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2006 Kia Spectra

2006 Kia Spectra and Spectra5

Spectra and Spectra5 Offer Sporty One-Two Punch
For 2006, the Kia Spectra compact sedan and Spectra5 five-door enter their third year on the market by offering a new four-speed automatic transmission and added standard features. Both vehicles continue to offer sporty styling, class -leading safety and a plethora of standard features all at a tremendous value.

In the 2005 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Spectra sedan was the 12 th highest rated vehicle, with a better IQS score than its key competitors, including the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The Spectra sedan also received Consumers Digest's coveted 'Best Buy' award in 2005, and the Spectra5 was named one of the '10 Coolest Cars Únder $18,000' by Kelley Blue Book.

Available as a four-door sedan in two trim levels – EX and sport-tuned SX – or as the Spectra5 five-door, the Spectra model lineup continues to offer a comprehensive list of standard and available safety features that make it stand out from the crowd in a hotly competitive compact-car market.

The Spectra SX sedan and Spectra5 five-door are the sporty image leaders for the Spectra lineup and feature class-leading safety equipment, a sport-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension and 16-inch wheels and tires for better steering response and handling. Other standard features include cruise control, a strut tower bar (M/T only) for a stiffer chassis and better turn-in, and sporty design touches such as a rear spoiler, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with perforated leather, sport fabric on the seats and door panels and metal-finish trim throughout the interior, including metal pedals.

The Spectra and Spectra5 follow Kia's brand philosophy of offering best-in-class safety equipment, with the use of six standard airbags, including dual advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all Spectra models, with four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brakes are available as optional equipment for the Spectra SX and Spectra5 models

Additional safety features include: front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and child safety door latches.

Like its sedan counterpart, the Spectra5 offers best-in-class passenger room with 98.1 cubic feet, larger than its key competitors, the Mazda3, Ford Focus ZX5 and Toyota Matrix. When it comes to cargo capacity, Spectra5 offers 18.3 cubic feet while the Spectra sedan's large trunk offers 12.2 cubic feet of storage space.

Incorporating Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-port fuel injection, the Spectra and Spectra5 are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC engine that produces 138 horsepower and 135 lb.-ft. of torque*. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while an improved electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The new transmission is lighter in weight, more durable and provides improved operation.

Spectra's suspension layout uses MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link design in the rear, and was carefully tuned to achieve the optimum balance between a comfortable ride and responsive handling. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard on all Spectra models and handling is aided by a precise rack-and-pinion steering system equipped with engine-speed-sensitive power assist.

A sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension provides both the Spectra SX and the Spectra5 with an athletic stance, while a strut tower bar provides additional torsional rigidity for better handling and quicker turn-in.

Like all of Kia's vehicles, each model features an impressive list of standard features inside and out, including: auto-off headlights, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and door-mounted tweeters, height adjustable steering column, tachometer, six-way adjustable driver's seat, digital clock, carpeted floor mats, in-cabin air filter, tinted glass, rear window defroster and dual map lights with sunglasses holder.

The Spectra EX model offers such standard equipment as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and dual body-color heated power outside mirrors. Optional equipment includes a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, cruise control, rear spoiler and a body kit that adds a front spoiler and rear valence.

Inside, modern forms and a two-tone color scheme create a clean, integrated look to complement the sport cloth seats and metal-finish trim on the center stack. Adding to its sporty look and feel, the Spectra SX and Spectra5 also feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals.

Like all Kia models, the Spectra and Spectra5 are covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in the package are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty; a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty; and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.

Source - Kia
Redesigned from the ground up to exceed your every expectation. With its sportier styling and impressive list of standard features, being responsible never looked so good. And with Kia's commitment to value, being affordable goes without saying.

The EX has everything you need to make yourself nice and cozy including power windows, door locks with remote keyless entry and heated mirrors. Plus you get an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and air conditioning. And with its clear-lens headlights, tinted windows, fog lights, available spoiler and power moonroof with tilt, you'll look sharp from every angle.

Spectra gives you more than just great looks and a smooth ride. With class-leading safety features like six standard airbags, front/rear crumple zones and available 4-wheel ABS, it also gives you peace of mind.

And don't forget about Kia's industry-leading 10 year/100,000 mile warranty program plus 5 years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

Good looking, responsive and affordable. It's easy to see why the Spectra is miles ahead of the competition.

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Every Spectra also comes with reinforced side-door impact beams, child seat anchoring system, internal emergency trunk release and an impact-absorbing steering column.

Your Spectra also comes equipped with the Occupant Classification System (OCS). This advanced system is designed to evaluate whether or not someone is seated in the front passenger seat and the position of the front passenger seat occupant to determine the activation of the front passenger air bag.

The 4-wheel independent suspension provides tighter handling and overall sportier performance. And the available front fog lights and 4-channel anti-lock brakes help you steer clear of difficulty in a variety of driving conditions.

A feeling of security comes standard with every Spectra. So too does Kia's 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty plus 5 years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

Source - Kia

Kia Has Two Models Named Most Delightful of 2005 by Strategic Vision

Kia Amanti Wins Large Car Segment and Kia Spectra Receives Top Honors in Small Car Segment
The Kia Amanti received the 'Most Delightful Vehicle of 2005' award for the Larger Car Segment from Strategic Vision, Inc. (SVI), a San Diego-based research firm. Additionally, the Kia Spectra shared top honors for the same award in the Small Car Segment, along with the Volkswagen Jetta.

'We're pleased Strategic Vision has bestowed yet another honor upon the Kia brand,' said Len Hunt, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kia Motors America (KMA). 'It serves as added proof that our entire line of vehicles is instilling a feeling of pride and passion among Kia owners.'

The Kia Amanti received the same award in 2004.

Strategic Vision measures the experience of approximately 90,000 new vehicle owners annually. The survey has been done since 1996. According to Strategic Vision, the results give the industry actionable information about multiple issues, including building better vehicles, communicating more effectively, increasing sales opportunity, creating strong brand image, creating loyalty, and assessing success and failure of strategy.

'You don't have to be expensive to do it right,' said Dr. Darrel Edwards, CEO, founder and creative director of Strategic Vision. 'Porsche 911 leads its competition, but so does Kia Spectra and Amanti with great cues that delight and deliver terrific value.'

Source - Kia

All-New Spectra and Spectra5 are Latest Chapters In Kia Safety Story

Completely Redesigned Compact Sedan and Five-Door Hatchback Continue the Automaker's Commitment to Offer Class-Leading Safety Features In Each of its Vehicles
In just a few short years, Kia Motors America (KMA) has delivered on a promise to offer Ú.S. consumers high-quality, competitively priced vehicles that are packed with an impressive array of safety equipment. New generation products such as the Sedona minivan, the Sorento mid-size SÚV, the Amanti large premium sedan, as well as the upcoming all-new 2004 LD Spectra? compact sedan and 2005 Spectra5 hatchback, are confirmation that the Kia brand is an excellent choice for car buyers who place a high priority on safety.

Kia's safety legacy began in 2002 when the Sedona became the company's first vehicle to receive a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Sedona was one of just four minivans to be awarded five-star ratings in both frontal and side impact crash tests for the 2003 model year. Meanwhile, the Sorento was one of only three new SÚV's in 2003 to be awarded the federal government's highest safety rating of five-stars in side impact crash tests administered by NHTSA.

Following on the heels of the strong safety ratings garnered by Sedona and Sorento, last year Kia launched the Amanti premium sedan with an unprecedented level of safety for a vehicle in its class, featuring eight supplemental restraints, including full-length side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, anti-pinch windows and active front headrests.

Today, Kia is preparing to launch the next-generation Spectra and Spectra5, vehicles that will further support Kia's growing reputation as a company that places an emphasis on safety in all aspects of its product design.

Available as a four-door sedan in two trim levels, LX and EX, and the Spectra5 hatchback, the all-new Spectra was completely redesigned from the ground up and comes equipped with a list of standard and available safety features that will make it stand out from the crowd in a hotly competitive compact-car market.

'The new Spectra sedan and hatchback will exceed expectations with their high levels of quality and class-leading array of safety features not traditionally found in the compact segment,' said Peter M. Butterfield, president and chief executive officer, Kia Motors America. 'Úsing safety as an accelerator, Kia's goal over the next few years is to become the first manufacturer to offer side curtain airbags as standard equipment on all of our models and we are making huge strides toward that objective.'

The all-new Spectra offers six standard airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and dual advanced front airbags. The Spectra sedan will be the lowest-priced vehicle in its segment with standard full-length side curtain air bags, as well as the lowest priced car in the Ú.S. to offer this feature as standard equipment.

To ensure that the front air bags are deployed properly, sensors controlling the front supplemental restraints determine whether the seat belt is buckled and gauge the severity of a frontal impact before deployment. An additional occupant sensor for the front passenger seat measures factors such as seat position and passenger weight for the safe airbag operation.

Each new Spectra comes equipped with standard four-wheel disc brakes – a rarity in this class. The 2004 Spectra can be equipped with anti-lock brakes as optional equipment on the EX trim level and the Spectra5 five-door

Other safety features include: front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, 3-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and child safety door latches.

Kia is committed to offering consumers the highest levels of safety and value in each of its products, and plans to continue designing and manufacturing vehicles that will support that ideal. New products, including the all-new Spectras, will continue to deliver high safety ratings, helping Kia close the perception gap between today's product and yesterday's image, differentiate from the competition and continue to grow in sales volume and brand recognition.

The Spectra sedan and Spectra5 are built in Hwasung, South Korea. While the four-door can be seen in showrooms now, the Spectra5 five-door model will be available later this summer. The all-new Spectra compact sedan has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $12,620.

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