Thursday, September 29, 2011

All-new Kia Picanto arrives in Sri Lanka

Revolutionary motoring design combined with superlative performance has raised the bar in the local compact ‘City Car’ segment with the launch of the new generation ‘Kia Picanto,’ the new global automotive sensation from the top Korean car manufacturer.

Stand-out styling that exudes solidity and maturity, consistent with Kia’s description of a ‘small car all grown up,’ has been backed up with advanced safety features, eco-friendly technology and an array of class-leading personalised options in the completely re-designed and re-engineered new five-door Picanto.
Available with either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions according to customer preferences, the new Picanto, complements other aspects with solid performance credentials. Its Kappa 1.0 MPI engine is structured to generate an optimum blend of power and economy and delivers a maximum of 69 ps at 6,200 rpm and enhanced fuel economy of 20.2 km/l.

In terms of design, for which the new Picanto has received rave reviews from fans around the world, highly individual styling and differentiated elements based on distinct modernity give the new model a unique appearance with a dignified and confident view from the front and a rear view with an edgy style that conveys wide proportional stability.

Strong emphasis on harmony is also evident in the new Picanto’s distinctive flowing lines which have been extended to its headlamps. The radiator grille and air dam have been blended to the overall design through well-balanced proportions. This distinct design has also been extended to its interior which has also been structured to ensure maximum comfort of occupants through the use of ergonomics. 

Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, has said of this latest automotive sensation: “In profile, the 2012 Kia Picanto features significant sculpting and a very prominent rising character line. The result is a layering of light and shadow and this breaks up the height, giving the car a more sure-footed stance.”

Apart from extensively enhancing its appearance, the re-engineering of the new Picanto has further strengthened its safety credentials. The new Picanto has been awarded a Four Star rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), a voluntary vehicle safety rating system recognised by motoring and consumer organisations in every EU country.

In addition, the strength of the body and frame of the new Picanto has been increased for steering stability, to absorb energy better and to provide protection in the event of a collision.

In the sphere of eco-friendliness too the new Picanto possesses strong credentials. It has been certified with an Environmental Certificate by TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organisation and has received ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), as have Kia’s new Rio and Optima.

“The new Picanto is the ultimate compact urban car with its sporty design, strong performance, cutting edge personalised options and flexibility and is true value-for-money,” said Mahen Thambiah, Managing Director of Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited. “It is an exceptional vehicle that seamlessly blends great form and functionality and has the potential to raise the profile of users and the compact car segment.”

“The new Picanto is about being stylish without being excessively so and we are confident that its sophisticated appeal will be extremely well received in Sri Lanka,” he added.

The new Picanto’s vastly enhanced design however has not been achieved at the expense of functionality, or substantial storage space. The 60/40 split rear seat back can also be folded providing customers with much needed flexibility if and when the storage space at the back is insufficient.

For the convenience of occupants a range of standard features including high-tech options are available in the new Picanto. These include iPod AUX and USB connectivity, electric folding outside mirrors, Bluetooth hands free, power and tilt steering system, an audio system with a radio, CD, MP3 player and six speakers, LED side repeaters, safety sunroof, full auto temperature control, ISOFIX child seat anchor, a high-mounted stop lamp and a security indicator.

The Picanto experience can be customised further with a choice of striking interior packages and 10 body colours, clear white (solid), bright silver (metal), lemon grass (metal), alice blue (solid), titanium silver (metal), honey bee (metal), milky beige (metal), café mocha (metal), signal red (metal) and galaxy black (metal). In addition, customers also have the choice between 13,” 14” steel, 14” or 15” alloy wheels.

The new Picanto which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year, will be offered at Rs. 1.65 million upwards (exclusive of VAT) and a 3 year/100,000 km warranty.

KIA Motors (Lanka) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colonial Motors, has represented the KIA brand in Sri Lanka since 1995.

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Diongu said...

Yes. Great car and a great brand. But "no care" sales attitude.....I walked around the show room, there was only one lone Picanto car tucked away in a remote corner....when I managed to locate a sales guy, he could only can order....5 months delivery time....He did not say "take or lump it" ....but I got what he meant...

Anonymous said...

"No care" attitude of the sales personnel really puts you off!

Anonymous said...

Very Correct,walked around the show room, no sales person, i had to ask one person if he was working their,his only reply was "NO STOCK" "IF U ORDER IT WILL TAKE 5 MONTHS" he id not even want to show me the Picanto car that was in the show room.

Sales personnel have no care attitiude towards the customer

hacksics said...

I know this stupid sales guy. If I'm not mistaken he is probably in his late 40s. I went to order kia sorento for permit few months back and he was like the owner of kia company. He didnt even show slight respect or gratitude towards his customers. I feel so sorry for this stupid gentleman as he is so much over his head.. KIA should take actions against these assholes as they will not generate sales to company instead loosing :).