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Columbian Autocar Corporation finally unveiled the stylish new-generation Kia Picanto at its showroom in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The all-new Kia Picanto targets first time  "intelligent, street-savvy and young" car buyers who the company perceives give a premium for practicality and the value for money proposition.

Ginia Domingo, CAC president said the all-new Kia Picanto caters to the needs of a new generation of car buyers.

"First-time car buyers are after fuel efficiency, horsepower and environment friendliness," Domingo said. "The Picanto is very fuel efficient, is one of the best in its class in horsepower and reliability, and has low carbon dioxide emissions as well. It also has very good headroom and legroom."

Domingo also believes the Picanto is targeted at buyers who are more conscious about a car that gives more value for money spent.

The all-new Picanto is available with a 1.0-liter (998cc), in-line, three-cylinder Kappa MPI gasoline engine that churns out 69.96 horses and pulls with 94.18 Newton Meters of torque. It comes with either the five-speed manual transmission variant at P545,000 or a four-speed automatic model that sells for P599,000. CAC is offering only these two variants of the car differentiated by smaller 14-inch steel rims for the manual versus the 15-inch alloys on the automatic. A MacPherson Strut front suspension and a coupled torsion beam in the rear carry the car on four corners.

Inside, the Kia Picanto is equipped with a single-DIN, MP3, CD, auxiliary and USB-ready JVC radio for entertainment. Power windows and door locks are standard on both models. Black fabric buckets seats with 60-40 folding rears can accommodate five. ABS and airbags, however, are not standard on the new Picanto.

Domingo although reiterates that the all-new Picanto comes with a five-year, 160,000-kilometer bumper-to-bumper warranty.

CAC is releasing the car in four colors: Titanium Silver, Signal Red, Clear White and Lemon Grass.

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The all-new Picanto is the first of two models Kia is introducing in the market this year. The next-generation Sportage sport-utility vehicle will finally be hitting Kia showrooms in June.

Text and photos by Mikko David


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