The Picanto, Kia’s bestseller in 2005 with 12,761 units, was the original model which introduced the new generation of Kia models to the UK. It was followed by a design overhaul for the Sportage and Rio and the introduction of the Cerato to the range.
The final phase of Kia’s re-launch rests with new models for 2006. Kia will introduce the new Magentis and Sedona, in spring and summer respectively and its mid-sized MPV, the Carens, later this year.
Kia’s bestsellers in 2005 were Picanto (12,761), Sedona (5,865), Sorento (5,269) and Sportage (4,730).
#AM_ART_SPLIT# Kia revises Sportage diesel engine
Kia has made changes to the performance of its diesel Sportage, giving the 4x4 a 25% increase in power and torque and introducing a new Euro-IV compliant engine.
The Sportage has a six-speed transmission mated to a revised 2.0-litre variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) four-cylinder engine that sees an increase in power from 111bhp to 138bhp.