Ayala re-launches Kia brand, in­tro­duces So­luto sub-com­pact sedan

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Red col­ors.

The pub­lic can get to see the So­luto for the first time up close from Jan­uary 31 to Fe­bru­ary 3 dur­ing mall dis­plays at the fol­low­ing venues: Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter of Boni­fa­cio High Street in Boni­fa­cio Global City, Taguig City; Level 4 Cin­ema Lobby of Tri­noma in Que­zon City, and; Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter of Ala­bang Town Cen­ter in Muntinlupa City. Other mod­els in Kia Philip­pines' prod­uct ros­ter will also be on dis­play.

The new So­luto joins the fa­mil­iar Kia Philip­pines' ros­ter of ve­hi­cles, the trendy sub-com­pact hatch­back Pi­canto and Rio, the tech­nol­o­gy­laden Sportage SUV, the pow­er­ful yet com­fort­able Sorento SUV, the ver­sa­tile and spa­cious Grand Car­ni­val MPV, and de­pend­able work­horse K2500.

The four vari­ants of the Pi­canto will be priced from P590,000 to P745,000 and are avail­able in Clear White, Ti­ta­nium Sil­ver, Alice Blue, Pop Or­ange, Honey Bee and Lime Light col­ors while the Rio Hatch­back will be of­fered at P920,000 (for the 1.4 LX AT) and P985,000 (for the 1.4 EX AT), and is avail­able in Clear White, Plat­inum Graphite, Smoke Blue (LX AT only) and Sig­nal Red (EX AT only).

The Sportage 2.0 Diesel LX will re­tail for P1.545 mil­lion while the 2.0 Diesel EX is at P1.820 mil­lion, with avail­able col­ors Clear White, Sparkling Sil­ver, Cherry Black, Mer­cury Blue, and Fiery Red. The three vari­ants of the Grand Car­ni­val will be priced from P1.995 mil­lion to P2.295 mil­lion and will come in Clear White (LX only), Snow Pearl White (EX only), Silky Sil­ver, Pan­thera Metal, Aurora Black Pearl, and Ti­ta­nium Brown (EX 7-seater only). The Sorento 2.2 Diesel EX 4x2 will be priced at P1.895 mil­lion while the 4x4 vari­ant is of­fered at P2.195 mil­lion and will come in Snow Pearl White, Silky Sil­ver, Iron Gray, and Aurora Black Pearl col­ors. The K2500 2.5 CRDI (cab and chas­sis) re­tails at P810,000.

The re-launch of Kia in the Philip­pines also fea­tured the brand's push to cap­ture the younger seg­ment of the au­to­mo­tive mar­ket, as Kia Philip­pines’ Pres­i­dent Manny Ali­gada an­nounced that KMC would be spon­sor­ing the World Tour of the Korean pop mu­sic all­girl supergroup BLACK­PINK which would be high­lighted in the Philip­pines with the dis­play of the So­luto at the SM Mall of Asia Arena lobby on Fe­bru­ary 2, the day BLACK­PINK per­forms in Manila. Ali­gada also re­vealed that the next "un­box­ing" event of Kia Philip­pines for its next sur­prise would hap­pen dur­ing the 2019 Manila In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in April, and then some­time in the last quar­ter for the third sur­prise for the year.

The Kia ve­hi­cles have com­pre­hen­sive war­ranty cov­er­age. Aside from the five years or 160,000-km gen­eral war­ranty, which­ever comes first, Kia Philip­pines also of­fers five years or 150,000-km war­ranty for anti-per­fo­ra­tion and paint. Ser­vice parts’ war­ranty is one year or 20,000 kilo­me­ters, which­ever comes first. The pe­ri­odic main­te­nance ser­vice (PMS) in­ter­val sched­ule for these mod­els is ev­ery six months, or ev­ery 5,000 kilo­me­ters, which­ever comes first.

Con­sis­tent with Kia's global mantra of "The Power to Sur­prise," Kia Philip­pines aims to es­tab­lish more deal­ers in strate­gic lo­ca­tions. Kia has, at present, a net­work of over 35 deal­er­ships in the coun­try. With the Kia busi­ness in the Philip­pines now un­der ACI's wing, ev­ery Kia deal­er­ship will de­liver the Kia Prom­ise to Care Pro­grams, which will ramp up af­ter­sales ser­vice qual­ity, com­pe­tence, and parts avail­abil­ity to pro­vide ev­ery cus­tomer an ex­cep­tional ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence.

AC Pres­i­dent Fer­nando Zo­bel de Ayala ex­pressed in his spe­cial mes­sage, “We are ex­cited to in­tro­duce Kia’s wide range of model lineup as well as a new brand of sales and ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence for Filipinos.

We are de­lighted to part­ner with Kia Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion in this en­deavor and we look for­ward to many years of work­ing to­gether as we reestab­lish the Kia brand in the Philip­pines.”

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