The Kia line-up has been fine tuned for 2004 to focus on the most popular models and to accommodate new models joining the line-up later in the year. All models have been increased by £13 to reflect the Government’s increased first registration fee and Rio and Sedona prices have been increased to reflect specification changes introduced on Model Year 2004 cars. All specification and price changes are effective immediately.

The Rio, Kia’s best-selling car in the UK, has been reduced to a line-up of two models, the 1.3L and the 1.3LX, with the LX available either with a manual or automatic transmission. These two derivatives accounted for 85% of sales in 2003.

The previously announced 2004 Model year changes included improvements in refinement and a tweaked ride and handling package as well as significant specification changes. The 1.3L added ABS with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), central locking and a passenger airbag. The price has now been increased by £500 or 7.1% to account for this increased specification. The best selling 1.3LX gained air conditioning and a passenger airbag and a £600 or 7.5% price increase. With the £13 first registration increase these cars are now priced at £7,508 and £8,508 respectively.

All Rios benefit from a £1000 cashback offer on all cars purchased before 31 March 2004.

The Shuma range has been rationalised to just one model, the 1.6 Ice, while the Magentis range has been reduced to one model, the 2.0 LE.

The Carens line-up remains unchanged.

The Sedona range has seen all L specification cars gain air conditioning with the lead-in 2.5 V6 L now priced at just £14,508 reflecting the increased first registration fee but no price increase for the improved specification; while the 2.9 CRDi L is increased by £745 or 5.1%. The 2.9 CRDi LE, introduced in the autumn, replaces the LX with additional features including alloy wheels, CD audio, privacy glass and rear spoiler. The LE is priced at £745 or 4.6% over the LX it replaces. The 2.9 CRDi T-LE which includes DVD, Satellite Navigation and reversing sensors is priced at £19,003. The price of the 2.9 CRDi SE is unchanged. Automatic transmission is an additional £1000 on Sedona.

All Sedonas benefit from a £1000 cashback offer on cars purchased before 31 March 2004.

The Sorento line-up is unchanged. The Sportage has been discontinued.

Published : 30/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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