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Two world premieres for Kia at Paris Show 12-09-27
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- World premiere of all-new Kia Carens compact MPV



- Global debut for new three-door Kia pro_cee’d




(SEOUL) September 27, 2012 – The all-new Kia Carens compact MPV and the new (Europe only) second-generation Kia pro_cee’d make their world premieres today (Thursday) at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2012 in Paris, France.




The all-new Carens returns Kia to one of the world’s most competitive market segments and is designed and engineered to meet the needs and expectations of modern families. It features sleek aerodynamics, a cab-forward design that ensures generous interior space with a choice of five or seven seats, and a broad range of convenience and safety features. Depending on individual markets globally, engines will offer a choice of power ranging from 115 to 177 ps.




Made in Europe for sale exclusively in Europe, the new three-door Kia pro_cee’d has all the sophistication of the second-generation cee’d five-door and cee’d Sportswagon, while dramatically progressing the enhanced sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.




The new pro_cee’d offers buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear. The overall length (4,310 mm), width (1,780 mm) and wheelbase (2,650 mm) are also the same as the five-door, while the roofline is lowered by 40 mm, the B-pillar is moved back by 220 mm, the side panels behind the B-pillar are new, as are the side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.




“The two Kia premieres at the Paris Motor Show cover a broad spread of automotive segments and highlight the diversity of our expanding product line-up,” comments Hyoung-Keun Lee, Vice Chairman and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation.




“The new Carens will have great appeal for families with an active lifestyle who seek both style and practicality, while the new pro_cee’d stylishly communicates performance and dynamism from every crease and curve,” adds Lee.




In addition, the new Kia Optima Hybrid sedan and upgraded Kia Sorento SUV both make their European debuts.




To watch the live feed of the Kia Motors press conference at the 2012 Paris Motor show, please visit The live feed will commence at 17:30 on September 27th Central European Time.




Kia Motors Corporation ( – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.5 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 149 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$39 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


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