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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 1st 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 1, 2009 Kia’s new look goes to Rio The rollout of the Kia family identity seems to be gathering pace. With the arrival of the Soul, Cerato and Sorento, Kia adopted the new ‘‘H’’ signature grille from chief designer Peter Schreyer. Neil McDonald reports K IA has been bring new life to some old models—now it’s the Rio’s turn. Kia Australia spokesman, Jonathan Fletcher, says the new-look Rio sedan and hatch are perhaps the most important models to get the signature Schreyer treatment. ‘‘They are our volume sellers so the family association is very important,’’ he says. This leaves the Rondo and Carniv- al as the only two remaining local Kias that do not have the new family face. Fletcher says an updated Sportage is expected to get some cosmetic improvements in September but it may not get the new family face as the next-generation off-roader is due next-year. ‘‘My guess is that they will hold off the new face for the Sportage until the new model,’’ he says. ‘‘The nose design precludes dramatically altering the grille.’’ The new-look Rio is expected to arrive in local showrooms by October at the earliest. Apart from FACELIFT: The new-look Kia Rio is expected in showrooms by October. the family grille the Rio gets a revised front bumper with larger air intakes and new foglights. Equipment has been upgraded and the cabin gets higher-quality materials. Inside, there are new instruments, centre console and upgraded CDstereo system with Bluetooth con- nectivity. The car’s green instrument lighting has been changed to red backlighting. On the outside, some models are tipped to get five-spoke alloys and there are Euro-style indicator lights in the mirrors. Called Kia Pride in South Korea, the current Rio has been on sale here since 2005. Apart from being the brand’s local best seller it has also been one of the top-five selling Kia cars globally. Like the Cerato and Soul, the Rio also gets the new three-spoke steering-wheel design. Under the bonnet, the 1.4-litre fourcylinder is likely to carry over but buyers will get an updated 1.6-litre petrol engine that has been tweaked for better fuel economy and lower emissions. Prices are expected to remain close to the current car’s $14,990 entry point. The 81kW/235Nm 1.5-litre CRDi turbo-diesel engine available in Europe is unlikely for Australia. $12,990 DRIVE AWAY GETZ FROM B 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL LIGHT CAR TO OWN AND RUN3 >> 6.1L/100km^ >> Bluetooth® audio >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Power windows >> Full size spare wheel GETZ 5 DOOR FROM $13,990 DRIVE AWAY C ALL BACKED BY AUSTRALIA’S FIRST 5 YEAR UNLIMITED KILOMETRE WARRANTY.* THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO YOU OF OUR OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND RELIABILITY. $22,990 DRIVE AWAY TUCSON FROM D 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL COMPACT SUV TO OWN AND RUN4 >> 2.0 CVVT Twin Cam engine >> 8.0L/100km^ >> ABS with EBD >> ESP Stability Control >> Traction Control >> Bluetooth® audio >> Full size spare wheelL >> 16” alloys awardwinningcars.com or call 1800 186 306 MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 31st August 2009. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fl eet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2008 Australia’s Best Mid Size Car under $28,000 awarded by Australia’s Best Cars to i30 SX . 2. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2009 awarded by NRMA to i30 petrol. 3. 2009 NRMA Operating Cost Survey for Getz 1.4 S. 4. 2009 NRMA Operating Cost Survey for Tucson City. iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Recommended sale price for i30 SX hatch manual petrol. B) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. C) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4, 5 door manual. D)Recommended sale price for Tucson City SX manual. HMCA440/HPC/HM
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