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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 14, 2017
A TALKING point of the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit event before
the doors have been thrown open, the new Kia
Stinger has been confirmed for Australia.
The sleek, powerful rear-wheel drive GT
fastback sports sedan is expected to make it into
Australian showrooms by the end of the third
quarter this year.
“This is a car you cannot help but be excited
by,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer
Damien Meredith said. “It has all the attributes
to appeal to the Australian enthusiast — exciting
design, a high-tech performance engine and
gearbox combination and rear-wheel drive.
“The Stinger is the right car to take Kia, and the
brand’s perception, to the next level in Australia.
It is the type of car to add desire and excitement
to Kia’s core values of style, reliability and value.”
The Stinger will arrive in Australia with the
3.3-litre V6 twin turbo driving the rear wheels
through an eight-speed transmission.
While final specifications are still to be settled
the Stinger is expected to produce 272kW of
power at 6000rpm and an impressive 510Nm of
torque from 1300rpm through to 4500rpm. There
is an expected 0-100km/h sprint of 5.1 seconds.
“Those are the sort of performance figures
which will give the Stinger credibility in any
company and add an emotional element to the
already compelling practical reasons — 7-year
warranty, 7-year capped price service and 7-year
roadside assist — for considering a Kia,” Mr
Designed in Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt
under the hand of Kia’s head of design Peter
Schreyer and developed over extensive testing on
the grueling Nurburgring under the watchful eye
of KMC’s performance and engineering guru Albert
Biermann, the Stinger is an uncompromising
rendition of the true gran turismo ethos — nimble
and fast, luxurious and quiet with the perfect
balance of ride and handling.
“I think for the Kia brand, the Stinger is like a
special event,” Biermann said. “Because nobody
expects such a car, not just the way it looks,
but also the way it drives. It’s a whole different
To further define the car for Australia, the KMAu
ride and handling team will refine the suspension
and tuning to ensure Australian buyers are
presented with a local tuning package which best
suits Australia’s testing roads.
For all your Kia enquiries contact Hutchinson
Motors LMCT 6390 at 86 Deakin Ave, Mildura
phone 5021 6300 or visit www.davisonmotorgroup.
Victory Motorcycles winding down
PETER Alexander, Managing Director Polaris
Industries, Australia and New Zealand
announced that we are winding down the
Victory Motorcycles brand beginning today
(January 10) and through the next 18
We first launched Victory Motorcycles
here in Australia in October 2008 with our
flagship dealership in Melbourne that set
new benchmarks for motorcycle retail in
Australia. Victory Motorcycles, through its
innovation and engineering prowess, also set
new standards in Heavy Cruiser motorcycle
design and performance.
In just eight short years there are now four
flagship stores plus independent dealers
in major markets in Australia and New
Zealand, all conceived and driven by the
Victory brand. The learnings and plain hard
work of launching Victory has now set Indian
Motorcycle on the path to even greater
During the last eight years, Australia
established itself as the largest unit
volume market for Victory outside North
America. That’s an astonishing feat given
our population and a testament to the
enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication of our
customers and our staff.
To all Victory owners both new and old,
we sincerely thank you for your passion and
commitment. I have been privileged enough
to meet and ride with many of you at rides
and other events and look forward to riding
with you well into the future.
We and our dealer network are committed
to continue to supply parts, service and
warranty to ensure this happens.
Although a tough time for all of our staff,
dealers and of course riders who have put
an enormous amount of blood, sweat and
tears into Victory, there is a lot to be proud
of and celebrate. Victory will always be a
great motorcycle and a great brand that has
punched well above its weight in Australia
and New Zealand and forged a legacy that
will take a lot of beating.
Victory owners will always be part of the
Polaris family, they will always be welcome
and we will be continuing to sell these world
class motorcycles for some time. Although
the history books will start being written a
little earlier than we would have liked, I’d like
to thank all current and future Victory owners
for helping write a little bit of that history.
Image: Victory Motorcycles.
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