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Kia Sportage receives top safety rating


The new 2011 Kia Sportage has been awarded a 'Top Safety Pick' from a prestigious US organisation

The new Kia Sportage has been selected as one of the safest vehicles on the road by the United States’ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

IIHS has recently recognised the third-generation Sportage with a “Top Safety Pick”, presenting the vehicle with a “Good” rating - its highest recommendation - for frontal, side, rear and rollover impact crashes.

The Sportage, which officially launches in New Zealand on 1 October, now joins the Kia Cerato sedan, Soul, Carnival and Sorento, which have gained the same safety ratings from this organisation.

“This news reinforces just how good the Sportage is,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.

“Vehicles that are given the top safety rating from the IIHS have to meet very strict criteria and we are delighted that the new Sportage has come out so strong in all areas.

“Safety has become an important factor in the purchasing decision and New Zealanders looking to upgrade their vehicle have another excellent reason to put Sportage on their buy option list.”

Ratings from the Institute are based on results from frontal, side and rear impact crash tests, and for 2010, a good performance in a roof strength test – to measure protection in a rollover – is now required. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on various measurements specific to each crash angle and overall impact on crash test dummies inside the vehicle at the time of collision. All vehicles must have electronic stability control to be eligible.

The 2011 Sportage is equipped with a list of standard safety equipment, including driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and front active headrests, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist System (BAS). Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) also come standard on all models.

Additionally all New Zealand Sportage models have reverse warning sensors, and all but the lowest-priced model have a rear-view reversing camera.

When the Kia Sportage goes on sale in New Zealand it will come with a choice of 2-litre or 2.4-litre petrol engines, with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. It will be priced from $33,990, including a 5-year/100,000km warranty programme with 24-hour roadside assist, Incident Management and free 1500km first service. A diesel-powered model will also be joining the range.

Read more about the Kia Sportage here.

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