KIA Sorento
The KIA Sorento is equipped with a larger body that comfortably seats 7 people; enabling drivers to maximize cargo and luggage space. [ Photo / Courtesy ]

Caetano Kenya, the official distributor of various automotive brands in Kenya including Hyundai & Renault, on 30th June launched the all-new KIA range in Kenya. The new KIA sports utility vehicles (SUVs) – Sonet, Seltos, Sportage and Sorento – are powerful, progressive and versatile.

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They combine cutting-edge tech features with family-friendly features. The range of vehicles has been specifically chosen for Kenya to meet the local customer tastes. Each KIA SUV comes with its own unique features and strengths.

“The models launched today are engineered and adopted for the Kenyan market. They are built through synthesizing customer insights, pioneering segment-leading features, and designed to naturally fit into the lives of the customers,” said Mr Yaser Shabsogh, KIA COO Middle East & Africa.

Kia’s flagship SUV, the Sportage, is as practical as it is compelling, offering ample space, and a modern suite of hi-tech features that cater to the interests and demands of seasoned drivers and passengers. The 2022 Kia Sportage is ringing in a new era for one of the brand’s most sought-after models, with a comprehensive redesign that moves its identity to the next level while paying homage to its rich heritage.

The fifth-generation Sportage looks to the future with a sleek yet muscular and modern exterior design, cutting-edge interior blends ergonomic layout and the latest tech innovations to create an inspiring space.

The KIA Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. The Sorento is equipped with a larger body that comfortably seats 7 people; enabling drivers to maximize cargo and luggage space. Sitting at the heart of Kia’s refreshed SUV line-up, its redefined exterior and attractive cabin, set it apart as much more than a work of engineering efficiency.

The new model promises practicality, comfort, and entertainment for the whole family, appealing to adventurous drivers who are as passionate about exploring the world as they are about fine finishes, and allure of luxurious statement vehicles. With its impressive suite of features, the Sorento is Kia’s most high-tech car ever and this is the first time it will be sold in Kenya.

The Kia Seltos brings sophistication, cutting-edge technology and safety features to the global compact SUV segment. It is characterized by design details that lend it an air of understated sportiness. Smaller than the mid-sizedSportage, the Seltos packs a lot into its compact footprint, with more space for passengers and luggage than any rival B-segment SUV.

KIA Sorento
Mr George Makateto, Director, State Department of Industrialization (right) and Mr. Pedro Campos (left), Caetano Kenya Managing Director, discuss the features of the just launched KIA Sorento. [ Photo / Courtesy ]
It features the largest cabin and trunk of any B-segment SUV currently on sale, aided by the car’s subtly larger exterior dimensions and long wheelbase. The new model also offers a highly-efficient 1.6-liter petrol engine.

The KIA Sonet is designed to be bold and unforgettable. It spots key features that place it in a league of its own within the compact SUV segment. It comes encapsulated in a modern exterior, a confident and compact body, which includes a fresh interpretation of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille and a stylish front skid plate beneath. It is built for young, ingenious customers who crave simplicity and seamlessness in their lives.

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During the launch of the KIA Brand, Mr. George Makateto, Director, State Department for Industrialization said, the Cabinet Secretary approved the National Automotive Policy and submitted it to Parliament. The policy will assist in facilitating investment in the automotive industry.

Government has been working closely with the private sector organizations to drive policy implementation and create an enabling environment for investors in the automotive sector and beyond.

Electric vehicles

“Another area the Government is looking at is sustainability in this sector, and we are hoping the country will increase usage of electric vehicles,” said Mr Makateto. “I am aware that Salvador Caetano has some electric vehicles under their brands and we hope in the future they will consider locally assembled ones.”

Caetano Managing Director Pedro Campos said KIA is now the fourth biggest brand in Africa and Middle East. “This year alone, KIA is expected to sell more that 50,000 new units in Africa,” said Campos.

Salvador Caetano Group entered in Kenya in 2014 and is reinforcing its presence in the aftersales market by growing its current network of workshops – Caetano Express – which is already in 23 locations in eight Kenyan towns.

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