New Cer­ato Koup raises Kia’s sporty ap­peal

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Kia’s new se­cond-gen­er­a­tion Cer­ato Koup will hit Aus­tralian show­rooms early next month, bring­ing with it the per­for­mance the car’s sleek looks have long promised.

The highly-an­tic­i­pated Koup’s 1.6-litre GDi twin-scroll Turbo fea­tures the first forced in­duc­tion petrol en­gine for Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia.

Since the Koup’s first gen­er­a­tion launch the car has been praised as hav­ing the look of a gen­uine sports coupe, Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tony Bar­low, said.

‘‘There had also al­ways been the ques­tion mark over whether the per­for­mance of the Koup matched its ex­cit­ing looks. The ar­rival of the new 1.6-litre Turbo with 150kW makes that ques­tion re­dun­dant,’’ Mr Bar­low said.

‘‘It brings with it a new sense of ex­cite­ment and fresh­ness to a brand al­ready be­ing driven by award-win­ning de­sign, best­prac­tice engi­neer­ing and safety and lead­ing-edge cus­tomer ser­vice and ben­e­fits,’’ Mr Bar­low said.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the new Koup fol­lows the launch ear­lier this year of the all-new third­gen­er­a­tion Cer­ato sedan and five­door hatch­back, which con­tinue to be Kia’s most suc­cess­ful mod­els for world­wide sales.

The tri­umvi­rate of Cer­ato mod­els has achieved more than 2.5 mil­lion global sales since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2004, in­clud­ing 385 000 units in 2012 when th­ese mod­els ac­counted for al­most 17 per cent of Kia’s to­tal an­nual sales.

Now, the new ver­sion of the com­pact, sporty Cer­ato Koup fea­tures a sleeker pro­file with fu­tur­is­tic and dy­namic styling, plus a more lux­u­ri­ous im­age. It is longer and wider than the cur­rent car, with a sig­nif­i­cantly ex­tended wheel­base.

Be­neath its distinc­tive ex­te­rior, new Koup in­cor­po­rates all the im­proved engi­neer­ing first de­vel­oped for the Cer­ato sedan, with an all-new bodyshell struc­ture, im­proved qual­ity, up­graded equip­ment with a host of ad­di­tional con­ve­nience and safety fea­tures, a more spa­cious cabin with en­hanced qual­ity, greater re­fine­ment and an up­graded pow­er­train line-up (rang­ing from 129kW to 150kW) that de­liv­ers out­stand­ing per­for­mance and com­pet­i­tive fuel econ­omy.

For a full run­down on the New Cer­ato Koup, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222666.

In Aus­tralia the all-new Cer­ato Koup will be clas­si­fied in the sports seg­ment

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