AC Industrials, a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, is now the company behind Kia Motors Philippines. Kia Motors Corporation and Ayala Corporation have joined forces to achieve a shared vision to make the Philippines an automotive hub in the region.
Combined with the technical know how of Ayala Corporation in numerous fields and industries, as well as the global reach of the Kia brand, the two partners are a force to be reckon with. For their massive comeback, the Kia brand has relaunched most of its line-up. Making its premiere are the facelifted models of the Sorento, Sportage, and Grand Carnival. All cars, including the Kia Picanto, receive upgrades in terms of equipment, now being more generously equipped than they used to be. Pricing has also been made competitive against its competitors.
But the start of the show was the launch of the all-new Kia Soluto. Designed to compete in the A-segment, the Kia Soluto is positioned under the Rio, though it uses the platform from the previous generation Rio. The Soluto is critical for Kia as it will be the vehicle that will lead the brand to sell 10,000 units this year. While it looks like a downsized Rio sedan, the Soluto is aimed to compete with cars such as the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and Suzuki DZire.
As such, it is priced to sell indeed. Starting at P625,000 and all the way up to P735,000, the Kia Soluto benefits from the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement. Yes, the Kia Soluto is made in China, and we are also the first country in the ASEAN region to receive the Soluto. For its very affordable price, the Soluto comes well equipped with features for the top trim EX variant such as a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as leather seats, 6-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors, and a rear view camera.
But the comeback is not over yet. The Soluto is the first box to be opened this year. The other two will be unboxed at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show on April 4-7, 2019, while the third box will be opened in Q4 2019.
For now, the public can see the new Kias on display from January 31, 2019 to February 3, 2019 at the Activity Center of Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, Level 4 Cinema Lobby of Trinoma in Quezon City, and the Activity Center of Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City.
With the launch of these cars, Kia Motors Philippines now has six cars in its line-up. Absent from the launch was the Rio hatchback, in which Kia Motors Philippines is just selling the remaining stocks of the B-segment hatch. With attractive prices, generous equipment levels, as well as the reputation of being handled by an innovative Filipino company, Kia Motors Philippines has found its perfect industry partner in creating a new beginning for the Kia’s presence in the Philippines.
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