- Pre-production C-segment estate model to make debut at Paris Motor Show
- cee’d ‘sporty wagon’ to go on sale in Europe next September
(SEOUL) September 22, 2006 -- Kia has revealed the first image of its all-new C-segment estate model, the cee’d ‘sporty wagon’, which will be shown in public for the first time at the Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris next week, prior to its launch in mid-2007.
The 4470 mm long, 1490 mm high, sporty wagon is the second model in the new Kia cee’d family of cars. A first in the C-segment, it features a tailgate shaped like an inverted ‘L’ with its hinges set back over the load area so the tailgate rises almost vertically, giving enhanced access to the large-capacity cargo area that has additional storage below the floor.
The sporty wagon has the same 2650 mm wheelbase as the five-door hatchback cee’d that makes its world premiere in production-ready form at the Paris Motor Show and goes on sale in December.
When the cee’d sporty wagon goes on sale next September, customers will be offered an extensive choice of five engines, three trim/equipment levels and 12 exterior colours.
The introduction of cee’d family (five-door, ‘sporty wagon’ and three-door ‘sporty hatch’) marks a major turning point in Kia’s history. They are the first-ever Kia models designed and manufactured in Europe, and will introduce a qualitative revolution for the brand.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com or www.kia.com) -- one of the fastest growing automakers in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 14 manufacturing and assembly operations in 9 countries produce more than 1.3 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 160 countries. Kia today has over 32,500 employees and annual revenues of almost $16 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. From 2007 to 2014, Kia will be 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 surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.