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Kia shows Chinese sedan

Kia Motors and its Chinese joint venture partner, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, have unveiled the K2 B-segment sedan at the Shanghai Motor Show - heralding the all-new Kia Rio due to arrive in Europe in the late summer.

Based on the platform of the all-new Rio, which made its world premiere at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March, the new K2 has been designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market and will enter production at Dongfeng Yueda Kia's manufacturing facility in the Jiangsu province starting this June. A five-door hatchback of version of the K2 will commence production in August of this year.

K2 will be positioned as a premium small car with advanced styling and upgraded levels of quality and performance, and is expected to be a highly competitive offering in a segment that accounts for 16% of all new car sales in China.

The K2 represents the next phase in Kia's strategy to better satisfy customers in various regions of the world by developing and marketing products that reflect local tastes and needs. Following the introduction of the cee'd family of C-segment vehicles and Venga B-segment MPV, which were designed and engineered specifically for European customers, the new K2 is a clear sign of Kia's commitment to become a leading automotive brand in China.

Speaking at the Kia press conference at the Shanghai Motor Show, Hyoung-Keun Lee, vice chairman of Kia Motors, said, "We are confident that this new model for China will provide the momentum needed for Kia not only to remain as one of China's fastest growing automotive brands but also to become a top 10 automaker in the local market in terms of quality and customer satisfaction."

While sharing the same technical underpinnings as the all-new Rio, the K2 has been completely redesigned for the Chinese market, drawing on styling cues from the popular K5 sedan (known as the new Optima in many markets. K2 will be available to Chinese customers in six trim levels with either a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.

21 April 2011


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