fleet of Angels driving school consists of 3 Kia Picanto's
and a Toyota Tazz.
It's good to know that when Angels driving school started,
management did not
go out and buy any car they could find. The vehicles had to
certain requirements e.g. fuel consumption,
reliability, must be easy to drive
to be used in the driving school industry. The necessary
and service structure had to be in place, to insure can be
serviced regularly as
recommended by the manufacturer.
We decided on the Toyota Tazz, and yes, it really is as good
as they say
" Everything keeps going right Toyota". Angels bought
the last year model before
Toyota discontinued the Tazz series.
Whit this news we had to find another
manufacturer that could supply a vehicle that can take the
punishment and abuse
of the driving school industry, to our surprise the Kia
Picanto was the ideal replacement.
I took the liberty of posting the following information
concerning the Kia Picanto from the main Kia website.
- 5 doors as standard
- Power Steering
- Front electric windows
- CD / MP3 player
- Colour coded bumpers and mirrors
- ABS and EBD
The KIA Picanto stormed the market as a small
town trotter and soon turned into an urban must have, thanks to
its contemporary design, competitive engine performance,
generous interior dimensions, impressive fuel economy and
excellent occupant safety and design.
The KIA Picanto is available in 3 motoring options;
the Picanto Baseline, the LX and the EX, all
ensuring a fun and safe driving experience. The Picanto
may be compact but it’s big on features and
competitively compares with others as a class leader. Between
the Picanto LX and the EX model, these
extensions to the baseline Picanto offering
provides additional features such as airbags, power steering,
air conditioning and electric windows.
Available in a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic, the 1.1
litre engine delivers 48 kW @5500rpm and 98 Nm of torque, making
the Picanto even more competitive within its
class than ever before while, offering affordable fuel economy
and overall affordability. The Picanto car range
offers above class safety features including an all steel
body-shell with crumple zones, a passenger survival cell and
high tensile steel beams in each door, not to mention ABS
Braking systems and McPhersons struts fitted to the front
suspension, improving road holding and over all safety.
Having recently received a refreshed look, the Picanto
has been restyled with curvier lines and rounded forms
for a fresh, new, fun reinvented look.
If the original Picanto came with bells and
whistles, the new Picanto comes with bells,
whistles and an electric guitar in the back.
Picanto 1.1 LX “Most economical Car in European Survey”
Date Of Publication: 21 July 2005
> Original Publication
- AC survey confirms Kia Picanto 1.1 LX is “most economical
- ADLowest total annual ownership costs of just 30.2 Euro
Cents per kilometer
(SEOUL) July 20, 2005 -- A regular survey* of motoring costs by
the highly respected ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club)
has recently revealed that the KIA Picanto is Germany’s “most
economical car” with four seats in the A-segment. Using the
ADAC’s database of 5,500 new cars, the data of the survey
confirms the conclusion that the total annual ownership costs
for a Kia Picanto 1.1 LX five-door hatchback was 4,537 Euros or
just 30.2 cents per kilometre, making it the economic champion
of Germany in its class.
For the survey, published in April 2005, the total annual
ownership costs were calculated over a four year period,
covering 15,000 kilometres each year, and include purchase
price, depreciation, residual value, scheduled servicing and
maintenance, fuel, tires, brakes, insurance, taxes and VAT.
According to Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and
COO of KIA Motors Corporation, “Since bursting onto the scene
and taking the automotive world by storm in 2003, the
overwhelmingly popular Picanto has been one of our global top
sellers, with over 70,780 units sold in 2004. And through the
first six months of the current year, the Picanto has been our
best seller in overseas markets, with over 56,530 units
delivered.” Jean-Charles Lievens,
Senior Vice President KIA Europe, said, “The Picanto was created
with European consumers in mind. It was designed to appeal to
their hearts and emotions as well as their sense of style, while
delivering a lively drive with a spacious cabin and high levels
of safety. The Picanto is also one of the cleanest,
least-polluting cars in Europe with a CO2 rating of just 118
“Now, we have independent confirmation that those numerous
appealing attributes are also backed up by long-term low
ownership costs. Picanto sales in Europe so far this year have
reached more than 45,000 units and this latest endorsement from
the ADAC will encourage further rises in demand for what is
already our most popular model,” concluded Mr. Lievens.
As well as beating the 10 closest rivals (shown in the table
below) the KIA Picanto performed better than well established
models from several major European manufacturers including
Renault (Twingo 1.2, 32.0 cents), Ford (Ka 1.3, 32.1 cents),
Opel (Agila 1.0, 32.4 cents), Volkswagen (Lupo 3L TDI, 33.6
cents) and Smart (Roadster 0.7 , 38.8 cents).
* (Source: ADAC Special Autokosten 2/2005)
E&OE - All information is subject to change without notice,
images are not model specific.