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

 

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2020

  • >All new fourth generation Sorento large SUV arrives
  • >All new Stonic small SUV arrives 
  • >All new Carnival people mover arrives 
  • >Revised Stinger is launched
  • >The dealer network expands further with the addition of four new dealerships and three parts & service locations
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    2019

    • > Niro EV (100% Pure Electric) launched with up to 455km range. 
    • > Seltos small SUV released - 
    • > Kia retail sales surpass 7,000 vehicles for the first time ever 
    • > Celebrating 10 years supporting the Halberg Foundation
    • > Celebrating 4 years supporting the mighty Hurricanes Super Rugby franchise 
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    2018

    • > The showcase Kia Stinger GT Saloon launches in NZ to massive acclaim
    • > Kia's first Hybrid and Plug-in vehicles launched. 
    • > Rio GT-Line introduced with 3 cylinder turbo engine & DCT  transmission 
    • > Kia surpasses 6,500 sales for the first time
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    2017

    • > The stunning 4th generation Rio launched in New Zealand.
    • Kia tops quality study for the second year
    • > New flagship Kia dealership opens in Newmarket, Auckland
    • > Kia NZ surpasses 6,000 sales for the first time
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    2016

    • > New Optima launched in New Zealand.
    • > Kia backs the Hurricanes Super Rugby team.
    • > 2016 Kia Sportage launched
    • > New dealership in Thames opens.
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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.
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Delays for new vehicle arrivals

There is currently a worldwide shortage of the key electronic components required in many parts of a new vehicle. Without these components (called “semi-conductors”) the assembly of a new vehicle can be delayed, or in some cases can be impossible. Kia NZ is working closely with Kia Corporation to optimise NZ Kia production however delays are currently being experienced for NZ Kia customers.

Depending on the model and specification, delays can range from six weeks to six months plus. Your Kia dealer can advise you of the expected lead time for your specific vehicle. If you would like to contact us please click here. We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and patience during this time.