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A Stylish Crossover Vehicle For Kia

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Posted on October 13, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
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In 1999 Kia launched and brought to the American market a new type of vehicle – a seven passenger crossover – that competes against the likes of the Toyota Matrix and the Dodge Caliper. This vehicle being sold in the U. S. as Kia Rondo is being sold in Europe as Kia Carens. Demand for crossovers continues to rise as the market has taken very well to this relatively new type of vehicle. Is the Rondo a success? According to several online reviews, there is no doubt that it is.

Kia’s aggressive surge on the world scene is being made evident through new or proposed factories in Europe and in Georgia, USA. As a subsidiary of the mighty Hyundai group, Kia has long stood for being the budget Korean brand while Hyundai is the company’s value brand. The Rondo is continueing Kia’s tradition of providing decent quality small vehicles for prices that are thousands of dollars less than the competition.

Importantly, the Rondo crossover fits nicely into a category of vehicles that have taken the U.S. by storm: mini-minivans. Popular in Europe, these compact vans are much smaller than current American minivans, yet still able to hold as many as 7 adults. With three passenger row seating, the Rondo and others like it squeeze out every possible square inch of interior space to accommodate passengers.

No, you won’t ride in luxury and the ride itself will be closer to a Corolla than to a Camry, but Kia banked on consumers wanting a well appointed 7 passenger vehicle that retails for around $20,000. No vehicle currently offered in the U.S. can claim to carry that many people for that small of a price. Clearly, Kia was the first company to accomplish that feat.

Unlike most upcoming vehicles, Kia held information about the Rondo close to the vest. With China’s Chery also preparing to send a similar vehicle to the U.S., Kia’s reticence was certainly understandable. Why give the competition more information than what was necessarily needed?

This secrecy turned out not necessary due to the fact that Chery had some legal issues that delayed their coming to the U. S. market.Four cylinder engines mated to various manual and automatic transmissions will power the Rondo. No diesel version was discussed for the U.S. market, but one was available for European motorists.

In addition, look for Kia to offer better standard equipment choices with the Rondo than previous models have offered including, standard side and head air bags, dual zone air conditioning, and possibly all wheel drive on a premium model.

Yes, Kia is no longer just a producer of cheap subcompacts. It has now expanded its growing line by offering vehicles that compete with others well estabilished on the market.

Article By: Tony Alves

Tony Alves has been online since 2002. He owns and manages several websites. Some of his websites are: Home Business, a Car Pictures site and an Auto Parts Store

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