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Timeline  

Every year Kia goes from strength to strength in innovative design and popularity in the New Zealand car market. 

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    2015

    • > Sponsors the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in New Zealand.
    • > Launches the third generation Sorento.
    • > Places second among 33 automotive brands, and highest among mass-market nameplates, in the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
    • > Launches the all new Carnival
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    2014

    • > Kia launches the exciting new 150kw hot hatch the pro_cee’d GT.
    • > Kia designer Peter Schreyer presented with the 2014 Grand Prix du Design.
    • > Kia launches the second generation Soul.
    • > Kia sponsors The Paul Henry Show.
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    2013

    • > Kia launches the Cerato Koup - the first turbo Kia to be sold in New Zealand.
    • > Kia Cerato named the NZ Herald, Driven small car of the year.
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    2012

    • > Kia sponsor  the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball team.
    • > Kia Picanto becomes the first sub-$19,000 car to score 5 stars in ANCAP safety tests.
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    2011

    • > Optima wins Design Award at the gala Australian International Design Awards function.
    • > Kia Supports International Winter Games NZ.
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    2010

    • > Kia unveils Cerato masterminded by award-winning designer Peter Schreyer.
    • > Kia launches Sportage in Queenstown.
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    2009

    • > Kia sponsors singles and doubles titles at ASB Tennis Classic.
    • > Kia Sorento R awarded the AMI Autocar 2009 SUV of the Year.
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    2008

    • > Kia sponsors Devonport Food & Wine Festival.
    • > Kia moves to the Kia Dome at the National Fieldays.
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    2007

    • > Kia dealer network totals 20 outlets nationwide.
    • > Kia surpasses 2000 new vehicle sales.
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    2006

    • > Kia Magentis wins Autocar Medium Car of the Year.
    • > Kia makes its first appearance at the National Fieldays.
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    2005

    • > Kia becomes New Zealand’s fastest growing car brand.
    • > Kia dealer network totals 16 outlets nationwide.