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page 36 September 2011 15Eight-vehicle range offers something that will match any motoring needs and expectationsNew in 2011, the second generation Picanto has a more grown-up feel and more solid appearance than its predecessor.Available with a three-door option for the first time the all-petrol range delivers fuel- efficiency and low BIK tax liability without the need for diesel engines.All manual versions have CO2 emissions of less than 110g/km with 1.25 EcoDynamics and 1.0-litre variants at 100g/km and 99g/km respectively.EcoDynamics versions across the Kia range are equipped with the company's intelligent stop and go (ISG) system, which automatically switches off the engine when waiting in traffic.The 1.0-litre engine produces 68bhp, while the 1.25-litre develops 84bhp giving perhaps a livelier performance than normally expected for vehicles in the city car sector.The Picanto starts at £7,795 for the three-door version with a £200 premium for five-doors.PicantoThe Sedona has adapted to take account of the changing needs of customers, despite being the oldest model in the Kia line-up.All versions are now powered by Kia's modern, refined and potent 2.2-litre four cylinder diesel, producing 192bhp along with 310lb-ft of torque, and offered with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic transmission on Sedona 2 and Sedona 3. The range starts at £20,955 on the road, substantially lower than other large people carriers, but has a generous standard equipment list.The Sedona is as comfortable as it is practical, with seven flexible seats, while sliding rear passenger doors (electrically operated on most models) make it easy to live with.SedonaKia won plaudits for its original Sorento SUV in 2003, but wanted to create a greater level of sophistication and comfort with 2010's second-generation car.Improved packaging means space for an optional third row of seats, while more efficient smaller capacity diesel engines are offered.The entry-level five-seater model is powered by a 147bhp 2.0-litre CRDi engine mated to a manual transmission and drives through the front wheels only. All other versions of the Sorento are seven-seaters featuring Kia's 194bhp 2.2-litre CRDi engine. The 2.2-litre engine offers the choice of six-speed manual and six-speed auto­matic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive.Emissions and consumption are cut dramatically compared with the outgoing model, ranging from 169g/km for the 2.0 CRDi to 194g/km for the 2.2 CRDi auto AWD.SorentoThe cee'd showed Kia could produce a car highly competitive in one of the biggest sectors.A revision in 2009 saw Kia add fuel-saving EcoDynamics versions as well as improved equipment.Originally a five-door hatchback, it is also available as an SW estate and a sporty three-door pro_cee'd.The cee'd range is comfortable, practical, good to drive and has high levels of equipment. It scores well when compared to rivals in pence-per-mile running costs.All manual gearbox versions of the 1.6 CRDi cee'd hatchback and pro_cee'd have CO2 emissions below 120g/km, while EcoDynamics diesels have CO2 of less than 110g/km, making them eligible for the 100% first-year writing-down allowance. The cee'd SW EcoDynamics version has CO2 emissions of 119g/km.Cee'd

16 September 2011 report KiaOptima puts Kia in major leagueAccording to Kia managing director Michael Cole, until a car manufacturer has a serious upper-medium car in its line-up it can't be a major fleet player.Kia's new upper-medium car will arrive later in the year and marks a radical change compared to its Magentis predecessor.Kia's chief design officer Peter Schreyer, who led design teams in Germany and California in the development of the car, said: "We have created a product that people previously would not have expected from Kia and that's exactly what we set out to achieve. "Kia Optima is more than one step ahead of the car it replaces - it's a clean sheet design that owes nothing to its prede­cessor."Although a global product, the Optimas sold in the UK will have a chassis set up for European driving tastes.The Kia Optima shares the bold styling of the Sportage, but in an elegant saloon body and with the latest hi-tech engines available elsewhere in the Kia range. The Optima will be offered with the new, efficient 1.7 CRDi engine with 136bhp and low CO2 emissions.It is also available with Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG), part of Kia's EcoDynamics technology (see panel right), which switches off the car's engine when waiting in traffic, reducing fuel and CO2. Its sophisticated design continues inside, with high-quality materials and a dashboard angled towards the driver.The Optima will be available with cruise control (including a speed limiter function), seven-inch touch screen SatNav, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-speaker audio system and an eight-way powered driver's seat with memory function. An electric panoramic sunroof and leather seat trim will also be offered.With a roomy interior and excellent comfort, you might expect the Optima to feel at home on the motorway but it has also been designed to cope with city driving, and can be selected with other high-tech features.New upper-medium car is radical change from MagentisA trend towards downsizing in the UK has seen the small car sector become increasingly important for fleet operators seeking maximum efficiency from vehicles and drivers who want to minimise tax liability.The timing would seem perfect for Kia's new Rio. Not only does it aim to shift the perception of Kia in the small car sector - just as the lower-medium cee'd did in 2007 - it brings with it industry-leading CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.The Rio will be offered with an all-new 1.1-litre diesel engine offering CO2 emissions as low as 85g/km when chosen with Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) - lower than any conventional fuelled car currently on sale - and fuel consumption of 88.3mpg on the combined cycle.Longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, 1.7 CRDi new efficient enginewith136bhp and low C02 emissionsKia OptimaThe new Kia Rio