Kia is pretty smart. During these dog days of summer when the news is about as exciting as watching your grass turn brown, the Korean automaker has been tossing out information about upcoming models in fairly rapid succession. First there was the Quoris announcement, then the next-gen Forte, and now these teaser images of the Carens crossover.
Beneath the camo and snow probably lies the Kia Rondo variant of the Hyundai ix30. Both will be based on the Kia Cee'd, but expect the Rondo's personality to be less Flash Gordon and more fresh groceries than the Hyundai HED-5 concept upon which the ix30 is based.
Kia has announced that it is recalling 145,000 vehicles to address faulty airbags. A total of 95,569 Optima sedans built between 2006 and 2008 and 50,186 Rondo MPVs built between 2007 and 2008 are included in the recall.
The Autoblog staff was surprisingly impressed with the Kia Ronda that officially debuted at the 2006 LA Auto Show last week. The small people mover looks attractive, can seat up to seven with an optional third-row, and will come with Kia's standard battery of safety features and a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Our jet lag from the LA Auto Show has hardly subsided and Kia has already announced that Rondos are on their way to dealers and they're priced to sell. The base Rondo,
Canadian Driver apparently took our "Where's Rondo?" challenge, found one of the mysterious Kias and wrote an in-depth review. Their opinion? They deem the Korean-made people hauler "a surprisingly likeable family vehicle."
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, Chrys
Kia sells a
compact MPV in markets abroad by the name of Carens and its due for a
redesign. The Korean company has released a sketch of the reskin and announced that its world premier will be at the
Spanish Motor show on May 25. The new MPV follows the familiar trend of being longer, wider and taller than the vehicle
it replaces, which will suit our North American market just fine when it arrives under the moniker of
“Rondo” sometime in the near future.