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New Kia model coming to NZ?


Kia Motors NZ is in talks with the Korean factory about bringing the Kia Koup sports model to NZ

Kia has confirmed that it is studying the newly unveiled Koup two-door sports model to sell in the New Zealand market.

The stylish Koup had its worldwide debut at the recent New York Motor Show and goes into left-hand-drive production shortly. It is a sport-oriented companion to the four-door Kia Cerato sedan that has just gone on sale in New Zealand.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says he is currently in discussions with the factory about when the Koup will become available in right-hand-drive.

“The Koup represents another, exciting step in the evolution of Kia as a maker of very desirable, design-led vehicles and we think it would sit nicely alongside the new Cerato,” says McDonald.

“Production for countries like New Zealand is still some months away and we are working with the factory on what drive train and specification we would need for our market.”

The new Kia Koup is destined to go on sale first in the United States and it has already drawn praise in that market, ahead of its release. The Koup was selected by the editors at MSN Autos, a reputable US automotive Web site as a ‘Best in Show’ pick following its appearance at the New York Motor Show. Vehicles that made the list offered impressive style, value and overall potential to help move the automotive industry forward.

Based on the design styling of the Koup concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, the production Koup’s fluid lines and balanced proportions closely mirror the powerful design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with swept-back wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low, sleek profile.

With a wheelbase of 2650mm, an overall length of 4481mm, an overall width of 1765mmand overall height of 1400mm, the Koup is slightly shorter in length and height than the Cerato sedan, but still boasts comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Koup’s lowered stance provides better aerodynamics than even the Cerato’s impressive 0.29 cd figure.

Power is derived from a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine producing 116kW @ 6200rpm peak power and an impressive torque of 194Nm @ 4300rpm, making it one of the most powerful in its class. A 2.4-litre engine will be optional in some markets.

The Koup will offer class-leading levels of standard safety equipment, with features such as dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability programme (ESP) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

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