their European debuts in Paris - the new 2.0-litre Optima Hybrid sedan promising a unique blend of performance and economy, and the upgraded Sorento SUV with an all-new 2.4-litre 192 ps GDI engine option.

To watch the live feed of the Kia Motors press conference at the 2012 Paris Motor show, please visit www.kiamotors.com. The live feed will commence at 17:30 on September 27th Central European Time.

Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart - was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.5 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 149 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$39 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA - the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan - "The Power to Surprise" - represents the company's global commitment to surprise he world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 176 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 163 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts:

Cathy Laroche
Public Relations Manager
(C): 514.554.0843
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca

Daniel Ponzini
Public Relations and Events Coordinator
(O): 905.755.6415
(C): 647.462.8986
e-mail: dponzini@kia.ca


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