Four Premiers for Kia at Paris Motor Show

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World premiere of all-new Kia Carens MPV, Global debut for new Kia pro_cee'd, European premieres of new Kia Optima Hybrid saloon and new Kia Sorento SUV

New Kia Sorento

New Kia Sorento

The all-new Kia Carens compact MPV and the new second-generation Kia pro_cee'd make their world premieres at the Mondial de l'Automobile 2012 in Paris. In addition, the new Kia Optima Hybrid saloon and new Kia Sorento SUV both make their European debuts.

The all-new Carens returns Kia to one of the most competitive market segments in Europe and is designed and engineered to meet the needs and expectations of modern families. It features sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design that ensures generous interior space with a choice of five or seven seats, and a broad range of convenience and safety features. A choice of four powertrains are available, with power ranging from 113 to 175bhp and CO2 emissions from 118 g/km.

Made in Europe and on sale next spring, the new three-door Kia pro_cee'd has all the sophistication of the second-generation cee'd five-door and cee'd Sportswagon, while dramatically progressing the enhanced sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.

The new pro_cee'd offers buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear. The overall length (4,310 mm), width (1,780 mm) and wheelbase (2,650 mm) are also the same as the five-door, while the roofline is lowered by 40 mm, the B-pillar is moved back by 220 mm, the side panels behind the B-pillar are new, as are the side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

Exclusively for the European market (left-hand drive only); the new Optima Hybrid is Europe's first D-segment petrol hybrid, featuring a truly innovative Kia-developed 'parallel hybrid system' with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 30 kW electric motor. The Kia Optima technical specification delivers a unique blend of performance - maximum power is 188bhp, acceleration from 0-62mph takes 9.4 seconds and top speed is 120 mph - and class-leading fuel economy (52.3 mpg), plus low CO2 emissions (125 g/km).

The new Kia Sorento SUV incorporates significant changes, including a completely re-engineered bodyshell, a new 188bhp 2.4-litre GDI engine, and a choice of enhanced diesel powertrains for better fuel economy with lower emissions. The improved Sorento 4x4 exhibits greater levels of refinement and additional high-tech convenience and safety features.

"The four Kia premieres at the Paris Show cover a broad spread of automotive segments and highlight the diversity of our expanding product line-up," comments Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation.

"The new Carens will have great appeal for families with an active lifestyle who seek both style and practicality, while the new pro_cee'd stylishly communicates performance and dynamism from every crease and curve," continues Lee.

"The two European premieres also show an important step forward for Kia The Optima Hybrid showcases ingenious engineering and advanced technologies that will have unique appeal, and significant developments make the new Sorento a very strong SUV contender once more, with major improvements to fuel economy and refinement," Lee concludes.

About Kia
As a global company, Kia Motors produces in excess of 2 million cars a year and, as such, a wide range of Kia vehicles including passenger cars, commercial vehicles and buses can be seen throughout the world.

Kia is on a relentless drive to upgrade the style and quality of its entire new car range, while hammering down fuel consumption and CO2 figures. Kia's work to meet these targets is already being acknowledged through positive independent Kia reviews.

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