Kia at the 77th Geneva motor show

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Kia press conference – Tuesday 6 March at 14:00, Location – Hall 5, stand 5231

Kia Motors will unveil three exciting vehicles at the 77th Salon de l’Automobiles on 6 March.  All three will show how far Kia has come in recent times and give a clear vision of the near and maybe not too distant future.

New cee’d SW will be seen for the first time in final production-ready form.  The unique European designed and built estate version of the cee’d will be on sale in the UK in the autumn.

Also on display will be a new vision for the future of clean motoring from Kia.  The Rio Hybrid uses a 1.4-litre 90 PS petrol engine mated to a compact 12 kW synchronised electric motor.  In one of the most ambitious research and development exercises Kia has ever undertaken almost 4,000 Rio Hybrid vehicles will hit the road supporting the Korean Ministry of the Environment with clean transport solutions.  The Hybrid will instantly become part of Korea’s largest ‘real-world’ testing programme to develop clean and efficient hybrid vehicles.

Kia will also be unveiling a striking new concept car, which will indicate the options open to its European design and manufacturing bases.

Hardly an unveiling, but new Kia Motors (UK) Ltd Managing Director Paul Philpott will be available for interviews throughout press day.  Ad hoc discussions are welcome however it may be prudent to contact the press office to arrange a time slot for an in-depth one-to-one.

Paul will be joined by the recently appointed CEO and President, Mr S Y Kim and by myself, Stephen Kitson.  Sue Cugley and Jon Walsh from the UK press office will attend, as will a number of senior engineering, product planning, design and engineering staff from Kia Motors worldwide.

Please feel free to join us at any time on the Kia stand for an update of all that is new within Kia.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Kitson, Communications Director
Direct dial: 01932 832075
Mobile: +44 (0) 7795 011936
E-mail: skitson@kia.co.uk

Sue Cugley, Senior Press Office
Direct dial: 01932 832073
Mobile: +44 (0) 7917 265789
E-mail: scugley@kia.co.uk

Jon Walsh, Senior Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832071
Mobile: +44 (0) 7920 028711
E-mail: jwalsh@kia.co.uk

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