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No free Kia for quintuplet parents...

15 November 2007

The parents of quintuplets born in Oxford last week will be offered the free use of a Kia Carens MPV during their stay in the UK - but have missed out on keeping the car because they are not UK nationals.

Earlier this year, Kia offered a range of discounts to new parents based on how many children they had this year.

Discounts ranged from £500 to parents of one child to a free car to anyone who gave birth to quintuplets.

However, the parents of the five children born in Oxford came to the UK from their homeland in Russia in order to have the babies in a hospital with specialist facilities. As a result, they are not eligible for the award.

'As foreign nationals, they do not qualify, but we are willing to help out and are in the process of contacting them,' said a Kia spokesman. 'At the very least we would like to lend them a car.'

The five baby girls, whose names - along with their parents' - are not being disclosed, remain under observation in hospitals in the UK and are said by doctors to be doing well.

The last set of quintuplets born to UK nationals was in 2002.

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