Picanto bound for Australia

Monday, 17 August 2015

Kia’s newest “baby” joins the Aussie family
Following an extended gestation, Kia’s baby Picanto is being prepared to join the Aussie family by early next year.


“Picanto has been confirmed for Australia,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. “It has taken a while to put all the ducks in a row but now it is full steam ahead for what we see as a very exciting new entrant to the market.”


Meredith said that with homologation well under way and specification and build negotiations completed the focus was now on getting Picanto to Australian consumers as early as possible.


“Realistically, it is likely that Picanto will be on sale in the first quarter of next year. It is not one of the larger segments of the Australian new car market but we definitely see an opportunity for a quality product like Picanto.” 


Expectation is that Picanto will be launched as a single specification 5-door model with the 1.2-litre engine coupled to a four-speed automatic.


Indicative price is $14,990 which will allow Picanto to provide a starting-point introduction to the Kia family with logical steps to Rio, Cerato and Optima in the passenger car range.


As with all Kia vehicles, the Picanto will benefit from the industry-leading 7-year warranty with 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist.


About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.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 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. Kia today has around 48,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$43 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 the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


For further information, contact:
Kevin Hepworth
General Manager – Media & Corporate Communications
Telephone: (02) 9701 1734
Mobile: 0412 210 313
E-Mail: khepworth@kia.com.au


Alyson MacDonald
Media & Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: (02) 9701 1768
Mobile:0411 244 676
E-Mail: amacdonald@kia.com.au


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