• Jan 26th 2011 at 3:56PM
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Kia's all-new 2012 Picanto, which will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, aims to raise the bar in the A-segment via slashed emissions and increased fuel economy. The five-door Picanto supermini will hit dealerships across much of the world (excluding the U.S.) this spring, but the three-door hatchback version won't appear until fall.

All Picanto models will be offered with four powertrain choices that are estimated to return between 40 and 56 miles per gallon (U.S.). Kia's engine choices range from a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder flex-fuel-capable engine on up to the top of the line 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill. Power output spans from 68 to 84 horsepower and emissions vary from a high of 105 grams per kilometer of CO2 on down to a mere 95 g/km.

Over in Europe, all Picanto models will be available with Kia's fuel-saving start-stop system, which slashes emissions to a low of 90 g/km of CO2 and boosts fuel economy to a high of 57 mpg (U.S.). Look for more on the 2012 Picanto as its debut in Geneva draws near.

[Source: Kia Motors]
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- All-new powertrains with low emissions and enhanced economy
- Advanced 'large car' comfort and safety features, plus great value
- Global premiere scheduled for March 1 at Geneva Motor Show

(SEOUL) January 24, 2011 – Kia customers will benefit from the next generation Picanto's greatly reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy when the company's latest A-segment hatchback goes on sale around the world later this year.

Making its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, new Picanto has been redesigned and re-engineered with stand-out styling that conveys a sense of solidity and maturity. Longer than the previous model, and with an extended wheelbase, new Picanto promises more passenger comfort and 27% increased cargo space. Offered for the first time with a choice of five-door and three-door bodystyles, it is set to completely redefine its position as one of the most competitive vehicles in the global 'city car' A-segment.

Buyers of new Picanto will be presented with a choice of four all-new super-efficient powertrains – three versions of the 1-liter, three-cylinder Kappa engine (gasoline, flex fuel and bi-fuel) and a single 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline Kappa power unit – depending on individual markets.

Power outputs will range from 69 to 85 ps, with maximum torque between 94 and 121 Nm. Exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that regular models in the new Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 95 to 105 g/km. The bi-fuel 1-liter engine will generate 82 ps and 94 Nm of torque. Fuel economy will range from 4.2 to 5.9 liters per 100 km, contributing to lower running costs.

In Europe, all models will be available with Kia's fuel-stretching ISG technologies, cutting emissions to between 90 and 100 g/km – so that every model qualifies for local emissions-based tax savings, where available – and improving fuel economy to a range of 4.1 to 5.6 liters per 100 km.

The engines will be mated to a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, depending on market.

New Picanto is destined to be a highly competitive newcomer in the A-segment. As well as offering new levels of powertrain efficiency, it boasts a distinctive exterior, sophisticated interior, and numerous 'large car' advanced comfort and safety features like LED daytime running lights, button-start with smart key, grip-type outside door handles and six or seven airbags, depending on region. The new Picanto will also maintain Kia's reputation for delivering great value.

The next generation Picanto will make its global premiere on the Kia Stand (Number 6441, in Hall 6) on March 1, the opening press day of the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It won't achieve those kinds of mileage ratings on the EPA cycle unless it has some kind of revolutionary technology under the hood (see: SkyActiv). Assuming we are talking about 57mpg on the Euro cycle, I'd bet on 40mpg combined or slightly less for the EPA cycle. Fiesta and Elantra make about 35mpg combined, so 40mpg is a 14% increase in fuel economy. That's really good for start-stop and engine downsizing.

      You've got to have more than a small engine and start stop to make 50mpg on the EPA cycle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        supposed to be @ paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      This kind of vehicle would be welcome in the US as a non-nonsense alternative to fancy, overrated minis like the Smart or the Scion IQ. With gas fixed at $3, I'm positive a number of people would consider it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Petrol at $3/gallon? That is likely to be a sweet memory before long, according to most analysts:
        'Prices steadily recovered since their low in early 2009 and are back to dangerous levels in early 2011 (about $90 a barrel). We can expect far higher prices as the global recovery continues. An increasing number of analysts are projecting prices as high or higher than the 2008 peak in the next couple of years.

        More importantly, global net exports of oil continue to drop as major oil exporters increase their own consumption at the same time as their production is stagnant or falling. '

        'Shell’s recent ex-president John Hofmeister predicts $5 gas by 2012 due to the global economic recovery and very tight supply.'


        As is his habit, Ghosn's timing seems to be perfect.
        If petrol hits $5/gallon, what is the demand for the Leaf going to be?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fuel prices will be what they will be. Higher mileage saves money no matter what the fuel price is. Increased demand has always been followed by increased supply, driving prices back down. I doubt the laws of economics have changed that much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We will never run out of oil. The easy stuff is already gone. There will always be plenty of oil for those who can afford it. That's the way economics allocates resources. Do you really think that Exxon doesn't have a 50 year plan to keep us all addicted to oil? That requires it be affordable. "Peak Oil" is political propaganda. Do you have any trouble buying fuel? I didn't think so. Do you really believe the price of fuel is not manipulated? Think about it. For once give it some original thought instead of just believing what you read.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Peak Oil is going to be a really interesting, bumpy ride. We have already reached peak production, the last 6 years oil production has bounced around within a few million barrels per day of the peak in 2005 of 73.72 mbd. But the easy finds are being pumped out and though there are a lot of new finds most of them are deeper in the ocean or require more energy to recover. But the factor that will be most interesting to watch is the substitution effect that will happen as oil prices rise and stay high for an extended period of time. In the past there hasn't been sufficient demand for a long enough period for any large group or nation to be forced to find a substitute for oil. With India, China and Brasil all demanding more oil, the price isn't going to snap back from the 2012 peak, it is going to go up and stay above $100 a barrel.
        We in the US and in Europe can afford it, (possibly even more so in Europe due to their historic energy tax policies) our economies have gotten much more energy efficient per dollar of GDP over the past 30 years. But what about the third world countries that have gotten used to cheap oil? Iran and Indonesia are just two large nations among many, and they have expanded their economies using cheap oil as a catalyst for growth. If their governments are forced to pay more for oil, or are forced to sell domestically produced oil to their own citizens for pennies on the dollar, will they in time be forced to curtail the cheap domestic oil sales in favor of lucrative foreign sales?
        We will always be able to buy oil in the West, but the questions are, at what price? And what will the poorer countries do when they can not buy cheap oil?

        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems that you are assuming that we will never run out of oil, or even run out of easy to get oil. Am I misunderstanding you or do you honestly believe this?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have picanto 2012 have runnig a distance 475 km only, honestly i bought it because economic car,unfortunately i found it disappointing to expectations, because has consumed approx. 50 liters of gasoline in this distance, and according to the specifications of kia motors, should be consumed between 4,2 to 5,9 per liter, i do nt know if fuel consumption will change when i access a distance of 2000 km,
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have the same vehicle in India. The 1.2L 4 cylinder one. With a 4 speed auto slush box.

      Doesn't manage over 18MPG in city driving or does about 35 MPG on highways (about 38 on our smoothest highways). It is rated at about 45MPG equiv in India.

      The manual manages about 30MPG city and 40 MPG on the highways.

      With better fuel in US, you are likely to get a few extra MPG's. But unless they managed to add very advanced technologies like cylinder cut off, mild hybrid. I really dont see this car managing a 57 MPG overall. It might do a 50(on the highways) with their 1L engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, gosh, here we go again. Why does ABG automatically describe the largest engine option for any vehicle as "top of the line"? That's just lazy, knee-jerk marketing-speak.

      Don't you see that saying "Kia aims to raise the bar via slashed emissions" is at odds with describing the most polluting engine in the range as "top of the line"?

      Got to get out of that habit if you're going to deserve that green moniker... (Well done Kia, by the way.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      With stop/start & 90g/km I bet it gets closer to 49-50 on the US EPA mileage test since the 50mpg prius emits 89g/km.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed, European MPG figures are always more optimistic than EPA numbers even if they are in USA gallons rather than imperial (UK) gallons. Japanese test cycle figures seem higher still.

        Manufacturers are well aware of this, so they intentionally pick and choose the best numbers, and sadly Eric Loveday and ABG writers fail to catch it.
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