Korean automaker Kia is taking aim at the Mazda5 with a new small wagon. The Kia will be called the Rondo when it goes on sale in the United States and Canada in 2007 as a 2008 model. The Rondo shares a platform with the Kia Sportage and Spectra and Hyundai Elantra.
U.S. buyers will likely get a choice of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.7-liter V-6. The seven-seat vehicle, which is about 14.8 feet long, will wear the Carens nameplate in other markets and will offer a diesel engine outside North America.
Kia will show the vehicle publicly for the first time at the Madrid auto show in late May.
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