J.D. Power ranks 2006 Rio highest

Kia Motors is one of the fastest growing automotive brands and several of its 2006 models have received various awards and received excellent results in recent crash tests.

The 2006 Kia Rio ranked highest for initial quality in the sub-compact category according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality StudySM.

The annual report, released recently, measures 217 vehicle attributes across eight categories, including driving experience, engine and transmission, and a broad range of quality problem symptoms reported by vehicle owners.

In the study, the Kia Rio was honoured as the highest-ranking model in a tie in the sub-compact segment at 137 problems per 100 vehicles. The all-new 2006 Kia Carnival minivan also performed well in its first year of release, while the Kia Sportage compact SUV scored better than the industry average.

The all-new 2006 Rio is raising the bar in the entry-level segment by offering class-leading horsepower and interior volume, and six standard airbags, including full-length side-curtain airbags.

The all-new Carnival MPV (known as Sedona in some markets) has earned the highest possible safety rating – five stars – for all seating positions in the latest frontal and side impact crash tests by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Completely redesigned for the 2006 model year, the all-new Carnival builds upon a commitment to safety that was established with the first generation MPV, which earned the company’s first five star crash rating when it debuted in 2002.

The 2006 Carnival continues to offer a high level of standard safety equipment, including six standard airbags, front active headrests, electronic stability control, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, a traction control system with brake assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Comfort and convenience equipment such as fold-in-the-floor third row seating, three separate climate zones covering all three rows and available power remote-operated side doors and rear lift gate were designed to bolster Carnival’s established position as a safety and value leader in the highly competitive MPV market. Insurance Institute has also honored the Kia Carnival with ‘Top Safety Pick’ for Highway Safety

Additionally, Kia Motors recently introduced the all-new Kia Carens compact MPV (to be named Rondo in North America) made its world premiere at the Madrid Motor Show and will go on sale this fall.

The New Carens will be marketed in two versions – with seven-seat and five-seat cabins – both featuring ‘European-specific’ frontal styling with unique twin-chrome-bar grille, lower center air-intake and front bumper with inset air-intakes or fog lamps.

Responding to consumer feedback and to developing market trends within the compact MPV sector, Kia conceived a next generation vehicle for active lifestyle families that blends the interlocking trends of MPVs and SUVs.

‘With the new Carens we are presenting consumers with a surprisingly spacious yet compact MPV. Our Kia teams on several continents designed the new Carens to surpass the escalation expectations of Kia customers. They have created a truly competitive vehicle that is more stylish and more practical, and will complement modern families’ lifestyles however they spend their work or leisure time,’ commented Jung-Moon Park, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors.

‘New Carens marks a major advance for our compact MPV model. It incorporates a host of significant improvements in every category – design, comfort, performance, versatility, quality and safety. I am sure that New Carens will certainly have great appeal to new and existing Kia Customers across the world,’ concluded COO Park.