Kia readies launch of fourth-generation CarensBy Charles E. Buban
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Columbian Autocar Corp. (CAC), the exclusive distributor of the Kia brand in the Philippines, is set to enliven the market with the impending arrival of the fourth-generation Carens.
With a new “tiger nose” corporate grille, sleek aerodynamics, cab-forward design and a long wheelbase that can accommodate up to seven passengers, the All-New Carens is touted as the perfect family ride.
The crossover made its official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show last September.
The All-New Kia Carens takes CAC into one of the most important and competitive sectors of the Philippine market. Offering a spacious and versatile interior for five to up to seven passengers, a large storage space, this particular model should appeal more to families with an active lifestyle who don’t want to compromise between style and practicality.
With the arrival of the All-New Carens, CAC will definitely have a formidable lineup of sleek, sexy-looking vehicles and interesting price tags.
In this regard, CAC issued a price list of its vehicles to update the figures that came out in last Saturday’s Buyer’s Guide issue of the RoadTalk supplement.
Picanto 1.0L EX M/T gas, P545,000; Picanto 1.0L EX A/T gas, P599,000; Rio 1.2L LX M/T gas, P598,000; Rio 1.2L SLX M/T gas, P625,000; Rio 1.4L EX sedan M/T gas, P688,000; Rio 1.4L EX sedan A/T gas, P728,000; Forte 1.6L LX sedan A/T gas, P828,000; Rio 1.4L EX hatch A/T gas, P848,000; Forte Koup 2.0 EX sports coupe A/T gas, P948,000; Optima 2.4L EX sedan A/T gas, P1.48 million.
Soul 1.6L LX A/T gas, P919,000; Carnival 2.9L LX M/T diesel, P1.15 million; Carnival 2.9L LX A/T diesel, P1.23 million; Carnival 2.9L EX A/T diesel, P1.55 million.
Sportage 2.0L 4X2 EX A/T gas, P1.188 million; Sportage 2.0L 4X4 EX A/T gas, P1.288 million; Sportage 2.0L 4X2 EX A/T diesel, P1.32 million; Sportage 2.4 4X4 DLX A/T gas, P1.698 million; New Sorento 2.4L 4X2 LX A/T 5-seater gas, P1.25 million; New Sorento 2.2L 4X2 LX M/T 5-seater diesel, P1.27 million; New Sorento 2.2L 4X2 LX A/T 5-seater diesel, P1.35 million; New Sorento 2.2L AWD EX A/T 7-seater diesel, P1.89 million.
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