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Details of the new additions to Kia Australia’s showroom in 2014.

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Kia Soul (February)

The second-generation Kia Soul retains the funky, youthful styling of the original yet promises a more mature, rounded package when it launches in February. Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Soul sits on a new platform based on that of the Cee’d small car, and claims a stiffer body shell and revised suspension for improved ride and handling, and an overhauled cabin with increased cabin and cargo space and better soundproofing. Kia will offer the Soul with a 103kW/167Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, while a 1.6-litre diesel is also expected to join the local line-up. Specifications will be confirmed at launch, though features available overseas include LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, eight-inch touchscreen with internet-linked apps, and three-mode FlexSteer steering system.

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Kia Proceed GT (March)

Australia will become the first market outside Europe to launch Kia’s first ever hot-hatch, the all-new Proceed GT, when it lands on our shores in March. Designed and engineered in Europe and built in Slovakia, the three-door Proceed GT will join the Veloster SR Turbo from sister company Hyundai as a circa-$35K rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. It shares its turbocharged 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre engine with the sporty Veloster, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds when teamed with a six-speed manual. Kia Australia is developing a unique suspension tune for the Proceed GT said to be optimised for local road conditions. Distinguishing the GT from the standard Proceed (a compact hatchback sold in Europe but overlooked our market) are new front intakes, four-point LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, and dual exhaust outlets, as well as Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals and a seven-inch “racecar-inspired” central display.

Read CarAdvice’s Kia Proceed GT Review.

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Kia Grand Carnival (late 2014)

Australia’s top-selling people-mover for the past seven years, the Kia Grand Carnival, will look to extend its dominance when the all-new model arrives at the end of 2014. The third-generation Grand Carnival isn’t expected to break cover officially until April’s New York motor show, though our spy photographers have already given us a good look at what to expect from the new eight-seater. The new model gets a shorter front overhang and a fresh face with sleeker horizontal headlights and a broad grille with thin slats, while the bonnet is flatter and the windscreen more heavily raked – like the Kia KV7 concept – creating a more car-like appearance. Horizontal tail-lights appear to span the rear quarter panels and tailgate, seemingly drawing inspiration from the smaller Rondo MPV. One of the spied prototypes was equipped with a 2.2-litre engine and an automatic transmission, suggesting the four-cylinder R-Line diesel engine will carry over from the current second-gen model. The new model will also feature safer lap-sash belts in all seating positions as Kia targets the maximum five-star crash test rating.


  • Sumpguard

    Looking forward to seeing the Cee’d (stupid name) on our roads. It can only help to improve KIA’s image with Aussie buyers.

    • Jacob

      We wont get the Ceed. Only the Proceed GT.

      • Sumpguard

        Yeah I’m aware of that.

        • ixlplix

          Saying it’s up against the Golf GTI and the ST is unbelievable. They will want to have made significant changes to the engine and the rest of the car to warrant that claim (refer tests here and just about every other publication.)

          • Sumpguard

            Where did I say that ixlplix? I didn’t mention anything it is up against.

          • ixlplix

            Short term memory loss my friend? it says it in the article.

          • Sumpguard

            Except you replied to my post. A reminder for that memory of yours.

            “Saying it’s up against the Golf GTI and the ST is unbelievable”.

          • ixlplix

            Seemed like a good place to put it, with the discussion of the Ceed vs Proceed etc. it’s no big deal.

          • Sumpguard

            Ceed or proceed the name is awful. They could have come up with something better. Even simply GT would have done.

          • Zaccy16

            it certainly is a awful name, its amusing how topgear actually read out the apostrophe in its name!

          • Zaccy16

            i agree, the pro ceed looks like a decent car and hugely better than the velosturd turbo but the GTI and ST are in a different league for performance and handling, even the light class of hot hatch’s are faster than the pro ceed that is in the small car class, the fiesta ST and Polo GTI both take under 7 seconds to 100 kph when this takes a slow for a hot hatch 7,7, the proceed is just a warm hatch

          • ixlplix

            They’ll want to be careful or they’ll price it out of the market and kill it’s sales. I can’t imagine anyone but the MOST uninformed buying it at 35K. 25K and they’d pick up the hot hatch wannabees that haven’t discovered the Fiesta..

          • Sumpguard

            Whilst the fiesta is undeniably a great little car many people buy what suits them best on the outside and a truly oblivious to much of what we talk about in these blogs.
            Some people will buy this just to be different. I remember when the ix35 was released there were plenty in here saying “it’s too dear and won’t sell”. They were so wrong.

          • Dave

            It is well known that Hyundai and Kia grossly understate performance figures. They said the Veloster Turbo was 7.something but its actually mid 6′s

            Besides, anyone with a clue knows that 0-100 times is hardly a hot hatch’s forte. Its a crappy measurement of performance.

  • MisterZed

    No Optima turbo? No Cadenza (K7)? Yawn.

    • DAVIDZ

      more like, Korean cars….YAWN :-)

      • Lindsay

        Korean cars are giving you a wake-up call.

  • guest

    They say the modern Korean car drives and handles as well as there German counterparts.

    • Golfschwein

      Nah. That’s actually, and famously, the main point of difference. Korea’s improving, but it’s still the home of light, vague steering and restless ride quality.

      • Phil

        except that Kia puts the local suspension tune in the capable hands of Graeme Gambold for their new models. The electric power steering could be improved further, but the ride and handling have improved markedly since his input began. Once you replace the Nexen tyres with something grippier, you might be pleasantly surprised at how they drive.

        • Robin_Graves

          There is always going to be the old school badge snob brigade that will never accept that anything but German is superior, regardless of the facts.

          • Sumpguard

            Agree. My mate’s 7 series surprised me in its firmness over bumps. Maybe great on an autobahn but not so much on our roads.

          • Phil

            Kia is a great example of what a difference our local tuning makes. It’s been so successful that sister company Hyundai are now using Gambold’s talents as well. You see the same sort of benefits in Holden’s retuning of the Cruze and Barina. It shows how much engineering expertise we have in this country.

            The germans know how to get it right – but it’s usually in the base models. Golf is a prime example, the base model on steel rims and 65 profile rubber is hard to fault for urban ride while still being dynamically competent at touring speeds. Go bigger alloys and lower profile, it is less convincing. BMW is probably doing the most to let the side down. F30 3 series on stock suspension is horrible, harsh and soft at the same time if that’s even possible.

      • Popper

        “light, vague steering”

        Audi, too.

        “restless ride quality”

        Audi, again, who are also the home of terminal understeer.

        • matt

          dont rain on his parade, his little world must be a wonderful place….. oktoberfest everyday and nothing but golfs and jetta’s as far as the eye can see.

          • Golfschwein

            How did you know?

      • Zaccy16

        yep i agree, they have come a long way but as you stated steering and ride is still behind some rivals

  • O123

    The Sould would sell more if KIA marketed it as an SUV similar to the dualis or ASX

  • Dave W

    That Proceed GT actually looks quite nice if somewhat overdetailed with the 4 point DRL and the reflector on the rear bumper.

    • Golfmother

      overdetailed is right , its a storm trooper mess . trying so hard to emulate the germans , but the koreans will never match em .

      • Dave

        What on earth are you talking about? Kia are doing their own thing – and doing a very good job. Not one Kia car in the lineup is a dud – each of them are selling well and really changing that Kia stigma – good on them.
        I assume with a name like that you drive…a golf? How very original…

      • Sumpguard

        The Koreans will never catch VW Goofmother . Not where recalls are concerned anyway..

        • barry

          Ha,ha put that in your pipe rolfmother.

      • Dave W

        Funny you should say that considering Kia and Hyundai’s chief designer is a German.

        • Phil

          And we can blame the Germans for the use of tacky led lights in the first place. Audi and those tacky LEDs around the headlight clusters.

          Credit is due to Kia for employing Peter Schreyer, who has given them a distinctive identity. That they trusted and let him stretch his wings as a designer has paid dividends.

          • Dave W

            Don’t get me started on DRL mate. It’s the most useless addition to modern cars in my book., not to mention when some of the LEDs are blown.

  • lk-90

    In USA the “youthful” (its mostly bought by the elderly btw, cos its eay to get into) Soul gets a 2.0L engine. We get the asthmatic 1.6 because pommies are too cheap to pay the extra insurace premium.

    • Dave

      The 1.6 isn’t asthmatic in the slightest – it is a great little engine. How much does the Soul weigh? 1350kg? That would be the only downside of using the 1.6 in the Soul if it is too heavy.
      Also, the poms pay insurance premiums that would make your eyes bleed compared to Australia.

      • Zany

        A 1.6 litre won’t pull yanks. They all weigh 200kgs

  • DAVIDZ

    The SOUL sells for the same price as a basic KIA RIO in USA, why not here?
    What about the 2700 Pregio [nee Bongo] Van, or “we have no production facility to manufacture it” to cover the REAL TRUTH the DIEsel motor is a polluter and putrid

  • Reecho

    Judging by the spec on the MY14 Optima for Oz, Kia are getting into de-speccing the new models. Hopefully the GT won’t cop the same treatment. Let’s hope it will be competitive something like Veloster money, otherwise I will lose interest…

  • F1orce

    Seriously no Optima Turbo?

    C’mon!

  • Sumpguard

    I saw the new TV ad for the Pro’ceed last night for the first time. It certainly won’t do KIA’s image any harm.