Kia to roll out Stonic SUV in October

Louella Desiderio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Kia Philippines is set to roll out the Stonic compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) in October, which it hopes will contribute about 200 units to its total sales this year.

“The Stonic will be available in October. Given the situation, we are moving to sell about 200 units within this year,” Kia Philippines president Manny Aligada said in a text message.

Kia Philippines is targeting young buyers and families for the Stonic.

“The all-new Kia Stonic is set to change the subcompact SUV game with its youthful styling and impressive list of tech and safety features. Its award-winning design should likewise appeal to young buyers looking for a feature-packed crossover that is as trendy as their modern lifestyle,” Aligada said.

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 2017, the Stonic has been recognized by award-giving bodies iF design and Red Dot.

In addition to its sleek design, the Stonic has rear parking sensors and a reverse camera for easy driving, as well as electronic stability control and hill start assist for safety.

Despite the pandemic, Kia Philippines is making available a new vehicle model to cater to the needs of the market and to boost its presence in the country.

The Kia brand was relaunched in the country as part of the Ayala Group last year.

Aligada earlier said Kia was looking at selling a total of 4,000 vehicles this year compared to 5,019 the previous year.

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