Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., is increasing the prices of some of its range by between three and four per cent from 1st April 2010 and implementing the Government's new Vehicle Excise Duty changes at the same time to minimise disruption in showrooms and confusion amongst car buyers.
The price increase has been kept to the minimum level possible given a variety of pressures on production, shipping and currency costs - Kia in the UK imports all its vehicles either from South Korea or the company's Slovakian factory.
The price increase will not affect the recently launched new Kia Sorento and Kia Venga models and Kia has also been able to avoid any price increase on the increasingly popular Kia Soul model.
Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd said: "We have worked hard with our partners in the dealer network to avoid price increases for as long as possible but it has proved impossible for us to avoid small change.
"However, we have ensured that our just-launched Sorento and Venga are not affected and we have also taken action to ensure that the 'trendy' Soul's price position was not affected either. Given all our cars are covered by a manufacturer's seven year warranty I believe our prices still represent extremely good value for money - and this is the first adjustment we have made for six months," he added.
The new showroom prices also incorporate the Government's new Vehicle Excise Duty Year One rate - the so-called 'showroom tax'. Some models show a small increase in price but others such as certain Kia Venga models actually are reduced in price. Also many Kia Picanto, Rio, Venga and cee'd models now have a zero VED rate for year one.
The changes mean that Kia's UK range now starts with the Kia Picanto at £6,895 on-the-road, up from £6,635, and includes the Kia cee'd 5-door at £12,595, up from £12,150, and Kia Sportage at £15,995, up from £15,210.Published 1 April 2010