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Old 11-20-2006, 03:16 PM
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hehe fresa, it actually cracks me up too.
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Old 11-20-2006, 04:15 PM
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Sorry if I missed them; have we got any interior shots?
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Old 11-21-2006, 06:50 AM
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Sorry if I missed them; have we got any interior shots?

http://www.auto123.com/en/info...&pg=1

Click on Photo Gallery in the Features section.

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Old 11-21-2006, 09:36 PM
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wierd, I've yet to see one of these things at a street or at least parked someplace.

Granted I haven't been to a kia dealer in a while, really have to real purpose to actually go to one, maybe I do now. Funny thing the tests were performed here in vancouver.

Same here. Ive never heard of it till 3 days ago.
BTW, Off topic but; Ascariss, What do you drive?
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Old 11-22-2006, 06:50 PM
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Yes and no.

If you read last month's sales report, you would think the Rondo is actually on sale. However, from I've been told, Kia has always had plans to sell the Rondo beginning in 2007 for NA. Various Kia dealers were surprised when they received small shipments of the Rondo when the expected date was actually not for another few months.

So the short answer: is it officially on sale? No. Can you still get one? Yes, in limited supply


To politely correct you, the Rondo is officially on sale in the US. Problem is KIA doing a soft launch AKA "No Rondo in the ad budget till first quarter 2007."


We have more Rondo's allocated than 2007 Amanti, Sorento, or even SWB Sedona Vans. As a matter of fact we have no allocation of Amanti, or Sorento for 2007 MY yet!!

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Old 11-22-2006, 07:12 PM
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Thanks for the information. I simply posted what I had been told, from a trusted source.

This is in fact a "soft launch", as reported already by several media outlets. The Rondo itself has not yet made on its home page, not even on its media site.

As far as ad budget is concerned, you are correct it will not be allocated until 1st quarter 07, but plenty of other new introductions also have had zero or few ad budget. The difference, however, is dealer allocations. To the best of my knowledge, only a few dealers have Rondos on the lot.

The original plan called for early 07 release in NA, possibly as a 08 model.

I speculate we will see the NA debut of the Rondo at the LA auto show next week.

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Old 11-22-2006, 07:27 PM
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Top Idea.... Launch a new car that is expected to sell very well, and don't advertise it
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:30 AM
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Well, in one way, it's stupidity.

But if word flies around and there is a demand for Rondos, it would get people into Kia showrooms. Viral marketing! Just like what Scion operated under until Toyota started using TV ads.

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Old 11-23-2006, 01:56 PM
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Advertising is planned its just delayed since the cars were here early.
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Old 11-23-2006, 02:15 PM
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Since Rondo was one of the contenders for the Motor trend car of year I would say their ad campaign is retarded a bit. The bottom line is that if they don't wish to sell many Rondos or just want to keep Rondo as a low volume model then we may be barking needlessly. I hope that is not the case however.


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