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Host of new models from Kia

26 May 2006

• Expect 10 all-new or revised Kias by 2010
• Small family car in production now
• Coupes and convertibles possible, too

The all-new Kia Carens

Kia has three new cars at the Madrid Motor Show this week - and it has plenty more to come.

The company's all-new five- and seven-seater Carens is the star of the stand. Whatcar.com has already been given exclusive access to the car and posted a detailed report on the newcomer, which will cost from around £12,000 when it goes on sale in the UK this October.

Also on display is Kia's new Sedona, which is called the Carnival on the Continent, and a revised version of the Sorento 4x4 with more powerful engines.

The Carens is the sixth of a new wave of models from Kia that will total 10 all-new or heavily revised cars by 2010.

A small family car is the next we'll see, with production to begin in Slovakia this December. The five-door Cee'd concept car shown at this year's Geneva Motor Show was a near-finished version of the forthcoming Ford Focus rival.

As well as this five-door version, Kia will also produce a three-door and an estate by next year.

Product plans beyond this are more down to hints and speculation, but sportier diesel-powered Rios are definitely in the pipeline for later this year or 2007.

So too are cars that will fight in fresh sectors of the market. Kia sees itself as a sportier alternative to its sister-company Hyundai, so coupes and convertibles are natural developments for the firm over the next two to three years.

While no definite plans were discussed, top executives gave encouraging indications that we'll see sporty Kias in the future. The KVC III concept, with a folding metal roof, gives some idea of what these cars might look like.

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