- Newest edition of flagship saloon to be launched at Paris Motor Show
- Restyled vehicle designed to maximize appeal in Europe
SEOUL 19 September 2002 -Kia Motors Corporation will launch the latest version of its Magentis executive saloon at this year`s Paris Motor Show on September 26. The new car has been substantially restyled to appeal to European consumers and features improved safety specifications and better performance along with a full range of comfort and convenience features.
The Magentis has been the flagship of the Kia brand since it was introduced in 2000. The Magentis was the first Kia vehicle to share a platform with a Hyundai car - the popular Sonata.
The original Magentis set a new standard for Kia in terms of safety and performance. To date, the car has sold around 175,000 vehicles worldwide, 38% of them in export markets. The New Magentis, which features an exterior by Min-Ho Kho and an interior by Jae-Kook Song, was developed over 18 months at a cost of 50 billion won and features significant restyling of both the interior and the exterior. The goal of the designers is to increase the competitiveness of the Magentis in the very difficult mid-size saloon market and to raise the status of the brand as a whole.
The vehicle is available in two trim levels with a full range of gasoline engines. In European and general markets, the base-edition 2.0 litre MPI DOHC engine offers a peak output of 140ps @ 6,000rpm while maximum torque of 19.0 kg.m is reached at 4,500rpm (European Market: 136ps and 18.4kgm). The optional 2.5 litre DOHC engine achieves 170ps@ 6,000rpm and delivers 23.0kg.m of torque @4,000rpm. (European market: 168ps and 23.0kgm).
In Australia and North America, the base powerplant is a 2.4 litre MPI DOHC engine. Peak output of 140ps is achieved at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 22.3 kg.m is reached at 3,000rpm (Australian Market: 144ps and 22.5kgm@4,000 rpm). The top of the range engine is a 2.7 litre V-6 that reaches 172ps@ 6,000rpm (178ps in Australia) and delivers 25.0kg.m of torque @5,000rpm.
The New Magentis engines come with a choice of a five speed manual transmission and a four speed automatic gearbox. The automatic gearbox offers a sequential manual mode to provide the driver with a choice between a pure automatic and the sportier handling of a manual transmission.
Kia Motors Chief Operating Officer, Mark Juhn, said, "The New Magentis is a stylish car that is positioned a level above its predecessor in the market. It offers a value choice both to individual drivers and to fleet managers. Its distinctive appearance and neo-classical styling make it an eye-catching addition to the executive car-park."
Founded in 1944, Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.co.kr) is Korea`s oldest manufacturer of automobiles. A part of the Hyundai Automobile Group, the company currently exports around 600,000 vehicles per year through a network of distributors that covers 160 countries. Kia Motors is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open.