• Apr 16, 2006
That’s because the Carens will be coming to the U.S. as the “Rondo” in its newly redesigned duds. Our foreign language sister site Autoblog Spanish has the scoop on the new seven-passenger CUV. The Carens appears to be a Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe-type vehicle and compared to its last iteration, the new version is a looker. Of course, this is a hot segment in the U.S. in which many attractive players compete, including the aforementioned Pontiact/Toyota twins, the Mazda5, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR. The ability to pack an extra pair of people in its interior compared to some of its competitors will be to the Caren’s advantage, as will what we assume to be a traditional Korean high-content/low-price strategy.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Rondo? I think the Carens would do better here than the Rondo, but preferably something else entirely. Even if I was in the market for this type of vehicle and this one met my needs, I wouldn't want to by it just for that. "Hey, what's that you're driving?" "Oh, it's a Rondo." Yea.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm, it looks dull, i like the different stylings of the HHR and PT when otherwise cars in this segment are looking more and more similar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it, nice interior, useful-looking shape. Hopefully the powertrain isn't awful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      kind of dull. Not anything like the drawn pictures they released. I imagine the target market will like it. Name wise it probably hits that market too. If it was aimed at the youth market it would have to have some catch name like Rondo5 or CarnesMKII so they could say "Its a Rondo "5" or "MKII" "Sweet!" The young guys I know are obessed with short quick names and will shorten something as if it is cool. "STi" "Evo" "Mk IV" ect...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yet another car that looks like a Pontiac Vibe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would not be too hard to one-up the mazda5, come on that has a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed automatic.
      A nice 2.4 inline4 and 5 speed automatic, or 2.0 inline 4 and 6 speed auto.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To quote the British auto magazine CAR:

      (on the outgoing Carens)
      " FOR: Swallows everything
      Against: Invisible
      Verdict: Automotive black hole
      Alternatives: Chinese water torture, surrendering your driver's license... "

      Maybe this new one is WAYYYY better, maybe not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The styling's inoffensive. If the handling/fit/finish is the same, it will sell a decent amount. Sure, it doesn't get the heart racing...but I don't mind it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's nothing automatically wrong with small wheels and tires. They're inexpensive to replace, and not everyone really cares about big-ass rims.

      Consider this vehicle's target niche and ask yourself if you were selling it, if you'd really benefit the customer by adding even 17" rims.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like an Impreza wagon to me. Is there a rubber shortage in Korea? Why do they always make their wheel/tires 1 size too small for the cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's already on my short-list, as it one-ups the Mazda5 in a few areas...it's thankfully absent of the ground-scraping rice-racer sideskirts that are forced upon us in all trim levels on the Mazda5 (at least here in Canada), it has a centre armrest that can be used by both driver and passenger (as opposed to the 5's driver-only armrest) and it appears to have proper roof-rails/cross bars. Hopefully it will have a 5 or 6 speed auto, a modicum of towing ability (the 5 has none) and a third row that is at least the equal of the 5. Being a Kia, it will also have a great warranty and a good price to boot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7, they're small because they're cheap cars. You think this is bad - wait unti the storm of Chinese vehicles come into the market.

      Stoneman
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