The new Kia Venga is a five-door car that Kia says “squeezes the interior passenger space of a larger C-segment vehicle within the confines of a smaller B-segment footprint”.
The extra space from the long wheelbase (2615mm) and tall cabin (1600mm) allows for additional comfort for up to five passengers and increased room for their luggage.
Based on the Kia No. 3 concept vehicle shown at the Geneva Auto Salon earlier this year, the Venga (Spanish for moving from one place to another) was created at Kia’s European design studios in Frankfurt, and will be built at the Slovakian factory for the market in Europe. It will go on sale by the end of 2009.
Plans for its introduction in other markets around the world, including New Zealand, have yet to be announced.
Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says if and when Kia decides to release the Venga outside Europe, Kia New Zealand will be first to put its hand up.
The Venga is the next stage in a rapid style make-over launched by Kia Motors with the goal of creating 20 new vehicles over four years that display the new design-led focus of the company. Venga is the fifth brand new model to be released this year, following on from the Soul, Cerato, Koup and Sorento, along with a refreshed Magentis.
Venga will be offered with a choice of 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines and each will be fitted with Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG (Idle Stop & Go) technology and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards.